WordPress Roundup: Get ready for a WordPress Summer

Summer WordPress Roundup

What song makes you think of Summer? You know Summer, the time for hot weather, no school, vacations, blockbuster movies and music, lots of music.

For me, I often think of Canadian rocker Bryan Adam’s Summer of 69.

Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams

It is summertime in the WordPress kingdom, and we have another edition of the WordPress Roundup. This month’s roundup features acquisitions, a WordCamp Europe app, vetting freelance jobs, and preparing your blog for vacation. What are you doing this Summer?

If you are looking for the latest in WordPress news, check out theWPDaily by Davinder Singh Kainth. Davinder recently created an aggregated site to keep up with the latest WordPress news. It is a great place to begin your own WordPress roundup search.


Acquisitions are part of the business world and WordPress is no different. Often, these acquisitions make news such as last year’s notice of WP Curve being acquired by GoDaddy.

A couple of theme shops have new homes now.

Imagely recently acquired the Tesla Themes shop. Imagely is the company which maintains the popular NextGEN Gallery. According to WP Tavern, Tesla launched in 2013.

Rebecca Gill’s Web Savvy Marketing theme shop also has a new home. Gill discussed the process of selling the shop of themes in a blog post on her website. Gill believes that she has found the right owner for a part of her business that described as her baby.

We gave life to each theme with as much love and care as we could manage. I named themes after all the people I loved and cared for in my current and past life. From the Grandmother who raised me and my children to my WordPress BFF Carrie Dils, the themes were personal and their names reflected this emotional tie for me.

Web Savvy Marketing

The new home for the WSM themes belongs to Jon Brown and 9 Seeds. Gill believes that 9 Seeds will take them to the next level.

In another acquisition, WP Forms has acquired the plugin WP Mail SMTP which is often used to help send notifications for various form plugins.

WP Forms is a product of Syed Balkhi of OptinMonster and WP Beginner. Balkhi and his team acquired Yoast’s Google Analytics plugin last year. The main reason for acquiring WP Mail SMTP, according to Balkhi at WP Tavern, was to solve a problem that WP Forms and the larger WordPress community have with delivering emails.

WordCamp Europe Mobile App

Are you going to WordCamp Europe? The upcoming WordCamp will be held in the lovely city of Paris.

Worona, an app builder and maker of the Worona App plugin has created an app to help make your WordCamp Europe experience smoother. According to the Tavern,

The WCEU Paris Guide app includes location and transportation information, schedules for the event, suggestions on where to eat (restaurants, bistros, a selection of the best cheap eats), a list of top attractions and museums, and nightlife recommendations.

The app is made for both iOS and Android. No word on a Windows Phone app. Learn more about the app here.

Is that freelancer job legit?

Sometimes, being a freelancer can be tough to navigate. Freelancers are always looking for jobs to keep their business moving forward, but it is often to tell if the job is legitimate.

Skillshare published a post that helps freelancers identify warning signs of bad jobs.

Author Scott Morris talks to several creative industry veterans to get the lowdown on how to tell if a job is legit.

Preparing your blog for vacation

Summertime. Ah, the bliss of getting away from it all and taking a vacation. With all the things we have to plan for while away, planning for your blog could get left behind.

Thy Dao of WP Newsify gives some good advice on preparing to be away from your blog while on vacation.

Dao makes some good points and goes beyond just making a plan for publishing blog posts as she talks about backing up your website and cleaning up comments.

Looking for funding?

We often think about startups when it comes to funding, but entrepreneurs can benefit from small business grants. Truth is, grants can be a big help for many new companies. Deborah Sweeney of MyCorporation.com discusses 5 questions that entrepreneurs should ask when searching for startup grants at the GoDaddy Garage blog.

Grants are intriguing because they don’t require the entrepreneur to pay them back. Some are tied to locality as well as industry specific. However, you need to vet various grants to make sure you are applying for the best funding for your business.


Summer often means changes. What changes are you going through? Many WordPress professionals begin planning their trips to WordCamps. Are you going to WordCamp Europe?

What are your tips for determining if a freelancer job is legit?

Oh, and what is your favorite Summer rock song?

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