Careers for non-developers in WordPress

Are you a designer, communicator, or other non-coder? Do you wonder if and how you can fit into a WordPress agency? Are you a student looking for a career path that excites you?

Each of our panelists have made successful careers in WordPress agencies, while having core responsibilities other than writing code. They will provide insight on the possibilities and paths that you can take towards a career in WordPress.

The session will be informal and conversational, with sufficient time devoted to audience questions.

Shilpa Shah (Moderator)

Shilpa Shah is co-founder, Hummingbird Web Solutions and primarily focuses on CyberChimps, a WordPress Themes Store.
She was bitten by the travel bug pretty early on and was lucky enough to have a job (in her earlier corporate avatar) that took her to various countries, meeting some truly wonderful people everywhere! She enjoys dancing in the rain ( or anywhere actually) , trekking, camping outdoors.

Shilpa on Twitter: @IdleGazer

Nitun Lanjewar

Nitun started his career trying to dabble in PHP and started using WordPress back in 2009. His curiosity with WordPress more or less got him communicating with clients more than actually write code. He has communicated with over 200 clients projects. He loves the process of handling a client project and enjoys giving support to WordPress products.

He works as VP – Products for rtCamp.

Nitun on Twitter: @nitullanjewar

Parth Gohil

Parth is working as a Community Manager at Axelerant. His work focus is to help with open source community efforts, managing social media profiles and online marketing campaigns, and confirming analytics.

A tech enthusiast by heart and open source evangelist, he has been known to escape from work by giving time to his personal entrepreneurial goals, to Cha-Cha Productions, and by indulging in sports like football, table tennis, swimming and billiards.

Parth has acted in 6 short films and he also knows how to pilot a single engine aircraft.

Parth on Twitter: @parth_gohil

Alexander Gounder

Alex is an SEO / SEM, Internet Marketer with a wide variety of work experience across industries and domains like Films, TV Production, Customer Service, Politics, Government Operations, Press Relations, Graphic & Web Design to finally Internet Marketing & SEO.

For the last four to five years he has been involved with the Indian WordPress Community which has helped him use WordPress for his clients at Ink my web better.

He’s often seen ranting about politics on Twitter.

Alex on Twitter: @gounder

Nancy Thanki

Nancy Thanki is a photographer, filmmaker, and Happiness Engineer. Whether she is tinkering on the web or editing a film, she’s enjoys introducing users and storytellers to visual design and how to avoid the pitfalls of “en vogue” to create products that can withstand the test of rising and falling fashions in typography, photography, moving images, and design.

Nancy on Twitter: @NancyThanki

Our panelists will try to solve your Product vs Service dilemma

One of the fundamental questions that all business owners need to answer at some point is the age-old “Do I pursue a Product or a Service model?”. More than just a decision, the answer defines an organizational mindset that helps shape the personality of the agency.

Our panel of experts have experience in successful product- and service-based companies over the years. The session will be informal and conversational, with sufficient time devoted to audience questions.

Karthik Magapu (Moderator)

Karthikraj is Co-Founder and Chief Explorer of Hummingbird Web
Solutions, which builds and supports products for Web developers and Web Designers. WordPress is a big part of what Hummingbird does – www.hbwsl.com/wordpress
He also teaches Yoga, enjoys solving variants of the Rubik’s Cube and loves Open Source.

Karthik on Twitter: @KarthikMagapu

Devin Walker

Devin Walker is the creator of Give, the top-rated WordPress donation plugin and founder of WordImpress, a San Diego based WordPress plugin company. He has been working with WordPress for 8 years and has extensive experience developing and supporting popular plugins such as Google Maps Builder, Yelp Widget Pro and WooCommerce Quick Checkout. In total, his plugins have more than 100,000 active installs and hundreds of 5-star reviews. Outside of the WordPress world, Devin enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and playing golf.

