In an interview on Silicon Prairie News, Flywheel hosting has announced that they received funding for their WordPress hosting startup. It's worth noting that Silicon Prairie News and Flywheel share a co-founder, so the article seems very much like self-promotion. They didn't even note how much they raised. Nevertheless, Flywheel is definitely targeting a specific niche in their new venture, which the article notes currently hosts 250 sites, and they seem pretty serious about it.
Page.ly, the oldest managed WordPress hosting provider, has acquired BlogDroid. BlogDroid is a newer player in the WordPress managed hosting market. According to Page.ly’s blog post, it was an all cash deal for the acquisition.
Do the WordPress.com pricing changes represent an opportunity for the WordPress product ecosystem, a blow to democratized publishing, or the beginning of a slow pivot in the service’s identity away from blogging to managed WordPress hosting?
Chris Lema recently shared his opinion on some hosting companies to avoid. Spoiler: generally he doesn’t care for hosting companies owned by EIG. You’ve probably never even heard of many of the companies in the list — though you’ve probably all heard of their biggest brands like Bluehost and HostGator. While every host (Chris’s recommended hosts included) has issues…
Get a sneak peek at WordPress 6.1 with Nick Diego. Help test 6.1 Release Candidate 2 — and the Plugin Dependencies feature plugin. Be sure to browse the 6.1 DevNotes, Field Guides, and Team Updates. WP-CLI 2.7.1 is available now.
WordPress success stories are great, but this time, you’re going to read about a failure. It’s about the Speed Booster Pack plugin and the depressing, constant decline of its active installs.
What if open source values and ways of thinking point to solutions WordPress businesses can uniquely embrace?