In April I had the pleasure of attending CaboPress with a number of WordPress colleagues. In the mix of this group was Syed Balkhi. While spending some one on one time with Syed, I had the opportunity to play twenty questions with him. I tend to do this with people I meet, because I like to know more about them then you can see on the internet. I like to dig in and I want to learn about their core and their story. Syed has an interesting story and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to hear it.
Beyond being just wicked smart, Syed has a big heart. Chris Lema first introduced me to him and in the process gave Syed his praise. It was well deserved.
One of my twenty questions (yes I really asked twenty) presented to Syed involved changing the world. I asked what is the one “thing” he would like to see changed in the world. He answered quickly and stated education.
You see, education is Syed’s passion and improving it is his purpose. He explained why this is the case and his story only drew me in further.
The Man Behind WPBeginner
When you visit the WPBeginner website, know that the man behind the site isn’t just brilliant, he is special. He gives back to the world and in particular children.
He knows that children are our future and that nurturing them and providing them opportunities is critical for the world’s development.
You’d never know of Syed’s efforts by talking to him. He is humble and he is genuine. You wouldn’t know that he built a school last year in Guatemala so that he could help children in need.
You wouldn’t know that he is building two new schools again this year and needs your help.
We Have Three More Days to Make a Difference
Syed is raising money for two new schools. His goal is $50,000, but I would like to see that much higher and I’m sure he would too. I know we can surpass his goal, because there is a great deal of generosity within our WordPress community and those wonderful users we have throughout the world.
Web Savvy Marketing donated $1,000 to this project and we ask that you help too.
A small donation of $25 can provide education to one child for an entire year.
Enter WPBeginner’s Birthday Giveaway and Win $26,000 in Prizes
To bring awareness to this campaign WPBeginner has a contest active where you can win 140+ in prizes that are worth over $26,000.
We’ve thrown in a Developer Pro Pack which will give you all of our existing themes and all future themes we release. That’s over 30 Genesis child themes! Enter Syed’s contest and you might take home your license for free.
Don’t believe this is worth your time? Take a look at the prizes you can win:
- 10 x OptinMonster Pro Licenses ($199 each)
- 10 x Soliloquy Developer Licenses ($99 each)
- 10 x Envira Gallery Gold Licenses ($99 each)
- 10 x ThemeLab Pro Licenses ($199 each)
- 5 x iThemes All Access Passes ($197 each)
- 5 x BackupBuddy Personal Licenses ($80 each)
- 5 x WebDesign.com Annual Memberships ($197 each)
- 5 x iThemes Exchange Pro ($197 each)
- 25 x iThemes Sync 100 sites accounts ($170 each)
- 5 x Sucuri Premium Monitoring ($89 each)
- 3 x 1 Year Sucuri CloudProxy Professional ($239 each)
- 2 x 1 Year Sucuri CloudProxy Business ($839 each)
- 3 x Themify Dev Club ($99 each)
- 1 x HostGator 3 Years Shared Baby Plan ($286 each)
- 5 x Gravity Forms Developer Licenses ($199 each)
- 5 x Gravity Forms Personal Licenses ($39 each)
- 3 x AffiliatesWP Unlimited Licenses ($199 each)
- 2 x 6 month of InMotion VPS 1000 plan ($179 each)
- 1 x 1 year of Web Hosting Hub account ($83 each)
- 3 x Restrict Content Pro Unlimited Licenses ($155 each)
- 3 x FullScreen BG Images Pro Unlimited Licenses ($81 each)
- 3 x SeedProd Developer Licenses ($99 each)
- 10 x DirJournal Regular Permanent Listings ($159 each)
- 3 x Pagely Annual Business Plans ($768 each)
- 1 x WebSavvyMarketing Full Theme Package ($299 each)
- 1 x AppPresser Agency Bundle ($499 each)
- 3 x SiteGround 1 year GoGeek Hosting with free domain ($179 each)
- 1 x Pantheon 1 year of Professional Hosting ($1200 each)
- 10 x MaxCDN 1 year of Starter 100GB per month account ($108 each)
- 3 x Entire Collection package from ReadyThemes ($55 each)
- 3 x Treasure Chest package from ThemeIsle ($85 each)
- 1 x WPEngine 1 year of Personal Hosting ($348 each)
- 3 x Bluehost 1 year of Unlimited Shared Hosting ($71 each)
- 1 x Bluehost 1 year Managed WordPress Hosting Blogger Plan ($299 each)
- 5 x WPTouch 5 Pack Licenses ($99 each)
It’s Time to Give Back to WPBeginner
If you use WordPress, you may have searched on a how to at some point or another. There is about a 90% chance those searches brought you to WPBeginner and that this content provided value to you in some way or another.
I know I’ve used the website a great deal when providing clients with links to tutorials and WordPress how to information.
If you love WPBeginner, show your support. Enter the contest and donate.
Let’s not just build two schools, let’s do more!