Takeaways from WordCamp Europe 2021: Enhancing the Accessibility of a Plugin, a Use Case

Side-by-side panels of Rian Rietveld and Morgan Kay as they give their presentation online.

At WordCamp Europe 2021, Rian Rietveld and Morgan Key presented Enhancing the Accessibility of a Plugin, a Use Case, sharing their experience of improving the accessibility of the Gravity Forms plugin.

If you’re not familiar, Gravity Forms is a popular form plugin that allows WordPress users to easily create forms, from simple forms to complex forms.

I’ve known Rian for years through the accessibility community and didn’t want to miss her talk at WordCamp Europe this year. Continue reading Takeaways from WordCamp Europe 2021: Enhancing the Accessibility of a Plugin, a Use Case

Takeaways from How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level

Title presentation slide from livestream for Chris's talk.

In his How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level online presentation at the Rochester WordPress Users Meetup, senior software engineer (and my friend) Chris Wiegman, shared practical advice and actionable steps sites owners can take to protect their sites from attackers.

While the focus was on WordPress sites, many tips Chris shared apply to every site on the web.

As well as anyone who uses the web.

What I liked most about Chris’s talk: he didn’t only focus on website protection.

Chris emphasized the importance of making sure your:

  • Digital devices
  • Operating systems
  • Internet Service Provider connection
  • Domain name server configuration
  • Digital tools you use on your site

are secure.

You want to protect your data, privacy, and the people who visit your website.

He recommended site owners think beyond only site security and consider all the other ways to improve security.

Here are my takeaways from Chris’s presentation. Continue reading Takeaways from How to Take Your WordPress Site Security to the Next Level

Takeaways from So, How Do I Know if my WordPress Website is Accessible?

WordFest Live 2021: the festival of WordPress

Last week I joined hundreds of WordPress bloggers, designers, developers, digital marketers, and content specialists around the world at WordFest Live 2021, an online celebration of WordPress.

The virtual event spanned multiple time zones with 48 sessions about WordPress and mental health across five tracks.

I focused on accessibility and content sessions, and wanted to make sure I attended Graham Armfield’s So, How Do I Know if my WordPress Website is Accessible? Continue reading Takeaways from So, How Do I Know if my WordPress Website is Accessible?