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TAMPA, FL – Joomla!, the award-winning content management system, is pleased to announce the fourth annual JoomlaDay Florida! The open source web development conference and expo brings together web designers, digital marketers, and developers from around the globe. Currently the largest Joomla Conference in North America, JoomlaDay Florida 2019 has expanded into a full three-day event of Keynotes, Sessions, Workshops, and Labs.

The event kicks off on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 with workshops on Joomla, cPanel & WHM, the Joomla Certification exam, and the opening party. Saturday follows with a full day of Keynotes and sessions, and the annual networking party at the First Chance Last Chance Patio Bar. The event concludes on Sunday with 90-minute labs focused on Business and Joomla Development. Not only for “Joomlers,” JoomlaDay Florida’s program is for anyone doing business on the web.


As of Jan 1st, 2019, ticket sales have reached 70%, and just as in past years, the conference is destined to sell out weeks before the event! Registration for the full three days is currently only $75, with late registration going up over $100 in February.

“We are very proud of our past events and our global impact within the Joomla community. This year we are honored to have the President and Vice President of Joomla in attendance and an international group of speakers from the Joomla, WordPress and Drupal communities. We are also excited to have the largest group of female speakers every at our event,” said Jason Nickerson, Joomla Capital Team Chair and organizer of JoomlaDay Florida.

Just over a month away, JoomlaDay Florida is happy to announce new and returning sponsors! cPanel, the Industry leading hosting platform returns as our Gold Sponsor with Plesk joining in as a new Gold sponsor along with Joomshaper, Cloudaccess.net, Hivelocity and JoomlaShine as Silver Sponsors. We are also excited to welcome new sponsor Yellow Web Monkey and returning bronze sponsors Joomlashack, Kliken, and Fabrik.

More information about this year’s conference and the schedule is available from https://joomladayflorida.com. Sponsorship and business requests can be found at https://www.sponseasy.com/p/joomladay-florida or by contacting the conference organizers at info@joomladayflorida.com.

About Joomla
Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla has won several awards including the 2018 best free CMS award from CMSCritic.com. Joomla is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to create powerful online applications. Joomla is one of the most popular website softwares, thanks to its global community of developers and volunteers, who make sure the platform is user-friendly, extendable, multilingual, accessible, responsive, search engine optimized and so much more. For more information about Joomla, visit https://www.joomla.org.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar with over 10 million domains under management, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced a partnership with Adobe Portfolio, a platform that enables users to quickly and simply build a website to showcase creative work.

Adobe Portfolio customers can now search, purchase and connect custom domain names from Namecheap in a few clicks without ever leaving the Adobe platform. Additionally, Adobe Portfolio customers will have access to exclusive promotional prices on select top-level domains (TLDs) from Namecheap.


“Namecheap and Adobe Portfolio share a mission to help designers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups launch their ideas to the world through their own website,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “Namecheap’s custom integration into their platform will make purchasing and connecting a domain name easier than ever before for Adobe Portfolio customers.”

For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in creating new products and joining partnerships that improve online accessibility and affordability, allowing more people to bring their ideas and dreams to life on the Internet. Namecheap is also committed to providing unparalleled service for its millions of customers.

“Adobe Portfolio’s mission is to help creatives quickly and easily build custom, beautiful websites to showcase their work, and we’re always innovating with the creative in mind. This newest integration with Namecheap is yet another feature that makes Portfolio best-of-breed and allows for creatives to stay true to their unique brand through increased customization capabilities,” said Will Allen, Senior Director, Behance, 99U and Portfolio at Adobe.

Adobe Portfolio enables creatives of all levels to quickly and simply build a custom website to showcase their original projects and establish an online presence for both personal and professional use. The platform is available, free of charge, to all Creative Cloud subscribers, regardless of subscription level. For subscribers, it’s as simple as picking a theme, uploading content and publishing their website using the domain of their choice. With a strong international presence, Adobe Portfolio serves creatives across the globe through localization tools. Adobe Portfolio is available in 19 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean.

