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Spotlight on Our Sponsors – Status Forward

Status Forward

Meet Laurel from Status Forward

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce one of our local Silver Sponsors Status Forward and let website developer Laurel Scherer share their story with us and explain how they use WordPress and contribute to the Asheville community.

Q. What do you do at Status Forward?
A.
I am the Lead Developer

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
A.
We help build forward thinking brands and innovative websites that help our clients stand out from the crowd, attract desired clientele, and get real results.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A.
WordPress is the foundation for all of our website design/development. We love it because it allows us to be flexible and it allows our clients to easily manage their own content.

Q. What products and services do you offer?
A.
We provide creative services like visual brand identity development, website design/development, and graphic design.

Q. Who are your ideal customers and clients?
A. Our team loves to work with organizations and entrepreneurs interested and ready to move their brand forward through an effective visual identity and web presence.

Q.Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A.
WordCamp is a terrific opportunity for everyone in the WordPress community to come together and support one another.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?
A.
Find us on social media at:

Or visit our website www.statusforward.com

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – SiteLock

Meet Adam from SiteLock

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Bronze Sponsor SiteLock and let WordPress Community Evangelist Adam Warber share their story with us and explain how they use WordPress and contribute to the open source community.

Q. What do you do at SiteLock?
A.
I am a WordPress Community Evangelist for SiteLock

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
A.
To create a safer internet for all users by protecting every business and website from malware and hacking attempts.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A.
Adam discovered WordPress in 2005 when looking for a faster way to update his hand-written HTML websites. WordPress spoke to him visually and it’s been by his side ever since. Having been involved in the community for so long, it’s safe to say that most (if not all) of my closest friends are in this same community. I am constantly evangelizing the use of WordPress to people I meet because I believe in the mission of democratizing publishing, so it just makes sense to work in the community I love.

Q. What products and services do you offer?
A.
We are the only provider to offer complete, cloud-based website protection that finds and automatically fixes threats, prevents future attacks, accelerates website speed, and meets PCI compliance standards — all with 24/7 U.S. based phone support.

Our products include:

Daily or Continuous Malware Scanning and Removal: SiteLock® SMART™ (Secure Malware Alert and Removal Tool) is a technologically advanced product with an acute ability to find and automatically remove malware found on your website. This helps prevent search engine blacklisting, which means keeping your website online and your business running. SiteLock SMART also performs web app scanning, which checks for vulnerabilities like XSS or SQLi, and so much more.

SiteLock911: Is your site infected with malware? SiteLock911 does for your website what anti-virus software and clean-up tools do for your PC. The difference is that malware on your website can affect more people and computers than a virus on a single PC. Yet PC anti-virus programs are almost taken for granted, and website security and malware removal is unfortunately often deferred until there is a problem. SiteLock thoroughly trains our team of security experts to find and remove website malware, just like automatic clean-up tools do for PCs.

TrueShield Web Application Firewall (WAF): A web application firewall (WAF) is the ultimate layer of protection for your website. TrueShield Web Application Firewall protects websites from malicious traffic and blocks harmful requests. Our advanced technology identifies backdoor files and blocks access to them immediately. The setup process is fast and seamless via a simple change.

TrueSpeed CDN: Website speed performance plays a huge role in generating a positive customer experience — which ultimately leads to higher revenue and increased customer loyalty. SiteLock advanced Content Delivery Network (CDN) greatly increases your website speed, while also using significantly less bandwidth.

TrueCode: TrueCode Static Application Security Testing (SAST) is our deepest source code analysis. Also known as “white-box” testing, TrueCode finds common vulnerabilities by analyzing 100% of the source code of your applications without actually executing them, and adds a unique and critical layer of security by protecting your web apps — where 92% of all vulnerabilities reside.

PCI Compliance: If your business accepts credit cards, you need to be PCI Compliant. The SiteLock® PCI compliance program is the fastest and easiest way to meet these requirements for companies who accept credit card payments. Avoid fines from your processor and reduce risk of fraud for your customers.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A.
Over 27 percent of websites are powered by WordPress. At SiteLock, our number one goal is to create a better and safer Internet for all users. We are extremely proud and thankful for the opportunity to fulfill this mission by participating in the WordPress community and supporting many WordPress initiatives.

As an example, we recognized the need for dedicated WordPress evangelists, who could make WordPress community development their full-time job. Logan Kipp and Adam Warner have taken on this role with a passion, and continue to foster partnerships and ongoing education within the community.

