John Housholder Talks To Cloudways About WordPress Hosting, Performance & Security (Video Interview)

by Omer Siddiqui  August 28, 2013

After putting things together for our WordPress campaign I finally got some time to do a bit of blogging (but, only a little). While reaching out to WordPress Influencers for our “WordPress for Businesses” interview series, I got a chance to meet John Housholder of Tennessee-based WordPress development shop, Ah So Designs, over a Google+ Hangouts session.

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Why I Framed John Housholder?

John is a professor of  web design at the Art Institute of Tennessee. He has worked with Dell Inc., where he was instrumental in developing key accounts of two of the fastest INC 500 Companies. Apart from developing WordPress apps and teaching, he helps run the Nashville WordPress Meetup and Nashville WordCamp, and volunteers as a mentor at The Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

You can connect with John on twitter at @jhous1 or visit his website about WordPress Development (Cool Stuff Ahead) for more information.

Despite having a bad day (my laptop died on me as I was just getting ready to connect with John), the interview went pretty smooth. I’m sure you’ll like what John has to share with us. So click away to hear John spill the beans about WordPress performance, security, and some of the bloopers he made early on in his career in this short (~18 minutes) Q&A Session.

Key Takeaways:

  • Limit login attempts on WordPress to thwart bot attacks.

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  • In terms of usability, WordPress is the easiest to use among major CMS such as Drupal or Joomla!

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  • Companies operating high traffic sites, such as Ecommerce stores, can utilize the services of a managed services provider,  to focus on development, and not server management.

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  • Keeping something like “123” or “admin” as your WP password is like leaving your credit card at Walmart and hoping that it’ll be safe. Hackers can easily get into your WordPress site just as they can hack your Gmail or Facebook account if you have a vulnerable password.

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  • Community-supported WordPressTV is a great place to start learning about WordPress.

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Please share this video if you enjoyed it yourself. (You’ll do good!) Also, tell me what you think about the interview by leaving your comments below. (You’ll do great!)

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About Omer Siddiqui

Omer Siddiqui oversees Marketing Communications, Digital Partnerships and PR at Cloudways. He has 6+ years of experience in the IT Services Industry.

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