Welcome to the second interview in our Pirate Interviews series, the newest project here at Themeisle blog. We really enjoyed doing the first interview, so make sure to check it out if you haven’t already.
Today, we’re talking with Akshat Choudhary from BlogVault:
Akshat Choudhary Interview – The Founder of BlogVault
Akshat Choudhary is the founder of BlogVault, one of the best backup plugins in the WordPress market. And we know how great it is as we tested it ourselves recently in one of our comparison posts. Spoiler; it got the highest rating in that comparison.
BlogVault is actually Akshat’s very first project for WordPress. And it wasn’t until 2011 that he decided to take the step. The rest, as they say, is history, and BlogVault is now one of the most useful and popular backup solutions for WordPress.
“Our aim with BlogVault is to provide the safest and the best way to backup a blog” – the motto of the company.
In the past, Akshat worked at ActivMobs, an SMS-based group messaging service, for two years. For another seven years, he was building network infrastructure products at Citrix Systems. During that time, he started running BlogVault, and taking his first steps into the WordPress world.
Let’s find out what he has to share about his journey:
When and how did you start working with WordPress? Is there an interesting story here?
I got into WordPress because of BlogVault. About 5 years back, I was still employed as an engineer, when one of the bloggers I followed (it’s Jeff Atwood I’m talking about) almost lost his blog because of a server crash. Jeff Atwood was no Luddite. He was the founder of Stack Overflow and the blog itself was about programming and technology. At that time I thought that if someone as accomplished as Jeff could not have proper backups then there maybe an opportunity.
If I remember right, I had barely heard of WordPress then beyond WordPress.com. Upon researching, I learnt that Coding Horror was built with WordPress which appeared to be quite popular software then. This is basically how I landed up in the WordPress universe.
What do you think you’d be doing right now if WordPress didn’t exist?
What’s your technique for staying productive throughout the day?
How do you define “being successful”?
Building a product which solves a real problem is very satisfying.
What do you like to do when you’re not WordPress-ing?
What do you wish more people knew about WordPress?
The community is the best part about WordPress.
Who’s doing things that are just cutting-edge and incredible in the WordPress space right now?
Describe the WordPress community in one word.
What’s the main threat to WordPress these days? Other platforms like Ghost, or maybe things like Squarespace?
(a) Maintaining WordPress sites on an ongoing basis is a real challenge. Especially with sites getting hacked, it can become its Achilles heel. For a non-technical person, which is the majority of WordPress users, it can become a serious issue.
(b) I do think that Squarespace/Medium do make many aspects of running a site much simpler. I would recommend them to most folks as they really make things simple. Having said that, as long as the community does not lose its way, WordPress is here to stay.
What are your recommendations for a WordPress novice?
The main lesson Akshat just taught us is how to remain humble no matter how much you achieve, don’t you think? Considering yourself *the* expert can backfire, as there are always lots of things you don’t know yet. Do Akshat’s stories and ideas inspire you to work on your projects any different?