• My #BFCM List
    These are tools and applications that I actually use! Cloudways GoWP Human Presence Krisp.ai ManyCam Termageddon
  • The LearnDash Acquisition Roundup
    Following up on the big news that StellarWP acquired LearnDash. There are a ton of posts from all involved, and even though it’s been a week or so (CaboPress consumed a ton of time), I think it’s worthwhile to track these thoughts. By joining Liquid Web, LearnDash becomes part of […]
  • Sinch Acquires Pathwire
    Not super breaking but super important since we all communicate via email and text message, especially for marketing. Now we’re getting a huge SMS company, Sinch, acquiring a critical component in the digital marketing economy, Pathwire. Courtesy of Bridget Willard, Diego Mendoza-Moyers writes San Antonio technology firm acquired for $1.9 […]
  • CaboPress Breaks the WordPress Event Mold
    I just returned from CaboPress and it is unlike any WordPress conference, period. I almost feel like that’s all the should be said, go to the site, read up on it, and you’ll understand. In short it’s a business conference created by the highly respected writer, speaker, and business coach, […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 past all the potential Covid anxiety issues. I wasn’t but a few things made me […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • #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 something? Something you heard or saw, send me an email. And tell your friends to sign […]
  • 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 […]
  • Ecwid Acquired by Lightspeed
    This is big news. Ecwid has gone from a simple payment gateway to a mini-Shopify to, I assume, a direct competitor to Shopify with the weight and financing of Lightspeed. Lightspeed will gain a foothold in a new and growing market segment. Of course we need to get some details […]
  • 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 year specifically he has spent his work days at InMotion Hosting. Announced yesterday, Mike has […]
  • #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!, surprisingly difficult. Who would’ve “thunk” it?! But what better time to get back in the […]
  • 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 two, it’s a bit of work I’m very glad we’ve been able to make it […]
  • 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 short and sweet, which is something I’m a big fan of for virtual events. The […]
  • 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 the nuance, physical responses, smiles, frowns, laughs and more. In person networking is coming back. […]
  • 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 over Kanban for WordPress and take it through the rest of 2021 and beyond.” It’s […]
  • Reaction Moves from Marketing to Digital
    Ok, this is a guilty pleasure update about an agency I’ve personally known for a long time. They’re based out of Canada, and I met their CEO, Mike Szyszka, back in the Joomla days. I’ve been able to see Reaction grow and evolve for over a decade, now of course […]
  • DigitalOcean’s Premium Droplets
    As you can imagine with the advent of cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, Linode, Digital Ocean, Vultr, etc.) there has been a race for performance value. Digital Ocean (DO) is one of the more recognizable names and they announced performance going up to 11 back in February, Introducing Premium Droplets […]
  • Patchstack Ramping Up
    I’ve been really, pleasantly, surprised at what’s been going on with Patchstack since their acquisition of ThreatPress and rebrand from WebARX. To that end, they have ramped up their Red Team prize pool (note: not Deep Space 9’s Red Squad) and added a first batch of partners who will help […]
  • Links of the Week
    Orbit Media Studios: What are Core Web Vitals? Cloud7: SiteGround stops signing up new clients in Kenya due to new local regulations Scaleway: Digital Europe needs to draw inspiration from the founders of ECSC WP Tavern: A Laptop and a Dream: Your Home Office Should Meet Your Needs Signal: The […]
  • GoDaddy Goes Hub-Club-Home
    First time I’ve seen the new work model described as Hub-Club-Home, and I have to say I love the analogy. It’s really clear in my mind where an employee might be physically, and why. So this all comes from Domain Name Wire, GoDaddy to close Scottsdale office and move HQ […]
  • All FLoCed Up aka CASHing Out
    I first published a few weeks ago on What the FLoC? and since then, major projects have pushed back against the CASH scheme. From TechRadar, GitHub is blocking FLoC: “In addition to disabling FLoC in GitHub Pages, GitHub’s main website also now uses this new HTTP header according to BleepingComputer. […]
  • Links of the Week
    GoDaddy Pro: Expand 2021 Recap XWP: How Enterprise Tech Companies Invest in WordPress and Why cloud7: Contabo opened new data center in Singapore TechCrunch: ActiveCampaign raises $240M Cloudways: Million Tree Challenge
  • WordPress Announces Openverse Project
    This is both a pleasant surprise and awesome show of how a major open source project can extend the benefits of open source in new directions. Let’s go in a bit of chronological order. First we have Matt Mullenweg’s announcement on April 27, CC Search to join WordPress.org: “I am […]
  • WooCommerce Invests in PeachPay
    More money flowing in the WordPress economy. Today we get the announcement in Business Insider (paywalled), PeachPay, a one-click checkout startup created by recent college grads, is looking to compete with red-hot startups Bolt and Fast as e-commerce booms: PeachPay, which launched in January, is one of the newest entrants […]
  • Yats are the New Emoji
    Sometimes I go down the rabbit hole on my own journeys for what’s going on across the internet. Sometimes someone is persistent enough about a new technology or application that it bears research, time, and even spending some money. Similar to how the PSL story was brought to my attention, […]
  • Links of the Week
    Dries Buytaert: Section 230: repeal reform or reprioritize? WP Tavern: Themes Set Up for a Paradigm Shift cloud7: Wix launches mobile app: Spaces by Wix Omnisend: How Apple’s iOS 14 Update Impacts Email Marketing
  • GravityView Acquires Gravity Forms Entries in Excel
    GravityView announced April 6 on their blog, Gravity Forms Entries in Excel, Brought to You By GravityView!: “We’re excited to announce that GravityView is now the proud home of the popular GF Entries in Excel plugin! This plugin provides users with a helpful way to export their Gravity Forms data into […]

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