Today we meet Himanshu (Weblinsolutions on Studio). Himanshu is one of Studio’s most popular WordPress focussed service providers. Best known for his WordPress Website Speed Optimization service, he offers a range of services to help clients get their WordPress sites running like a dream. Let’s jump into the interview!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? What are you really into? What’s most important to you in life?
I am Himanshu Jain. I am a web developer and designer. I started designing websites at the age of 12 as a hobby. They were pretty basic but built my interest in the field. I am 18 years old now and my hobby has given me a whole new life. I started as a freelance web developer in November 2013. The success I’ve had in different marketplaces in such a short period seems unbelievable to me sometimes. At school I have just had my 12th exam this year and am waiting for the results. I am going to join a graduate school this year and planning to do the web development business on a large scale in India after my graduation. Customer satisfaction is my most highest priority in my work and my feedback reflects this.
I was born in India’s financial capital Mumbai and am still enjoying my life here. This city have given me the most important experiences of the life which I could never forget. Everyone in my life is important to me whether it is my family, my friends, my clients as well as my work.
Can you tell us about what you do at Envato Studio?
I am optimizing WordPress Websites at Envato Studio for speed, security, SEO, responsivessness and cross browser compatibility. My most popular service on Envato is WordPress Website Speed Optimization and it is ranking 5th in the WordPress Category. I am reducing the Client’s website loading time in this service and ensuring that visitors from all over the world enjoys a snappier experience on the client’s site.
What are some of the tools, apps or systems you use at work on a day to day basis?
My main desktop is a high-end rig which is equipped with Solid State Drives (SSD) to give the fastest experience. A fast PC helps me to stay productive.
We use Skype, Google Hangouts to communicate with our clients. All important content is stored in the Desktop and some important files are synced to Google Drive so I am able to access them in all my devices. Mozilla Firefox is my main browser and Chrome and IE is used for cross browser testing. I use an iPhone 6 Plus to test websites in Safari for iOS Environment and Mobile Compatibility, Xiaomi Mi3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tab to test for Android. I am also using Sauce Labs which is an external testing service which gives access to hundreds of devices for testing.
I am using Notepad++ as my main code editor and FileZilla/WinSCP is used to do file transfers over ftp/sftp. Adobe Photoshop is used for all graphics work. LightShot is used for clipping the screen.
Why do you enjoy what you do? Have you had a favorite job or project you’ve worked on?
It is quite simple. I enjoy it because I love to do it. I have a passion for designing and developing websites from the age of 12. I do not have any favorite job or project. I take every new project as a different challenge and a chance to learn something new.
What would be your advice to someone just getting into web development?
Advice for people looking to get into web development is to be persistent and don’t give up. It will be probably be very frustrating in the beginning. It may take a while before you grasp what it is that you’re trying to learn. It is a very rewarding feeling once you get it. Also keep on updating your skills. Learn things which gives advantage to you from your peers.
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
What are you working on at the moment? What would you like to accomplish on Envato Studio in the next 12 months?
I am currently redesigning my website for better classification of my Envato Services and increasing my reviews on different freelancing platforms by serving more clients. In the next 12 months, I will like to improve my existing services on Envato Studio and introduce some new services here.
What helps you be more productive?
I am motivated by finishing the work in my to-do list. I create a list of work to be done in a fixed time period every day and the feeling of completing the work before the end of the day encourages me a lot. Another thing which helps me to stay more productive is ENERGETIC Music!!!
Thank you Envato Studio for making me a part of your great community.
Thanks Himanshu for giving us an insight into your life! 🙂