35% discount for new customers and last weeks Birthday winners

Page.ly is 2years and we are celebrating all month long.  Last week we ran a special offer thanking our existing customers. We also gave away a year free hosting and some T-shirts to these 3 lucky customers just for wishing us a happy birthday: Lisa League (@agirlandaMac) Jason K. (@JLKISAOK) Tony Fleming (@technicalbeat) New Customer Special We have not had an active promo code in many many months, however this week we are offering an insane deal for new customers. Use the promo code PAGELYIS2 and save 35% forever on any of our 3 priced managed WordPress hosting plans*. This code…

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At scale, everything breaks.

I don’t fancy myself a developer or a sysadmin. I pay people far more talented than me to wear those titles. However I do consider myself a steadfast hacker, CEO, customer support agent, biz dev, janitor, bookeeper….etc… Entrepreneur. Our managed WordPress hosting service Page.ly, will be 2 years old in September. We have bootstrapped this bad boy from 1 server to 26. From our first 100 customers I knew by name, to thousands that include universities, SV based startups, Fortune 500’s, state and local agencies, and everything in between. Through all of that there is 1 indisputable fact: At scale, everything breaks. (heard first from my good…

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Read This Before Our Next Meeting – Al Pittampalli

Corporate types will tell you meetings are a necessary evil. Solo freelancers will tell you meetings are cancerous. Al Pittampalli will tell you that we have too many meetings and far too many bad meetings. While technology has certainly helped reduce the amount of required, face-to-face interactions, there is no way for most people to avoid getting together with colleagues to discuss business decisions. Pittampalli acknowledges that in his new book Read This Before Our Next Meeting (free on Kindle for a week) and gives away a framework and rules for what he calls a modern meeting. His seven principles…

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This is not our El Chupacabra Luchador, but possibly an adoring fan making a tribute video. Either way it is the most awesome thing ever to grace the interwebz. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfYSwlnqOQI[/youtube]

Pleased to announce that we have added a new team member. El Vaquero Furioso will be leading customer support for the most part thru our Zendesk instance. When we went looking for a WordPress stud to help us with support part time, we did not have to look far. But this guy is extra special and has the the perfect demeanor for the job.   So lets recap. Until 8 weeks ago we were a company of 2. We crushed it with 2 people achieving the impossible innovating and leading the space we created. With the hire of El Chupacabra Luchador we…

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Today Zendesk announced their new WordPress integration plugin. We got an early sneak peek at the plugin a few days ago and took it for a spin. What is Zendesk? Zendesk is a help desk service that allows you to manage support tickets. Here at page.ly we use Zendesk exclusively for our customer support. Show me the plugin. We took the plugin for a spin last week and we are real impressed with it. One handy feature is a list view of your zendesk tickets available from the WordPress Dash. There are also methods built into the options screen to…

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Good writing evokes emotion. Good writing connects things. Good writing tells a story that the reader can relate to. Too often, writers only judge themselves against other writers. Those with better vocabularies and slicker prose seem, by all technical accounts, to be the best of the group. It’s enough to think that good writing, and becoming a good writer, requires formal education. This is wrong. Good writers don’t necessarily quote Shakespeare, nor do they use four- and five-syllable words. They don’t try to impress their readers with slick verses that rhyme and flow effortlessly from beginning to end. Good writers,…

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Around this time in 2009 Sally and I made the decision to wipe the dust off a project we had started a few years prior. In 2006 We had created and launched a “website builder” tool based on WordPress. It setup WP sites for clients in an easy two minute process. Sound familiar? Things were a little different back then in terms of online word-of-mouth marketing (pre-twitter/pre-facebook) and it was slow to get going. After about 30 customers or so we put it on ice and moved on to other things. In April of 2009 Flare9 began to transform into page.ly with a…

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Holy crap we are growing fast. We want your help. We are hiring PHP devs. See here: http://page.ly/about/careers/