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WP Engine: The World’s First Study of the WordPress Economy
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WP Engine: The World’s First Study of the WordPress Economy

WP Engine published one excellent research and study named "WordPress Economy: The World’s First Study of the WordPress Economy" with a projection of great WordPress ecosystem growth. It's the first comprehensive analysis of the combined global economy for WordPress, which was estimated at $596.7 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $635.5 billion by the end of 2021.WordPress Economy / WP Engine In partnership with research firm Vanson Bourne, and the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths University of London, this research was undertaken to assess the economic value and the social impact of WordPress while providing an innovative, credible, and scientific contribution to the ongoing debates and discussions that surround it. Commissioned by WP Engine ...
WebDevStudios is a new WordPress VIP Gold Agency Partner
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WebDevStudios is a new WordPress VIP Gold Agency Partner

We are proud to welcome WebDevStudios as a new agency partner! WebDevStudios is one of 13 Gold Partners in this exclusive group of agencies with proven excellence implementing WordPress at scale, WordPress VIP announced in the official press release. WebDevStudios is a website design and development agency that creates quality-driven, user-friendly experiences for startups to large enterprise projects.  It's a full-service WordPress shop, providing end-to-end opportunities from strategy and planning to design and development, as well as full data migration, extensive API integrations, scalability, performance, and long-term guidance and maintenance. WebDevStudios’ client list includes The Wall Street Journal, Starbucks, Microsoft, the NBA, Uber, Comedy Central, and Viac...
Cloudways: A new WordPress security way!
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Cloudways: A new WordPress security way!

Cloudways, a cloud hosting provider focused on simplicity and productivity, announced a partnership with WordPress security tool provider Patchstack. The security company’s features will be fully integrated into Cloudways to allow users to scan and automatically patch vulnerabilities in WordPress, plugins, and themes.cloudways.com The multi-cloud managed application as a service platform lets users choose from a variety of web hosting options, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. The platform offers a unique managed hosting strategy for WordPress and WooCommerce sites by removing cloud server-related hassles. This is accomplished by leveraging high-speed servers, an intuitive control panel, 24/7 live support, flexible pricing, and a free Wor...
18 years of WordPress
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18 years of WordPress

On this very day 18 years ago (May 27th), the first version of the WordPress open source software came out.  WordPress has come a long way in the past 18 years. At the time of writing this blog post, WordPress has surpassed 40 releases and powers more than 40% of the web! Go to the official WordPress Foundation site for more information!
WordSesh 2021 brings…
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WordSesh 2021 brings…

This year, the "WordSesh" conference is happening in the period of May 25 - June 4. "WordSesh" is one amazing WordPress conference and it's completely free. As officially stated, each event is highly curated to provide you with the absolute best possible experience and that means the inclusion of different topics interesting in terms of the WordPress ecosystem and community. There is a lot of sessions with "block-based development" as the main topic this year, but also there is a good number of insights into different web design, content marketing, marketing, and e-commerce subjects. Every presentation is recorded and published to WPSessions after the live event has ended. Take a look at the Schedule on the official website. The choice is amazing and WordSesh is confirmed as a...
Yoast Diversity Fund: Apply until the end of May!
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Yoast Diversity Fund: Apply until the end of May!

The Yoast Diversity Fund invites all those who have quality projects that contribute to the WordPress community to apply for sponsorship by the end of May. The company said in a statement that, in the last couple of years, the fund had invested mostly in conferences and enabling many people to be speakers at various events around the world, but that the company decided to find another purpose for the fund due to the general pandemic. "Our Diversity fund will now be used to sponsor people that work on a project that benefits WordPress. This can range from teaching a group of people anywhere in the world how to use WordPress to writing patches for Core. As long as your project contributes to making WordPress a better or more diverse environment!", the company stated in the official re...
GiveWP joins the Liquid Web Family of Brands
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GiveWP joins the Liquid Web Family of Brands

