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November 30, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. Neglect WordPress Updates at Your Own Peril!
  2. ASAE's 2015 Technology Conference & Expo

Neglect WordPress Updates at Your Own Peril!

By Brendan Magee
If you're using WordPress to manage content on your website, you're already familiar with the positive aspects of open source systems: no software licensing costs, "free" plugins to extend functionality, and a large community of developers who build new features and functionality.

Sounds great, right? We certainly think so—that's why we recommend WordPress to many of our clients, especially those who don't need all the power and extensibility of the Microsoft .NET platform. WordPress gets the job done, and it's hard to ignore the software's nonexistent price tag. The downside, of course, is that open source systems need a lot of regular attention just to maintain security and prevent malicious incursions.

If you're worried about security, go ahead and log in to your WordPress administrative dashboard, and look around for these words: "WordPress 4.3.1 is now available. Please update now." Obviously, this means that your version of WordPress isn't up to date. Now look for the word "Plugins" in the left-hand menu. The little bubble with the inscribed number indicates how many of your plugins need to be updated.

Hodgson recommends that our WordPress clients update their sites at least twice per month in order to prevent hacking and keep your site running as smoothly as possible. By its very nature, open source code is publicly available for anyone to review. This means that Hodgson can build a WordPress site for you without paying anyone for the software, but it also means that hackers can check the code for vulnerabilities.

Frequently, hackers will simply comb the internet for WordPress sites that are using older plugin versions or older versions of WordPress. This is not unlike what car thieves do when they search massive parking lots, looking for unlocked vehicles with valuables on the seat. The best way to protect yourself is just to stay on top of the updates.

If you don't have the time to do these updates yourself, Hodgson's WordPress developers can certainly help. Also, if you're just nervous about an automatic upgrade breaking code, give us a call at 301.942.7040—your project manager can talk you through the process and give you some helpful instructions.

ASAE's 2015 Technology Conference & Expo

By Karen Rosen
This is a reminder that Hodgson will be exhibiting at the 2015 Technology Conference & Expo at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from December 15th through 16th.

At this conference, associations and nonprofits will gain knowledge and insight into the technology issues most related to your work. Experience learning tailored to your needs, whether you’re a CEO, CIO, director, manager, or other professional with a role or interest in technology.

Take the next step toward leading your organization in the best technical and strategic direction through one or more of the pathways, a riveting Opening General Session, and plenty of discussions with fellow attendees. Your colleagues at the 2015 Technology Conference may come with different experiences and expertise, but they also bring similar challenges and goals—a circumstance sure to give you plenty of insights and ideas to take back and share with your organization.

We're looking forward to talking with you about how a digital strategy can improve your member recruitment, organizational outreach, and donation campaigns.