WordPress Security and Maintenance: How Not to Get Hacked

What You’ll Learn

Did you know that outdated WordPress versions, plugins, and themes can leave your website vulnerable to attack and cause broken functionality? Do you know how to effectively backup both your WordPress database and uploaded files? Do you know how to recover from the “white screen of death” if an update fails or breaks your site? Do you use basic security on your site including two-step login authentication, updated encryption salts, not using admin as the user name, super strong passwords, VPN over wifi, and basic security plugins?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this three-hour hands-on workshop is for you!

This workshop will take you step by step through:

  • Creating a new administrator-level account and deleting the old “admin” account.
  • Enforcing strong passwords for all users.
  • Correcting server file permissions.
  • Enabling a firewall and limiting login attempts via a security plugin.
  • Updating your login encryption salts.
  • Updating your plugins, theme, and WordPress safely and what to do if an update “breaks”your site.
  • How to spot and clean up a hacked site.
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Class Reviews:

Angela is top notch, in her mastery of the material, the organization and pacing of the class, her ability to answer questions and teach things clearly, her attention to students needs, and her obvious enthusiasm for teaching. Chris on 4/10/2015

Angela did a great job of providing concise and relevant information about securing and backing up a WordPress instance. I enjoyed the quick pace as well as the accurate information. It was nice to be able to follow along on my own laptop to reinforce the concepts being taught. I look forward to taking other courses offered by Angela at BDA. Thanks for a great experience! Cheryl on 11/7/2014

It was a great experience! The teacher was able to provide technical information and real-world experiences. The attendees of the class were of all levels, and with that said, the teacher was able to accommodate everyone’s needs. I will be attending more classes, especially if Angela Bowman is teaching. Kimberly on 11/7/2014

Yes! I learned a lot about implementing the proper security measures. Angela is very informative and interactive! Great Class!!anonymous on 11/6/2014

I love that I receive info I can put to work right away. She gives specifics that I appreciate, she presents clearly, concisely, and is well-prepared. Diane on 9/25/2013

Most excellent. Arlan on 9/25/2013

She is awesome, extremely knowledgeable. Brenda L. on 9/25/2013

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Daniel on 9/25/2013

Extremely valuable and a great tie in with the E-mail Marketing, SEO, and Blogging classes. Nadia Eve on 4/15/2013

I learned a plethora of valuable information. Karen on 4/15/2013

The material related directly to issues I face on my WordPress sites. Kumara on 9/10/2012

I learned several things that will be very important to implement on ANY WordPress site. Instructor Angela Bowman is sooo knowledgeable and helpful! Heather on 9/10/2012

Great content! Instructor Angela Bowman is excellent, very knowledgeable.Cheryl on 9/10/2012

Angela is incredibly knowledgeable. A very good overview of possible security risks and steps to take to avoid them. Betty on 10/20/2011

She made a dry topic interesting and fun!Val on 6/1/2011

This class was invaluable. Lindsay on 3/9/2011

This class has alerted me to the many ways I can secure my WordPress site. Angela did a great job presenting the material and was very open to feedback and questions from the group. I had no idea how many plugins, etc were available to enhance the security of a WP site. All in all I found the class very worthwhile. Melody on 3/8/2011

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Angela Bowman

Front-end WordPress developer since 2007 building highly custom websites for nonprofits and small businesses. Experienced in nonprofit administration, grant writing, and technical writing. Love high altitude hiking and backyard chickens.

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