Weekly WordPress Roundup #10

Today, I woke up with the big news in my feed saying Automattic acquired WooThemes.

Makers of the biggest e-commerce platform (WooCommerce) were enjoying the announcement blowed up on the internet with the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg.

Matt also shared some pictures for the jolted moments.

Being a part of the WordPress community, many questions were raised in my mind when I read about this acquisition. In the meantime, I received an email from WP Tavern sharing the statements of Matt Mullenweg on the news.

It answers all my concerns. I noted down both the questions and their answers here:

1 – Is it about WooCommerce or all the products of WooThemes?

“Mullenweg confirmed that the acquisition includes Woo, Sensei, and all of the other plugins and themes.”

2 – Does WooCommerce will be rolled in Jetpack?

“Jetpack could definitely complement WooCommerce (and WooThemes), but not the other way around.”

3 – What will happen with the members of WooThemes?

“This is Automattic’s largest acquisition to date, bringing 55 new employees into the company from 16 countries for a total of 370 Automatticians.”

4 – What would be the expected cost of this acquisition?

“Sources say Automattic will spend more than $30 million in cash and stock to buy the 55-person company. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg wouldn’t comment on the price but said the acquisition was the largest his company had made, ‘by about 6x.’”

5 – What will happen to the third-parties building products for WooCommerce?

“The acquisition affects a whole fleet of third-party designers and developers who create products for WooCommerce. They will likely have more opportunities and sales ahead of them with the power of Automattic behind the core plugin.”

Weekly WordPress Roundup #10

This is a new journey for our friends at WooThemes. Automattic helps individuals and businesses to boost their careers. We wish all the best to the professionals of e-commerce platforms in the future.

Some relevant links:

  • Automattic has acquired WooThemes, makers of WooCommerce
  • Woo & Automattic

WordPress Can Learn From Medium

In the past few versions, WordPress core is focusing more on the UI and the text editor. Content is the integral part of the WP platform. Websites built on WordPress are extensive with content. New additions in the toolbar, adequate options like sticky editor, and emoji’s are the jaw-dropping features.

Highlighting the value added by Medium for content editing, Tom Ewer said: “Careful consideration of the new features and approaches they introduce have the potential to drive future improvements to WordPress itself”

Discussions about acquisitions are in the air since morning. What do you think about these 5 things that WordPress can learn from Medium?

Evolution of WordPress

In the previous roundup, I shared some stats about the growth of WordPress within few years. Jordi Cabot went on extremes and shared some stats on the evolution of the WordPress codebase.

I thoroughly enjoyed the differences presented in the charts between the versions of WordPress.

Customize Your WordPress Theme

WordPress is flexible in its all corners. A complete PSD design can be converted into a WordPress theme. With some tweaks in CSS, it is commonly done by the UI/UX developers. These resources are often costly. A developer and a PSD design might charge you more than your profit from a WordPress website.

As time passed, we gained some great tools to perform these tasks for us. Joe Fylan write about 4 visual CSS editors for customizing WordPress themes.

You are not bounded to these editors. The more we learn, the more we grow. Educate others by sharing the tools you used for customizing your WordPress websites.

Moving From HTML to WordPress

While working on some projects back in 2012, it looked like a hectic job to convert a complete HTML website into WordPress. It was a nasty job to move everything as it is and then nagging with the missing entities. Life is pretty easy with tools nowadays. CMS2CMS helps you do the migration in less than 5 minutes.

Nataliya Bogdanets explained the process in detail and tells about converting HTML to WordPress like moving from Classics to Modernity.

SEO From Experts

Yoast is a well-known WordPress agency for SEO products. Recommended by many influencing personalities in the WordPress community and the reliability of its products ensures the liability of the company. Taking it as a responsibility, Yoast always sets alarms for the users to keep themselves updated with the latest happenings.

Content SEO, an ebook from Yoast gets recommendations from Bob Dunn. Being a star teacher in WordPress community, Bob shares the knowledge for his readers to help them with SEO.

Useful Tutorials:

  • How to Create Unique and Beautiful Photo Galleries in WordPress
  • How to Test Your WordPress Website for Responsive Design
  • How to Build a Membership Site on WordPress
  • A Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Website Maintenance
  • How to Reset Your WordPress Website
  • How to Add Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website

WordPress Resources:

  • Shoo Spam Away By Using One Of These Anti-Spam Plugins For WordPress Websites
  • Mobile Responsive Menu Plugins to Make Your WordPress Website More Mobile-Friendly
  • Best WordPress Themes for Photographers, Designers & Visual Artists in 2015
  • 6 Drag And Drop Page Builder Plugins: Build Any Website With Zero Effort

Product Reviews:

  • WP Rollback Provides Basic Versioning for WordPress.org Plugins and Themes
  • Grab Ultra – The Most Powerful Theme from Themify for Free! Limited Time
  • eZanga Releases WordPress Advertising Plugin
  • CoinTent – An Easy Way to Paywall Quality Content
  • Bloom Plugin Review: The Latest From Elegant Themes


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Ending Notes

The day is fully dedicated to the news about Automattic’s acquisition of WooThemes. Therefore, we highlighted the key points of the story for our readers. WP Daily Themes keeps an eye on the latest updates and trends in the industry. Do share your feedback with us in the comments section below.