Davesh from WPKube kindly took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions about himself, his blog and the WordPress platform. It’s always interesting to hear the views of another blogger who focuses on WordPress so I hope you enjoy the interview.
Q: Can you tell readers a little about yourself & WPKube?
Sure, my name is Devesh Sharma and I’m 18 year old blogger from India. I’ve been building websites and working online for 3 years and making a living online for 12 months. Most of my income comes from affiliate marketing and freelance writing. My main website is WordPress Kube, a WordPress Marketing Blog which focuses on all the things related to WordPress.
Q: When did you start using WordPress?
I started using WordPress in early 2010 and loved how easy it was to customize the CMS and build themes. Since then I’ve been using WordPress for every site I build.
Q. What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses with the WordPress platform?
Strengths – I love WordPress and always try to bring new things to the WordPress community. Sometimes it might be through blog posts, other times it might through theme customization.
Weakness – Hmm, building plugins. I have been building & customizing themes from last 16 months but I’ve never coded a plugin myself, therefore building a plugin from scratch is something that I plan on doing this year.
Q: Who do you admire in the WordPress community?
There are few bloggers and developers in the WordPress industry that I admire a lot.
- Orman Clark from Premium Pixels for regularly releasing the beautiful graphics to the design community for free.
- Oliver Dale for consistently sharing the WordPress resources.
- Alex Fraiser from Kolakube for creating beautiful child themes for Thesis Theme Framework.
- Hesham Zebdia for releasing fantastic plugins to the design WordPress community for free.
Q: What are your favorite 5 WordPress plugins and why?
In no particular order:
- WP Touch – As more and more people are accessing websites and blogs from their smartphones and tablets, it’s very important to have your site optimized for mobile devices.
- Foobar – I’ve been using it for most of my business sites to promote affiliates, new products and blog posts. It works great and gives fantastic results. It’s very similar to the HelloBar plugin.
- Backup Buddy – It easily lets you back up all your content such as posts, pages, comments, users abd design It’s a must have plugin for WordPress.
- Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin – A plugin that helps to stop spam. I’ve been using it for a while now and it works really great. The plugin is built on a simple idea – it adds a tickbox below the comment “Confirm you’re not a spammer”. A great way of reducing spam.
- W3 Total Cache – is the most complete Website performance solution for WordPress. It improves the user experience of your site by tweaking the performance of your servers and caching the every element of your site.
You can see a full list of plugins that I use in my article ‘12 Essential WordPress Plugins That Will Make Your Life Easier‘.
Q: What future plans do you have for your WordPress blog WPKube?
At the moment, I am working on promoting my blog and improving the design. My main focus is to build the brand and have at least 5000+ subscribers by the end of this year.
A big thank you to Davesh for taking part in this interview. You can find out more about him through his blog WPKube