Devin on Twitter: @innerwebs

Nirav Mehta

Nirav is called the entrepreneur geek. He likes technology as much as business.
He’s built a rather eventful track record over the last 18 years. He launched India’s first electronic magazine, a thriving web agency that went down in 2009, made a heroic return and recovery, then a string of successful product businesses in parallel. He’s authored three books and speaks at various tech and business events.
But hey, numbers and all the claim-to-fame apart, what’s most important about him is that he loves to contribute. He is easily approachable and has a lot of experience. So if you have any questions about WordPress, WooCommerce; starting up, running or scaling a tech business, he’d love to help!
Start with following him on Twitter @niravmehta! You can learn more about his WordPress solutions at: http://www.storeapps.org and http://www.icegram.com
Nirav on Twitter: @niravmehta

Rohan Thackeray

Rohan is the Founder of Wisdm Labs and directs their overall strategic and management functions. With an experience of over 10 years in technology, sales and product marketing across IBM and Convonix, Rohan continues to develop long-term value for the company’s stakeholders. He is an avid trekker and a foodie at heart.

Rohan on Twitter: @rohanthakare

Premanshu Manghirmalani

Premanshu is a website designer at heart, a PHP programmer by chance, an entrepreneur by passion, a law graduate by qualification, a biker and an avid Reader.

He runs a web development firm – SunnyZ World and has been doing lots of WordPress websites especially for SMEs and MSMEs.

Premanshu on Twitter: @unsharpme

Vachan Kudmule will help you start a marketplace with WooCommerce

Vachan became an entrepreneur in 2002, at 17, when he started his firm KDC (Krazy Devil Creationz).

Over 14 years, he has expanded his business around payment solutions and eCommerce, mainly WooCommerce.

At WordCamp Pune, Vachan will explain how to start a marketplace simply with WooCommerce.

His session will cover:

  1. Brief Intro to WooCommerce [based on real-time stat of the audience]
  2. What is a marketplace
  3. How to setup a marketplace
  4. Handle Payments
  5. Handle Logistics
  6. Vendor Relationships

Swapnil Patil, our next Marathi Speaker, will talk about WordPress Coding Standards

Until the past few weeks, Swapnil was one of the people who didn’t care much about coding standards and the general readability the standards offer to the code.

He recently experienced how much difference that makes.

Now Swapnil would like to introduce WordPress Coding Standards and how to automate them.


काही आठवडे आधी, स्वप्निलला स्वतः लिहित असलेल्या कोड कसा आहे, किंवा कुठेले स्टँडर्ड्स कसे आणि का वापरायचे या बद्दल माहित नव्हते.

चांगला आणि स्टँडर्ड्स वापरून लिहिलेल्या कोडनी किती चांगला फरक पडू शकतो याचा तो गेल्या काही दिवस पासून अनुभव घेत आहे.

म्हनुण स्वप्निल वर्डप्रेस कोडिंग स्टैंडर्ड बद्दल आपल्या महिती देणार आहे.

Amrit Israni will talk about importance of culture in an organisation

Amrit Israni is a human resource professional who enjoys exploring organizational culture, strategies, and goals.

He likes to be a part of the WordPress community as it’s based on open source culture.

Amrit will have an interactive session exploring various facets of organisational culture.

Culture is a dominant aspect in any organisation, whether apparent or not it still exists.

He will be discussing what open source culture is, on how certain behavioural sets can be effectively mapped to an individual’s job roles and responsibilities.

He will also be sharing his thoughts on how culture varies in service and product based organisation.

Yogesh Londhe on Random Hacks of Kindness and its impact

Yogesh has taught in schools in India, China, Tajikistan over the past 25 years. He is a technology enthusiast and believes that power of technology can be used for social good.

He is a lead of at the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) community in Bangalore. Yogesh wants to bring such concepts and introduce them at a WordCamp, because he loves using WordPress because of the community around and its FOSS principles.

Yogesh will join Saurabh Shukla in a interview style discussion about how open source communities work, what motivates people to contribute time and skills for the community and the impact such ideas make with examples.

Harshad Mane will talk about WordPress compatibility and cultivating community development in Marathi

Harshad Mane, our next Marathi speaker, will talk about plugin and theme compatibility with WordPress at WordCamp Pune 2017.

Compatibility is a cornerstone of WordPress, unfortunately, not something nearly enough community members take seriously, whether its contributing to core, plugin, theme or even organizing meetups.