If you haven’t already met them, Logan and Adam are the ones attending and speaking on behalf of SiteLock at various WordCamps throughout the year. They play a huge role in helping us determine how our products and services can make a greater impact in the community. Our message in Asheville will be the importance of securing your business and those of your clients, but also just as important, your personal security online.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?
A.
Find us on social media at Facebookcom/SiteLock or Twitter.com/SiteLock. You can alos visit our website at www.Sitelock.com.

 

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – WPML

 

Meet Andrés from WPML

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Bronze Sponsor WPML, a product of OnTheGoSystems. WMPL supporter and Community leader Andrés Cifuentes shares their story with us and explains how they use WordPress and contribute to the open source community.

Q. What do you do at WPML? 
A. I’m a WPML supporter and Community leader. I work at OnTheGoSystems, the team behind Toolset and WPML, the WordPress Multilingual Plugin.

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission? 
A. My mission is to coordinate, promote and lead our participation in WordCamps and WordPress Meetups. We are a 100% remote team and all our members are around the world, so it gives us a lot of opportunities to interact with amazing and different kind of WordPress communities. There could be weekends with 2 or 3 WordCamps simultaneously, so we need to join our efforts in order to have the best possible experience.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it? 
A. WordPress is our living way, it is not only our passion but it also we are a WordPress company. Furthermore, personally talking, WordPress community has made me evolved in a professional way and also as a person. My best friends are part of WordPress community and a lot of my current decisions, like where I live, are the result of being part of this amazing community.

Q. What products and services do you offer? 
A. We have two main products:
First, WPML – The WordPress Multilingual Plugin. Every time you think about WordPress multilingual, you associate it immediately to WPML. Why? Because WPML make it possible to have your WordPress site ready to provide content in different languages quickly and easily. WPML has evolved until becoming the most complete tool to translate your WordPress site. Nowadays, you not only are able to have a site completely translatable, but also you can count on local or external translators to provide the best content for your users. If you are thinking about running a multilingual e-commerce site, WooCommerce Multilingual along with WPML will make your life sweet.Now, we also offer Toolset – the easiest way to add custom types to WordPress sites. With all this experience and the great team built around WPML, we decided to create Toolset. Idea was to leverage on Custom Types to build websites that were easy to manage and maintain. That’s precisely what Toolset does, you can add custom types to the WordPress admin and front-end, using any theme and without writing PHP. For making this possible we have created:

  • Types: Create your custom post types, taxonomies, and custom fields. All from within the WordPress GUI and with no coding!
  • Views : Easily display custom post types and fields. Display and sort your content for listings and inventory. Add custom searches to allow visitor to filter your contents and find exactly what they are looking for.
  • Layouts: Design entire WordPress sites using a drag-and-drop interface.
  • CRED: Allow others to edit and add full scale WordPress content using front-end forms. No need to force clients to edit content from the WordPress admin – allow them to use your customized CRED form right from the site. Additionally, allow user registration from the front-end.

Q. Who are your ideal customers? What kind of companies and businesses should contact you for services or products? 
A. Every WordPress user or every person or company thinking about using WordPress are our ideal clients. With globalization and e-commerce becoming a norm, you would need a tool like WPML or Toolset in order to get the job done and bring an amazing experience to your users.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville? 
A. WordCamps are a great opportunity to meet new people from the WordPress community, interact, share and learn from them. It’s a great chance for networking, making connections and friends. WordCamps are vital for making WordPress bigger and better, that’s why we encourage all our OTGSians to attend to a WordCamp every time that is possible.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?
A. Please visit our main page https://www.onthegosystems.com/, or https://wpml.org/ if you want more information about WPML and https://wp-types.com/ for Toolset. You can also find us on social media at
Facebook.com/WPMLcms
Twitter.com/wpml

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – DreamHost

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Meet DreamHost

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Bronze Sponsor DreamHost and share a little bit of their story. Check out our Q & A with this awesome, community-focused hosting company.

