Speaker Highlight: Rose Fields

Confess to us your biggest moment of WP fail?

All my sites on one shared hosting plan with one ftp login; every one got hacked and I had no back up. Took me an entire day to fix all of them and then I fixed all the security holes I found as well.

Do you use Themes & Child Themes, Roll your own, or both?

I build all my sites on the iThemes Builder framework and then customize one of their child themes to match the look and feel my customers want in their sites and integrate in all the functionality they need.

Favorite plugin or least favorite plugin?

BackupBuddy from iThemes – I set it to automatically backup all my sites and stores them in a secure location.

When was the first time that you really got excited about WordPress OR at what point did you decide to make it your career?

About 5 years ago there was a course called Blog Evangelists created by Kelly McCausey. The course taught how to modify WordPress these and build a business using WordPress. As I worked through the lessons I really got excited to learn everything I could do and I saw a need for this type of website for small local businesses in my area. I switched the focus of my business from virtual assistance services to website design and have seen a lot of growth doing this for the past 5 years.