Today we have HongKiat Lim with us. HongKiat Lim is based in Malaysia and is a founder of a very popular web design / development blog Hongkiat.com. Founded in 2007, since then the audience really liked his way of writing tutorials, articles and guides that blog grew by folds each year. Initially he was blogging by himself but then it evolved into a multi-authored blog, featuring contributions from a mix of more than 90 permanent writers and freelance contributors
Let me tell you why i love Hongkiat.com. Let’s say i am searching on web for some tutorial and out of 10 results on the first page of Google, if there is an article from Hongkiat about the same, i’d ignore all other results and directly go to that article and i always find what i was looking for most of time! I’d say 8 out of 10 times, i never have to leave Hongkiat to see look at other search results.
You should definitely follow him on Twitter @hongkiat and also check his website Hongkiat.com which has articles on Photoshop, HTML/CSS, WordPress, Design tools, Photography, Wallpapers, Freebies and more. Some of the contents you find here have been featured or referenced to by sites such as Huffpost, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, TheNextWeb and more.
Let’s learn from his experience and start this interview.
My name is Hongkiat Lim. I founded Hongkiat.com about 6 years ago. The site started off as a personal online journal, then a blog where I share tips and tricks on Photoshop and design. Today it has evolved into a multi-authored technology blog visited by millions every month.
I can’t exactly recall when I was introduced to WordPress but I started off using Blogger (blogspot.com) and was stuck between migrating to either LiveJournal or using WordPress. I chose the latter after some comparison.
Writing a blog was hot back then (about 6-7 years ago), I jumped on the bandwagon like most my friends did. Hongkiat.com was registered to migrate the content from my previous Blogger (blogspot.com) over to a WordPress-powered platform. It started as a site where I share bookmarks of good design-related finds, simple photoshop and design tutorials.
As readership increased, I started spending more time writing. The starting and setup was easy, but keeping it up is a bit harder. The motivation of keeping the site operational came from people who have been supporting the site along the way.
Google Panda had an impact on the site last year but the impact wasn’t too severe. We let Google do its thing while we focused more on building more quality content. I think we’ve covered from the impact, even though we’re not exactly sure about the details.
Keeping a health participation rate in social media, for example: Sharing good finds (links, images, etc) to readers via Facebook or Twitter.
Here’s something we haven’t announced (and it’s coming up real soon). It’s called demo.hongkiat.com. It’s a small project where we consolidate the demo our web design tutorials under one subdomain, allowing readers to view, navigate and jump to its respective tutorials easily.
Getting a better name of the site. Non-english domain name – Hongkiat.com isn’t exactly the easiest thing to market.
Still rocking and powering major blogs and news sites on the Internet.