Writing Secure WordPress Code

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation at WordCamp Europe on writing secure WordPress code. The methods I described in my presentation are extremely important when writing code for WordPress. Whether you are a theme designer or a hardcore plugin developer, you should follow all of these security measures to verify your code is as secure as possible. My presentation slides are below:

WordCamp Europe Is Next Week!

Next week I will be attending and speaking at the first ever WordCamp Europe! The event takes place October 5th-7th in Leiden, Netherlands. WordCamp Europe is going to be an amazing event with a insane amount of awesome presentations.

WordCamp Europe 2013 SpeakerI will be presenting on Writing Secure WordPress Code. I’m scheduled to be the last presentation on Saturday at 17:15. I’ll be covering tips and functions available in WordPress that can help you keep your code as secure as possible. Whether you’re a plugin developer or build themes, it’s extremely important to understand how to secure your code from hacks and exploits.

As awesome as this event is going to be, I’m just as excited to see many of my friends at the event. The Attendees list is a who’s who of WordPress awesomeness. I have so many European friends in the WordPress community that will be in attendance so I can’t wait to hang out!

If you’re attending WordCamp Europe make sure you track me down and say hi!

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Miami This Weekend!

wordcamp-miami-speakerThis weekend I will be speaking at sunny WordCamp Miami 2013! My presentation is titled Using WordPress as an Application Framework.

This is a brand new presentation for me so I’m very excited to present on the topic! Over the years we’ve built some really amazing WordPress powered web applications at WebDevStudios. My presentation will cover how to utilize WordPress as an application framework as well examples of web apps powered by WordPress. The goal is to get the audience to think outside the box when using WordPress.

I’ll be joined by Brian, Lisa, and Jay at the event, who are all giving presentations at the three-day event. April will also be attending and helping out as a volunteer. If you are attending WordCamp Miami make sure you track me down and say hi!

WordCamps I’ve Attended

Recently we decided to create a new page on WebDevStudios.com highlighting all of the ways WDS team members contribute back to the WordPress Community. One of the items we highlighted is WordCamp presentations.

I sat down and listed out every WordCamp I have attended since my first one in 2009. I also noted which events I presented at and co-organized.

2009

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Montreal – presented
WordCamp Chicago
WordCamp NYC – presented

2010

WordCamp Boston – presented
WordCamp Chicago – presented
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco
WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

2011

WordCamp Phoenix – presented
WordCamp Boston
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized
WordCamp Las Vegas – presented

2012

WordCamp San Diego – presented
WordCamp Baltimore – presented
WordCamp NYC – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

Misc Events

BlogWorld Expo Las Vegas 2010
BlogWorld Expo NYC 2011
South by Southwest 2011
Pressnomics 2012
WordPress Community Summit 2012

I’ve always enjoyed attending WordCamps and tech events. If you’ve never attended a WordCamp I highly recommend it. The amount of knowledge gained in 1-day of WordCamp is unmatched.

My plan is to create a custom section on my site to help track events I’ve attended, presentation slides, and videos if available.

WordCamp Philly is Next Week!

WordCamp Philly 2012 is next weekend! For a third year in a row I am a co-organizer of WordCamp Philly.

This year we have a packed schedule with some amazing speakers. The entire event will be Halloween themed, which you know I love, so I can’t wait to see all the costumes attendees and speakers will be wearing during the event.

We’re working hard to make sure this year’s WordCamp Philly is even better than last year! If you haven’t already registered get your ticket before they sell out.  It’s time for another WordCamp, Illy Philly style!

I’m Speaking at WordCamp San Diego 2012!

This weekend I’m speaking at WordCamp San Diego 2012!  I’ll be giving a presentation on WordPress Multisite.  This is a presentation I’ve wanted to do for some time now so I’m really excited to present it in San Diego.

We do a LOT of WordPress Multisite work at my company WebDevStudios.  I think the Multisite name can be a bit intimidating, so I’m hoping my presentation will remove some of that fear and get people motivated to try it out. I will also be giving away a few copies of my book: Professional WordPress Plugin Development.

If you are attending the event make sure you track me down and buy me a beer! :)

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Las Vegas 2011!

This weekend I will be speaking at WordCamp Las Vegas!

I’ll be giving a WordPress for Beginners presentation, showing new WP users just how easy it is to write and manage content in WordPress. I’m also going to cover basic plugin and theme installation and recommendations.

This will be my first time attending this WordCamp, but I’ve heard great things about it. The event is being organized by one of my good WordPress friends John Hawkins. I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of my West Coast WordPress friends this weekend!

If you plan on attending make sure to track me down and say hi!

I Survived WordCamp Philly 2011!

Last weekend was WordCamp Philly 2011, the second WordCamp to be held in the City of Brotherly Love!

I had the pleasure of organizing the event this year with Doug Stewart, Reed Gustow, and Anthony Bubel. The event was a huge success!

Saturday we had an amazing lineup of speakers covering four tracks and a classroom with all sorts of awesome WordPress related topics. Saturday ended with an epic after party at National Mechanics. Sunday we held a Developer Day with more hands on hacking, which is always a fun time!

Overall it was an awesome event and one I am extremely proud to have been a part of. The Philly WordPress Community really stepped up and helped put on an amazing event.

I gave a classroom style presentation titled “Creating Your First WordPress Plugin”. The slides are embedded below:

Be sure to check out the other great presentations on the official WordCamp Philly 2011 SlideShare group.

I’m Speaking at WordCamp San Francisco 2011 This Weekend!

This weekend I’m attending, and speaking at, WordCamp San Francisco 2011!

I’ll be a part of the Security Showdown panel with Mark Jaquith and Jon Cave. We’ll be performing live plugin security audits on submitted plugins and discussing best practices for securing your plugins and themes.

WordCamp SF is the biggest WordCamp of the year. It’s literally a who’s who of the WordPress Community and I can’t wait to be back this year!

If you plan on attending make sure you track me down and say hi, I might even have a couple items to give away! :)

Summer WordCamps 2011

It’s summer and that means time for summer WordCamps! I’ll be hitting two WordCamps this summer: WordCamp Boston and WordCamp San Francisco.

WordCamp Boston will be held on July 23rd-24th in Boston, MA. This year’s event looks to be jam packed with great speakers and sessions. The event will feature three tracks each day. On Saturday the speaker tracks will range from Development to Education and How-To. On Sunday the tracks will range from Advanced Development to Strategy and even some Design sessions.

WordCamp San Francisco will be held on August 12th-14th in San Francisco, CA. WordCamp SF really is the essential WordCamp of the year. The original WordCamp was held in SF in 2006 and has grown ever since. I had a blast last year and can’t wait to see all of my community friends again this year. I can only hope a dance off breaks out again at the after party!

I actually won’t be speaking at either event, which will be a change for me. I’m going to hang up my speaker hat until WordCamp Philly 2011 later this year. I do, however, plan on helping out at the Happiness Bar at both events.

If you plan on attending either event make sure you track me down and say hi! :)