Jay Holtslander


Posted Oct 9, 2019

WordCamp Vancouver 2019 took place on September 28 and featured a full day of presentations as well as opportunities for networking and breakout sessions.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web.

WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others.

Sponsors for the event included WooCommerce, JetPack, BlueHost, Liquid Web, Pantheon, and WPMU DEV

During WordCamp I presented on Wordpress security in the hopes of bringing some essential but often overlooked knowledge to a wide audience. The synopsis being:

WordPress Security

Presented by Jay Holtslander in Room C300.

Learn the basics of WordPress security and why it’s so important. This session is perfect for beginners and intermediates. We’ll cover what the reality is of the threats out there, why they’re trying to compromise your WordPress website, and what steps we can take to stop them. We’ll cover some popular free and paid security tools and look at what they do and how they’re configured. We’ll also explore some options that can stop malicious parties before they even reach your website.

You can read more about everything that went down on the event page here and find my slide deck for the event here.