Speaking at WordCamp Auckland 2014

Last week I flew over to New Zealand to speak at WordCamp Auckland 2014 – an event I’d been keeping my eye on for a little while.

The Auckland WordCamp was put on by the same people who run the WordPress meet up over there. I was told early on in the piece, that the group was built up of a lot more power users / users / newcomers compared to say Sydney and Melbourne where there is probably a closer ratio of WordPress developers compared to WordPress users.

It’s a pretty big trip to make to present a 30 minute talk, but I really do like Auckland – it’s one of my favourite cities, so I had no issues in making the trip across the Tasman. … 

The meaning of life

Back in February, I went to the Webstock conference, which I really enjoyed. One of the best talks was the closing keynote. The closing Keynote was by Derek Sivers and was on the meaning of life.

Now, this had nothing to do with web, or tech, or design – but still one of the best talks at a conference I’ve been able to witness. A pretty applicable subject to all, with a lot of thought provoking questions.

CaboPress 2014

Earlier this year Chris Lema announced a Mastermind group / event in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, called “CaboPress” which got my attention.

For those who don’t know what a Mastermind is:

Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and your mastermind group members achieve success.


I pretty quickly made my mind up and organised my flights around the world to hang out for 4 nights with a bunch of Chris’ friends. Now, these weren’t just a bunch of random friends, they were all people who’ve accomplished something or had some insight to share.They’re all known in various circles within the WordPress community / eco system. … 

When is WordPress NOT the answer?

As of late, we’ve had a couple of large web application projects where the deliverables did not include any CMS functionality. That is, they were purely a functionality based web application.

I’ve been reflecting on both of these projects, and how we approached each one for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, did we make the right choice with the underlying framework?

Secondly, further to the first point, could we have done it faster/better/smarter if we did it another way.

Thirdly, what is our business, should we be building non WordPress projects, and if we do non WordPress, do we end up doing 100 different frameworks so-so, rather than doing one really well? … 

Australian WordPress hosting options

If you want a fast and responsive website, you need to host it as close as you can to where you are.

When viewing a site, you make requests back and forth from the server, and the further away your server is (such as the USA), then the further your requests have to travel back and forth, and the slower they are.

If you have a poorly built or a WordPress site built with existing plugins and themes, there is a good chance there will be a lot of assets and therefore requests, which means, if you’re on a server on the other side of the world, it’s going to be pretty slow!

As well as offering a hosting service at Alyte for small-medium businesses & bloggers, I have used a bunch of Australian based hosts for different purposes which I’ll outline below.  …