Sean O'Brien

BuddyPress

So you’ve launched your social network and are using BuddyPress to power it. You’re built on top of WordPress which clearly rocks. However, you’ve noticed your site has slowed down considerably since adding that plugin. You are not hallucinating and you’re not alone on this. In fact, this is something we deal with all the time here at Pagely®. That’s because of how BuddyPress handles its various social networking capabilities. We know from a Google study that a difference in load time of… Read It



Kristoper Lagraff

We’re updating all sites to WordPress 3.8.3. This update addresses a minor bug that was found with WordPress 3.8.2 security release in the Quick Draft dashboard widget, if you were having trouble with the draft “disappearing” this will resolve that issue. You can view the full maintenance release here Happy WordPressing!



Sean O'Brien

enterprise

Are you looking for robust enterprise WordPress hosting? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Pagely® we have decided to focus on the higher end of the market and are developing new features all the time for our VPS & fully dedicated plans. Some of our current enterprise customers include household names like Yammer, Vonage, Vail Resorts, Payless, Twitter, Facebook, Evite, SendGrid, and many universities. In addition, our enterprise customers benefit from near infinite scalability (we’re based on… Read It



Kristoper Lagraff

We’ll be systematically rolling out WordPress 3.8.2 today, no need for alarm, this was a low risk patch addressing various security issues and some bug fixes. As usual this will be a managed release so if you do run into any trouble – we’ll be on deck and ready to address it. Happy WordPressing! You can view the full release notes here.



Sean O'Brien

co-founders

Finding a Co-Founder This post is part 14 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I talked about how the tax deadline of April 15th is fast approaching and strategies on how to handle it. Today’s post is about something many people wonder about. Do I need a co-founder, and if so, how do I find one? Proof in the Pudding First, let’s look at the top technology companies that were created in the United States over the… Read It


taxes

Founder Taxes This post is part 13 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I talked about how to close a sale for your startup built on top of WordPress. Today’s post is about a deadline that we all have and it’s April 15. Most of the time you hear about taxes for the self-employed or company founders it’s in a glamorous way from your friends who work in big corporate. They say things like “oh, I wish… Read It



Sean O'Brien

sales

How to Close a Sale This post is part 12 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I talked about how too many people get caught up in trying to capture the entire market, rather than a profitable niche or subset. Today’s post is about how to close a sale once you’ve decided on which market you’re targeting. Most people think they’re good at sales but actually suck at it. They say “sales is easy… anyone can do… Read It


sochi toilets

Every management book says “listen to your customers” but most organizations don’t for some reason. The organization setting up facilities in Sochi apparently thought people would want side by side toilets without dividers. Something tells me they weren’t listening to their customers. This post is an attempt to do the opposite. I hate those survey popups on websites, and you probably do too. So we’re hoping this is a less annoying approach. The title of this post is literal, as in…… Read It



Tyler Hurst

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In Steal Like An Artist, creative Austin Kleon gave his industry permission to steal. In Everything Is A Remix, Kirby Ferguson told us that all art is derivative of what came before it. “It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done, and then try to bring those things in to what you’re doing.” — Steve Jobs By now, most of us understand how to copy, transform, and combine previous ideas into new ones,… Read It


niche

Riches in Niches This post is part 11 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I talked about how to get press for your startup without spinning your wheels. Today’s post is about a lesson I learned a long time ago. Why having greedy eyes is bad for your wallet, why so many have it, and the opportunity resulting from it for those who specialize. In other words, why there are riches in niches. Someone wrote a book… Read It


jumping lamb

If you’ve been running WooCommerce and noticed that your site slowed down considerably because of it, then you’re not alone. In fact, this is pretty common. That’s because of how WC handles its various eCommerce functions. We also know from a Google study that a difference in load time of as little as 100 to 400 milliseconds has a measurable impact on user experience, and even more so on eCommerce. So we know WooCommerce is slow and we know that’s b-a-a-a-d… Read It



Tyler Hurst

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Most bloggers start with the best of intentions. We buy domains, set up hosting, customize layouts and start posting. And then we look at our page views. Then we look at our page views again. And again. If we’re lucky, we have a few canned post ideas, we write again and press publish. Then we again look at our page views, wondering when we’ll hit that “magical” 100, 500, or 1000+ hits a day that will make us blogging superstars…. Read It



Sean O'Brien

vps

If your WordPress site has been growing and you’re starting to feel the pain of the upper limits of shared hosting (e.g. slowness), then you may want to consider the next step up which is a VPS. What is a VPS? VPS is an initialism (not an acronym since it isn’t pronounced as a word but is instead said as each letter) and stands for virtual private server. A private server is obviously a dedicated server and the virtual part… Read It



Sean O'Brien

getting press

How to Get Press This post is part 10 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I talked about how to handle all the advice you’ll get as a first time founder. Today’s post is about something many founders struggle with in the beginning, and even years down the road. How to get press for your startup and do it the right way, without wasting your time or the reporter’s. PR Newbie When you create your first company,… Read It