WPWeekly Episode 162 – Lead Developer of iThemes Security, Chris Wiegman

Marcus Couch and I are joined by the lead developer of iThemes Security, Chris Wiegman. After helping us dissect the news of the week, he tells the story of how he got involved with WordPress. We learn about the circumstances that lead to the creation of iThemes Security and how he almost sold the plugin to a different company. He explains how the Brute Force Login Protection feature added to the latest version of iThemes Security works and the difference between local and network wide protection. Last but not least, we explore the idea of how it could turn into the Jetpack of WordPress Security plugins.

Stories Discussed:

WordPress 4.0 ‘Benny’ Released
What Happens When WordPress Is Updated With 100 Plugins Activated?
Flywheel Hosting Secures $1.2M In Funding
WordPress Theme Review Team to Launch Mentoring Program

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Google Drive Media Library is a plugin that connects your Google Drive account to your WordPress media library. This allows you to use Google Drive to store your photos, documents and videos on your site. This is a great solution if you are frequently receiving files from clients you don’t want to have access to the backend of WordPress.

Speech Bubble is a fun way to document a quote or conversation within a blog post. It’s shortcode driven and presents a conversational display similar to texting or Skype chats. There are 9 different conversation bubble styles and you can mix and match styles in posts.

WP Couch Mode is a handy plugin that provides a clean reading layout at the tap of a button. Much like reader mode in the Safari browser, the content takes on the look and feel of a print mode style removing the distractions of sidebars, widgets, site graphics or ads. It also has a handy print button, doubling as a print ready post plugin.

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  1. I use Flywheel with a site that gets 3 million visitors a year and has more than 9600 pages of large images. I’ve used GoDaddy, Rackspace, Hover, Greengeeks, Host Gator and others, since 1996 and Flywheel is the BEST by far! Love them, love them, love them!

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  2. Jeff and Marcus – I really like the show. I enjoyed this episode and the one with the organizer from WordCamp Miami. Unfortunately, I cannot find that episode now. Can you increase the number of shows in your RSS feed? It is currently only 5.

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    1. Hey Kirk, thanks for listening to the show and your feedback. I’ve changed the feed settings from 5 to 10 so you should be able to see the episode now.

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