Customers can purchase a new domain within Adobe Portfolio, which includes a free lifetime subscription of WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s Whois privacy protection software. Additionally all domain purchases within Adobe Portfolio include Namecheap’s amazing signature customer service.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

Many AWS customers have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, customers no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds based on the needs of the workload. Customers simply create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use. Amazon Aurora Serverless brings the power of Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, to applications that only require intermittent or cyclical database access at a fraction of the cost.


“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “With the availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile service provider in Japan, serving more than 73 million customers. “Our data-based services are often not used at full capacity, resulting in high database running costs,” said Tomoyoshi Ohno, Vice President and General Manager of Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Amazon Aurora Serverless will allow NTT DOCOMO to reduce operational costs by matching capacity to actual demand. Because developers can use Amazon Aurora Serverless just like a traditional MySQL database, it will be easy to adopt in our service infrastructure.”

Pagely is the WordPress hosting leader in innovation, speed, scalability, and security, with thousands of clients ranging from the largest tech companies, to universities, creative agencies, city and state governments, and other large and midsize businesses. “We are excited by the flexibility that Amazon Aurora Serverless offers in our current managed WordPress hosting stack, and the new serverless WordPress application hosting model that it enables us to pursue,” said Joshua Strebel, Founder and CEO, Pagely. “Many of our large-scale WordPress sites have unpredictable database usage. Amazon Aurora Serverless gives us the ability to lower customer costs for these fluctuating workloads and free internal resources by eliminating the need for manual or monitored database resizing. Ultimately this is about saving time, money, and serving our customers better, and Amazon Aurora Serverless will help us do that.”

California Polytechnic State University is a nationally-ranked public university that’s driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. “Our Learning Management System (LMS) is central to the student experience at Cal Poly, and we have high standards for performance, scalability and high availability,” said Alison Robinson, Associate Vice President, Cal Poly Information Technology Services. “Amazon Aurora meets our high standards. Given LMS usage patterns, with peaks during the first week of class, mid-terms, and finals, we expect to economize by paying only for the resources we need when we need them and eliminating the need for on-premises hardware. We also capitalize on the flexibility of the AWS environment that allows us to automatically shut down development and test instances when not in use, and spin them up quickly when needed.”

CB Insights is a private market intelligence firm that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data and uses machine learning and data visualization to help corporations answer strategic questions. “Leveraging serverless computing is key to our system architecture strategy at CB Insights as it allows us to handle bursts in computation needs in an effective and cost efficient manner,” said Pal Hoye, Chief Technology Officer of CB Insights. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the serverless model to databases through Amazon Aurora Serverless. Through the preview program we have had early access to Aurora Serverless and it has confirmed the applicability for unpredictable data access scenarios. It’s also a good option for development/staging databases, which can be shut down when not in use to achieve additional cost savings.”

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading business and IT services companies, providing technology, consulting, and operations services to help companies digitally transform their businesses. “The launch of Amazon Aurora Serverless has been highly anticipated by the market,” said Arun Varadarajan, Vice President, AI and Analytics at Cognizant. “It complements several of our offerings, including Cognizant Adaptive Data Foundation, a solution which enables the creation of cloud-based, holistic data strategies requiring insights, scale and speed. Amazon Aurora Serverless will enhance products like Cognizant Lab Insights, an intelligent, connected lab performance management solution, because a serverless database architecture supports the intermittent data usage requirements of lab environments and provides better flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming year.

About Amazon Web Services
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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DALLAS, TX – Server Density, a provider of proactive infrastructure monitoring for cloud, servers, and websites, is merging with StackPath, a leading secure edge services platform provider. Server Density enables users to monitor their websites and servers in the cloud or on-prem from a single console and API to easily diagnose problems, maintain uptime and maximize server performance. The service will be integrated and offered as part of the StackPath platform in the very near future.

“We’re thrilled to have Server Density become part of our company. It’s a perfect fit,” said Lance Crosby, founder, chairman and CEO of StackPath. “StackPath has the highest commitment to providing our customers frictionless services, complete visibility into their solutions, and building strong relationships with the open source community and the industry at large. Server Density has followed the same commitments as it built exceptional technologies that are second to none and grew operations at cloud scale.”


