Siteground optimized Cloud platform

This is a sponsored post by SiteGround, one of our great event sponsors.

We are glad to welcome SiteGround as a sponsor again this year! The big news they decided to announce at Pressnomics 2015 is the launch of their new WordPress optimized Cloud platform. As part of this launch all Pressnomics attendees will be able to claim 1 month free cloud service at the SiteGround booth.

The new platform sounds really intriguing. It is built on one of the hottest technologies recently – the Linux containers and its main advantages are:

1. Really Fast websites

The outstanding website performance is achieved by using SSD hardware together with several in-house developed WordPress specific caching solutions based on Varnish and Memcached.

2. Easily scalable resources

Linux Containers are highly elastic and additional resources like CPU, RAM and space can be added instantly without reboot. SiteGround even provides an autoscale option to safe-guard against problems due to spikes in your site traffic.

3. Flexible and affordable pricing

New SiteGround Clouds give you great freedom when it comes to customizing the resources of your Cloud. You can customize your plan’s RAM, CPU and space upon sign-up and easily upscale as you grow. The basic plan starts at $50/month.

The Top 50 New WordPress Plugins of 2014 via Envato

This is a sponsored post supplied by one of our primary sponsors Envato. Envato has been a strong supporter of PressNomics sponsoring all 3 events. Read on and learn the top 50 New WordPress Plugins of 2014 as curated by them.


If you’re looking to add some extra functionality to your site with some of the latest and greatest WordPress plugins, then this is the post for you. There are plugins for adding extra features to WooCommerce, addons for extending Visual Composer, UserPro extensions, plugins for social sharing, for creating an event, for adding parallax scrolling, for creating galleries, sliders or carousels, for calendars, for mega-menus… there really is plugins for everything.

Top 50 New WordPress Plugins of 2014

1. Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer

Ultimate Addons is an extension that adds many new features, elements and components to Visual Composer. Elements include: Info Boxes, Info Lists, Flip Boxes, Counters, Interactive Banner, Modal Popup Box, Timelines and Extended Google Maps.

Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer

And on top of all of those elements, Ultimate Addons also comes packaged with a selection of easy-to-use tools for creating parallax (vertical or horizonatal), video, or image backgrounds.

2. Easy Social Share Buttons

The Easy Social Share Buttons plugin for WordPress is an all-in-one social sharing solution that allows you to share, monitor and ultimately increase your social popularity. The plugin also includes 12 native social like, follow and subscribe buttons.

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

3. Essential Grid

The super easy to use Essential Grid plugin allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, WooCommerce shops, price tables, services, product sliders, testimonials, and anything else you can imagine.

Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

4. Composium – Visual Composer Extensions

Composium is a Visual Composer extension that includes 60+ beautiful new elements, including integrated galleries, lightbox & modal popups, custom post types for Teammates, Testimonials & Skillsets, and much, much more. Each individual element and feature can be completely disabled via the plugin settings, saving server and memory load.

Visual Composer Extensions

5. Master Slider

With touch navigation support, Master Slider for WordPress is an image and content slider that comes with some super smooth hardware accelerated transitions.

Master Slider - WordPress Responsive Touch Slider

6. Ultimate Social Deux

Ultimate Social Deux is a customizable, easy-to-use WordPress social plugin that won’t slow down your website. It comes with supports for the following networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Delicious, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Buffer and

Ultimate Social Deux

7. WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing & Discounts

The Dynamic Pricing & Discounts Woocommerce extension lets you manage product pricing rules and cart discounts very easily. You can run special Christmas, Easter or Black Friday promotions, or even set up clearance or flash sales. With this extension you can set up the most powerful promotions in minutes!

WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing & Discounts

8. Responsive Timetable Schedule

Responsive Timetable Schedule is a powerful and easy-to-use schedule plugin for WordPress. It will help you to create a timetable view of your events in minutes.

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

9. Testimonials Showcase

Testimonials Showcase is a plugin for displaying testimonials, reviews or quotes. It comes packaged with two optional layout views: Grid or Slider.

Testimonials Showcase - WordPress Plugin

10. Real 3D FlipBook

As the name suggests, the Real 3D FlipBook plugin will create a flipbook directly from a PDF file, or from a selection of JPEG or PNG images. Just enter the URL(s) and your 3d FlipBook will be automatically generated.

Real 3D FlipBook

11. Live Composer Page Builder

Live Composer is a frontend WordPress page builder plugin that allows you to build posts and pages directly on the page, not from within the WordPress backend.

Live Composer - Front-End WordPress Page Builder

12. WooCommerce Extra Product Options

WooCommerce Extra Product Options allows you to create extra price fields on your WooCommerce products. The current version supports checkboxes, radio buttons, select boxes, textareas, input boxes, uploads and date.

WooCommerce Extra Product Options

13. Video & Parallax Backgrounds

Video & Parallax Backgrounds Visual Composer extension allows you to easily add image parallax scrolling effects and video backgrounds to your WordPress site. The plugin integrates straight into Visual Composer’s row settings, and is flexible to suit your theme’s design.

Video & Parallax Backgrounds For Visual Composer

14. Visual Composer Extensions All In One

Visual Composer Extensions All In One is a selection of several Visual Composer add-ons that have been bundled together into a single mega-bundle.

Visual Composer Extensions All In One

15. Chat X – Chat Plugin for Sales & Support

Chat X is a plugin that allows you to speak/chat directly with your visitors on your website.

Chat X - WordPress Chat plugin for Sales & Support

16. Ninja Kick Contact Form

The Ninja Kick Contact Form is a plugin that adds a responsive contact form, with push/sliding animation effects on every page of your site.

Ninja Kick: WordPress Contact Form

17. MiniGO – Flat Coming Soon Plugin

MiniGO is a very easy to set up and customize plugin that will create a coming soon or under construction page in less than 5 minutes after purchasing.

MiniGO - Uber Minimal Flat Coming Soon WP Plugin

18. Meta Data & Taxonomies Filter

The Meta Data & Taxonomies Filter plugin will make your WooCommerce and Jigoshop products searchable by: product attributes, product categories, custom taxonomies, price and any other meta fields all at the same time

Wordpress Meta Data & Taxonomies Filter

19. Gravity Forms Styler

Gravity Forms Styler is a powerful extension that will create and apply beautiful styles to Gravity Forms’ standard fields, advanced fields, titles and descriptions, buttons, form borders, form labels and form backgrounds. And you can even customize the form confirmation and error messages.

Gravity Forms Styler

20. Awesome Gallery

Awesome Gallery is a plugin for helping you build nice looking galleries using images pulled from various sources, like posts, attachments, pages, custom post types including WooCommerce products, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, 500px albums, NEXTGEN Gallery, and even RSS feeds.

Awesome Gallery

21. WooCommerce Request a Quote

The Request a Quote WooCommerce extension allows your visitors/customers to add products to a wishlist and submit an easy “request for a quote” from the site owner/admin. This offers a rare opportunity to offer special rates based on the quantity/amount of the order.

WooCommerce Request a Quote

22. Private Messages for UserPro

Private Messages is a useful UserPro addon that allows users to interact with each other better.

Private Messages for UserPro

23. NEX-Forms Builder

NEX-Forms Builder is a high quality and easy to use drag and drop/single click form creator for WordPress. It offers a wide range of customizability, flexibility, design and usability that makes online form building a walk in the park.

NEX-Forms - The Ultimate WordPress Form Builder

24. Mapplic – Custom Interactive Maps

The Mapplic plugin will turn any vector graphic map into a interactive map application that is supported by every major browser and even works perfectly on all mobile devices. The supported map file formats are: JPG, PNG and SVG.

Mapplic - Custom Interactive Map WordPress Plugin

25. Parallax Gravity – Landing Page Builder

Parallax Gravity is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create unlimited landing pages. You can add multiple sections within each page. Dor each section you can set a background, add any type of content including shortcodes from third party plugin,s and much more.

Parallax Gravity - Landing Page Builder

26. Responsive Accordion Slider

Accordion Slider is a fully responsive and touch-enabled WordPress plugin that combines the functionality of an accordion with that of a slider.

Accordion Slider - Responsive WordPress Plugin

27. Flat Estimation & Payment Forms

The Estimation & Payment Forms plugin will allow you to quickly create a flat and responsive cost estimation popup form that can be used to sell any type of service or products.

Flat Estimation & Payment Forms

28. Bookly – Appointment Booking & Scheduling

Bookly is an easy-to-use and manage booking tool for WordPress. The plugin supports a wide range of services.

Bookly – Responsive WordPress Appointment Booking and Scheduling Plugin

29. Web 2.0 Directory Plugin

The Web 2.0 Directory plugin for WordPress will allow you to build any kind of business directory site: classifieds, events directory, cars, bikes, boats and other vehicles dealers site, pets, real estate portal… anything!

