Show notes:


Sam Hotchkiss has been working with WordPress for the last ten years. Over that time he worked as a freelancer, and built both a successful agency and a product business, BruteProtect, which was acquired by Automattic in 2014.

Sam now works on the Jetpack team at Automattic, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wonderful wife and their three dogs.

You can find Sam on Twitter @HotchkissWeb or on his blog at!

Sippin’ on

Brad - Soothing tea

Dre - Diet cherry coke

Sam - Whiskey from High West Distillery in Utah

Pressing topics 

WordPress 4.2 “Powell - WordPress 4.2, nicknamed “Powell” after jazz pianist Bud Powell, was released.

XSS Vulnerability in WordPress 4.2 - A new comment XSS exploit vulnerability was discovered in WordPress 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, and 3.9.3. This vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers to inject JavaScript into comments.

JetPack 3.5 - Jetpack 3.5 was released, which includes the ability to manage your site’s menus directly from, as well as several bug fixes and enhancements.

ManageWP launches events hub – ManageWP launched an events hub that features WordPress-related events all over the world.

Facebook abandoned official WordPress plugin - The official Facebook plugin for WordPress launched in 2012, but has received no updates since March 2014.

Bar tricks

Dre Roadtrippers is a web based software application that helps travelers plan road trips.

Brad Theme Generator allows you to create your own WordPress theme that’s built using Grunt, Sass, Bourbon, and Neat.

Sam - Cloak detects if you’re on an unsecured wifi network and then automatically routes you through their VPN.

Upcoming events

WordCamp Maine - May 15-16

WordCamp Miami – May 29-31

WordCamp OC – June 6-7

WordCamp Philly – June 13-14

WordCamp Europe – June 26-28

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