Video Highlight

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/22

Noobs. Rookies. Beginners.

We’ve all been there at one time or another. Where to start, what theme do I use, which plugins to get started, etc., etc., etc.

Here are two videos for beginners that deal with security and plugins.

Christina Hills : A Beginners Guide to Free WordPress Plugins

One of the most confusing (and exciting) features of using WordPress is Plugins! But how do you know for sure which ones you absolutely need and which you should avoid at all costs?
In this session, Christina Hills will walk you though, step-by-step, the various types of plugins you might need as well as how to properly evaluate and install them.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

Adam Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners

Security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites. After all, our websites are often part of our livelihood.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/09/01

Before I get to the videos this week, I would like to ask the WordPress Community for video submissions that would feature the Gutenberg Editor Plugin. I have been searching for a video related to this subject but none have been posted to WordPress TV. There are several on YouTube but I would much rather feature content from WPTV, because….well, you know.

The videos highlighted today come from WordCamp Kochi 2017 which was held in February. Before I get to the videos, let me say that the organizers came up with a really cool Wapuu! It was a couple named Ammu & Appu.

Pretty neat, eh?

Daphnée Laforest: Changing the Rules – Thoughts on Remote Work

Today’s technology and connectivity allows us to achieve the extraordinary. Remote work not only enables WordPress companies to access the best talents in the world, but, is also becoming an incredible opportunity to empower work-life balance, and happiness at work.

Yogesh Londhe: Hacking For Humanity With WordPress

Yogesh loves using WordPress because of the community around and its FOSS principles.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/08/11

“This wouldn’t be a bad job if I didn’t have to deal with CLIENTS!”

Although my work with WordPress is limited to my work and personal websites, I do hear people talking about client work at WordCamps. Terms that are tossed around like “make it pop”, “feel free to be creative”, “I’ll fax you some ideas that I have” and many other statements can give designers and developers nightmares.

I picked two videos that talk about working with clients and steps that can be taken to ease the pain.

Nathan Ingram: Dealing With Problem Clients

Spend time talking with a group of freelancers and the conversation will inevitably include someone’s unfortunate experience with a terrible client. Most freelancers have a story or two (or eight). While bad clients can’t be completely avoided, there are strategic steps any freelancer can take to contain the impact of a bad client. In this session, Nathan will explain the how to create a system that preserves workflow and keeps problem clients in check.

Slides for his presentation can be found HERE.

Georgi Popov: Working with Clients

A presentation that was given at the WordPress Meetup #1 in Varna (December 2, 2016), where Georgi Popov gives good tips about how to work with clients effectively.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/31

This week I am highlighting panel discussions. When I see a panel discussion listed on the schedule of a WordCamp, it usually something I make sure I sit in on. Whatever the subject of the discussion, you will normally hear a wide variety of opinions.

Panel Discussion:  Contribution to WordPress

WordCamp Nasik 2016

Contributing to WordPress doesn’t mean you have to speak PHP. While helping the WordPress community appears skewed towards those with programming know-how, there are many other valuable ways you can make your mark.

Panel Discussion: WordPowerment – Practical Approaches to Diversity and Empowerment in the WordPress Community

WordCamp London 2017

As WordPress professionals, we are lucky that, in addition to our communities as freelancers, agencies or publishers, the larger WordPress community serves as a support network when we face these challenges.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/21

On January 17th, 2009 WordPress TV was “switched on.” The announcement was made by Matt Mullenweg in a post that can be found here: https://wordpress.org/news/2009/01/wordpresstv/

“On WordPress.tv, you’ll find tutorials for both WordPress self-installs and WordPress.com to help you get blogging fast and hassle-free. We’ve kicked things off with the basics — now you can shape what comes next. Just drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see added.”

That year, 129 videos from 12 WordCamps were published!

Since that announcement, 6,842 videos have been published on WordPress TV. These include WordCamp videos, How To’s, Interviews, Meetups, Testimonials, State of the Word and WordPress Release videos.

The last several years have seen a significant increase in videos, culminating with 1,750 videos published for 2016. The number of videos submitted per WordCamp has increased sharply. Just a few years ago, 6 videos would be published (on average) after a WordCamp. In 2016 that number rose to 18!

Now…..on to the video highlight!

Yvonne Conway-Williams : Cybersecurity – Russian Hackers, Privacy, and You

From WordCamp Orange County 2017, Yvonne talks about the personal information that people freely post on social media and what can happen with that data.

Are we giving too much information away?
As we adopt use of technology into our daily routines, it’s easy to forget that our blogs and connected social media posts sometimes reach a wider audience than we mean them to. Updates intended for friends, family, and coworkers may seem innocuous enough, but often leak private information that hackers can use to invade our privacy and steal important data.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/14

I sincerely apologize for missing the video highlight last week. Sometimes real life interferes with our WordPress interest.

