I recently shared my journey with WordPress in an interview with my friends at SKT Themes. SKT Themes is a WordPress Theme developer. All of their themes come with 1 click demo import. Their designs are built using the free version of Elementor and are WooCommerce compatible so you can start selling your products or services right away.
Below is an excerpt from the interview along with a link to the complete interview
Today we are going to conduct the interview of Jim Galiano from Sarasota, Florida, United States. For the past 20 years, he has been running digital marketing, development, and consulting agency. Also, he publishes weekly podcasts for digital business owners.
In the interview, Jim mentioned that he recognized the significance of CMS and then he found WordPress in 2006-2007.
My name is Jim Galiano, and I started doing business online – way back in 1998. Originally, I was in the offline/online publishing business. I wrote and published newsletters, small paper and ink booklets and things like that for myself and other authors.
I primarily published “How-To” types of information products during the early years.I became one of the “original” eBook publishers. Before PDF files became the norm, some eBook publications where html-based publications. Afterwards, we adopted PDF files – and they became the norm.
In early 2001-2002, I realized that paper and ink publishing would be on the decline in the years ahead… and I decided to gamble by gradually taking my business from paper publishing + online publishing to online publishing ONLY within the span of a few short years.
It was a tough decision to make because I had so much invested in the offline publishing world. Plus, I also realized that change doesn’t happen overnight.
Q. How did you get to know about WordPress? Share if there is an interesting story.
Ans: I first learned about WordPress around 2005. I realized the future of website design and development was about to change. Website development during the early years was primarily static HTML pages and tables to help align objects and content. This was before the days of CSS.
Website design and development were both integral parts of online publishing. And the way content was being organized, published, and syndicated was changing incredibly quickly.
It wasn’t long before I recognized the importance of adopting a CMS (content management system) for my company. Between 2006-2007, I found myself going back and forth as I experimented with Joomla and WordPress.
By late 2007, I recognized that I had to pick a lane. I felt that Joomla was more powerful than WordPress… but I also felt 10x more comfortable working with WordPress. And so, in January of 2008, I went all-in with WordPress and never looked back.