This past weekend, we flew out to California to attend another WordCamp! This camp was held in the lovely city of San Diego. The timing couldn’t have been better, since right when we were flying out of Minneapolis, MN, a mid-April blizzard was just starting. Needless to say, we were pretty happy to be spending the weekend in warm, sunny San Diego!

After narrowly escaping the Minnesota snowstorm, we arrived in California Friday morning. We met up with Tessa from Pantheon shortly thereafter, at Sea World. We talked about the tech industry, web hosting, what’s happening in the world of the internet – all while doing some Orca watching.

Later that evening, we attended the Speaker and Sponsor event at the San Diego Firehouse Museum, located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Touring the museum was pretty incredible, as it features firefighting equipment from as far back as the 1800s. This was a great way to kick off the beginning of San Diego’s WordCamp. We have always been especially fond of this particular WordCamp, because it’s so close to one of our main offices in Los Angeles.

Saturday, we arrived early to set up our booth at San Diego City College, which was the chosen venue for the WordCamp. Since Boldie was around for moral support, getting set up for the show was a breeze.

Saturday, we spent the day connecting with speakers, talking with attendees, and networking with fellow sponsors. The day’s sessions were both insightful and useful, covering topics such as using images to make your WordPress site come alive, tips on back-end development, and much more. Later that evening, we met up with Corey Webb from Reaktiv Studios for dinner at the House of Blues. Afterward, we headed out to the WordCamp afterparty and the Museum of Man. This was a great venue to really connect with other attendees, and it was a nice change of pace to attend an afterparty in a museum.

Sunday morning, there was an hour dedicated to networking and getting to know other attendees. Afterwards, the keynote presentation was given by Dre Armeda from GoDaddy / Sucuri, entitled “How Transition Can Empower Your Business”.

Sunday afternoon, Mike Demo gave his popular talk “Which Way Does Your Duck Face”. This talk covers the ins and outs of A/B split testing and how to get the most out of the process for your website.

After the WordCamp concluded, we met up with our friends Kyle Ledbetter from Teradata and Chris Adams from Rochen Hosting for dinner. Monday morning, we flew to our office in Los Angeles since we were so close to home. It was great to see the California team and get some work done in the office. This was another great WordCamp overall – we’re looking forward to the next one already!

Boldlife Episode 6

Bridget Willard

On this episode of BoldLife, we’re speaking with Bridget Willard about her WPblab, a WordPress-focused interview show. We’ll also be speaking on other topics, such as the new developments with the WordPress marketing team.

We just finished attending another one of our favorite events, WordCamp Jax! This WordCamp was held this past weekend, on April 7th and 8th, at Keiser University. This was our second year attending Jacksonville’s only WordCamp, and it was well worth the return trip. We arrived in sunny Florida on Friday, so we had some time to settle in and attend the speaker and sponsor dinner that evening. This year’s dinner was hosted at a charming brewery, Intuition Ale Works. This local craft brewery served amazing food, which was surpassed only by the company. This was a great way to kick off the weekend and get to know our fellow speakers and attendees. After dinner, a few of us decided to take a tour of Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop. Needless to say, everyone had a ton of fun.

Saturday was the first day of the WordCamp. The sessions were very timely and beneficial to a wide variety of WordPress users, covering topics ranging from development, to business practices, to web design. Our very own Mike Demo gave his talk “Two Sides of the Same Coin”, which is all about Open Source. Mike’s deep knowledge and enthusiasm on Open Source always draws in a crowd, and today was no exception.

After a full day of sessions and networking with everyone, we were invited to an unofficial after-party hosted by our friends at Pressable and WAPU.US at the Mellow Mushroom. They serve some of the best pizza around, and have plenty of vegan options too. We made a lot of new friends, and were able to connect with some old ones too. All in all, it was a great after-party to connect with other people at WordCamp!

