Oh wow. The world of WordPress hosting is getting smaller because Page.ly just announced that they are acquiring BlogDroid. We’ve covered both extensively and this seems like a very interesting and strategic marriage.
We got news a few days ago via Sally Strebel and told to keep it “hush hush” for a bit. We complied, although it’s tough to keep neat news like this to ourselves (but hey, we did it, ok!?!).
Check out the official press release below – congrats to the team and I hope the transition goes as smoothly as it is planned!
Phoenix AZ June 26th 2013 – The first to market and leading provider in Managed WordPress hosting, Page.ly, has reached an agreement to acquire competing service BlogDroid.com in an all cash deal. Financial details were not disclosed.
As a result of the sale, customers will move from the existing BlogDroid infrastructure to the Page.ly Managed WordPress hosting platform. Page.ly will manage the blogdroid.com domain name and the BlogDroid team will provide assistance during the transition process. Additionally, BlogDroid sales staff will refer future hosting clients to the Page.ly WordPress hosting platform.
“BlogDroid is a great acquisition to swell our ranks of happy customers. They will find a good home on our expanding service.” said Joshua Strebel, co-founder and CEO of Page.ly while remarking on the deal. “Managed WordPress is what we do, we have future plans for the blogdroid.com domain in that regard.”
Page.ly’s goal when acquiring BlogDroid was to diversify their customer profile and to help more people experience their special brand of web hosting; without the needless upsells, long term contracts, and bait & switch pricing common with other providers. With the BlogDroid team’s ongoing referrals, Page.ly will serve even more people with quality managed WordPress services.
BlogDroid was an attractive aquistion for Page.ly due to their impressive growth in a short period of time, a more polished brand than most competitiors, and the customer-first approach made by Karen Jackie, co-founder of BlogDroid. She had the following to say about the acquisition:
“We are extremely excited to see our valued WordPress customers move to such a mature and well respected service like Page.ly. We want to make sure the transition is as easy as possible and will be assisting the Pagely team in making sure every customer has a seamless moving experience.
New BlogDroid clients can expect a step up to the enterprise grade security that Page.ly offers called PressARMOR™.
“PressARMOR™ offers best-in-class WordPress security, it’s system wide and not just an add on or plugin to an otherwise unsecure and stock platform. We have refined it over the years, protecting all our many thousands of customers,” said Joshua Strebel.
New BlogDroid clients can also expect managed WordPress service from the people who invented the space, trusted automatic upgrades, expert support from people with years of experience in WordPress, extremely fast load speeds, and more WordPress-focused features coming soon.
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