WordPress Security Presentation

The first ever WordCamp Charleston was held this past Saturday to a sellout crowd, and it was a huge success. Everyone involved did a great job, and there was a diverse and interesting group of attendees. It was so fun actually that I can’t wait for the next one. Too bad I can’t make it up to WordCamp Asheville.

Anyway, I promised I would put up the slides of my talk on WordPress security, and here they are. Of course there was a lot of talking that went along with these, so there may be gaps in what does and doesn’t make sense. All of the talks at WordCamp were captured on video however, and they should be up at WordCamp.TV soon. I will let you know as soon as that happens.

Oh, and if you found this presentation interesting, you should also check out my friend Jared Smith’s presentation on WordPress Peak Performance. His slide deck is available on his site. Trust me, he is the guru of this stuff.

So, enjoy the pointers on securing and backing up your WordPress site and, as always, if you have any questions just give me a shout!

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!

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.

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Presenting on WordPress Security

WordPress User Group Security PresentationJust wanted to let you all know that I will be speaking at the May WordPress User Group meeting on WordPress Security. Since WordPress enjoys the position of being one of the most widely used web platforms, it is also one of the most attacked. This has become particularly clear with the DNS and dictionary attack over the last month.

We will look at the basics of WP security touching on everything from file permissions and user accounts to preventing script injection and backup procedures to protect your blog from hacking or downtime.

The May meetup of the User Group will be held on May 14 at The Flagship on the corner of Calhoun and East Bay, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and feature 2 presentations. For more information, visit the WordPress User Group of Charleston’s site.

Packt Publishing Reaches 1000 IT Titles

Birmingham-based IT publisher Packt Publishing is about to publish its 1000th title. Packt books are renowned among developers for being uniquely practical and focused.  Packt books cover highly specific tools and technologies which IT professionals might not expect to see a high quality book on.

Packt PublishingPackt would like you to join them in celebrating this milestone with a surprise gift – to get involved you just need to have already registered, or sign up for a free Packt account before 30th September 2012.

Packt published their first book in April 2004. One of the most prolific and fastest growing tech book publishers in the world, they now have books on everything from web development to web graphics, e-learning to e-commerce, IT architecture to games, and app development.

Packt supports many of the Open Source projects covered by its books through a project royalty donation, which has contributed over £300,000 to Open Source projects up to now. As part of the celebration Packt is allocating $30,000 to share between projects and authors in a genuinely unique way, soon to be disclosed on their website.

Dave Maclean, founder of Packt Publishing explains, “At Packt we set out 8 years ago to bring practical, up to date and easy to use technical books to the specialist tools and technologies that had been largely overlooked by IT publishers. Today, I am really proud that with our authors and partners we have been able to make useful books available on over 1000 topics and make our contribution to the development community.”

For more information about Packt, the kind of books they publish, and to sign-up for a free account before the 30th of September, 2012, please visit their website: www.PacktPub.com.