11 rockstars help you up your game as a Web professional

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Are you a web developer who creates websites for your clients? Do you live and breathe CMS systems like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal? Do things like site performance and security keep you up at night? Do you want to save time in your development workflow, serve your clients better and get more leverage for your efforts?

Below you’ll find introductions to eleven rock stars from around the GoDaddy organization who have created resources, tips, techniques and insights that you can begin to use immediately. Enjoy!


From Suzette Franck, we have a presentation from WordCamp Vancouver 2013 entitled “Resources for Reaching Your WordPress Potential“ (and many others at her website). This talk assists you in identifying your key interests and learning style to determine whether as a web pro, you should pursue content creation, design, development, SEO and marketing, web hosting and server side technologies, teaching WordPress, writing documentation and contributing to WordPress, organizing meetups, or other areas, along with valuable resources to nurture your WordPress goals.

Connect with SuzetteWebsite
Watch the WordCamp presentationResources for Reaching Your WordPress Potential


Mike McLean and Joe Crim are contributors to WebRockit, an open-source page performance tool that you need to have in your toolboxWebRockit uses a headless web browser to measure how fast web pages load, relative to what a real user might experience. WebRockit also captures interesting metrics about the page load (time to first byte, number of assets, size of response) and can create time-series graphs using that data. WebRockit is intended for periodic collection of this data, and combines the scalability of Sensu, the accessibility of Graphite, backed by the reliability of WebKit. WebRockit is designed for a web-ops audience, but is a useful toolkit for the entire spectrum of web professionals.

Connect with Mike: GitHub
Connect with Joe: GitHub
Download WebRockit: http://webrockit.io/


Kurt Payne is a key contributor to P3, the WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler. This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site. This plugin uses the canvas element for drawing charts and requires Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or IE9 or later.

Connect with Kurt: Website
Get the P3 Plugin From WordPress.org: http://wordpress.org/plugins/p3-profiler/


Jonah Neugass is a core contributor to GoDaddy’s mobile app, which saves web pros immeasurable time by enabling them to better serve their clients while on the go. In addition, if you have a question about mobile development, especially on the iOS platform, you can find answers to over one hundred questions on ViewControllers, ImagePickers, UIViews and general XCode wizardry through Jonah’s prolific and recognized contributions to StackOverflow.

Connect with Jonah: MacVoices interview
See his answers on StackOverflow: Jonah.at.GoDaddy


Dante Baker is the Product Manager for Managed WordPress at GoDaddy, and has helped to create a capability that saves web pros time in getting WordPress sites up and running, backing them up, and keeping them scalable and secure. Dante is also a product manager at Media Temple and shepherded Grid and SSD hosting solutions to market, which offer multiple benefits that are crucially important to web developers and website owners, from dramatically enhanced data transfer speed and more up time, to increased reliability and scalability.

Connect with Dante: Blog
Introduction to Managed WordPress: Google Hangout


Bill Watt, head of product for GoDaddy’s hosting team, gets his hands dirty at all levels and embraces the idea that product plays a part in everything from service to design to tech planning. Bill is committed to supporting the web pro community and sharing his expertise in building one of the fastest, most secure and reliable hosting platforms on the planet. He has run AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) sessions on Reddit and he actively participates in Twitter and Facebook to help web pro customers.

Connect with Bill: Website
Participate in Bill’s AMA on Reddit: http://redd.it/1nzvck


Don LeBert is a security architect and created a thoughtful presentation and resource at DEFCON 19 (with colleague Ganesh Devarajan) called the Voice Data Leakage Detection System. Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) is on top of the list for most organizations, and in order to overcome this issue we need to devise a new system that can monitor phone conversations. The Voice Data Leakage Detection System can be used for tracking credit card, SSN and other PII data. An extension of this can be used for tracking accounting and financial information that leaves the organization before the information is actually public. This architecture helps spot the instances of information leaks to traders, competitors and others.

Connect with Don: Website
Watch the presentation: DEFCON 19


Felix Gorodishter understands the intricacies of optimizing WordPress architectures at a DNA level, including performance tuning fundamentals like adding Varnish caching layers, plugins, themes and optimizations. WordPress is the most popular CMS platform in the world, and he’s one of the best in the world at making WordPress hosting that is solid, reliable, and easy to use. He also makes himself extremely available to the community via his Twitter stream and in online forums such as WebHostingTalk.

Connect with Felix: Twitter
WebHostingTalk conversation: Managed WordPress


Ben Gabler has over a decade of experience in the hosting industry, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to integrate a cPanel offering into a hosting operation with millions of customers here at GoDaddy, including the user experience customizations that were required to bring this solution to market. Ben’s experience in the hosting industry ranges from management to technical support. Ben has been involved in practically every type of hosting (shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated) and has experience with practically every control panel on the market.

Connect with Ben: Twitter
Read about the cPanel experience: cPanel Hosting


Aaron Silvas is a technologist with over 16 years product development experience who thrives on solving very difficult problems with the simplest of solutions. Having designed and developed dozens of systems from cradle to grave, ranging from web applications and services, to manufacture automation, to mission critical telecommunications systems, Aaron brings as much product and industry know-how to the job as he does software expertise. Aaron spoke at the 2013 NodeSummit in San Francisco, and has put together a great overview of Node.js that is required viewing for every web pro.

Connect with Aaron: Twitter
Watch the NodeSummit presentation: Bulletproof Node


Are there other resources we should be tracking? Let us know in the comments!


Also published on Medium.

Christopher Carfi
A veteran of both startups and the enterprise, Chris has a deep track record in developing customer community and evangelist programs for brands such as Adobe, H&R Block and Aruba Networks while holding executive positions at Ant’s Eye View and Edelman Digital, and he was co-founder and CEO at Cerado. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his family.