WordPress.com Owner Automattic has acquired WooCommerce

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WooCommerce is an extremely popular WordPress.com eCommerce plugin, with over 7 million all time downloads, according to wordpress.org. It has been growing rapidly since it was created in 2008, and now generates a monthly revenue of over $1 million dollars. This has caught the attention of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, and it was just announced May 19, 2015 that they had bought the plugin. WordPress is the most popular online publishing platform, powering more than 20% of the web, as stated on wordpress.com. WordPress.com is a hosted version of the WordPress software, meaning you can start a website without having to set up your own host and other technical configurations. It allows users to automatically build a website right away.

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How to design a killer Website in 2015

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The idea of “how to design a website” conjures up so many meanings. The reason behind why has to do with the ongoing evolution of website creation since its initial conception over twenty years ago. As technology has developed, so has web design.

Websites have grown throughout the Internet as personal and commercial needs and interests dictate. There are currently millions, perhaps billions, of websites in existence, and that number doesn’t include those websites that have been dismantled over the years.

In modern times, website creation is rarely done “from scratch.” New technology allows website builders a variety of pre-configured applications to facilitate the processes. Such programs as Photoshop and Dreamweaver are still in use but are no longer imperatives as they once were. Many new content management systems provide website builders the platform with all of its options, including HTML and CSS coding, to launch customized websites and blogs in a shorter period of time than what was once the case. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, are ideal because they have database-driven infrastructures and template-style work shells so website builders can create with ease. Every aspect in the process is user-friendly. The popularity of host services such as these is no surprise. The conveniences offered at no or low cost make website designs a dream come true.

This article is reserved for those who already have some idea of how to design a website. The following sections show would-be website designers the essential points in 2015.
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The Top 3 WordPress Hosting Providers of 2015

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There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to web hosting.  Depending on the type of website you are building and your particular needs for your sites, you should evaluate which one is the best choice for you.  It is extremely important to select the right web hosting provider for your website. Here are the top WordPress hosting providers of 2015.

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How the New Google Mobile-Friendly Updates will affect your website

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The new Google mobile-friendly updates that rolled out on April 21, 2015 change your web page rankings for web searches performed on mobile platforms. The new algorithms employed affect search rankings on all mobile devices, and apply to rankings of your individual pages, not your entire website. According to Google mobile-friendly update FAQs, the update will boost page rankings of mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results worldwide while lowering rankings of pages designed only for large screens. Several factors influence search engine results page rankings, and a webpage with the best content will still come out at the top of the listings. Even so, over 40 percent of Fortune 500 company websites could be affected by the new updates.

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4 New Features in WordPress 4.2.1 You Should Know

new wordpress featuresCreating a superior website customized to your personal needs can be done using WordPress via web hosting plan. Having a domain that commands respect from search engines and that generates a high volume of traffic is only the beginning of creating a website. Four new features to WordPress offer web “amenities”, so to speak, to WordPress users who want to expand their level of online communication even further. WordPress 4.2 is now available for you to download, or update directly from the WordPress dashboard. When WordPress 4.2 was recently released, it corrected and improved many past function issues and comes with several new features added to an already great platform. Once you’ve backed up and updated your site from your WordPress dashboard, you can use new WordPress features right away. The following 4 new WordPress features are special mentions that you should know about.

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