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.
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! )
A different layout, it was also almost green!
This was the final design that launched, it wasn't live for very long - it introduced the blog to the homepage. ( Upper case P!)
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.
Finally, I redesigned the site in 2013 which is the theme you see in use today. Here is my photoshop mockup of the redesign.
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 ...
WordPress News and Articles
- 4.5 OMG WTF Post - Whats coming ?
- Going Open Source - VersionPress goes fully open source. Download and contribute on their Github here.
- Outdated and Vulnerable WordPress and Drupal Versions May Have Contributed to the Panama Papers Breach - Could outdated software be the reason for the largest data leak in history ?
- AffiliateWP: two years later - Pippin has written an interesting post detailing his success with his AffiliateWP product.
- Medium Takes Aim at WordPress With a New Way to Power Websites - Medium for Publishers, a system with free content management and standalone URL with monetisation.
- Does WordPress Site Speed Really Matter for SEO? - It definitely matters for visitors!
- WordPress Plugins: SAAS! Gota Go SAAS. Right Brah? - Should you SAAS?
- Introducing flexible pricing on ThemeForest - ThemeForest now rolling out changes to allow authors to set their own prices. Only on certain categories for now.
- 17 Ways to Come Up with Great WordPress Plugin Ideas (Including Actionable Examples) - Tips for finding a winning plugin idea.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- WordPress Actions and Filters: What's the Difference? - A guide to actions and filters.
- Using Codeception to Automate WordPress Plugin Testing - Automating testing of your plugins using Codeception.
- CDN for Dummies – A Stupid Easy Guide - A Beginners guide to using a CDN with WordPress.
- WP REST API: Creating, Updating, and Deleting Data - Post series on working with the WP REST API.
Resources & Freebies
- Cache Enabler Review - Speed up Your WordPress Website with Efficient Caching and Image Compression
- How To: Create Responsive, Interactive Maps, Floor Plans & Other Graphics in WordPress - Review of an SVG based map plugin.
- 35+ Best Responsive Free Business WordPress Themes for 2016 - Roundup post for 2016 with the latest and best Free business themes.
- Best Material Design WordPress Themes 2016 - WordPress themes which follow the material design style.
- 30+ Best Free Parallax WordPress Themes 2016 - Everyone wants Parallax at the moment, here are over 30 Free themes which use it.
- Best WordPress Themes for Builders, Construction Companies and Tradesmen 2016 - Themes for the construction industry.