Speaker Spotlight: Al Davis!

WordCamp Montreal is only a few weeks away! We’re as excited as ever about this event. We’ve prepared a speaker spotlight series that will show off some of our speakers at this years event!

I’m happy to present our next spotlight, Al Davis!

Al Davis is the Shared hosting Product manager at TELUS and has been developing web sites and web strategies for more than 15 years and has worked with thousands of website owners, communicators, and online strategists in the course of his career.

Al will be giving a talk titled Shared Hosting and WordPress.

Why WordPress?

Al Davis from TELUS hosting

Al Davis

I have been using WordPress off and on since the b2 days, and, while having test driven most of the other self-publishing platforms in my day job (Shared Hosting Product Manager), I have always come back to WordPress. The interface has evolved and matured nicely, and it really is simple to use whether you’re a seasoned WordPress veteran or absolutely new to the platform.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

WordCamp Montreal has a great reputation and the opportunity to speak there was one that I couldn’t possibly pass up.

What is your talk going to be about?

Shared Hosting and WordPress…what to look for from a hosting provider, some tips and tricks for dealing with providers, how to set up WordPress in a Shared Hosting environment, and how to migrate a WordPress site from one provider to another.

What are you most looking forward to at WordCamp Montreal?

It’s Montreal in the summer and a WordPress conference to boot; what is there not to look forward to!

That and Brendan’s next chapter on building a community around your blog.

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

In all of my years as a Product Manager, I cant even begin to count the number of times I have spoken to a customer who was intimidated by the idea of uploading files to their space and setting up things like a database. Hopefully, after my talk, a few people will walk away with the confidence to tackle what is really a simple process.

What is your favourite WordPress plugin, and why?

I am a big fan of Backup Buddy for installing, migrating and backing up WordPress sites. It’s like three plugins in one!

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