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WordCamp U.S. 2016 Recap – The City of WordPress Love

Now back at our home bases, we’re still feeling the high from the most amazing WordCamp we’ve been to so far—@WordCampUS 2016.

It was one year ago when we sponsored and attended our first WordCamp ever, the inaugural WordCamp U.S. Since then, we’ve sponsored camps throughout the world and SiteLock evangelists Logan Kipp and Adam Warner have racked up a lot of frequent flier miles attending over 40 camps. After the great time we had at the first #WCUS, we knew we would return, and return we did.

We were fortunate to be selected as a Commonwealth sponsor this year and with that, eight of us boarded planes from around the country and headed for Philadelphia. We were expecting big things, but we were not prepared for just how great it ended up being. Hundreds of t-shirts, Wapuu stickers and pins, and countless “We’ve Got Your Back” massages later, the interesting people we met and new friends we made at WordCamp US 2016 all made for an absolutely amazing time.

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Christie Chirinos (Caldera Labs) – WordPress Influencer Interview

I met up with fellow speaker Christie Chirinos at the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh a few camps ago and sat down to learn a little bit about what she does for Caldera Labs as both a Partner and the Business Manager for the team.

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WordPress and Email Marketing

You’ve created your WordPress website, now what? Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, or product business owner the key to a successful website is to keep your visitors (or customers) engaged by reading and sharing your content or coming back to purchases additional products or services.

Email marketing is the answer. But how does that apply to your blog or website and how do you get started with an email marketing plan that actually works?

In this post, you’ll learn why email marketing is vital to the success of any website and how you can get started immediately.

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Giving Thanks to the WordPress Community

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating the things we are grateful for. At SiteLock, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the WordPress community for a fantastic 2016.

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Avoid Cyberstress This Holiday Shopping Season [Infographic]

With Cyber Monday just one week away, learn more about how consumers feel about the security of online shopping and what you can do to help prevent your data being stolen.

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Hacked for the Holidays? 4 Website Security Tips for Safe Retailing

With the holidays quickly approaching and online shopping expected to hit record highs, it’s the perfect time to make sure your customers, and your bottom line, aren’t at risk. In fact, shipping experts like FedEx, are predicting another record-breaking year of shipments driven by eCommerce purchases.

With the push for holiday shopping about to begin, we conducted a survey to take a closer look at trends in online shopping and how that relates to what we’re passionate about: website security.

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Ask a Security Professional: Secure Website Life Cycle for WordPress Administrators

Some of the most significant reasons that WordPress has seen such widespread adoption is because it’s free, because of its modularity where features could be simply plugged-into the website with a few clicks, and because of its ease-of-use in that non-developers can easily develop websites. On the other hand, free software means you’re going to be performing a lot of your own support. Modular features mean you’re potentially introducing code that may not have been properly audited. And eliminating the developer means you’re now the one responsible for the integrity of the project. That means you’re supplementing the role of the developer to the best of your abilities and if you want your website to remain a safe place you need to become familiar with how a Secure Development Life Cycle (SDLC) works, in what I’ve termed the Secure Website Life Cycle (SWLC) for WordPress Administrators.

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Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Festive decorations adorn storefronts and holiday music fills every shop; a reminder that the holiday season is upon us. It is a busy time of the year, full of parties, reunions with family and friends and plenty of shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, 2016’s holiday sales are expected to increase 3.6 percent over last year to 655.8 billion dollars. Shoppers are estimated to spend an average of $935.58 on gifts, food, décor, cards, and personal purchases.

That means a lot of time spent in stores and online looking for just the right gift, decoration, or meal for the season. It is also a prime time for a crime, especially if you’re shopping online.

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WordCamp Louisville 2016 – Awesomeness This Way

Last week I attended and spoke at WordCamp Louisville. I’d been to Louisville once before in 2001 for the Kentucky Derby, and I can say without reservation that #WCLOU was much more productive than a horse race. I also didn’t lose any money;)

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SiteLock Website Security Video

How the SiteLock Web Application Firewall (WAF) Works [Video]

As a website owner, one of your main goals is to increase website traffic. Ultimately, the more traffic you have, the more revenue your business generates…right? Well, not necessarily. And we can explain why.

Bots represent over 60 percent of all website traffic, meaning there are potentially more Internet bots than humans frequenting your site. There are essentially two types of bots, “good” and “bad.” Good bots carry out jobs, like search engine crawling. Bad bots represent 35 percent of all bot traffic and perform malicious tasks, like DDoS attacks. Not to mention that the more web traffic visiting and requesting information from your site, the slower it renders.

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