I have been fairly busy at work and home with WordPress the last few weeks. I just upgraded all of my websites to WordPress 4.1. No problems “easy peasy” (which is a version of Linux which I ran on a notebook laptop).
Security has been in the news for several months but most recently it was iThemes that made the headlines concerning a security issue. Cory Miller of iThemes quickly wrote a post and an email was sent out to users about changing their passwords. This was done on September 23rd. The post can read here: http://ithemes.com/2014/09/23/important-security-update-for-all-customers/.
An updated post was sent out on September 25th and contained additional information about the incident and what was being done. The post can be read here: http://ithemes.com/2014/09/25/update-2-security-update-for-ithemes-customers/.
I think that Cory and his team are working hard to take the necessary steps to make sure that this does not happen again and are reaching out to their members who are having issues during this transition.
I recently installed the Clef plugin on one of my websites. The plugin requires that an app be installed on a smartphone. Setup was quick and easy. It actually worked the first time I tried it, which is unusual for me. I have had a good time demonstrating the login process to tech people I work with.
Something unexpected happened a few hours after I had setup the Clef plugin. I received an email from Jesse Pollak of the Clef Team asking how the setup went and if I had any questions. How cool is that!!!!
On Friday I will be driving to Michigan to attend the October 4th WordCamp Ann Arbor. It is about a 5 hour drive from eastern Ohio and I am really looking forward to a long weekend and my 4th WordCamp of the year.
It looks like a great lineup of sessions and i am looking forward to the trip. you can see the schedule here: http://2014.annarbor.wordcamp.org/event/schedule/
It is easy to forget that there is a lot of planning and activity that goes on behind the scenes. Something that I have learned in the past few months is that there is a tremendous system in place that helps WordCamp organizers in their planning. If you go to: https://make.wordpress.org/community/ you can see that WordCamps, Meetups, Community Outreach and WordPress TV are a big part of the community.