Web 2.0 Directory plugin

30. Indeed Smart PopUp

The Indeed Smart PopUp plugin allows you to easily create unlimited popups from within WordPress. And wth more than 100 features, you can truly create any types or style of popup.

Indeed Smart PopUp

31. Directory & Business Finder

Directory & Business Finder extends the functionality of Ait‘s Directory WordPress Theme, Business Finder WordPress Theme and Tour Operator WordPress Theme.

Directory & Business Finder

32. WooCommerce Category Accordion

The Category Accordion WooCommerce extension allows you to list product categories and subcategories in a toggle accordion with expand/collapse options.

WooCommerce Category Accordion

33. Ninja Kick: Sliding Panel

The Ninja Kick Sliding Panel plugin for WordPress adds a hidden off-canvas sidebar with push or sliding animation on every page of your site.

Ninja Kick: Sliding Panel

34. foodpress

foodpress is an easy to use restaurant menu management plugin for WordPress. You can build unlimited menu items for your restaurant, categorize them by dish/meal type, or build your own custom categories.

foodpress - Restaurant Menu & Reservation Plugin

35. WooCommerce Shortcodes

This plugin offers a very simple method for adding WooCommerce Shortcodes to Visual Composer.

Woocommerce shortcodes for Visual Composer

36. Icon Box for Visual Composer

The Icon Box extension for Visual Composer will allow you to create nice looking information boxes with icons very quickly. It offers over nine customization possibilities with each of the three pre-designed styles, which means you can create at least 25 different information box designs.

Icon Box for Visual Composer

37. WooCommerce Simple Auctions

The Simple Auctions extension for WooCommerce will quickly add auction features to your site. You can easily make an Ebay clone with regular and reverse auctions along with your regular products.

WooCommerce Simple Auctions

38. Booki – A Booking Plugin

The Booki plugin, with it’s built-in form builder, will create almost any type of booking system within your WordPress site.

Booki - A booking plugin

39. Color/Image Variation Swatches

The Color or Image Variation Swatches WooCommerce extension will convert your normal variable attribute dropdown select to a nice looking color or image select.

Woocommerce Color or Image Variation Swatches

40. Media Grid – Overlay Manager

Media Grid is an Overlay Manager addon that does exactly what it’s name suggests: lets you create and manage unlimited overlays. Once you install this add-on, there will be eight preset overlays waiting to be used or customized.

Media Grid - Overlay Manager

41. Custom Order Status & Actions

The Custom Order Status & Actions is an extension that gives you complete control over your WooCommerce’s order statuses./p>

WooCommerce Custom Order Status & Actions

42. WooCommerce Product Filter

WooCommerce Product Filter is a powerful WordPress plugin that instantly enables your visitors to filter out products. You can create unlimited filter presets and use them with the Product Filter shortcode or to override your product archives.

WooCommerce Product Filter

43. Product Options for WooCommerce

The Product Options plugin will add image, image upload, text, number, number slider, dropdown, calendar, color picker, checkbox and radio options to WooCommerce Products.

Product Options for WooCommerce

44. Kingdom

Kingdom is a plugin that allows you to easily create and customize a WooCommerce store using the theme, and sell anything from Amazon as an affiliate.

Kingdom - Woocommerce Amazon Affiliates Theme

45. WooCommerce Catalog Mode

The Catalog Mode extension can be used to turn a typical WooCommerce layout into a ‘catalog-style’ layout. In catalog mode, the “Add to Cart” buttons are removed, so the shopping functionality will be disabled from the site. Visitors can then just view your products and its details.

WooCommerce Catalog Mode

46. Bulk Edit Product Variations

With the Bulk Edit Product Variations plugin you can bulk edit simple or variable WooCommerce product fields such as SKU, Stock, Regular Price, Sale Price, Weight, and Height.

Woocommerce Bulk Edit Product Variations

47. Suppamenu – All Purpose Mega Menus

Suppamenu is a responsive, customizable and powerful Mega Menu plugin for WordPress.

Suppamenu - All Purpose WordPress Mega Menus

48. Products Badge Management

The Product Badge Management plugin gives you complete control over the badges from your WooCommerce store. You can define and design a badge for: single products, single categories, multi-categories, store-wide, and much more.

Woocommerce Products Badge Management

49. Event Booking Pro: Forms Manager

Forms Manager is an Event Booking Pro extension that allows you to create custom event forms using an easy to use interface.

