Prakash Upreti is an IT professional; he’s been using WordPress since 2005 and built his career in this platform. He is also a tech enthusiast, a blogger and a tech entrepreneur. He is the founder of Sriyog.com and he’s been running Pracas Infosys since the year 2007.
At WCBRT2018, he shared his experience with WordPress since his early career stage. We also got the opportunity to interview him. Here’s what he has to say:
An Exclusive Interview with Prakash Upreti
Tell us something about yourself
I’m Prakash Upreti, born on 9th December 1981 at Biratnagar. I am an IT graduate (2005) from Hyderabad India. I have been engaged with web technology since 2003 as my passion grew when I was in Hyderabad. I have been running a company name Pracas Infosys since 2007.
After completing studies, I came back to Nepal and have been running an IT consulting venture in Biratnagar, which is almost at the verge of witnessing 12 successful years of establishment, amidst of all the hardships this sector has. I’m a dedicated WordPress user since 2005, an old blogger on WordPress.com platform till 2009.
Tell us about your city and WordPress Community over there
Well, people use to say Biratnagar is the second largest city of Nepal and I do agree with this. However, from the view of technology and development, as compared to other cities, we still need more things to do.
It’s good to say that there is a good number of colleges which have been in operation and providing quality IT education. Also, I am very happy to see students are also very interested in the Information Technology field and they are influenced by WordPress.
How and when did you start your journey with WordPress?
Those days (2005) I was doing my graduation and I used to buy tech books like Digit, PC Plus, etc. at Hyderabad old book market. I used to lend books from my senior to know more about the tech field. I wanted to share my ideas with the world so I started blogging in WordPress.com
Any challenges you faced during your initial phase in WordPress? If so, how did you overcome them?
From the early beginning, WordPress has been user-friendly and being an IT student, I didn’t really feel any difficulties using WordPress. Also, WordPress has a very clean and user-friendly system that anyone having knowledge of basic computing can operate it easily.
Were you excited about your talk in WordCamp Biratnagar? What was your talk about?
First of all, it was a golden opportunity to speak in WordCamp Biratnagar. I got an opportunity to meet my friends after almost a decade. My talk was about my personal and professional journey. The topic was “Journey Since 2005” which included my blogging experience, how I made my tech carrier with WordPress, and more.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?
I hope my talk had expressed the views on making their Tech Carrier, passion to be a blogger, knowing terms and conditions of WordPress, why WordPress is the best system to start any personal blog to the corporate website, and why a developer must have good knowledge for managing corporate websites.
What do you think about the WordPress community in Nepal?
It’s awesome, as compared to early days of WordPress (2005-2009). The community is very active, elegant and has been adding bricks day by day to make WordPress great.
It took a long period to have good penetration of WordPress users and developers in Nepal. Seeing the community grow due to all these community events and users feels great.
Talking about WordCamps, what fascinates you the most about WordCamps?
It’s about knowing the views, experience, the methodologies, a very good knowledge sharing event, people can know what exactly WordPress is and it’s the greatest moment for all WordPress users.
How do you think WordCamp Biratnagar 2018 is different from any other WordCamps you’ve been to?
This was my first WordCamp and that too in my hometown – Biratnagar. It doubled my happiness to attend and speak at that event.
How have you been contributing to the WordPress community?
I have been making users aware that how WordPress is helping to go online, making beautiful corporate websites to the highly dedicated news website.
What advice would you give to new WordPress users who’re only joining the WordPress community?
WordPress gives an opportunity to become either a good developer or also a good business owner who can put their business online in a few clicks. Hundreds and thousands of jobs every year, a free and open source platform to create beautiful and CMS based website, plugin developer, theme designer, a blogger and the best way from where you can move your carrier anywhere.
What do you think about the female participation in WordPress?
It’s good to see their interest in technology and especially WordCamp. They are moving forward these days and that’s very good, comparing to other jobs, IT jobs are easier to perform and I felt very good to see their good presence. I believe that they are our future programmers, WordPress developers, plugin developers, and the ones who will lead our community.
What is your go-to source for anything and everything WordPress?
It’s my dedication, I’m a good observer. I read blogs, books and almost everything which gives knowledge, enhance the skills.
Besides WordPressing, what do you do for fun?
I like reading, my interests are a startup, entrepreneurship, small business etc. I travel a lot, they give good knowledge to do something for people, start a business, refreshment do social work. I like to say traveling is like reading a bestseller book so I’m fond of it.
And lastly, Gutenberg editor was released with WordPress 5.0 as the default editor. Do you have any thoughts to share?
It’s very easy, as time changed WordPress editor became friendlier. I had seen a bit similar functioning system in Medium.com as well.
We, the DevotePress team want to thank Mr. Upreti for taking out time and reaching out to us for this interview.