May 2018: WP Security Essentials, and Docker for WP


This month's theme: What the Browns can do for you! ;0)

6:30 - 7:00 Meet, Greet and Eat! - Time for some refreshments and informal networking.

7:00 - 7:10 Welcome/Introductions

7:10 - 8:00 WordPress security essentials - Dave Brown

Have you thought much about whether your WordPress site is vulnerable to a hack attack? You should. Dave's got answers to some critical questions about WP security, such as: Is WordPress less secure compared to other CMS platforms, or is that a myth? What is a hacker’s ultimate goal? Why isn’t it enough to simply keep your WP software updated? What practical steps can you take as a site owner to prevent your site from being compromised? If it all goes wrong anyway, what are your best next steps? Bring your own questions to this session! Dave's here to help!

8:00 - 8:20 Docker for WP - Rich Brown

Docker enables developers to easily pack, ship, and run any application (including Wordpress) as a lightweight, self-sufficient container which can run virtually anywhere.

For Wordpress users, this means it's easy to set up a lightweight development WP server on your laptop/desktop. You can make and test changes before migrating it to your client's site. Best of all, if you screw things up, you can simply discard the container's files and start afresh in a couple minutes. And because it's running on your local computer, no need to worry about hosting, configuring servers, etc.

Rich will show how to install the Docker application on a laptop, then install and start a Wordpress Docker container. The result is the familiar new WP install that you can customize to your heart's (or client's) content.

8:20 - 8:30 Wrap up


Dave Brown - Over the course of his many years of experience working with WordPress and as a security consultant Dave has seen more than his share of common exploits among his clients, has recovered many a hacked WordPress site, and has become passionate about helping people avoid the worst-case scenario.

Rich Brown - Rich has been working with computers professionally since 1973, from assembly language to network monitoring software and now Wordpress sites. He blogs at When he's not playing with computers, he teaches people to juggle at