The Server Density monitoring agent is installed on millions of servers, collecting more than 12-billion metrics each day. The service has more than 100 official integrations with other solutions and platforms, processes more than 300TB of data per month and has availability probes in more than 28 different geographies. Its 1,000+ customers across 75 different countries span all sizes and industries, such as and including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), eCommerce company Firebox, and online game platform Stormancer.

“We created Server Density out of the frustration that monitoring tools were either too expensive, too complex, or both,” David Mytton, Server Density co-founder and CEO said. “It’s gratifying to see how well our tools have been received, not only by customers, but by developers and companies that have built on the code that we’ve open sourced. My team and I are excited to bring Server Density into the StackPath platform and accelerate even more evolutionary ways to leverage these technologies.”

In addition to its monitoring service, in 2016 Server Density created HumanOps, a community that gets people talking about the human aspects of running infrastructure. Companies such as Spotify, PagerDuty, Yelp and Facebook have contributed to sharing ideas and best practices for life on call, dealing with technical debt, fatigue and stress at events around the world, including the UK, US, France, Germany, Poland and more.

“HumanOps is a brilliant and long overdue resource for cloud workers and companies. This industry is evolving faster than any before it, requiring operations of unprecedented scale and solutions at unbelievable speed,” said Mr. Crosby. “It takes its toll on people—humans don’t have a 100% uptime SLA. We’re looking forward to doing even more with HumanOps as part of StackPath.”

In December 2015, Server Density raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by SP Ventures. They previously had raised €50k from Seedcamp and funding from angel investors Christoph Janz, Dick Williams, Qamar Aziz, and others. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. Moving forward, the Server Density team in London will serve as the core of StackPath monitoring service team and London will become StackPath’s European headquarters.

About StackPath
StackPath is a platform of secure internet services including CDN, WAF and DDoS mitigation built at the cloud’s edge. StackPath services enable developers at organizations of any size to build protection and performance into any cloud-based solution—from SaaS to web publishing, gaming, media streaming and beyond—without needing cloud security and delivery expertise of their own. More than one million customers, ranging from early-stage companies to Fortune 100 organizations, use StackPath services. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, StackPath has offices across the U.S. and around the world. For more information, visit stackpath.com and follow StackPath at www.fb.com/stackpathllc and www.twitter.com/stackpath.

About Server Density
Server Density offers SaaS-based scalable infrastructure monitoring to help businesses save time and money. With advanced server and website monitoring alerts, graphing tools and integrations with all major cloud service providers, Server Density’s robust and scalable solution helps businesses and IT operations teams be more responsive to issues, make their websites faster and minimize downtime. Founded by David Mytton in 2009 and based in London, Server Density monitors mission critical IT infrastructure for more than 1,000 customers.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced that GoCentral is the first-ever website builder to feature an integration with Google My Business. Together, GoCentral and Google My Business now gives businesses another way to create powerful online identities for attracting and engaging customers.

An early beta program has demonstrated the power of the integration. During the beta, 1,538 businesses created business listings through Google My Business using GoCentral. Over the course of three months, those listings were viewed over 1 million times and resulted in participating small businesses receiving over 7,000 phone calls and more than 17,000 clicks to their website. Directions to physical storefronts were requested more than 11,000 times.


Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps. By creating a business listing, verifying and editing their business information, publishing posts promoting a special offer or event, or replying to reviews, businesses can attract new customers and engage with existing ones. With the new integration, small business owners can easily create and submit a Google My Business listing while building a website on GoCentral. Additionally, users can read and respond to reviews directly in GoCentral.

“Business owners want to reach more customers, and we’re always thinking about new ways to help them find and connect with those customers,” said GoDaddy Director of Digital Marketing Products Nissim Lehyani. “GoCentral’s new integration with Google makes it simple for entrepreneurs to check an item off their list when starting a business, enabling them to enhance their online presence and find success online.”

The Google My Business integration is the latest addition to GoCentral’s expanding capabilities for building a powerful online presence. GoCentral enables anyone to build a professional, mobile-optimized website in under an hour. After building a website with GoCentral, customers can then drive traffic and engagement with its integrated marketing features for SEO, social media and email marketing.

The Google My Business integration is included on GoCentral Business Plus and Online Store tiers.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With over 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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