Hello my name is Tamal, and this is my WordPress origin story!
I was introduced to the world of web development in 2004 by a friend.
I had the MS FrontPage software in my computer.
That friend taught me how to make webpages with the visual builder and how to create hyperlinks.
I was the happiest person in the world! I can make hyperlinks that would take me from one page to another.
I was (and still I am) a fast learner. I quickly learned how to make basic web pages. I didn’t had any teacher or the internet where I could learn more.
I self taught myself how to make simple websites and also learned some flash animations.
In 2007 I finally got connected to the internet, and from day one I was looking for ways to publish to the web.
I found some free services, and published my first website to the internet.
I was happy again!
But not for longer because I was not getting any visitors to my website. I did not know any kind of online marketing.
That site took 2 months just to appear on Google search.
Now days I can get a website show up in Google within a day or two!
(Hint: Tweet, Facebook share, & link to your new site from an old website.)
By the end of 2007, I found about blogging.
The idea of publishing a blog was fascinating.
I tell you, it took me more than a week just to figure out who creates the content of a blog 😀
I setup a blog, again on a free blogging platform and started to write articles.
That time, I was writing about 4-5 posts a day, about self help and motivation.
Yet again my site was not getting any traction.
You know that a blog needs some love, some comments.
I had no comments.
Then I learned that you need to make some blogging friends who blog about similar stuff and you have to comment on their blogs.
So I joined this site called Facebook. I added tons of people into my network.
Back then it was OK to send a lot of friend requests.
I made a lot of friends who blog about self help and started to gain some traction.
Those were the days I learned how to optimize & customize my blog site.
As I was getting better with my blog, I learned there is a thing called a self hosted WordPress site.
It is not the free wordpress.com site but a different animal.
I went to WordPress.org, downloaded the free distribution but I was confused to what should I be doing with all these files?
I put that aside and continued blogging.
In mid 2008, it was time for me to finally bite the bullet and install WP.
I installed a fresh copy of WordPress version 2.5 I think (the old way) and I can tell you, the process was painstaking for a newbie like me back in the old days.
I learned a lot about this platform as I blogged my way.
This was my intro to WordPress in a nutshell.
Later I got inquired by my blog readers about designing websites for them.
I went into building websites in Thesis theme.
Later I ventured into WordPress theme development and Genesis Framework.
Fast forward to present day, I am a WordPress developer and online business consultant.
I love to build websites that are functional and brings results.
So if you enjoyed reading my origin story, tweet to me @TamalAnwar or leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you: