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Nominate Your Favorite Plugins for Plugin Madness!

Plugin Madness 2024 has arrived! It’s time for Torque’s annual Plugin Madness competition—the springtime classic in which 64 plugins enter the technical arena to determine which is the best-loved in WordPress. With nearly 60,000 plugins available in the official WordPress directory and the ever-expanding market of premium plugins, there’s no shortage of options when it…

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WP Engine Recognized as a Best-in-Class Employer by Gallagher

Highlighting its dedication to employee wellbeing and innovative workplace practices, WP Engine has been named a 2023 Best-in-Class employer by Gallagher, a global leader in insurance, risk management, and consulting services. As more employers turn to people-driven success strategies to deliver greater value and drive employee retention, this honor not only underscores WP Engine’s commitment to…

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Celebrating Innovation and Excellence With Art & Science

In the dynamic world of digital marketing, staying ahead of the technological curve is imperative. This is part of what drives Art & Science, a full-service digital agency and the winner of WP Engine’s inaugural Agency Partner Awards for “Headless Project of the Year.” To learn more about the innovative work Art & Science does…

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WP Engine Celebrates WordPress Excellence With Launch of Annual Agency Partner Awards 

AUSTIN, Texas—Feb. 1, 2024—WP Engine today announced the winners of its inaugural Agency Partner Awards, which honor the most innovative and best-in-class WordPress websites designed and built by members of the company’s global Agency Partner Program. With eight categories recognizing excellence in creativity and philanthropy to eCommerce and technical performance, the awards garnered nearly 200…

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Registration is Open for DE{CODE} 2024!

DE{CODE}, the virtual developer conference, is back for a fifth year, and this year’s event is stacked with informative content developers need to stay on the cutting edge of WordPress development. DE{CODE} is an all-day, fully virtual event in which experts from all corners of the web gather to discuss the topics affecting modern web…

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Webby Talks: The Race to Outpace Featuring Jason Konen

The tide of artificial intelligence is rising, and for digital innovators worldwide, the message is clear: You’ll have to ride the wave if you want to keep your head above water. Experts across the web are discussing how AI will shape the future of the web, a topic that took center stage during a recent…

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Empowering the Next Generation With Code2College

This week, WP Engine employees participated in an informative Lunch & Learn session focused on Code2College, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit organization making significant strides in the STEM education landscape. The session, led by Code2College CEO and Co-founder Matt Stephenson, included an overview of current volunteer opportunities available to employees (and anyone else who may be…

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Top Conferences for WordPress Professionals in 2024

For WordPress developers and designers, continued learning is just a part of the job. There will always be new tools, technologies, and site-building strategies emerging, and staying on top of the latest innovations is crucial for those who want to build future-proof websites. Continued learning can take the form of virtual classes or simply doing…

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Core Web Vitals: What You Need to Know for 2024

The digital landscape is constantly evolving, and with it, the metrics that define success.  As we step into 2024, it’s essential for you—as a site owner, a developer, a marketer, or a designer— to have a solid grasp of Google’s Core Web Vitals. These metrics gauge how end-users experience your site, and as of 2021,…

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11 Web Design Trends for 2024

Web designers have a lot on their plates. They not only have to worry about the user experience and brand storytelling that goes into a website, but they also have to keep an eye on what’s resonating in the design world as a whole, as the motifs in interior design and fashion design will often…

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The Race to Outpace: Navigating the AI Revolution

If you thought artificial intelligence (AI) had arrived—think again; it’s only getting started.  AI’s rapid rise is an overarching theme of this year’s Webby Talk, “The Race to Outpace,” which was unveiled last week in front of a global audience. You can view it in full below: Hosted by President of The Webby Awards Claire…

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WP Engine Ireland Announces 20 New Jobs as WordPress Technology Leader Accelerates Growth in Europe

LIMERICK, Ireland—Dec. 11, 2023—WP Engine, the WordPress technology company serving millions of web developers, agencies and brands worldwide, today announced 20 new job vacancies at its culturally award-winning Limerick offices as the company continues to expand across Europe.  Managed WordPress customer growth in Europe for WP Engine has multiplied from just over 3,000 in its…

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WP Engine Appoints New SVP of Sales, Justin Mongroo

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 11, 2023—WP Engine, the world’s most trusted WordPress technology company, announced the appointment of Justin Mongroo as Senior Vice President, Sales. In his role, Justin will lead efforts for the North American sales teams and new growth strategies for the region.   Mongroo takes on the role with almost 20 years of experience leading…

