As part of the WordPress Rockstar series, I’ve asked Michele Butcher some interview questions. Michele is a rockstar because of her eagerness to contribute to WordPress, and teach people the importance of not just WordPress security, but security in general.
Michele lives in my neck of the woods, in Southern Illinois and heads up the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup group. Michele works for WP Security Lock, helping to fix hacked WordPress sites and also to make sure they are secure.
I’ve been privileged to actually ride along with her to several conferences where both of us were attending. She’s a sassy lady and tells it like it is, in a good way. 🙂 I’ve also sat in on a couple presentations, and she really knows what she’s talking about.
You can click the following to view some Michele Butcher’s WordCamp presentations on WordPress.tv.
A little bit about Michele Butcher
Michele Butcher is the WordPress Specialist at WP Security Lock and a WordPress instructor at John A Logan College. Michele is also the head geek behind the blog for Can’t Speak Geek. When not cleaning hacked websites or teaching others how to use WordPress l, she spends her time with family or has her nose in between the pages of a great novel.
Interview with Michele Butcher
NILE FLORES: When did you decide to use WordPress for the first time?
MICHELE BUTCHER: In late 2010, I decided I wanted to start a personal blog. My best friend said that the best platform for me to use was WordPress. At the time I knew nothing of WordPress and jumped in feet first.
I never looked back nor ever tried any other platform. It was love at first site. At the same time, I started writing social media posts for his site. The love grew from there.
NILE FLORES: What is the most unique job you have done using WordPress?
MICHELE BUTCHER: I would say the most unique site would have been a fitness site I cleaned about a year ago. It was a sales, membership, and coaching site with three different WordPress installations on it. Between the three sites, it had everything from e-commerce, to videos, to forms. It had a bit of everything.
NILE FLORES: What would you like to see WordPress improve upon in the future?
MICHELE BUTCHER: My first answer is security but that is an ever evolving process. There is always more vulnerabilities being found and patches made every day.
I would also like to see the editor evolve. While the seasoned WordPressers know how to write in the shortcodes to make the editor do their bidding, many new users are expecting the editor to look more like Microsoft Word than what it does. I feel this would be benifiical to new users.
NILE FLORES: What’s the biggest piece or pieces of advice you want WordPress users to know about website security?
MICHELE BUTCHER: Nothing is ever 100% secure, but doing something is always better than doing nothing. It is always good to add security plugins, use secure passwords, and be pro-active of your website.
NILE FLORES: You’ve spoken at WordCamps in the past. In your own words, tell my readers what WordCamp is, and why you believe they should attend at least one in their area.
MICHELE BUTCHER: WordCamps are the best $20-$60 ever spent on education and networking within the WordPress community. They are typically 1-3 days of information overload mixed with a large dose of empowerment. There has never, nor will there ever be two WordCamps alike.
No matter if a person is thinking about using WordPress to the seasoned developer, everyone walks away learning something new and at least ten new people they can call WordPress friends. I have never heard of anyone feeling a WordCamp was a waste of money or they did not get anything out of it.
I have went to many different career conferences that cost quadruple the price of an average WordCamp and felt like I wasted the whole weekend. Never have I felt that way at any of the WordCamps I have went to. Not only do I urge everyone to go to their local but travel to the other WordCamps that are within a few hours travel.
Have any questions for Michele?