Sunday was the last day of the event, and even though it was a half day, it was packed with great sessions. We heard about how to better utilize Google Analytics for your website, identifying guest authors for your blog, overcoming the fear of sales, and much more. The keynote talk and ending session was given by Nathan Ingram, entitled “The Challenge of Change: How to Thrive in the New World of WordPress”; It was an excellent presentation that helped prepare everyone for the developments and changes coming to the WordPress platform. He also spoke at length about Gutenberg, which is the new editor coming to WordPress – of which we are also a sponsor! It was great to see Nathan again, as we had just interviewed Nathan on BoldLife just a few weeks prior and got his insights into the future of WordPress, among other topics.

The official WordCamp Jax after-party was a lunch held at Wicked Barley, which is a local craft brewery that serves some delicious food. Afterward, we wanted to host our own event and get to know a few people a bit better. We became a sponsor of WAPU this past January, so we partnered up with our new friends and hosted an unofficial event at the local Top Golf. That night, we spent time with some of the WCJAX team and voluneteers, who are responsible for making this event such a success.

WordCamp Jax most certainly did not disappoint this year. Everything ran smoothly, was very well organized, and full of insightful sessions plus great people. We can’t wait to attend next year!

Version 1.6 of the BoldGrid Backup plugin was released today. We’re happy to announce that this plugin now has a premium extension available! For users with a Premium BoldGrid Connect Key, version 1.0 of the BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension can be downloaded from BoldGrid Central. In its initial release, the BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension includes the following features:

 

Amazon S3 Support

It’s best practice to store your backups in more than one location, and the premium extension now gives Amazon S3 support.

 

One click File Restorations

Need to restore only one file from a backup? The BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension gives you the option to restore a single file within the backup browser.

 

Historical Versions

Let’s say you have a file that you need restored. Let’s also say you have 10 different backups, and you’re not sure which backup has the version of the file you’re looking for. The Historical Versions feature shows you a listing of all of your backups containing that file, and offers an easy way to select a backup to restore the file from.

 

Update History

Need to remember when a certain plugin was installed or when WordPress was last updated? The BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension’s History tool keeps a running log of significant actions to your WordPress site, including who did what and when.

 

Save A Copy Before Updating

WordPress includes a Plugin Editor. For those that utilize this feature, the BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension adds a handy “save a copy before updating” feature. If you’re editing files, this makes it easy to make a backup of those files before clicking that Update File button.

 

Recently Modified Files

Complementing the Save a copy before updating feature is the Recently Modified Files tool. This handy tool allows you to search for all files modified within a certain time frame. In addition to seeing which files were modified and when, you can also easily find other versions of that file within your backups.

Months in the making, BoldGrid Backup 1.6 is now available for upgrade / download! There’s lots of new features, including a new premium extension, and we’ve highlighted a few of them below:

 

No Limitations

BoldGrid Backup 1.6 no longer has disk space or database size limitations.

 

Archive Browser

Not sure what’s in a backup? The new archive browser allows you to see which files are in your backups. With the BoldGrid Backup Premium extension, you can restore individual files with a click!

 

Database Browser

Similar to the Archive Browser, the Database Browser gives a high level look at the database in your backup compared to your live database.

 

Restore This Database

Need to restore just the database from an archive, but not all of the files? Use the Restore this database feature.

 

FTP / SFTP Support

FTP and SFTP are now supported. If you have backups made with our scheduler, we can automatically ftp them to your ftp server. If you’re manually managing your backups, there’s also a one click upload to ftp feature.

 

Control Exactly What’s Backed Up

Do you need 100% full backups, both WordPress core files and all of the content that you’ve uploaded? Or do want to save space and only backup plugins, themes, and images that you’ve uploaded? With the latest version of the BoldGrid Backup plugin, you now have control over which files and database tables are included in your backups. Whatever it is that you need backed up, we can help.


 

Cron / WP Cron support

Scheduled backups can now be managed by either Cron or WP Cron. WP Cron support has been added in BoldGrid 1.6.

 

Improved Time Zone Support

Not sure if you’re scheduling your backups based on your own time zone, your server’s timezone, the WordPress time, or UTC? We’ve improved the UI and are now taking care of all the time conversions for you.

 

Updated Admin Pages

We’ve changed the look of our dashboard pages to better align with the standards set by WordPress.

New Premium Extension

For even more features and functionality, please be sure to checkout the new BoldGrid Backup Premium Extension.