Q. What is your name?
A.
Cathee Smith

Q. What business/organization do you represent? What is your professional title i.e. Director of Sales, Administrative Assistant, Developer, etc?
A.
DreamHost, Marketing Coordinator

Q. What is your company mission?
A.
The year was 1997. The scene was a college dorm room. Four friends with a love of technology, open-source software, and a strong desire to help people get online banded together to create DreamHost. Built on open-source technology with a commitment to customer success, DreamHost provides domain registration, web hosting and cloud services to 1.5 million sites, blogs and applications, and supports over 400,000 web designers, developers, content creators, small businesses and entrepreneurs with the power of the Open Web.

Q. What products and/or services do you offer? Please provide detail.
A.
Web hosting, VPS (virtual private servers), dedicated servers, and WordPress specific hosting (DreamPress 2). Whether you have a single low-traffic site or a high-traffic store, we have a hosting solution for you!

Q. Why do you love WordPress and why do you work with the WordPress community?
A.
We love WordPress simply because it follows a lot of our core values here at DreamHost. WordPress is operated openly and widely, and works for a variety of users. Plus, you can’t beat the community that surrounds WordPress, some of the best people around. 🙂

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A.
DreamHost is a BIG lover of all things WordPress, and under that umbrella falls WordCamps! We sponsor all western region WordCamps because we want as many users to find and take advantage of these amazing conferences as possible.

Q. How can people keep up to date on what is happening at DreamHost?
A.
Check out our website or join our social networks:
Facebook.com/DreamHost
Twitter.com/DreamHost
Instagram.com/DreamHost

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – SiteGround

Siteground logo

Meet SiteGround

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Gold Sponsor SiteGround and share a little bit of their story. Check out our Q & A with this fun, reliable, and awesome hosting company.

Q. What is your name?
A.
Lilyana Yakimova

Q. What do you do at SiteGround?
A.
I am Marketing Projects Director at SiteGround.com, where we specialize in managed hosting solutions for WordPress and other open-source platforms. Since 2004 we’ve been mastering the craft of forging complex technology into human-scale web hosting solutions that actually work for our clients, not the other way round. We host over 500 000 domain names and have 5 server data centers in USA, Europe and Asia.

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
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I joined the company since its very foundation, and have actively participated in its marketing and communication strategy to date, effectively communicating SiteGround’s strengths and helping to grow the company from a single client to an international business.Our mission is to be real craftsmen in what we do. This means that we do not simply follow the latest developments in the hosting field. Instead, we are proud to be among the few who actually take the lead. To illustrate with a small example: we were updating WordPress instances automatically in order to secure our WordPress clients long before the term “managed WordPress hosting” even existed.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A.
We wanted to make good web hosting services accessible and delightful to use for people of all technical levels. We empower both professionals and WordPress beginners to build better, faster, safer websites easily and not have to worry about web hosting. Apart from automatic updates, we constantly monitor for WordPress-related vulnerabilities and take proactive measures to protect our customers. We have also developed our own dynamic WordPress NGINX-based cache solution that makes websites super fast and a one-click staging and wp-cli and git for the WordPress devs.We’ve also been actively involved in the WordPress community sharing knowledge, learning from one another, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the world. It’s an amazing ecosystem that helps everyone do their best work – from the newbies to the pros.

Q. What products and services do you offer? Please provide detail.
A.
We craft managed web hosting solutions for personal websites, online businesses and enterprise projects that our customers love.

Q. Who are your ideal customers? What kind of companies and businesses should contact you for services or products?
A.
Part of SiteGround’s mission to craft truly superior managed hosting services is to do offer much more to our customers than they would normally expect from a hosting provider. We’re always looking to collaborate with innovative and forward-thinking companies who share our values that there is always a way to make things better. So we are constantly looking to improve our product and services and make them even more valuable for the clients, while giving them easy access to a service they would normally have to seek out themselves.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A.
In a world where hosted website-building solutions are becoming more and more popular, WordPress is very important for the industry as we currently know it. We believe in keeping the web open and independent, that’s why we support open-source solutions and the WordPress ecosystem specifically. We believe in giving clients the freedom to get crafty with their website design, keep control of their content and always have an easy way to try out different hosting platforms. That’s why WordCamps are especially important, because in sharing knowledges and common issues, you’re actually helping move things forward for everyone, not just for yourself.

Q. How can people stay up to date on what your company is doing?
A.
The SiteGround blog is a great way to start and keep an eye on what we’ve been up to – we share interesting projects that we’re working on, news and other bits of industry information that can tell you a lot about the way we do things at SiteGround.

