Muhammad Adnan is a WordPress enthusiast from Pakistan. He has been a Software Architect, Programmer, Speaker and Entrepreneur. He is currently working as a Lead WordPress developer at Analytify. He has been coding since 2000. He became Google Student Ambassador in South East Asia and traveled to Google SEARCH Summit in Indonesia in 2013. He was also nominated as an Innovation Hero in Pakistan by PITB and Google. He spoke on React integration within plugins and themes at WordCamp Kathmandu 2017. We had a chance to talk to him at the event.
How did you first get involved with WordPress?
It was my freelance client who asked me to build a blog theme. So basically, that was the first time I worked with WordPress in 2007 when the WordPress app was at 2.2 version. I found WordPress very easy and started getting a lot of freelance custom WordPress theme projects.
What do you like most about WordCamps?
The best part about these WordCamps is networking with the people. You get to meet so many people from so many different cultures and get a chance to be a part of their culture. And I really love how WordCamps bring together all the people from different religion.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?
My talk is based on React integration within plugins and themes in WordPress and I really hope my talk will inspire people to build React apps.
Why do you think it is important to give back to the community?
I think our WordPress community evolves by giving back to the community. Everyone should share what they’ve learned. This way, no one will be left behind.
How do you stay updated on WordPress?
I am in the slack channel and in the plugin review group especially. I also follow a couple of WordPress groups where people keep updating about the latest happenings. I keep up with WordPress also by attending the WordCamps.
What advice would you give to a new WordPress user?
It’s very easy. And don’t underestimate the power of WordPress. WordPress can be anything that you want it to be and it’s something that we can count on at any time.
Could you tell us something about the WordPress community in Pakistan?
WordPress community in Pakistan is actually in the process. We are having local meetups for more than a year now. And Inshallah we will have a WordCamp very soon.
What are your thoughts on WordPress community of Nepal?
It’s great. You guys are really lucky to have WordCamps here since last 5 years, I wish we had the same. It feels really great to see how all the people from this community are humble and helpful.
What can we find you doing when you’re not WordPressing?
When I am not WordPressing, I’d probably be building SAAS based products. Rather than that, I love traveling. I love meeting new people and seeing their culture and religion.