8 Questions with Pippin Williamson from Pippins Plugins

In this week’s edition of 8 Questions, Pagely was fortunate enough to interview one of the most talented WordPress plugin developers around, Pippin Williamson. For those of you unfamiliar with Pippin, where have you been? Pippin is best known as the founder of Pippins Plugins, but he can reel off a huge list of well-respected plugins. These include all-in-one solutions for digital eCommerce (Easy Digital Downloads), membership sites (Restrict Content Pro), and affiliate scheme management (AffiliateWP). Despite his busy schedule, he also manages to stay active on Twitter — follow him @pippinsplugins. With this in mind, we’re very lucky to…

WordPress database queries are getting 3x-4x faster on Pagely

We have been testing the Aurora database from Amazon over the last several months internally. The results are pretty amazing with 3x-4x speed improvement on $wpdb UPDATES and SELECTS over standard MySQL. In a recent independent performance test of 19 WordPress hosting services we fared extremely well as expected. The original managed WordPress company continues to put on dominant performance results. Unlike competing WordPress Hosting services, Pagely is 100% powered by Amazon. With Amazon’s Aurora database going into production, our WordPress hosting is getting even faster. Today Amazon has moved Aurora into general availability and we have began moving production sites to the…

Add Live Chat Functionality to a WordPress Website with Pure Chat

Nothing enhances a brand more than a great customer experience. There are many ways to achieve this: a great product and eye-catching website for starters, but also an impeccable customer service – something that’s often overlooked. But how do you provide great customer service on a website? A responsive email team, perhaps, but nothing beats a real-time conversation with a real human. I’m talking, of course, about live chat. Not only does adding live chat to your website increase sales – it’s the quickest way to neutralize buyer objections – but it also allows you to provide great aftercare, so…

8 Questions with QuadroIdeas Founder Javier Schvindlerman

Today we get another insight into the Argentinian WordPress community, courtesy of QuadroIdeas founder Javier Schvindlerman. As well as running his premium theme shop, Javier is also heavily involved in the WordPress community in Argentina, making the long-overdue Buenos Aires WordCamp a reality at the end of May. In today’s interview, Javier talks all things WordPress — his background, his involvement with the WordPress community, how the community has evolved, and the direction he thinks it’s headed. As always, I want to say a big “thanks” to Javier for finding the time to answer our questions. Let’s get on with…

View the Latest Activity on Your WordPress Website at a Glance with the Simple History Plugin

If you want to keep track of the changes that have taken place on your Hosted WordPress website, then the free Simple History plugin can help you do just that. After installing this plugin on your website, you can easily view the activity history of the logged in users on your website. Whether you want a simple way to see whether a colleague has complete a task you are waiting on, or you want a quick way to see what the last step completed in a project was, the Simple History plugin gives you access to an easily readable log of events,…

How to Easily Create WordPress Child Themes with the One-Click Child Theme Plugin

If you want to make any changes to the underlying code of your chosen WordPress theme, then it’s highly recommended that you first create a child theme to store those changes. If you do for example, change the CSS of your theme to modify its appearance, and to do so, you edit the original theme files, then the next time you update the theme to the latest version, those changes will be overwritten. However, by creating a child theme first, you can keep your changes safe, while still being able to update your theme to the latest version whenever the…

Instantly Add Notes to the WordPress Post and Page Editor Screens with WP NoteUp

Ever wanted to add notes to the WordPress post editor screen while you are working on your latest blog post? Well by installing the free WP NoteUp plugin, now you can. After installing the WP NoteUp plugin, you get a dedicated place on the post and page editor screens where you can add notes to reference while you are creating your blog content. If you’ve got any points you’d like to include in the post you are working on, or need to add any reminders of tasks you need to complete before the article is finished, WP NoteUp gives you…

Publish a Calendar of Events on Your WordPress Website with the Free Event Calendar WD Plugin

If you want to publish a list of events on your WordPress website, in an easy to read and interactive format, then the free Event Calendar WD plugin could be just what you are looking for. This plugin adds a calendar to your WordPress website, to which you can add details of forthcoming events. Your visitors can then view the events, either by browsing the calendar, or choosing from one of the views on offer. This allows them to easily see all the forthcoming events, events on a particular day, or even, thanks to the Google Maps integration, events in…

Saying goodbye to Gatsby

Over the last 2+ years we have been fortunate to experience some pretty amazing growth. Overseeing sales during that time was Sean O’Brien, or as he is affectionally referred to: Gatsby. If you met him, then you know why.  Under his watch Pagely matured as a brand and revenues grew exponentially. Sean is moving on to enjoy a mini-retirement on the beach before pursuing new adventures. We wish him well on his new endeavors. From all of us here at Pagely, a big thank you goes out to him. With every end is a new beginning, and we get the pleasure…

Commercial Developers: How to Sell Your First 100 WordPress Themes and Plugins

Over the last few years, the premium WordPress product market has gone from strength to strength. These days, it really is possible for top developers to earn six- or even seven-figures a year by selling their premium themes and plugins. This has led to a surge of new products hitting the market, with lots of new developers looking for their piece of the pie. Unfortunately, many of them are left disappointed, with sales falling well short of their expectations. What gives? Why are some developers super-successful while others struggle to earn a basic living? (Hint: it’s not just an issue…

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