This week I am featuring two videos that have to do with the legal aspects of blogging, social media, clients, copyrights, etc. This is something that I doubt a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about (me!). I learned a lesson recently about live streaming video and all of the ramifications of not having permissions to use certain content.

The first video comes from WordCamp Udaipur 2017.

Mridul Goswami: Contracts, Copyrights and Other Legal Aspects

Mridul Goswami is a practicing Lawyer with over 3 years of experience and a keen interest in technology. Along with this he has been a web developer for last 5 years. In this talk Mridul shares the importance of setting up correct contracts with clients and essentials for the terms and conditions of a web project.

From WordCamp Phoenix 2016 comes this video about other legal aspects.

Ruth Carter, Esq.: The Lawyer Is In! Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging and Social Media

Open Q&A with lawyer/blogger Ruth Carter on the legal dos and don’ts of social media. Topics can include copyright, trademark, FTC compliance, privacy, defamation, employment issues, business formation, and contracts. This is your time to get answers to your burning legal questions about blogging and social media.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/01

If you have not noticed, WordPress TV videos are now being uploaded to YouTube. This task has been in the works for a while but in the last few months it has really taken off. Many thanks to the WPTV volunteers who are dedicating time to upload the videos.

From WordCamp Helsinki comes this video.

Daniel Koskinen: The Customizer – Present And Future

Daniel’s lighting talk covers how to create a better experience for your clients or users of your theme with the various core controls, custom controls and how to take advantage of selective live refresh and visible edit shortcuts (introduced in WordPress 4.7).

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/06/23

WordCamp Europe was held last weekend and the videos are being posted on WordPress TV. Many thanks to the volunteers for getting those done so quickly!

With so many great videos to choose from, it was difficult to pick the first two that would be featured from that event. I decided to choose presentations from two people that I have met and have a lot of admiration for in the community.

Adrian Roselli: Selfish Accessibility

We can all pretend that we’re helping others by making web sites and software accessible, but we are really making them better for our future selves.

Slides for his presentation can be seen HERE.

Thabo Tswana: The Community That The Incubator Program Built

“No success is too small to celebrate”

In 2016, the WordPress Community Team selected Harare, Zimbabwe as one of the three locations for the WordCamp Incubator program.

Thabo talks about how the Incubator program created excitement about WordPress and kicked off the WordPress community in Harare. He also announced the WordCamp Harare will be held on November 4th of this year.

For more great videos from WordCamp Europe, click HERE.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/06/16

Have you ever been burned by not having current backups of your WordPress site? Uhh…well…uhh.Yep, that’s me.

I was somewhat surprised at how few videos are on WordPress TV that deal with backups. Here are three from 2016 of the handful of videos that I found.

Jasmine Brien: Faites des backups qu’ils disaient…

Oups, des affichages ne sont pas tels que conçus, pire mon site plante. À L’AIDE ! Partout on me répond :” Bien sûr, tu avais auparavant testé/validé ta modification hors ligne ?

Michael Oeser: Backup und Restore – Kür oder Pflicht

The importance of a backup can not be underlined often enough. If the website or the whole server has already been “smoked”, it soon becomes clear that this is a compulsory exercise. However, many of us often forget to restore (restore) the data. Numerous plug-ins are gobbling a one-click solution.

Patrick Alexander: How to Backup Your WordPress Site

This session will describe the ultimate safety net for one of your key investments: your WP site.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/06/02

Website security is something that I have been paying a lot of attention to the last few months. Not because a website that I own was attacked, just because I believe it is a good practice or habit to get into.

Sarah C. Hines: WP Security – That Boring Thing Until it Matters

At WordCamp Portland 2017, Sarah talks about the fact that WordPress is one of the most used content management systems in the world. Which also, inconveniently, makes it one of the most-targeted CMS’ for hackers. You know you should keep WordPress core, plugins, and themes up-to-date, but what else can you do to protect your system?

Matthias Kurz: Absicherung von WordPress durch Zwei-Faktor-Authentifizierung mit Security-Keys

From WordCamp Berlin 2017 – Noch immer ist das WordPress-Login eines der größten Einfallstore einer WordPress-Installation. Dies ist in den meisten Fällen auf unsichere Passwörter zurückzuführen, gerade wenn mehrere Benutzer Zugang zu einer Instanz haben oder wenn der / die Administrationsaccount(s) von mehreren Menschen verwendet wird.

Adam W. Warner: WordPress Security for Beginners – Simple Steps to Build Your Master Plan

And from WordCamp Louisville 2016, Adam has this for WordPress beginners and users.

Security can seem intimidating and complex for many of us, but we shouldn’t (can’t) let that stop us from making sure we’re doing everything we can to secure our WordPress sites. After all, our websites are often part of our livelihood.

Slides for this presentation can be found HERE.