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7 Web Development Trends for 2024

As a new year fast approaches, the world of web development is poised for several exciting advances driven by a blend of innovative technologies and evolving user preferences.  From the expanding role of AI and the steady growth of headless content management systems (CMS) to the introduction of new cybersecurity threats and defenses, keeping up…

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WP Engine is a 2023 Monster’s Award Nominee

After being honored with two Monster’s Award nominations last year, WP Engine is back in the competition for 2023, and we need your support! In a repeat from last year, WP Engine has been nominated for Best WordPress Hosting Provider, and Torque Magazine has again been nominated for Best WordPress Blog. While these nominations are…

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WP Engine: This is Us

Today, we’re proud to launch a new brand campaign that was completely produced top to bottom by our in-house brand and creative team, with 15 WP Engine employees as our live-action acting talent.  This is a true labor of love from the people who actually live and breathe WP Engine’s “we’ve got your back” ethos…

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Tracking the Pulse of Enterprise WordPress 

Since its launch in 2003, WordPress has evolved from a popular blogging tool to a premier Content Management System (CMS) used by businesses of all sizes.  While WordPress adoption has surged across various verticals (the CMS now powers 43% of the web), its application among global enterprises has been particularly noteworthy as these organizations find…

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Building With WooCommerce That Works 

In the increasingly competitive eCommerce landscape, WooCommerce stands in a league of its own.  Not only is it the most widely used solution for building a digital store on WordPress, but its ease of use, flexibility, and extensibility allow online merchants to create the storefront of their choice while integrating seamlessly with your site’s content. …

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Celebrating Usability Day at WP Engine

Established 2004 by the User Experience Professionals Association, World Usability Day is an opportunity for professionals across a spectrum of industries to reflect on their efforts to make the services and products important to our lives easier to access and simpler to use. At WP Engine, we believe technology should enhance our lives, not make…

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Crafted Future: 2024, On the Radar

Composer Theodore Hook once said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Web designers and developers are intimately familiar with what it means to invent the future, as they’re often the ones using cutting-edge technology to shape the ways we buy, sell, consume, interact, and communicate. Inventing the future was a…

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Expanding Payment Options Through Stripe Connect—Buy Now, Pay Later

In March, WP Engine announced our partnership with Stripe, which included a dedicated Stripe Connect solution integrated with WP Engine’s portal and provided free with our eCommerce plans. The Stripe Connect integration makes it easier and more secure to connect and manage payments in WooCommerce.  Since launch, we’ve been working to expand our payment options…

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Double Down on Site Traffic Ahead of the Holiday Rush

As the holiday season approaches, eCommerce businesses should anticipate an influx of online shoppers—beginning just after Thanksgiving and extending through Christmas. This period is by far the busiest time of year for eCommerce, and it can also be the most lucrative, especially if your digital storefront is ready for the impending rush. Sites that head…

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A New Way to Master PageSpeed Scores in Minutes With WP Engine 

In today’s digital landscape, speed reigns supreme. Your website’s ability to load quickly at all times, even (or especially) when handling high traffic, can make or break your digital success. However, optimizing for speed can be an ongoing challenge, often resulting in a fragmented patchwork of solutions that lead to unnecessary added complexity and plugin…

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Your Last-Minute eCommerce Guide for the Holidays

While there has been concern that economic uncertainty and cyber-weary consumers may combine to temper this year’s holiday shopping season, many factors now point to an expected increase in online holiday sales. With many big-box retailers moving their largest sales online in recent years, eCommerce is the odds-on favorite to dominate the days and weeks…

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Set Your WooCommerce Store Up for Success This Cyber Weekend

Cyber Weekend—the period surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday—is just a few short weeks away, but if your sites aren’t ready for an influx of customer activity, you might miss out on record-breaking traffic and sales.  That’s because this year’s holiday sales season, which kicks off Nov. 24, is projected to bring in $221.8 billion…

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The Essential WordPress Performance Checklist

Website performance is more than just site speed, and it goes beyond the immediate user experience to affect everything from SEO rankings to conversions.   According to data collected by Portent, a site that loads in 1 second has a conversion rate three times higher than sites that load in 5 seconds and five times higher…

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For Better Black Friday Sales, Prep for Holiday Shoppers Now

Although consumers tend to associate Black Friday shopping with brick-and-mortar stores, last year, shoppers spent more than $9 billion dollars online on Black Friday. As Black Friday sales continue to rise year over year, it’s evident that more consumers are choosing to hunt for their bargains online and avoid the in-store rush.  Because it’s the…