Event Booking Pro: Forms Manager

50. WordPress User Bookmarks for UserPro

User Bookmarks is a UserPro extension that allow users to bookmark any content they want, categories, posts, forum topics, custom posts, and also manage their bookmarks into collections.

WordPress User Bookmarks for UserPro


Congratulations to everyone that made it into our top 50! Hopefully we will be including many of you next year!

Final Speakers, Schedule, and #hallwayconf

Here we are, just a couple weeks out from the PressNomics 3.

Introducing our final speakers:

Brad Jannenga built a 250+ person software company dominating the EMR space from humble beginnings writing the first lines of code at his kitchen table.

Yochay Kiriaty from Microsoft Azure will be walking us through business use cases for Azure.

Ben Chan of Envato will be sharing details around the Envato marketplace and the mountains of data they have access to.

JR Farr of MOJO Marketplace will give us an update on MOJO and shed some light on their business.

Sean Tierney, is a long time entrepreneur that has built bootstrapped and VC backed companies. A Marketing automation expert Sean will take us on a journey around his highs and lows in business.

Jeremy Tanner is the most interesting man in the world and will share with us his insight on starting and running a business. Tanner has co-organzied at least 3 dozen Startup Weekend’s and has seen everything.

Ted Lewis is a certified financial planner and will be providing us tips on how to manage our wealth, and plan for retirement.

The Schedule:

View here

screenshot1757What is #hallwayconf?

Just what it sounds like. So much of PressNomics is about the conversation’s between attendees. After the first 2 events we learned that getting people back into the room for speakers on friday afternoon is hard. More importantly we learned that people want to network and mingle A LOT. So this year the last 1.5 hours or so will just be for attendees to network and talk while the sun is still out.


Share a room? Got an extra ticket?

We are counting down to the holidays, and then of course PressNomics 3 is upon us.

We’ve seen some chatter on twitter about folks looking for a ticket, and a few folks looking to off load a ticket. A few are also looking to split a room at Tempe Mission Palms. Use the comments below to post if you are buying/selling a ticket and if you have or are seeking a roommate at the hotel.

Thank you to our top sponsors: Microsoft Azure, Envato, Pagely, and Mojo


PressNomics Social Saturday: Golf and Guitars

One of the things that makes PressNomics such a great event (according to our past attendees) is the structured social event’s on Saturday. This is power networking for attendees.

This year we will be holding our 3rd annual Golf Tournament. For those desiring a less ‘sporting’ event we will be taking folks by bus to a one of a kind museum here in Phoenix. The Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, is rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix by tripadvisor, and top 25 nationally. It is also a personal favorite of Sally and I. Any other music buffs out there?

The Saturday activities are NOT included in your ticket price this year and a separate ticket must be purchased for $50 if you wish to golf or travel to the MIM.  Remember proceeds from PressNomics benefit St Judes Children’s Research Hospital, so that is why we are mindful of budgeting for these activities.

Remember to book your travel ;)


Book your room and travel

PressNomics will be here before you know it. Thanksgiving and Christmas will blur by and then POW, PressNomics time.

Just a friendly reminder to book your travel.

Our hotel is sold out, however here are some other options.

Across the street:
Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University
510 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

2 blocks, very walkable
Courtyard Tempe Downtown
601 S Ash Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

2 miles, you should drive.
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281

Thanks to our amazing sponsors. See you soon.


WordPress Mergers and Acquistions

So raise your hand if you have NOT been approached by GoDaddy, Endurance, or Automattic to buy or acqui-hire your WordPress company. <Only 2 hands go up>


WordPress is hot, everyone wants in. The market is consolidating at the theme, plugin, and agency levels with recent deals involving names you recognize. WDS picks up Maintainn after Maintainn picked up WPSell, Velomedia is on a tear scooping up Pixel Jar, CrowdFavorite, and then Forty.  Lift picked up ChurchThemes, Pagely took over BlogDroid, Syed and Thomas go full voltron on optinmoster and other projects, and I know I am forgetting at least 20 others.

So Shane Pearlman stopped me at #wcsf and pitched me this idea for a panel at Pn3. Who am I to deny Shane? Friday will feature an hour long conversation on WP M&A hosted by Shane Pearlman, with guests Jake Goldman, Dre Armeda, Karim Marucchi, and Syed Balkhi.




First Round of Speakers

Hey oh!

Please meet our first round of speakers.

You see we jest a bit. In all seriousness we are very excited to have these smart and talented folks share with you their broad range of experience and expertise at PressNomics.