Sadip Bhattarai is a WordPress lover who has an expertise in PHP MVC frameworks, CI and Magento. He used to build themes and extensions for Magento before switching to WordPress. He is currently leading a team in developing WooCommerce based themes for WordPress at 8Degree Themes. He also provides training to new IT starters to work and enhance their skills and understand the flow of real time projects. He talked about why WooCommerce is the best alternative and how to develop WooCommerce compatible WordPress themes at WordCamp Kathmandu 2017. We had a little chat with him at the event.
How did you first start with WordPress?
I used to work in PHP MVC frameworks and at that time my colleagues started using WordPress themes. I was very curious to know about WordPress and as I started working with it, I thought it was so much better. That is how I first started my WordPress journey.
You’ve worked with Magento before, and now you’re working with WordPress. Which one, in your opinion, is easier to use?
Comparatively, I think WordPress is quite easy. Actually, my topic is also related with this. I am going to talk about how you can invade WordPress WooCommerce and how it is better than Magento.
What do you like most about WordCamps?
It’s the people. We get to meet different types of people here and get to know about their experiences. We also get the opportunity to share our knowledge and help others. That is what I like the most about these WordCamps.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk/workshop?
I hope attendees will know how you can work in e-commerce solution and why everyone should choose it over other huge platforms like CMS and Magento. I will also be talking about how you can make WooCommerce compatible WordPress themes mainly focusing on the developers.
Why do you think it is important to give back to the community?
There are always people who are only starting WordPress in the community and giving back to the community means helping those starters. We have learned and taken so much from WordPress and it is our duty to give back to the community in every possible way.
What’s your go-to source for anything WordPress?
Generally, it’s my research. Other than that, whenever I am confused, I discuss the problem with my seniors in my company.
What advice would you give to a new WordPress user?
It’s very easy. Newbies might feel a little complex about the whole WordPress world at the first phase, but if you do everything step by step, you will feel much better and easy. So, I would like to say just go for it.
We learned that you provide training to IT Starters. Could you tell us what kinds of training you’ve been conducting?
It’s a very basic training. To anyone who has no idea about starting programming and stuff, I provide basic training to them on HTML, PHP and advance CI framework. I also help them understand the flow of real time projects and how to handle them.
What are your thoughts on the WordPress community of Nepal?
I think it’s growing. More people are joining the WordPress community every day and that’s a very good thing. Moreover, Kathmandu is the mainly focused area whenever we talk about the WordPress community in Nepal. But, I wish to see the same in Pokhara and in other districts as well.
WordPress 4.8 is releasing soon. Which feature are you most excited about?
There an addition of editor in the widget area in WordPress 4.8. That’s the feature I am looking forward to.
What can we find you doing when you’re not WordPressing?
Apart from WordPressing, I love playing football. If anyone calls me to play football or futsal, I will be there anytime anywhere.