Featured Speaker: Rick Radko

Rick Radko is a creative, artistic, and entrepreneurial engineer with a passion for finding solutions to difficult design problems. He is the owner of R-Cubed Design Forge, where he develops custom web applications, social networking and team collaboration solutions for businesses. Rick specializes in custom application development and multilingual WordPress sites. He is co-leader, and a frequent presenter at the Ottawa WordPress Group.

Presentation: You have a backup, don’t you?

Could you recover your WordPress website if it was lost due to a hardware failure, hacked, or corrupted during an update or plugin install? Having good backups can make the difference between a 10 minute recovery and complete site rebuild that may take a week. This presentation will cover the basics of backups, and several techniques of creating and restoring backups including: using cPanel, WordPress plugins, and services like VaultPress.

What do you want people to learn from your presentation?

How to do the most important, but most neglected, task on your WordPress website: back it up!

What attracted you to WordPress in the first place?

Simple, it’s really easy to use. My clients get web sites that they can manage and update mostly on their own, and as a developer I get a framework that is easy to modify or extend with add-ons and plugins.

What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Toronto?

Meeting and connecting with other WordPress enthusiasts.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Toronto?

I’ve worked with WordPress for the past 4 years, and I want to see it continue to grow. Speaking at a WordCamp provides an opportunity to give back to the WordPress community in a way that supports it and helps it thrive.

What is your favourite theme or plugin, and why?

“As a developer I use a lot of different plugins, but few that I use most of the time are Gravity Forms, Google Analytics for WordPress, and TinyMCE Advanced. I’m also using a couple new ones for building multilingual sites on WordPress multisite – Multisite Language Switcher and WP Native Dashboard.

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About Andy McIlwain

Andy is a front-end dev and community guy (GoDaddy, Toronto's WordPress meetups, and WordCamp). Find him on Twitter and his personal blog.
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