Today, on ‘Expert Speaks‘, we have Peter Nilsson, a full-time blogger and the Founder of WP Newsify.
Let’s hear from Peter more about his work and life…
First of all, thank you for taking the time for the interview Peter. Let’s get to know you better. Could you tell us a bit about your background & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
Peter: Thank you very much for inviting me to participate in this interview.
I started my career in the web industry back in 2007, creating websites with HTML and CSS. I also for a short period tested Google’s Blogger, and Joomla before discovering WordPress.
In 2008 I started to work with WordPress and have never looked back since. Back then, I set up a couple of Swedish blogs focusing on WordPress. They quickly became influential and had quite an impact on the Swedish market. There were not many Swedish websites focusing on WP at the time, so my articles and tutorials about WordPress received a bit of attention.
I found my direction. I have continued to work with WordPress ever since. I still find it equally exciting and fun to see how WordPress develops and has evolved since I discovered and started using WordPress.
What are some of the most exciting projects on WordPress that you have done in the past and recent? What are the challenges you face and how did you deal with them? Any interesting memory you would like to share?
Peter: I have been involved in many varied projects over the years. I built websites for clients. I did maintenance on sites. It was fun and stimulating, but it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. So I started my first WordPress blogs (actually four blogs) in 2011 in English with a focus on the international market, and one of them was WP Daily Themes.
Over the years, WP Daily Themes became extremely popular and is the website that has been ranked highest of all my websites. In 2016 I sold all my sites, including WP Daily Themes.
WP Newsify has progressed very well and has established as one of the best blogs focusing on WordPress in the community.
A leading web company acquired WP Newsify 2019. With more resources and people involved (I am still involved), WP Newsify has become even better and more powerful.
The project I work mostly with now is the website WP Pluginsify plus some ongoing project that hopefully will soon be ready for launch.
What does the WordPress Community mean to you?
Peter: The WordPress community means a lot to me, and the community is just outstanding. It is a big part of WordPress success. There is no other CMS that has such a dedicated community as WordPress.
WordPress users have helped each other throughout the years to develop WordPress to what it is today. Furthermore, fix bugs, solve problems, and there are a plethora of tutorials for all possible issues and solutions.
Within the WordPress Community, who do you consider among your best friends?
Peter: With over ten years in the WordPress community, I have come to know many interesting people and made a lot of friends online. I could make a long, long list of awesome people I’ve come to know over the years.
But here are some that I worked with, some that I have been privileged to come to know and inspired me – Gordan Orlic and Ivan Jurišić, Brian Jackson, David Attard, Sam Rizzi, Lindsay Liedke, Thy Đào, Joe Howard, Maddy Osman, Syed Waseem Abbas to name a few.
You live in Sweden, Europe. What are some local WordPress meetups you like? Has anyone inspired you? Would you like to mention any WordPressers to be interviewed next?
Peter: WordCamps and WordPress local meetups are great opportunities to connect with like-minded people. There are WordCamps and meetups constantly ongoing around the world. So there are great opportunities for WordPressers to participate.
Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to attend any of the WordCamps in Europe. I sincerely hope that I have the opportunity to participate in any of the WordCamps or meetups that will take place near my location in the future.
There are so many awesome WordPress profiles in the WordPress community. But people I believe stand out and do a lot to inspire people to use WordPress with great articles and problem-solving articles are Brian Jackson and Maddy Osman. I would love to read an interview with any of them.
What do you look for in a WordPress host?
Peter: There are several excellent WordPress hosting companies to choose from, such as Kinsta, SiteGround, Cloudways but also others. It is always challenging to select hosting for your website. You have to compare features and read reviews to get an idea of what the hosting companies have the offer.
Over the years, I have come across some catastrophic web hosting. But fortunately, I have been able to move my websites to more beneficial and more reliable web hosting.
Ten years ago, I found a small but reliable hosting with outstanding support. I have stayed with them because I know that I can always get 24/7 support if a problem occurs. It is worth a great deal.
If you are looking for a web host, you should compare features with other web hosts and read reviews. I also recommend asking a few basic questions to the hosting companies get to know their support and response time.
In summary, price is, of course, also an essential factor. I recommend not to choose the cheapest option even if it looks great. It usually ends up being the most expensive with perhaps poor performance, lack of support, and in the end, you have to move your site to a better web host. Been there, done that and I don’t do it again.
What are your plans for the future? Any new adventures planned in your life?
Peter: On a personal level, my family and I are going back to Asia later this year and stay for some time. It’s always an adventure.
As for my work, I have some websites to manage and maintain daily. I also have some sites under construction; I am also in the process of rebuilding and redesigning one website. Furthermore, I also work with a large web company and have daily activities to do with certain websites.
I am always open to new opportunities. And if any exciting project turns up in the future, I can consider joining in.
If it’s not a secret, please tell us how your working day looks like? How do you balance work and free time?
Peter: I usually start working between seven and eight o’clock in the morning. Reading and responding to email is first on the agenda, and it usually takes an hour. After that, it’s time to check social media to keep me updated with the community.
After that, I work with planned and scheduled tasks like publishing blog posts, promotion, and website maintenance — time to grab something to eat.
In the afternoon, I usually spend a few hours working on my projects. I am writing articles, and occasionally testing new stuff such as themes, plugins, or tools — time to clear my head.
I try to spend time outdoors every day, mostly in the beautiful nature we have in Sweden. A long walk, a jog, bike ride, or any other outdoor activity.
Family time. Cook food and spend time with family.
Later in the evening/night, I work a couple of hours again with, email, social media, and planning for the next day.
Finally, here’s your chance to freestyle :). Write anything you think could be interesting or useful to our readers.
Peter: I often get asked how to succeed as a blogger. Many enthusiastic people start a website but lose patience because nothing happens, no visitors, no attention, and soon they close shop.
My advice to anyone starting a blog or website is. Nothing happens overnight, so it is crucial to have great patience, learn from your mistakes, but the most important thing is never to give up even if it feels like uphill sometimes. Roll up your sleeves and keep working.
Heck, I have made every mistake that exists when it comes to websites. But it does not matter. I am a trial and error guy — next time I know what to do. If you never dare to fail, you will never learn anything.