Ahmad Awais



MEETUP: πŸ“¦ Learn to Host Your WordPress Site With DigitalOcean!

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais
DigitalOcean + WordPress Meetup

πŸ™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?

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

The Meetup Notes!#

🎩 TALK:Β 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;Β β€” I didn’t have time to make it responsive.Β 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.

πŸ“ΉΒ VIDEO: I forgot the tripod home and weΒ 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.

πŸ•Β Q/A, API, PWA, AMP, DISCUSSIONS:Β 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


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!

Helping businesses understand developers. Head of Developer Relations RapidAPI.

πŸ“Ÿ Edutainer at Node.js CLI Automation course (100 videos Β· 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course (over 20K devs). 🎩 Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel πŸš€ Mars Ingenuity Helicopter code contributor πŸ† 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient 🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator.

✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

πŸ”₯ Satya Nadella Β· CEO of Microsoft, said β€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

πŸ‘‹β€¦ Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais


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Comments 2
  • Adeel Sami
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    Adeel Sami Adeel Sami

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    Asalam-o-alaikuM, Ahmad bhai!

    Wow! That’s very great seeing the super-productive meetup in the Lahore!

    I missed it…

    But I’ll be attending the meetups in the future, InshALLAH!

    Hopefully, I will be catching up the train from the second or third meetups. :)

    Best work done, MashALLAH!

    See you soon! :)

    ~ Adeel

  • Mohammad Hasham
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    Mohammad Hasham Mohammad Hasham

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    Really waiting for more to come.That is a great initiative.