Howdy! πŸ‘‹ I started writing my year in reviews to keep track of the progress that I am making over the years here at my blog. This is going to be my second one in the series. You can check out the last one over here.

πŸ‘‰ On a side note, this is my first post in Gutenberg and I am really enjoying the writing experience in this shinny new WordPress editor.

For those of you who don’t know me, here are a few things that you might wanna know, I am

  • A full-time open source products developer
  • Regular WordPress Core Contributor
  • Principal Developer at WP White Security
  • Digital Ocean and WordPress Meetups Organizer
  • TV Shows and Movies Fanatic

So without further ado, here are some of the highlights of the things that happened in 2018.

πŸ“Ÿ local-wpcli

This is one of the most important projects that I did last year. local-wpcli is a tool written in Node.js to help developers automate the process of configuring WP-CLI with the locally hosted websites of Local by Flywheel.

My sole purpose for developing this CLI was to learn JavaScript ES6+ and Node.js, and I managed to eliminate a redundant step in my workflow after setting up a WordPress website with Local by Flywheel.

If you’re interested on how to get started with this CLI, I wrote an introductory piece on it. The CLI is available on both GitHub and npm.

ⓦ WordPress Core Contribution

Contributing to any open source software takes time and dedication. I also try to invest a part of my free time to make OSS contributions. In the spirit of this resolution, I started contributing to the WordPress core in 2017.

Last year, I contributed to the new default theme β€” TwentyNineteen β€” of WordPress. It was announced to be a part of WordPress 5.0, and I got core contribution props in this release.

WP Core Contribution Credits

I also managed to contribute to the 5.1 release. I must admit that it feels great to contribute to a software which is powering more than one-third of the internet πŸ™Œ

✈️ Growth of WP Security Audit Log

It has been well over a year since I started my job as the principal developer of one of their security products, WP Security Audit Log, at WP White Security β€” joined in November 2017.

WSAL has seen tremendous growth during last year. The active users of the plugin increased from 60,000 to 80,000+ exhibiting 25% increase in the userbase. The plugin also got listed in the solution center of WPEngine β€” security section.

I also worked on some significant features related to the event logging for the WP Security Audit Log plugin. Here are a few notable feature updates of the plugin from last year:

  • File Integrity Scans for a WordPress site
  • Gutenberg Support
  • Support for SSL / Client certificates for secure external database connections
  • Support for Slack
  • Support for MainWP Dashboard changes

πŸ‘‰ You can check the list of releases over here.

πŸ₯ #TheOpenDevCon

The team at organize local community meetups throughout the year. Last year was not any different. However, the most highlighted event of 2018 was #TheOpenDevCon.

We arranged this event for the students of CS, CE, and EE at the CSE department of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. I gave my first hands-on workshop on how to host a Gatsby site on a Linode server at this event.

GatsbyJS Workshop Presentation

I am looking forward to give more practical workshops like this one in the future meetups 🀞


I had an exciting run at last year. I reviewed and wrote articles on a few reputable WordPress companies and plugins including Kinsta, WPEngine, Cloudways, WP Security Audit Log, and WP Rocket.

I learned a lot about how to write reviews during my run. Check out the complete list of articles that I wrote on

πŸ”° Resolutions

Here are a few resolutions that I have in mind for 2019.

  • πŸ‘« Get to know more people in the WordPress and open source community.
  • 🀝 Collaborate more with developers on open source projects.
  • πŸŽ“ Complete the road to become a full stack developer.
  • 🎨 Develop a theme in Gatsby JS for my website.
  • πŸ“– Blog more about my experiences and learning over time.
  • 🚦 Try to start managing my expectations which will help me grow both personally and professionally.
  • πŸ’ͺ Focus more on getting fit and eat less junk and more healthy food.

🎁 Wrapping Up

That’s pretty much about it. Another year has passed and I am very grateful for everything it brought me. I am also looking forward to the surprises that 2019 will throw along my way. Ciao πŸ‘‹

Featured Image Credits: Photo by Γ‰mile Perron on Unsplash

A dedicated Full Stack Web Developer in the making with more than four years of experience in open source products development β†’ Regular WordPress Core Contributor β†’ Principal Developer at WP White Security β†’ Part of the team at


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