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  • Breaking: StellarWP (LiquidWeb) Acquires LearnDash
    Huge acquisition of LearnDash by StellarWP announced today! The press release gives a bit of color to the announcement: The acquisition marks StellarWP’s entrance into the booming LMS space. As the global pandemic continues to drive educators to virtual learning solutions, the LMS market is projected to grow by more than $30 billion between now and 2028, according to some projections.  What’s not mentioned in the PR is that Chris Lema will be taking the role of GM in this acquisition. Congrats to all involved!
  • Breaking: Newfold Digital Acquires Yoast
    Boom! That was the sound of millions of websites wondering what it means to have their Yoast services being run by Bluehost, I mean HostGator, I mean Endurance, I mean Web.com, darn it … Newfold Digital! There we go. In tweets and blog posts by cofounders Marieke van de Rakt and Joost de Valk, we get each person’s perspective. That’s all we know at the moment but I’m sure there will much follow up from other news sources as well as here. Stay tuned! According to the press release: “We’re excited to join Newfold Digital to continue our mission of […]
  • WordCamp Europe 2021 a Success
    We just completed three days of good old WordCamp Europe, and for a virtual conference I have to give it a full five out five stars. The sessions were great, the platform, Hublio, is really a pleasure to navigate. I was able to run through quickly, easily, message, and meet people. As much as I love in-person conferences, it is amazing to see how easily people all over the world can so easily take advantage of such an important conference. I did get the change to speak on Invisible CMS but the show stopper really was the closing interview with […]
  • 500 Billion Dollars
    That is an amazingly huge amount of money, and what is referring to? WordPress! From BusinessWire, WordPress Economy Drives More Than Half a Trillion in Revenue, New Global Study Shows: “To put the global WordPress economy in context, if WordPress were a country, its economy would rank 39th in the world according to an IMF list of countries by GDP. The estimated 2021 economy facilitated by WordPress is comparable to that generated by the Apple App Store at $643B, and if it were equivalent to the market cap of a company it would come in at no. 10 on the […]

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  • How To In-Person?
    When was the last time you were at a conference with 200+ attendees? For me it’s been a while, and I was doing it multiple times a month at one point. Let’s pretend you are […]
  • #MorningCoffee: Money, Money, and People
    Just a friendly reminder, WordCamp Europe 2021 is in full swing, get thyself to a session or two. Today, it’s definitely a “movers and shakers” kind of day. Your news is global news! Working on […]
  • Christie Chirinos Joins Codeable
    I’m sensing a theme at Codeable: Step 1, find talented WordPress folk who have hosting experience; Step 2, hire them. Announced June 7, Christie has taken on a new role at Codeable, Partner Community Development […]
  • Mike Demo Joins Codeable
    Those in the open source communities of WordPress and Joomla have known Mike Demopoulos for many years (as Mike Demo or Demo or 🌈👾🎢⚽ – isn’t one name enough 😉) and for the last five […]
  • #MorningCoffee: The Restart
    So the month of May was very haphazard and I sincerely apologize to the many loyal readers who kept asking for the next newsletter. Trying to do two full time jobs at once is, ha!, […]
  • Cloudways and Patchstack
    There have been a ton of announcements regarding acquisitions, partnerships, and more. I thought I’d pick this one up for two reasons, one and a disclosure, I am the Director of WordPress at Cloudways, and […]
  • WordCamp Europe 2021 Underway
    Short and sweet, #WCEU is underway through June 9. The virtual platform selected is really easy to navigate and friendlier then some I’ve seen over the last year. The best part, is that sessions are […]
  • Links of the Week
    WP Tavern: Genesis Framework To Become Free StudioPress Announces Changes Smashing Magazine: The Evolution Of Jamstack Marker: Customer Support Via Twitter Isn’t Support, It’s PR
  • Networking (again) in Person
    I’ve really missed the “real” networking of days long ago. Constant Zooms, Slacks, and digital communication have been invaluable but nothing – nothing – beats sitting across from someone and having a conversation with all […]
  • Kanban for WordPress Acquired
    Some not so breaking news, this was announced May 7, Under New Management: “As of today, Kanban for WordPress is under new management! The teams behind Alpha Particle and Flowspoke have come together to take […]

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