Liquid Web Family of Brands, a market leader in managed hosting, digital commerce cloud, and WordPress software services to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced their acquisition of GiveWP, a leader in WordPress plugins for nonprofits. GiveWP joins the Liquid Web Family of Brands along with WP Business Reviews, both of which belong to the Impress.org brand family. The GiveWP acquisition is an extension of Liquid Web’s commitment to leadership in the WordPress and WooCommerce arena by delivering innovative solutions that power the online potential of businesses and the designers, developers, and agencies who create for them. “GiveWP is a well-known and respected brand in the WordPress community. We are excited to welcome them to the Liquid Web family as we continue to b...
Lema’s four tactics for AOV (Average Order Value)
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Lema’s four tactics for AOV (Average Order Value)

Chris Lema, one of the most popular WordPress influencers, published one interesting article titled "How to boost your Average Order Value". Lema explains what is AOV, how to calculate it and how to increase it. Here are 4 tactics Lema shared on his blog that leads to better Average Order Value. Enjoy! Define a minimum order for free shipping This approach is pretty easy. You know what your most common order value is (from above), so push your minimum a bit higher and make that the required minimum for free shipping. If most of your orders are around $57, then you might say, “Get free shipping when you spend $75 or more.” The numbers depend on your specific store, but it can be really powerful and most of the work is work you've already done to figure out your AOV. Autom...
Envato: 81,000 creatives earned over $1 billion
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Envato: 81,000 creatives earned over $1 billion

Envato’s creative community has now earned more than $1 billion since the company was founded.  More than 81,000 creatives from nearly every country in the world have now earned with Envato, be it for their designs, their assets, their skills and experience or their eye for trends. And 88 of these creative authors have earned more than $1m USD each along the way. Audio tracks, stock footage, stock photos, print and web templates have the largest number of creators selling through Envato, though photos (45m sales or licenses across Envato Market and Envato Elements), video templates (22m) and stock footage (18m) are among the most popular assets for customers. “The $1 billion goal has always been about keeping us focused on our purpose - creating impact for our community, and...
Enviral: Do You Need To Have A Personal Brand To Be A Successful Sustainable Brand?
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Enviral: Do You Need To Have A Personal Brand To Be A Successful Sustainable Brand?

‘Personal brand’. It’s a word that’s been chucked around a lot in recent years, but what does it actually mean? The definition of ‘personal branding’ is ‘the practice of marketing people and their careers as brands. It is an ongoing process of developing and maintaining a reputation and impression of an individual, group or organisation’. In short, it’s the way you want to portray yourself to the world. It involves finding your individual style, building up a reputation and then allowing yourself to be known for those things.  What we want to know is how does this relate to business? Do brand Founders need to build their own personal brands for their businesses to flourish, or can the strength in the brand itself be enough? Let’s kick things off with looking at the pros and ...
Tabor launched Iceberg
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Tabor launched Iceberg

Richard Tabor, known for CoBlocks, Block Gallery, and ThemeBeans, has launched a new premium WordPress plugin "Iceberg". It's new writing experience. Iceberg is a beautiful, flexible writing editor for crafting posts with the WordPress block editor, as stated on the official website. https://twitter.com/richard_tabor/status/1263444178538823680 Iceberg allows you to write within the WordPress block editor in a way that feels much more natural than working with “blocks”. Our goal is not to remove blocks, but rather to deemphasize them – and any non-essential elements within the editor – to promote a focus on writing. Check out the official website: useiceberg.com. Source: #WPDEVMAG
Automattic invested in New Vector
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Automattic invested in New Vector

Automattic invested in New Vector and it's $4.6M strategic investment in order to back the Matrix ecosystem, New Vector stated in their official press release. We're very excited to announce that Automattic, the creator of Wordpress, is making a $4.6M strategic investment in New Vector in order to back the Matrix ecosystem - effectively extending our Series-A round from October. The natural fit between Automattic and New Vector means that the opportunities for collaboration are huge, and maybe even more obvious at the open source project level. For instance, Matrix could become the default real-time communication layer for WordPress, be it for a chat plugin, community collaboration or even more... In fact Automattic just opened up a role for a Matrix.org/WordPress Int...