Speaker Spotlight: Alan Lok

Alan Lok is the principal owner of WirelessLinx Inc., providing consultant services to business small and large including Trader Corporation, University of Toronto, Toronto Region and Conservation Authority and many others. Previously he was the YellowAPI Developer Advocate at Yellow Pages Group, and have worked almost every job in a software development shop. In his spare time he cycles, dabbles in DevOps work and teaches piano. Alan is obsessed with gadgets and always try to find the latest tech ‘toy.’ His most recent purchase was the Recon Jet.

Alan is presenting: Scaling WordPress for the world and on a (relatively small) budget

1) Why do you like using WordPress?
WordPress’s installation is simple, and explaining how it works to users and clients is easy. I can get a simple site running in under 10 minutes and the wealth of plugins make it a simple choice for content sites. With it being PHP and (mostly) leveraging PHP features, it makes scaling WordPress as simple as most other LAMP-based applications.

2) Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa?
I find it fulfilling to share my knowledge with others, and every time I speak, I learn more about the subject by talking with people and experimenting with newer technologies. I honestly didn’t know WordCamp existed until I started participating in the WordPress Toronto Group, and was encouraged by the members to participate.

3) What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
There is no shame in failing a release as long as you own up to your failures and learn from mistakes. Scaling an application requires knowledge and experience, which you won’t get unless you get some battle scares. By understand what you are up against and how the stack works, you will feel more prepared and less overwhelmed when you need to scale up.

4) What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why?
W3TC – a swiss army knife of performance enhancing tricks, as long s you know what you know its quirks.

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