Welcome to another edition of the Pirate Interviews series here at ThemeIsle: Arjun Thakuri interview. Arjun – the CEO and founder of AccessPress Themes – talks about his professional goals and his involvement in the WordPress community.
Also, here’s the previous interview. Give it a quick read in case you missed it!
Arjun Thakuri Interview – The CEO of AccessPress Themes
Arjun Thakuri is an entrepreneur by nature, with experience in multiple areas: web design, web development, implementation consultancy, tech entrepreneurship, and … WordPress, obviously. A lot of WordPress.
Currently, he also runs Access Keys in Kathmandu, Nepal – promoting small and medium size businesses on the web through the means of web design, development, and social media branding.
Let’s discover Arjun’s road so far and what’s on the plate for him next. This is our Arjun Thakuri interview:
When and how did you start working with WordPress? Is there an interesting story here?
I founded Access Keys in 2010 and continued working on several PHP frameworks. Down the line, many of my clients started preferring WordPress because of easy and powerful content management system for them. I learned WordPress basics, probably checking out some YouTube videos. My team didn’t have much idea on WordPress, I gave them an hour of orientation (whatever I knew that time) on WordPress and they started rolling!
We started getting more projects in WordPress. We did a variety of projects in WordPress, mostly custom themes, plugins and some seriously large/vast ones. Hundreds of clients’ customized solutions in WordPress from 2010 to 2014 made us know more about WordPress, and we started enjoying it further.
In 2014, I decided to open up a separate company, AccessPress Themes, that deals only with WordPress themes/plugins, and started developing free and commercial themes/plugins. I knew the WordPress community was awesome, so I tried to find out the experts near us and took some advice.
Now, Access Keys does clients’ custom WordPress projects, and AccessPress Themes produces free and commercial themes/plugins.Arjun Thakuri
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?
Working on the same thing for a long time makes me less productive – I feel. I switch to other tasks (mostly projects) and work with new energy. Switching between different projects in a day makes me fresh and full of energy to work on another project after working hard on the previous one. I take short breaks quite often. I do a lot of experimenting on myself! I don’t do it strictly, but I set daily priorities and targets by making a checklist in the morning.Arjun Thakuri
I divide the day into several clusters and work on different things. I never work on a single project/task for more than 3-4 hours, unless there is a deadline.
How do you define “being successful”?
For me, remaining successful is more important than being successful. That’s why I believe in persistent performance of a business.Arjun Thakuri
What do you like to do when you’re not WordPress-ing?
What do you wish more people knew about WordPress?
Also I wish people also knew more about probably the largest open source awesome community, where they get not only technical support but mentors, motivators, business partners, and friends!Arjun Thakuri
I wish they actually knew that WordPress is secure, easy and flexible to use.
Who’s doing things that are just cutting-edge and incredible in the WordPress space right now?
I believe there must be some research based value in each product that we offer, rather than simply following the flow. If we can think of something innovative, new and interesting, it will help us push the boundaries. We at AccessPress Themes have been trying to make some “different” themes than the regular flow in the community and trying to serve the value and difference to the users. For example, our themes AccessPress Parallax, ScrollMe, and Revolve serve different experience to the users.
It is hard to name, but a few who come to my mind are: AccessPress Themes, ThemeIsle, Tesla Themes, aThemes. I like the value offered behind their products.Arjun Thakuri
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?
If I’m a newbie and don’t find a quality product even after trying several ones, I’ll give up. The biggest challenge I see in WordPress now is to make strong guidelines for all themes/plugins submissions, make sure that the repo isn’t flooded by too many items in a day, but that some useful and valuable products are added. Also, a separate repo for those who want to learn and submit their items might help to keep the main repo clean.Arjun Thakuri
What are your recommendations for a WordPress novice?
You can’t just be successful overnight, have patience.
This concludes our Arjun Thakuri interview. I have to admit that Arjun’s advice on patience really resonates with me. Doing your thing, taking initiative, and not getting discouraged easily really is the key to success. But what do you think?