Speaker Focus: Ahmed Khalifa

We asked our speaker Ahmed Khalifa, from IgniteRock, a few questions about WordPress and WordCamps.

How are you currently using WordPress?
As a business owner and marketer

What role are you using WordPress as?

How do you think WordPress has evolved over its 13 years?
It has gone from from a simple blogging platform to a powerful CMS used by a variety of brands, from local to global brands.

Would you like to see anything different in how WordPress has evolved?
Streamline the design to make it more cleaner and smoother to use as more people are commenting on how the likes of Medium and Ghost are easier to use.

What excites you most about WordPress?
It’s forever growing and new features are added all the time thanks to the passionate community around it.

Have you been to other WordCamps? If so which ones or how many?
Only one – Edinburgh 2015

Would you consider yourself to be active within the WordPress Community?
Yes, in various formats including being a regular attendee at the Edinburgh WordPress Meetup group

If you currently contribute to the WordPress Community, in what way?
I work with entrepreneurs and freelancers to get more visibilities on their WordPress site whilst also helping and teaching others how to do the same within my own circles.

How do you think we can improve the WordPress community in Northern Ireland?
More information about who is part of it, what do they do and encourage them to be more visible online so that everyone knows who you and get to know you.

What made you want to get involved with WordCamp Belfast?
I used to live in Lisburn and I wanted to talk at my first WordCamp. It seems fitting to do it in Belfast.

What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Belfast?
Being part of the Northern Irish WordPress community, as it’s one that I’ve never been involved with before.

Anything else you would like to mention?
Very excited for the day to happen