Facebook.com/SiteGround
Twitter.com/SiteGround
Instagram.com/SiteGround

Last Call for 2017 Volunteers

Last Call for Volunteers for WordCamp Asheville 2017

2017 AVL WordCamp call for volunteers

We are looking for people who love WordPress and are enthusiastic, organized, and energetic.  You don’t have to be a WordPress expert – you just need a smile and a willingness to help.

We are looking for volunteers to help with registration, to be moderators in sessions, and for a bunch of other roles that help make WordCamp a success.

If you are wondering how to get involved, please click the link below and head on over to our volunteer page loaded with info and a handy form for you to fill out.

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There is no guarantee we can give you a certain volunteer task or duty; however, we’ll do our best to match you with the task or duty that best fits your skills, schedule and interests. Volunteer roles will be defined as the event draws closer. Please provide as much information as possible.

Here’s the link to join us:   https://2017.asheville.wordcamp.org/volunteers/

We look forward to having you as a part of the volunteer team!

 

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – GoDaddy

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Meet GoDaddy

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Silver Sponsor GoDaddy and share a little bit of their story. Check out our Q & A .

Q. What is your name?
A.
Mendel

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
A.
My mission is to contribute to and bring feedback from the community to make GoDaddy’s products, service, and advertising better.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A.
It’s versatile with a vibrant community. What’s not to love?

Q. What products and services do you offer?
A.
Managed WordPress hosting and a suite of tools for web professionals called GoDaddy Pro https://godaddy.com/pro/.

Q. Who are your ideal customers? What kind of companies and businesses should contact you for services or products?
A.
People who build websites for others.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A.
It’s simple, we support WordCamps to help people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures.

Q. How can people stay up to date on what your company is doing?
A.
Visit our site at GoDaddy.com/garage/  and join our social networks here:
Facebook.com/GoDaddy
Twitter accounts = @ifyouwillit or @godaddy
Instagram accounts = @ifyouwillit or @godaddy

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – Jetpack

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Meet Jetpack

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Gold Sponsor Jetpack and share a little bit of their story. Check out our Q & A with one of the most amazing suites of plugins made for WordPress and learn more about the incredible Automattic – the genius team behind WordPress.

Q. What do you do at Jetpack?
A. Events Wrangler

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
A. Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A. WordPress is already the most popular and powerful way of getting your voice online. Jetpack helps you build on top of that platform to create beautiful, functional websites, grow your audience, and secure your investment.

Q. What products and services do you offer?
A. Jetpack

Q. Who are your ideal customers? What kind of companies and businesses should contact you for services or products?
A.
Anyone who’s hosting their own WordPress-powered site and wants to take advantage of the awesome features that Jetpack provides.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A. Jetpack not only enjoys supporting the WordPress community, but thrives on the one-on-one feedback we receive by attending WordCamps.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?
A. Visit www.Jetpack.com to learn more about how we can make your life with WordPress easier.
Also join our social networks at:
Facebook.com/JetpackMe
Twitter.com/Jetpack

 

Spotlight on Our Sponsors – WooCommerce

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Meet WooCommerce

Every year we share information about our sponsors. These companies make WordCamps across the nation and in our region possible. Today we want to introduce our Gold Sponsor WooCommerce and share a little bit of their story. Check out our Q & A with one of the best ecommerce systems made for WordPress.  

Q. What do you do at WooCommerce?
A. Events Wrangler

Q. Why do you do it? What is your mission?
A. We want to be the ultimate WordPress toolkit provider to empower people to build greater things with WordPress.

Q. Why is WordPress important to you? Why do you love it?
A. WooCommerce is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, which is the world’s most popular and powerful method for creating a website.

Q. What products and services do you offer?
A. WooCommerce, WooCommerce Extensions, and Themes

Q. Who are your ideal customers? What kind of companies and businesses should contact you for services or products?
A. Store owners and developers looking for a customizable online-shopping-cart solution.

Q. Why do you support WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating? What suggestions, inspirations, or message do you have to share with attendees in Asheville?
A. In recognition of the open-source nature of the WordPress community we make contributing back to it a part of how we work at WooCommerce. We strongly believe that WordPress is only made better by the community working together and we aim to be a core part of that growth by helping to build the community itself as well as local projects and organizations needing help.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?
A. Visit and connect with us at WooCommerce.com or join  our networks:
Facebook.com/WooCommerce
Twitter.com/WooCommerce
Instagram.com/WooCommerce