Taste the Event

Taste The Event DurhamI have to admit, the last three years of my life has been filled with staying inside, eating leftovers and making sure that my 3 year old stayed in his bed. I know, it’s pathetic. But it’s time to change that. Babysitters do exist. And it’s time for me to get out and explore some of Durham’s amazing restaurants and pubs.

I have recently been working with Shannon Media on their 3 main websites, Durham Mag, Chapel Hill Mag and Taste the Event. TASTE is the largest annual culinary event in the Triangle area. This is the fourth year running! It’s an event designed to celebrate the Triangle’s awesome food.

Durham is a great place for food, babysitters exist and I need to get out more. So I am definitely going to sign up for some events.

2017, the year I finally hire some help

That’s it!  It’s time to get some help.  If you haven’t noticed, the Penner Web Design website hasn’t been updated in ages.  Basically, 2015 and 2016 presented some serious challenges that prevented me from doing any sort of work on it.  So, It’s January 2nd and I posted a craigslist ad to see what I can find. If you’re looking for work in the Triangle, here’s the ad:

I need a full time worker to help me with my business. This is a work from home position, but you must live in the Triangle or within driving distance.

Penner Web Design designs and develops WordPress websites. I’ve run this company for 8 years by myself, and I need some help! Here are the skills you must have. Design experience, photoshop, html, css, php, WordPress, and basic social skills so that you can talk to my clients. Anything else is a big bonus (app design, SEO, marketing).

Pay will be relative to experience. I will consider a full time position or a part time position. I’m flexible, it sort of depends what works for you. Chances are that you won’t get health insurance with this job. But on the bright side, I’m cool and pretty chill. We’d probably meet in person once a week to go over projects and what needs to be done. Otherwise, we’ll chat via skype or slack. You’ll be pretty independent, I don’t care what you do as long as you get your work done. So basically, it means you need to be a self starter.

If you’re interested, send me a resume, but more importantly, some examples of your work. Tell me what you’ve done and what you’re interested in doing.

WordPress Web Security

Recently a client of mine called in a panic. His website had been hacked, AND he had a malware infection on his website, AND he had been blacklisted.  Not a good situation!  Not only was it an extremely disturbing situation for him personally and professionally, but all of the web clientele he had carefully built up over the years were also in jeopardy should they manage somehow to get in contact with his infected site.

Web security is a huge issue. Forbes magazine recently ran an article listing huge cyber-security breaches in 5 well know firms. This website repels at least 500 attempted user logins every day. Your website should be well protected against this kind of attack. Because the havoc that can ensue, should such an attack be successful, is not something you want to deal with.

There are many excellent articles on WordPress Website Security. Here is one at copyblogger and another one at WordPress codex itself. Here at Penner Web Design, I have just implemented a new Website Security Service, which will severely cut the chances that a hacker can get into your website. I hope you will take advantage of this extremely valuable service!

(Oh, and in case your wondering, my friend had not subscribed to my Website Security Service.)