The worst thing about being on the organizing committee for WordCamp is how few of the talks you get to go see 🙂 However I did sneak out to see several in the morning, starting with Sam Hotchkiss’s excellent introduction to security talk, Security 101. He covered the basics of having a more secure site really well, and now I have pointers to things I need to know more about. My short list for this is:
- letsencrypt.org – SSL for everyone
- getcloak.com – VPNs everywhere
- quickforget.com – tool for sending sensitive data through email
- 1password by agilebits.com – password management
- wpscan.org – WordPress vulnerability scanner
From Bootcamp to WordPress Agency in 6 months was a great look into the formation of a company. Alonso Indachochea talked about the process then shared a ton of tools his team uses to make them an up and coming full service WordPress Agency. Fascinating journey and a great resource for useful tools!
Josh Gowans came down from Colorado to discuss CiviCRM. Wow! What a great tool for non-profit organizations. It’s a toolbox for all the functions you need while building and running a non-profit. You can manage events, volunteers, donors and more. It really shines in providing useful statistics. And it just keeps getting better. WordPress is the most recent CMS to be supported by CiviCRM, but they’re very excited about the growth in that area and committed to even better integration with WordPress. Check it out at CiviCRM.
Pushing ACF to the limit with Nick Ortiz was a great look into a popular and useful plugin, Advanced Custom Fields. Nick had some very creative uses for ACF, including a built in slider, and a replacement for layout features of page builders without all the overhead. It sparked all kinds of ideas.