INTERVIEW AT WORDCAMP CAPE TOWN 2016 with @seagyn

SEAGYNDAVIS_

Seagyn Davis is the Director of Digital Leap and has a passion for creating themes in WordPress. Seagyn is a digital marketer, WordPress developer and manages the local WordPress Johannesburg meetup which takes place every month.


 

At WordCamp Cape Town 2016, Seagyn gave an enlightening talk about continuous integration with WordPress. Amazed at the amount of knowledge and skill Seagyn has, we asked him to participate in an exclusive interview with CODECABIN_

 

 

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1. Tell us about your involvement with organizes the WordPress meetups in JHB, Seagyn?

Seagyn: “So last year, being a WordPress company, we decided that we want to get involved in the community quite a lot more and just started looking at what is happening in JHB. To my surprise, there were WordPress JHB or Woo Commerce JHB meetups happening every month. So I decided to get involved and as it turned out last year, Stefan, the previous organizer, headed to amsterdam, and that’s how I came to the position I am in.

“I enjoying running a community of people that love WordPress and use WordPress. From end-users all the way to developers who create plugins or themes. It’s been great, it’s really been cool to meet people who love WordPress.

 

 

2. What peaked your interest in development for WordPress?

Seagyn: “So, in high school I did computer science and dabbled in websites and creating things. Since a young age I have always like making things. Going into more digital stuff, like starting with websites. When I went into the business world, I realized I wanted to make platforms. I started using Joomla, don’t know if I can even say that. A guy said to me “Don’t use Joomla, WordPress is the next big thing”, and so I was like “I dunno, it’s a blogging platform”. It’s like 1.5. So you basically just got two things, pages and posts.

“So he said “No, it’s the future” and so as I got to know it and WordPress got to improving. I really saw the value in it, and it became very easy to setup. Just from back then to now, it’s become this amazing platform. That’s kind of what drove me into development, being able to create platforms very easily and WordPress was the best tool.”

 

 

3. You also had a digital marketing background?

Seagyn: “Yes!”

 

 

4. How did that transition between marketing and development?

Seagyn: “It’s quite steep learning curve if you only have digital marketing experience. I fortunately had some sort of development knowledge. So for me was a little bit easier to transition from someone who just did marketing, and building basic websites,  into actually developing code for WordPress. So it was a little bit of a learning curve, as I still needed to learn things like PHP and things like JavaScript and HTML.

“But the transition was fairly easy, especially from a user perspective. WordPress is so easy to use and start creating for.”

 

 

5. Where do you see the future of WordPress heading?

Seagyn: “That’s quite a big question. I think from where WordPress was, like being just a blog platform to being now a publishing platform where you can create different things from like learner management systems, into forums, and online shopping carts with WooCommerce. I think there’s been a great move towards being able to use it as a central platform and I think that’s probably where it lies in the future. Instead of it just being the website or an e-commerce store, it’s going to become a central place where people can use it as a data source.

“I think like, if you want to build an app, instead of trying to build some sort of system to store your data, just build a WordPress site and use the API. Make it quick and easy for people to make these central data sources multiple/multitude of things. So people know the dashboard they are going to create, they are going to create products, they are going to create posts and pages.

“You can connect it to an app. You can connect it to Facebook. You can connect it to a whole lot of different things that can pull all this data from a central place, which is really what it’s about.”

 

 

6. Do you have any words of wisdom, for anyone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Seagyn: “Yeah, I think for a long time I was very like isolated, trying to learn things myself, thinking that the way I was doing it was right, but as I got involved community I realized,  the guys that are in the community have a wealth of knowledge and with WordPress being such a  community-driven piece of software, people are more than willing to like help you and give you direction. I think that would be one of the the best things,  to actually be involved in this community, and speak to people.

“Be open, try not to come across cleverer that you are, you don’t have to know everything to be a WordPress developer. The chances are if you are open and honest with someone, they are going to give you the knowledge, rather than pretending like you know everything about PHP, HTML, or JavaScript, and they will guide you to a better place. I think that’s where in the last two years I would put emphasis that I’m actually not the best WordPress developer, I am very far from it. So people have been welcoming, saying cool “This, is how you do that”, and they have been very open to it. So I think, being open to the community and letting them teach you is a great way.

But the also learning the fundamentals of development (PHP, JS, HTML), it will put you in a good place to become a good WordPress developer.”

 



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