General WordPress

WordPress For Startups – My Talk At WordCamp Nashik 2016

I did a session on WordPress For Startups at WordCamp Nashik 2016.

My talk was essentially about leveraging the power of WordPress, for startups – both as a tool, and as a medium to provide services. The talk was very-well received, and got a lot of appreciation from several people. I also started my WordCamp speaking career with this talk, and would love to do more sessions at WordCamps.

Here are the slides of my talk:

WordPress For Startups – By Hari Shanker – WordCamp Nashik from Hari Shanker R

And here is the video of my talk, from YouTube:

Hope you liked my session. Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback on my talk in the comments! Thanks a lot, in advance! 🙂

General Personal WordPress

Joining Automattic’s Worldwide WordPress 5K Run 2015

I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day.

    – The Automattic Creed

Being part of a marathon was always an attempted item in my bucket list. However, tight schedules prevented me from participating in any. Every year, there’d be four or five 10K’s or 20K’s at Trivandrum, Kochi, Bangalore or Mumbai. Each time the announcement came out in the press, I’d make a mental note to start training, only to conveniently forget about it later on. It didn’t exactly help that I was steadily gaining kilos (as well as continuous deposits of flab and inertia) over time.

However, Automattic’s Worldwide WordPress 5k Run 2015 (WWWP5K), was an event that excited me like no marathon ever could!
For me, WordPress is not just a semantic publishing platform – it’s a way of life. It’s an overwhelming passion, and the philosophy behind the content management system, as well as my love for Open Source software makes it my driving force. I owe most of my technical knowledge (as well as a bulk of my savings) to the content management system and the robust community that powers it. Btw, is proudly powered by WordPress. 🙂

Needless to say, Automattic – the company that runs the hosted version of WordPress at (Where this blog was hosted quite a while back), is one of my favourite companies in the world. Oh, I also happen to be one of the biggest Matt Mullenweg fans, alive. 😉

WWWP5k had its ‘official’ inception on September 29, 2013, when a bunch of Automatticians (home-grown fitness freaks themselves) decided to do something tangible to stay healthy, and invited other WordPress lovers across the world to join them. Yeah, the event was a runaway success.

So, this edition of WWWP5k kick-starts tomorrow (26th October 2015) till Sunday (November 1st 2015). If you’re interested, you can take part in the event between these days. The requirement? You should be a blogger using the WordPress platform (Not yet on WordPress? Create a blog for free!!)!

So, wherever you are in the world, if you’re free over the next week – do a 5k run! Feel free to use a smartphone/pedometer to measure your distance and check your route.  You can also do the run indoors in the comfort of your home, with your very own treadmill. Blog about your run, and share your selfies too (with the tag ‘WWWP5k‘ on your blog, or a linkback to this page [link: ] if you’re self-hosted).

As for me, I’m all set – my Nike running shoes are dusted, my route is set (the track around my apartment). Gonna take the run tomorrow (26th October 2015) at 5 AM IST. Wish me luck! (And join me too!)

I successfully took the marathon! 🙂 Detailed blog post coming soon:

Blogging Internet WordPress

Shifting from Blogger to WordPress

WordPress is an awesome content management platform! It’s easy, dynamic, customizable and user-friendly – especially for bloggers most of who aren’t familiar with the nuances of PHP, HTML/CSS, Javascript and other ingredients for web publishing. More and more people are realizing the power of this dynamic content management platform and are yearning to move over from other platforms like Blogger/Typepad/Livejournal et al. But some of them stop in the mid-way, bogged down by technical issues. Even I had the same fears about importing my Blogger blog to wordpress. But once done, I realized that it was just a piece of cake.

But I too had to face my set of problems. Here are a few tips for all of you who badly wanna embrace WordPress. (Remember, I’m talking about the custom content management system available at, not the free blog at

Here I go!

1) Install your wordpress blog correctly – First, buy your domain and get some good quality hosting space. 100 Megabytes is more than enough for a good wordpress blog. Make sure your hosting package includes a MySQL server, since, only then can you install wordpress. You can find detailed instructions on how to install wordpress here. Edit the sample post and add your stuff

2) Import your wordpress blog – In the ‘Tools’ section of your wordpress dashboard, there’s an option called ‘Import’. Select it and you’ll see a host of options, including ‘Blogger’ on the top. Choose it, and follow the instructions. However, there is a possiblity that you might encounter a problem. In such a case, make a blog and import your blogger blog into it. Then export it into an XML File (Dashboard – Tools – Import) and log back into your domain and import all posts. Voila!

3) Maintaining Permalinks: Now, this is going to be an issue you will face. If you’ve used a domain in your blogger blog, your old users won’t get redirected to your wordpress blog, because the permalink structure is different. But again, you can change it by changing the format of your wordpress permalinks to /%year%/%month%/%postname%.html. This feature is available at the Settings tab of the wordpress dashboard.

All this takes just 10 minutes! 🙂

Happy Blogging!

Blogging WordPress

I chose WordPress!

Fresh from taking a blogging seminar depicting all the zillion problems of Blogger, I thought I’d set the example myself.
Thanks to an excellent hosting plan by Wizehost, here I am, in WordPress!! Installation and post-importing was a breeze. With some search, I got a not-so-bad theme, did basic customization and voila. The Red Pill got pressed. 🙂

Since duplicate content won’t do good with search engines, I’m deleting my old blogger blog. Yeah, it was a painful action from my part, but it was necessary evil.

Don’t have time for further customizations at the moment. Yeah, series exams looming large! But brace yourself. The best is yet to come.

Thanks a bunch for all your support, readers! Hope you enjoy my posts as you’ve done all the while. Adios!