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  • CloudFest 2021 Recap Mashup
    CloudFest 2021 was held March 23 – 25 online. Was going to do my own post conference review but I just didn’t have as much time to fully appreciate it that would warrant a recap. Luckily we have three other recaps from which we can pull. What is CloudFest? CloudFest has a long history and gone by a few different names. It pivoted to CloudFest in 2018. They have a great history page which will do better justice than I could, suffice it to say that it is an enormous in-person conference with networking and business “dealings” beyond compare. I […]
  • Wix vs. WordPress, The Final Word
    If you’re not into watching the WordPress community chatter like a hawk, you might have missed it, but earlier this month something odd starting happening. Queue the music. Background Wix started sending mysterious packages to known names in the community. The secret package contained some fancy Bose headphones and a link to a “top secret” website. Josh Koenig has a fantastic Twitter thread documenting his experience and thoughts, Hey hey! Looks like I’m influencer enough to get in on Wix’s controversial campaign against #WordPress – a thread! Just to make your life a little easier, the “top secret” site URL […]
  • Everything is AAS
    There’s a new AAS (as a service) in town. What, another acronym service? Why another acronym service? Actually, it’s Website as a Service (WaaS). Is this some new Elon Musk created future tech? The truth is much much less exciting. It’s an acronym wrapped around stuff that we’ve been using for decades. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to understand the “as-a-service” space. SaaS History I’m going to lean on, of course, Wikipedia, as well as this great post at Process Street, The Needlessly Complex History of SaaS, Simplified: “In today’s world, the majority of businesses and consumers use […]
  • GoDaddy Pro Expand 2021
    With the relaunch of GoDaddy Pro as a separate sub-brand of GoDaddy and The Hub, I knew there were going to be some great things coming from the team. We have our first big thing, GoDaddy Pro will be launching their first Expand event April 27 – 28. What I like from the start is that Expand looks to be tightly produced and human/screen friendly. Let’s take a look at that schedule. GoDaddy Pro Expand is a two day virtual event, but pleasantly not two whole days of staring at a screen. Over the last year it’s become more and […]

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  • GoDaddy Acquires .Club
    Another GoDaddy acquisition is in the books, from OnlineDomain, GoDaddy is acquiring the .Club domain extension: “Just weeks away from the 7th anniversary of the .Club launch, we are excited to announce that GoDaddy Registry is acquiring the .Club domain extension. This means, once the deal closes, the .Club extension will have a new home. Our team […]
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    Another day, another acquisition, 2021 continues to be on an acquisition pace across the board that I have not yet seen. To be honest, I had not heard of re:amaze before the announcement, but also […]
  • iThemes Acquires Kadence WP
    Well this is an interesting acquisition, interesting in that it totally makes sense, even more so since the WordPress themes part of iThemes has been, uh, quiet for quite some time. From the announcement, Kadence […]

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