New Rainmaker, a hosted WordPress service by Copyblogger
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New Rainmaker, a hosted WordPress service by Copyblogger

I have called it the future in the past, and it seems the future is here. I’ve always wondered why more people haven’t created their own little hosted WordPress platforms. In my view, there could be a hundred WordPress.com style platforms, each serving their own niche. Happy Tables (hosted WordPress for restaurants) helped pioneer the…

Demo WP Pro helps you create demo sites for WordPress products
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Demo WP Pro helps you create demo sites for WordPress products

The folks behind Ninja Forms are working on a new plugin, called Demo WP Pro. Demo WP Pro is pretty meta, as it’s intended for people that sell WordPress related products. The plugin allows you to create demo sites available for users to test-drive a theme, plugin, or anything else — in a safe, but real WordPress…

Performance benchmarks for managed WordPress hosts compared

Kevin Ohashi has put together a very thorough comparison of performance benchmarks for a number of managed WordPress hosts on Review Signal. Included in his review: A Small Orange Pressable WP Engine WebSynthesis SiteGround Godaddy (managed) Digital Ocean (VPS) Pagely A few hosts weren’t included that I’d love to see added at some point: Pantheon Media…

Pantheon for WordPress: a website hosting and management platform
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Pantheon for WordPress: a website hosting and management platform

Pantheon is a website development, deployment, and hosting platform. But they aren’t just any host. They like to think of their product as a hosting killer, because in their mind, they do much more than just hosting. I heard about Pantheon for the first time last year, when it was a Drupal-only platform. When Pantheon…

Creative Market acquired by AutoDesk
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Creative Market acquired by AutoDesk

AutoDesk is an enormous company. Publicly traded on the Nasdaq, they have a market cap just under $12 Billion. You may have heard of AutoCAD, the thirty year old drafting software that’s an absolute titan in a broad range of industries. And they’ve just acquired Creative Market, a digital marketplace that’s gotten a lot of…

Cory Miller, Founder & CEO of iThemes
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Cory Miller, Founder & CEO of iThemes

I had the opportunity recently to talk to Cory Miller, the founder of iThemes. Cory started iThemes in January 2008, so they are currently celebrating their 6th anniversary. Cory is a really thoughtful businessman and leader, and I really enjoyed our chat. If you’d like a good compliment to this interview, also listen to his…

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WP Engine raised $15 million in VC, grew customer base 27% last quarter

WP Engine is making another splash with the announcement of a $15 million round of venture capital from North Bridge Growth. I first saw the announcement on TechCrunch, but it’s also on VentureBeat. Torque, WP Engine’s WordPress publication, also noted that they are included in the items that the investment is intended for, so it’s…

Barley for WordPress is a simple and effective inline editor
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Barley for WordPress is a simple and effective inline editor

I’ve had an opportunity to play with Barley for WordPress, an inline editor plugin. Barley is a two-sided product. Barley is a hosted, PHP based CMS, and Barley for WordPress is a WordPress plugin that extends the hosted Barley editing experience to WordPress publishers. My first thought when seeing Barley for WordPress was that it…

ZippyKid relaunches as Pressable, makes changes to business
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ZippyKid relaunches as Pressable, makes changes to business

ZippyKid is a managed WordPress host that’s been around around three and a half years. They have grown their business consistently since their launch in May 2010, and today have a number of high profile blogs and corporate profiles as part of their client portfolio. Vid Luther, founder of ZippyKid, has been a PHP consultant…

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iThemes enters the WordPress site management sphere with Sync

iThemes has announced a new product today, called Sync. It’s a tool to manage WordPress website updates, including themes and plugins. Sync is free for up to 10 sites for all iThemes account holders. They will announce plans soon for non-account holders and people with more than ten sites. Sync is the latest entry into…

Create a WordPress VIP simulated dev environment, quickly
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Create a WordPress VIP simulated dev environment, quickly

If you want to create a development environment to mimic the WordPress VIP hosting platform, the VIP team has you covered. VIP Quickstart is a new tool, available on Github, that helps you set up everything easily. According to the announcement post, here are the technical bits: VIP Quickstart is a mix of Vagrant, Puppet,…

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