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If you thought the WordPress acquisition train was safely tucked away at the station, think again, it’s full-steam ahead!
Breaking news announced earlier this morning, AwesomeMotive has acquired one of the — if not the most — highly regarded brands in WordPress: SandHills Development, widely known for Easy Digital Downloads.
Pippin Williamson penned an excellent summary of the events sharing what led him to the decision.
Every business owner knows (or will eventually learn) that there are three possible fates for their business:
1. It will one day be passed on to someone else, perhaps through family inheritance
2. It will slowly or rapidly decline and at some point be shut down entirely
3. It will be sold to a new owner for one reason or another.
If you’re a business owner, his post is absolutely worth the time.
Liquid Web announces another top-tier brand is being added to their stack, one of the most popular LMS plugins for WordPress: LearnDash.
LearnDash will join the Liquid Web Family under the StellarWP brand, which is the umbrella for our premium WordPress software solutions and includes well-known and respected WordPress leaders such as iThemes, The Events Calendar, GiveWP, Restrict Content Pro, Iconic, and Kadence WP.”
You can learn more about how the acquisition went down in our interview with Justin Ferriman and Chris Lema. Highlights include:
“This is a huge opportunity for us to help shape the future of WooCommerce, having a clearer view of the path ahead, more resources than ever before, and the support of like-minded people.”
The fantasy league of WordPress
We’re thinking about starting a fantasy league of WordPress business & All-Star community members with all of this news!
From the grab bag!
Check out the new Tove theme by Anders Noren. You must have Gutenberg installed to activate + for Full Site Editing features.
Fabien Kaegy rebuilt his site using a block-based theme, developers pay close attention to this article.
Vito Peleg and Andrew Palmer announced Bertha.ai, “the fastest way to create content for your WordPress website.”
Josepha Haden shares an update to WordPress 5.9 in the latest episode of WP Briefing.
That’s it for this week’s weekly dose of WordPress news in less than 5 minutes.
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I also have an interview with Pippin Williamson who announced this morning that SandHills Development was acquired by Awesome Motive over on the Matt Report. Check that out if you want to hear the conversation with Pippin who ran one of the most respected WordPress businesses in the space for the last decade.
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