WordCamp Charleston is Next Weekend

That’s right, only one more week until WordCamp here in Charleston, SC. If you are in anyway involved with WordPress sites, either WordPress.com or .org, this is an event you shouldn’t miss. There will be session to cover everyone from basic users to full on developers, and the networking with other WordPress users will be invaluable.

WordCamp Charleston

Of course I will be speaking, but don’t let that sway your opinion – in either direction. There are a ton of knowledgeable speakers who are coming from parts local and far away. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from folk like Andrew Nacin who is one of developers of WordPress, and Maria Scarpello who is the Internal Community Manager at WooThemes – one of the largest WordPress add-on companies.

The event is being held on the campus of the beautiful College of Charleston, and admission is only $15. That meager $15 will get you a day full of WordPress speakers, a goodie bag with all kinds of swag, a chance to network with people who are really doing it in the field, and much more.  Hey, and if you so desire, you can even come listen to me talk about how to secure your WordPress installation against hackers and unexpected catastrophes.

Hope to see you there!

Savannah RPM Meet – March 28 & 29

The Savannah Railroad Prototype Modeler’s Meet is an annual event to showcase prototype models and for modelers to meet and socialize. Held in Port Wentworth, just outside of Savannah, the Meet attracts modelers from around the Southeast and beyond. All are welcome to attend, whether you have models to display or simply wish to learn.

The 2014 Meet will be held on March 28-29, 2014 at the Port Wentworth, Georgia Community Center. The Meet begins Friday at 9am, with clinics and models all day, finishing with slideshows after dinner. Saturday opens at 9am with a door prize drawing after lunch. The Meet concludes at 5pm with dinner and more slides to follow.

For more information, check out their Savannah RPM Meet website or their Facebook page.

Savannah RPM Meet

 

Speaking at WordCamp Charleston

Just got confirmation that I will be speaking at the inaugural occurrence of WordCamp Charleston in May. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress the user community. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Wordpress Security at WordCamp CharlestonThis WordCamp will be a one-day event, May 17, held at the College of Charleston, and promises to focus on quality content covering all topics relating to WordPress, from a beginner level to developer sessions, and much more.

I will be speaking on WordPress security. As WordPress becomes one of the most used content platforms on the web it increasingly comes under attack by those wishing to either take control of sites or and just take them down. To keep sites from being compromised it is important to have a good understanding of how WordPress operates and what your options are. In this talk I will cover topics ranging from installation and setup to user accounts and updates.  We will also talk about backup and recovery and what you can do if your site is attacked.

This talk is aimed at anyone running WordPress.org on shared or self-hosting and will give specific steps and examples that you can take to secure your site regardless of  your experience level.

For additional information on the conference, speakers, sponsors and registration, please check out the WordCamp Charleston website.  And if you are in the Charleston community and interested in WordPress, please consider attending one of the monthly Charleston WordPress User Group meetings.

* Image courtesy of NOREBBO

Coastal Rail Buffs Show in Savannah, GA

January of 2014 brings the 25th annual model railroad and train show in Savannah, Georgia. This show is put on by the Coastal Rail Buffs model railroad club of Savannah. The show will be Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th of January. It will be held at the athletic center of the Armstrong Atlantic State University which is very convenient to the area and has lots of parking. For more information visit the Coast Rail Buffs website at http://www.coastalrailbuffs.org.

Coastal Rail Buffs

Lionel Artist Angela Trotta Thomas In Charleston

Stepping a bit outside of my own model train news, I would just like to relate that a great event for train lovers, art lovers, and Christmas train lovers of all ages is happening this Friday evening, December 6.

Angela Trotta Thomas - Southern Charm

Coco Vivo at gallery has announced a special holiday art show during the month of December. Angela Trotta Thomas, official artist of Lionel Train Corporation, will exhibit a collection of original oils depicting nostalgic toy train art. An exciting COCO VIVO Christmas window scene will feature the Angela Trotta Thomas Signature Express toy train set traveling through a holiday snowy village. Angela’s powerful images are a mixture of Lionel trains, childhood, and the holiday season. This year’s train layout will be even bigger than last year’s display!

A special invitation is extended to kids of all ages to experience the magic of toy trains this Christmas. Meet Angela Trotta Thomas on Friday, December 6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, at 25 Broad Street in downtown Charleston during a special artist reception. Join our Jingle & Mingle holiday event and relive the memories of Christmases past. Angela will be handing out and signing the latest Lionel Christmas catalog.

Angela’s latest artworks draw on memories of Lionel trains and a simpler time. She is creating still life paintings that combine Lionel trains with period objects that evocatively freeze time. Many paintings will depict Lionel trains of the era, and children playing with their favorite trains.