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WordCamp Jacksonville 2016 – Fun In The Sun

We can’t believe that our first @WordCampJax is over already! The weekend was filled with new faces, educational talks and some great networking. We were very excited to be present, as this year was Jacksonville’s first! The Camp organizers did an incredible job putting together a fun-filled weekend; one we will not soon forget!

The first ever WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006 and was organized by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg. WordCamps have since grown to include six continents, 48 countries, 66 cities and counting. Each individual WordCamp is planned by volunteers and brings its own local flavor. Jacksonville was no exception, with our hotel located near the popular Jacksonville Landing, and our after-party event at the eccentric Kickbacks, the Jacksonville team made sure we had a true local experience.

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WooConf 2016 – We Were Wooed

We kicked off our second quarter of 2016 with a trip to weird and wonderful Austin, Texas for the second annual #WooConf! WooConf is an event focused on online storeowners and developers that use the eCommerce solution WooCommerce. If you’re in eCommerce and you don’t know what WooCommerce is, you should! Used by more than 37 percent of all online stores on the Internet (according to BuiltWith.com), WooCommerce is the number one eCommerce platform in the world by volume. This year’s conference brought more than 30 top-tier presenters from the space to share their expertise and experience.

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WordPress Multisite Security

Many individual and small company forays on the web are through WordPress on shared hosting accounts, and it’s not uncommon for a shared hosting account to hold multiple WordPress sites as needs and business grow. Site owners maintain each and every WordPress install, managing content, configuration, users and updates. At least they should. Maintaining multiple sites in a single shared hosting account is time-consuming and, as we’ll see, risky as each site on the account is a point of access that has to be secured.

In this post, we’ll discuss how conglomerating multiple WordPress sites in a single account may not save time and money, it may in fact lead to the compromise of every site on the account. We’ll also discuss how to host securely, keeping all your sites from falling due to a single plugin vulnerability.

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WordPress Winning Over Big Brands

WordPress was long regarded as a blogging platform, but in the last few years it has made a name for itself as the development platform for many large-scale websites. Industry titans, such as CNN, eBay, UPS and Dow Jones, all run their websites on the WordPress platform and they are not alone. According to VTLDesign, 75 million websites are now supported by WordPress and make up 55 percent of the top one million most visited sites in the world. Many companies, artists and brands are making the switch to WordPress as their website development platform.

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Wiener Schnitzel, Beethoven and WordPress

We are so excited to be taking part in our first WordCamp Europe in Vienna, Austria on June 24 – 25.

WordCamp Europe is the global WordPress conference that gathers together WordPress enthusiasts from all over the world in a different European city every year. This year’s event is set to break attendance records with over 2,000 expected attendees. It is being held at the magnificent MuseumsQuartier located in the city center and is anticipated to be the most amazing WordCamp Europe to date.

We cannot wait to experience all that beautiful Vienna has to offer and to meet WordPressers from over 60 countries. See you there!

Update: check our our recap of WordCamp Europe 2016!

WordPress.com Introduces HTTPS by Default

A recent article reported that WordPress.com is moving to enable HTTPS by default on all of its 600,000 hosted sites. This is a huge security win for WordPress.com users and the Internet at large. It sets a high security bar for other entities to strive for, and of course helps protect users and visitors from prying eyes.

If you’re a WordPress.com user, one way to take advantage of WordPress.com’s exemplary efforts is to go further and enhance the security of your WP.com site with protection services.

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WordCamp Jacksonville

We Can’t Stay Away!

We had such a good time @WordCampMiami that we’re heading back to the Sunshine State in April for @WordCampJax.

We’re stoked to be sponsoring and attending the inaugural WordCamp Jacksonville at Florida State College in April. We’ll be soaking in the sun, handing out swag (spoiler: it’s awesome), and of course meeting all of you incredible WordPressers! So mark April 16th and 17th on your calendar and we will see you there!

So mark April 16th and 17th on your calendar and we will see you there!

Speeding Up Your WordPress Site with a CDN

A content delivery network (CDN) is a network of powerful computers located in geographically disparate locations designed to serve web content to visitors with higher performance and efficiency. When a user visits a site using a CDN, the traffic routes through the closest or most efficient server for that user and serves up cached, or stored, versions of the site resources. This allows the site to load faster and eliminate requests back to the origin server. Common resources served by a CDN include static resources like images, HTML, CSS and JavaScript files.

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WordPress plugin vulnerability

Authentication Failure in File Browser, Manager, Backup (+ Database) WordPress Plugin

While reviewing malware, the SiteLock Research Team detected suspicious code in a WordPress plugin. We reviewed the suspicious code and found the plugin wasn’t malicious per se, though it was potentially vulnerable to attack. We will discuss the plugin and analyze its unique authentication issues, and then discuss mitigation and the dangers of using unsupported plugins.

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Hacked WordPress site

What To Do After Your Hacked WordPress Site Is Fixed

The unfortunate happens and your WordPress site is compromised. You fix your site through backups or SiteLock’s malware removal service, yet you still feel at unease.

After Your Hacked WordPress Site Has Been Cleaned

The truth is, once a  website recovers from a compromise, there’s a bit more to do. Taking a few simple, post-compromise steps can help harden your hacked WordPress site from future attacks and possibly ease administration. We’ll discuss steps to improve WordPress user security, add preventative security measures, and improve maintenance techniques to aid recovery if the worst happens again.

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