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…

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…

We spent $920.26 on twitter ads for the dumbest ad ever, and It worked.

It Sort of worked. I wanted to know what would drive clicks using promoted tweets. This was not our first foray into promoted tweets. We saw pretty dismal results with past campaigns so out of frustration I decided to turn left and just experiment to see what would drive clicks back to our WordPress hosting service. We created a few ads with various tag lines. We attempted witty, we attempted straightforward and we attempted the absurd. In terms of raw number of engagements, the dumbest ad you could probably think of did the best. A Shoe Is it a dress shoe?…

Easily Display Images in the Sidebar of Your WordPress Website with Simple Image Widget

Some plugins are so simple yet effective, you are left wondering why they aren’t a core feature of WordPress itself. This could be a said of the Simple Image Widget plugin – an extension which makes it very easy to display images in the sidebar, and other widgetized area of your WordPress website. While there is nothing stopping you from using the text widget and entering the appropriate HTML in order to display an image in the sidebar of your website, this isn’t the ideal solution for many WordPress users – especially if you are creating a website for a client….

Helping the Enterprise customer adopt WordPress

WordPress powers much of the web however it is not always easy for Enterprise clients to use it. Here at Pagely® we make our living softening or eliminating the rough edges of the world’s most popular content management system. Have a look at 10 Challenges For The Enterprise Using WordPress that Pagely elevates or eliminates. Our platform serves over 30 billion requests monthly and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way.  

Put your house in order with CrazyEgg

A few months back we re-branded Pagely and deployed a new website. It was a total re-do of everything. Our primary goal was to not just improve the aesthetics of our site, but the sales performance of it as well. Get more people seeing the information we want them to see, and ultimately buying our service or engaging our sales team. How do you know when a design is working? Test and measure everything. We have used Optimzely for some time to test copy, placement, and other factors to drive engagement. One aspect of this process is knowing and understanding where…

See you at WordCamp Buenos Aires

We will be attending WordCamp Buenos Aires this year to meet some of our customers and to help shine light on the vibrant South American WordPress scene. The event is May 30th from 9am to 6pm at the San Martin Cultural Center, located right in downtown Buenos Aires. As a sponsor we will be giving away t-shirts and other schwag on a first come first serve basis. We have had a team of professional translators assist us in translating some of our various collateral and will be looking to add new clients to our already booming data center location in Sao…

WordPress 4.2 Rollout

WordPress 4.2 “Powell” has shipped! We will be rolling this out to customers starting Monday 4/27. All customers can expect to be updated by Wednesday 4/29. The new features of 4.2 include Press this – Improved content sharing from your press this bookmark or mobile device Added support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs. Emoji support. Customizer – Now preview all your themes through the customizer. Additional embed support – Paste Tumblr and Kickstarter links directly in the post editor. Streamlined plugin updates – Say goodbye to the boring loading screen. Under the hood utf8mb4 support…

Growth: Notable Clients and New Managed WordPress Features

Today we are happy to share a few details on new plan features and highlight our continued success in serving the enterprise WordPress hosting market. As we continue to grow (read our last Growth: post) we have been working on new tools and configurations for our large scale clients, many of which we’ll very soon be porting to all WordPress hosting clients. New WordPress Hosting Management Plugin Includes Stats & Cache Management We are excited to announce the release of our new management plugin for our WordPress hosting service, which will enhance the experience for our customers. We have taken a few…

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