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Not an april fool :) I have decided the time is right to pass WPLift on to a new owner so the site is officially for sale, I posted a listing on Flippa yesterday where I have written over 2000 words for the listing description, check it out if you are interested here. The listing has had quite a bit of interest already, lots of questions to answer.

Why am I selling ? Quite simply, I have been writing about WordPress now on WPLift since 2010 - I have posted just about every week day in that period and the site now contains over 990 posts, I have been finding it more of a struggle to keep up with running the site alongside ThemeFurnace and the addition of 2 children to my family! I would like someone fresh to takeover WPLift who can dedicate more time and fresh ideas to the site.

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I still love working with WordPress but I'm a designer at heart so I would like to spend more time building new and interesting themes over at ThemeFurnace and also see how much I can build that business if I focus solely on that side of things. My favourite thing to do work-wise, is spend time in Photoshop trying out new ideas and fleshing them out into full designs - I have a partner who now does the coding side of things so selling WPLift will free me up to concentrate more on design.

I haven't taken the decision to sell WPLift lightly, the site has been really successful for me and opened a lot of doors as well as helping thousands of people along the way - I still get emails thanking me for posts that have been helpful to someone or showing me sites they have built using my themes - that feels great. When I started the site back in 2010 I wasn't sure whether there would be enough content to write about WordPress on a daily basis, I had previously run a web design blog which provided unlimited content, back then WordPress was not the complete monster it is these days. I needn't have worried - I could probably write 50 posts on the subject each now!

I thought it would be fun to share some screenshots of the site over the years, so here was my first photoshop design for the site, as you can see it was initially intended to be more of a WordPress help site offering services. ( note the lowercase p in WordPress! )

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A different layout, it was also almost green!

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This was the final design that launched, it wasn't live for very long - it introduced the blog to the homepage. ( Upper case P!)

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Once I decided to switch to just blogging about WordPress and forget offering services, this was my first photoshop design for the blog and the site looked like this for around 2 / 3 years.

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Finally, I redesigned the site in 2013 which is the theme you see in use today. Here is my photoshop mockup of the redesign.

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Those were pretty cool to dig out - hope someone found them interesting :)

If anyone is interested in bidding for the site or would like a chat, you can get in touch with me and I'll be happy to answer any questions etc.

Phew! Now that's done, lets get on with the week's news ...

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

11 thoughts on “WPLift is for Sale … And a Look Back: Weekly WordPress News.

  1. Hello Oli,

    Good luck with the sale off WPlift.com, I am watching your site for a very long time and the decision cought me by surprise. Very good articles you have posted along the years on your site and very good job with the design.

  2. I’m really sorry to hear this… WPLift is one of my favourite blogs about WordPress – I really hope the new owner will continue providing a high quality content.

    Good luck with the sale – I hope you will get a good price. :)

  3. All the best with the sale Oli – and good luck with whatever comes next (further developing ThemeFurnace etc). :)

  4. I like your current theme of your blog. It’s good if someone really having right skills buy this blog to take it to next level. I congratulate Oli for such a masterpiece blog.

  5. I wish you all the best with the sale Oli. WPLift always has been a great source of information for us and I hope the new owner will continue your awesome work for many years to come.

  6. Good luck on the sale. I see you’ve already got a lot of interest on Flippa. Hopefully, the next owner will maintain it with the same enthusiasm you’ve shown over the past few years.

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