Wait just a minute. A Joomla! event recap on a WordPress blog? Why? The better question is why not? At SiteLock, we’re big fans of all Open Source software and the amazing communities built around them. The Joomla! CMS is no exception. That’s why we sponsored and spoke at JoomlaDayFL this past weekend. It was an amazing event filled with informative sessions and a heavy focus on communicating the benefits and use cases of the software, and the larger community that surrounds it.
This weekend I flew South to the desert and joined SiteLock in their hometown state for WordCamp Phoenix 2018! This camp comes less than 4 months after WCPHX 2017, as they will now be hosting WordCamp in late February instead of in the Fall. And somehow [as someone who has helped organize 2 WordCamps myself, I literally am in awe of this] they still managed to pull off another massive and beautifully orchestrated WordCamp. For those unaware, WordCamp Phoenix is consistently one of the largest WordCamps in the country alongside Miami, and this year boasted over 500 attendees with concurrent talks across 3 tracks during the Friday-Saturday weekend. SiteLock was there in October and we were back again last weekend for another awesome info-packed event!
Since its inception in 2008, SiteLock has been committed to protecting all websites, including those built on WordPress. In 2016 we also made a deeper commitment to the WordPress community as a whole by participating in the WordPress Global Sponsorship Program. Through consistent attendance and speaking engagements at numerous WordCamps across the country over the past two years, we’ve been honored to give back to the community by sharing our knowledge and passion for WordPress and website security. As a testament to our continued commitment, I’m very pleased to announce that our presence in the community continues to grow this year with the addition of the smart and talented Jamie Schmid!
Mental health awareness initiatives have increased in the WordPress community, and in the tech community as a whole, in recent years. This has been welcomed by many, especially since 2007 when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) surveyed adults in 37 States about their attitudes toward mental illness and found that:
The desire to be part of a community is a human instinct. Whether it’s a tribe, village, city, or even the WordPress community, we have an innate need to group together. The benefits of being in a community far outweigh being alone, but there are also challenges to operating within a group, and the worldwide WordPress community isn’t immune.
Last week the SiteLock team gathered at the Tempe Mission Palms to attend and sponsor PressNomics. If you’re not familiar, PressNomics is a conference focused squarely on entrepreneurs and influencers who are committed to the WordPress community.
We are excited to announce that SiteLock is a WordCamp Global Community Sponsor this year! After sponsoring 17 WordCamps and attending 40 in 2016, becoming a 2017 global sponsor was an obvious next step for us, and we look forward to expanding our support within the community this year!
The end of 2016 is just around the corner—four days in fact—and it has been an incredible year for WordCamps. According to WordCamp Central, there were over 115 camps in 2016 alone, with 65 taking place outside of the U.S. There is no question that WordPress is changing the lives of people globally.
WordCamps bring value to the WordPress community. They inspire and give us the ability to learn from each other. 2016 marked an opportunity for the SiteLock team to immerse itself. We experienced camps large and small, from the U.S. to Canada to Vienna, Austria. We met innovators, developers, bloggers and brand-new users. It was amazing to shake hands and hear how people are changing their lives (and the world) with WordPress.
Last week SiteLock deployed en masse eight members of our team to Philadelphia to begin preparations for the upcoming WordCamp US 2016 as both a sponsor and a thought leader for security in the WordPress community. This year the day before #WCUS was very special, not only because we got to flex our muscles hauling and setting up sponsor booth equipment, but because for the first time ever, Post Status organized the one-day conference Publish. The event focused on WordPress professionals was hosted within walking distance of the WCUS venue in Commerce Square at the heart of Philadelphia.
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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