Ahmad Awais

Senior Full Stack WordPress developer โ€” WP Core Contributor โ€” Front-end Fanatic โ€” Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.

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MEETUP: ๐Ÿ“ฆ Learn to Host Your WordPress Site With DigitalOcean!

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais
DigitalOcean + WordPress Meetup

๐Ÿ™Œ Hey, everyone! This last Sunday (2017-08-20) I arranged a local meetup for the tech-junkies.

I do that very often like twice a month, but this one was different. Last year in October I arranged a meetup for DigitalOcean and GitHub which was meant to cover the #Hacktoberfest event where we all contributed to the open source.

So, naturally, I ended up talking to folks from DigitalOcean and I came to know how much they care about the community aspect of their company. I liked that very much. Long story short, now I head local events for DigitalOcean here. Sort of a country lead organizer, though, let’s not go there?

๐Ÿ‘‹ย This was the first DigitalOcean meetupย here. I combined it with the local WordPress meetup I arrange (to save myself some time โ€” going on vacations next week). This meetup was all very quickly arranged, with the help ofย Maedah (co-organizer and my wife), Ashar (my WordPress student and now a close friend), and Saqibย (another WP student of mine and the new translation editor for Urdu Lang. in WordPress).

The Meetup Notes!

๐ŸŽฉย TALK:ย I talked about: Self-Hosting WordPress With DigitalOcean & EasyEngine: Slides are best viewable at MacBook Pro 15.6 and was built for width: 1280px; height: 720px;ย โ€” I didn’t have time to make it responsive.ย These slides are built with Flexbox, Gulp, Jade, Stylus, and BrowserSync all on top of the Google slide deck JS. Code License is MIT. Thanks to everyone who is directly or indirectly involved as an inspiration. Wes Bos, Chris Lema, DigitalOcean, EasyEngine, Rahul B, etc.

๐Ÿ“นย VIDEO: I forgot the tripod home and weย couldn’t do the live video but I made this one. It’s a quick video to get started with registering an account at DigitalOcean and then install EasyEngine + WordPress. Honestly, this one doesn’t compare to what I taught at the meetup there. We had so many awesome discussions there. You might wanna join next time.

๐Ÿ•ย Q/A, API, PWA, AMP, DISCUSSIONS:ย The discussion session was quite long. I didn’t realize it earlier but I ended up talking for more than 4.5 hours (yeah, I ended up taking Monday off). We had a lot of discussions there. I’ll just summarize them here in a few bullet-points

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Feedback & Moments

We received lots of great feedback comments, some of which can be read below. Also, there are pictures of the event at the end. I think it turned out to be a good one. We should have these events more often.

Photos or didn’t happen!

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Senior Full Stack WordPress developer โ€” WP Core Contributor โ€” Front-end Fanatic โ€” Accidental Writer. I love to write, talk, build, and share everything about WordPress. You can find me making small automation scripts for DevOps stuff or toying around with WP Business ideas. Let's catch up at Twitter @MrAhmadAwais.