WooThemes and 8bit both announced this morning that WooThemes has acquired the Standard Theme. WooThemes said in their announcement that they will not be selling Standard on their website, but will extend the support period for at least a year. It appears Woo was more interested in the user base than the theme itself, which makes sense. I haven’t seen numbers for either how much the acquisition was for, or how many users 8bit had.
Xanga is one of the oldest hosted blogging platforms out there. This summer, they embarked on a crowd-funding campaign to reboot the platform, with a goal of porting everything to WordPress. The $50,000 crowdfunding campaign was successful, and now Xanga 2.0 has launched, built on WordPress. Nearly 1,000 contributors supported the campaign. h/t Matt Wiebe.
Yvette Sonneveld is a full-stack online communications professional with extensive experience in the WordPress ecosphere.
David’s podcast (and video) picks of the week.
We’ve done some theme research to discover about 1,000 theme shops online and we looked at 300 of them one-by-one. We collected some really cool data, like that 88% offer lifetime support, the average shop has 13 themes on average, etc. It’s all summed up in an infographic for your consumption.
This is a surprising move. WordPress.com has partnered with a company called ShopLocket to enable eCommerce for WordPress.com customers. Anyone ever heard of or used ShopLocket? Seems like a pretty direct response to Squarespace’s eCommerce offering to me.
Felix Arntz and Thierry Muller from the newly formed WordPress Performance Team talk with David about the team’s progress so far.