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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 vkontakte.ru.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chat X is a plugin that allows you to speak/chat directly with your visitors on your website.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
22. Private Messages for UserPro
Private Messages is a useful UserPro addon that allows users to interact with each other better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
47. Suppamenu – All Purpose Mega Menus
Suppamenu is a responsive, customizable and powerful Mega Menu plugin for WordPress.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to everyone that made it into our top 50! Hopefully we will be including many of you next year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.