Harshad Mane’s talk would focus on all aspects of how to make your plugin, theme, and your local community compatible with WordPress.

Harshad would like to share his thoughts on how to make things/people work together without conflict(s) building a healthy community.


वर्डकॅम्प पुणे २०१७ मध्ये हर्षद आपल्याला वर्डप्रेस सुसंगतता (कम्पॅटिबिलिटी) या विषयावर स्वतः चे विचार व्यक्त करताना दिसेल. 

वर्डप्रेस सुसंगतता (कम्पॅटिबिलिटी)  अत्यंत महत्वाचा विषय आहे, वर्डप्रेस समुदायातील सदस्य त्याचा गांभीर्या ने विचार करत नाही. 

१. आपण स्वतःला वर्डप्रेस समुदाया मध्ये कसे समाविष्ट करून घ्याल ?
२. आपल्याला एक “चांगला/चांगली वर्डप्रेस सिटीझन” म्हणून कशी ओळख निर्माण करता येईल?
३. आपण वर्डप्रेस समुदाया मध्ये कसे उपयुक्त ठरू शकाल?
४. वर्डप्रेस समुदाया मोर्चे बांधणी दरम्यान लागणारा सकारात्मक विचार का गरजेचं?

या व अनेक विषयांवर आपण वर्डप्रेस अधिक चांगले कसे करू शकतो, हर्षद माने आपले विचार आपल्या समोर सादर करणार आहे.

Vikas Kumar will talk about building a fintech startup on WordPress

Vikas is an entrepreneur, investor, author, and marathoner. He is an IIM Lucknow Alumnus.

He has served as CTO at various startups such as Brainvisa Technologies, SMEJoinup in last 16 years and currently serving as CTO at LoanTap.

He is passionate about technology, specifically WordPress.

Vikas Kumar would be talking about his experience building and running a FinTech startup using WordPress.

Fintech are companies which are redefining financial transactions like loans by taking it online. An example of this kind of company is LoanTap which is built in WordPress.

Jitesh Patil will talk about adding starter content to themes with WordPress 4.7 in Marathi

Jitesh is our third Marathi speaker at WordCamp Pune.

Jitesh is a WordPress developer & digital marketing enthusiast. He works at Yapapaya.

With WordPress 4.7, the concept of adding starter content to themes has been introduced. Jitesh will talk about this new concept.

Jitesh will conduct his session in Marathi, and help you get an overview of starter content. How it can help provide a great experience to your theme users.

So if you are a someone who is getting your hands dirty with creating themes and prefer Marathi, you might want to catch Jitesh’s talk.


जितेश पाटील हा आमचा तिसरा स्पीकर आहेय जो मराठीत बोलणार.

जितेश हा एक वर्डप्रेस डेव्हलपर आणि हौशी डिजिटल मार्केटर आहे. तो यापपाया येथे कार्यरत आहे.

वर्डप्रेस ४.७ मध्ये स्टार्टटर कंटेंट समाविष्ट करण्याची नवीन संकल्पना आली आहे. जीतेश या नवीन संकल्पने बद्दल बोलनार आहे.

जितेश हे सत्र मराठी मधे घेनार आहे आणी स्टार्टटर कंटेंट आपल्या थिमचा अनुभव कश्या प्रकारे बदलू शकते याबद्दल माहिती देनर आहे.

तुम्ही जर वर्डप्रेस थीम बनवण्या जिज्ञासू आहेत तर नक्की हा सेशन मध्ये भाग घ्या.

Sandeep Raman will help you Speed up your WordPress Websites

Sandeep Raman will help you Speed up your WordPress Websites at WordCamp Pune. The session is intended for both – end users and developer.

Sandeep Raman is Co-Founder of Hummingbird Web Solutions.

He is the Business Lead for WPEka Blog and Products which builds and supports products for Web developers and Web Designers. He is also a WordPress Core Contributor and Plugin Developer.

At WordCamp Pune, Sandeep will help you speed you your WordPress websites.

His session will help end users and developer alike.

So if your WordPress site is slow, stop complaining and use this session as an opportunity to get over with performance issues.

You can read more about this session here and about Sandeep here.