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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting and managed application services to SMBs and web professionals, has officially launched the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores.

“Our Managed WooCommerce Hosting product is more than just a simple one-click plugin installation. We’ve built a real offering,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation. “We’re combining the power of WooCommerce with the industry-leading managed hosting expertise of Liquid Web, allowing store owners to focus on growing their business and leaving the hosting headaches to us.”


WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce platform for store owners today. It sits on top of WordPress which is well known and free. People choose WooCommerce because they sense that it’s an easy to use platform that they can get started with a minimum investment. However, as their stores grow, they are challenged by a lack of staff and expertise to handle the increasing need for design, development and devops. Now they can buy an online store solution with the expectation that they have a provider who is an expert in hosting and a partner in risk mitigation.

The only hosting solution specifically designed for WooCommerce, Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering is a unique answer to common pain points for SMB store owners.

Dynamic Resizing Without Downtime
We’ve built a platform that can autoscale. This elastic and scalable platform gives store owners all the resources they need, helping stores stay fast, without requiring architecture or server changes. https://youtu.be/d8IZ2-nLDkw

High Performance Under Heavy Load
We’ve built a different set of tables to store order data that reduce query loads by 95% and increase capacity (without upgrading plans) by more than 75%. https://youtu.be/Sg2mxzFA8xo

Performance Tests Whenever
We’ve created more than 20 performance tests to help store owners know, in advance, that stores will be ready for whatever traffic comes. https://youtu.be/v-eyVsUOIOk

Far More Than Google Analytics
Our partnership with Glew means we can help store order information into actionable data that transforms how SMB’s grow their business. https://youtu.be/afiFqNTmag4

Paying Attention To Abandoned Carts
Our partnership with Jilt, the leader in abandoned cart technology for WooCommerce means store owners can take immediate action to capture lost revenue. https://youtu.be/_qbzB4ZZfI0

“Our customer isn’t buying hosting. Or a plugin. They’re not buying technology. They just expect it all to work. This is why we’re in the ‘managed’ business. We’re innovating and delivering value in a crowded market with a clear sense of the features that make a difference to our SMB stores owners and the designers, developers and agencies who serve them,” said Lema.

“With the addition of Managed WooCommerce Hosting to our product portfolio, we further our mission to empower web dependent professions all over the world to create content and commerce more easily, without worry and knowing they have a real person to turn to when they need help,” said Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger. “We are very excited about the launch of this innovative product, reaffirming our commitment to simplifying how our SMB customers experience hosting and cloud services and having an important role in powering their business potential.”

To learn more about Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/managed-woocommerce-hosting/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago.

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WordPress has been democratizing the web for around fifteen years now. It delivers the most flexible blogging experience, and is so easy to learn that even a beginner can work on it. Released in 2003, WordPress is the website content management system (CMS) which powers over 30 percent of the entire web. It provides access to thousands of free plugins and themes, using which you can design your website and add powerful features. If you use WordPress for some hobby, then free account is fine for you. But if you have an established website, and have regular heavy traffic, then you may face some downtime. Also, the webpages will take long to load. Since you need to ensure a lot of things to keep your website running, including the content, design, social media, marketing, and a lot more things, WordPress management may become cumbersome in the long run. But you need not worry. To overcome these challenges, many hosting providers now provide managed WordPress hosting. What is managed…
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Pittsburgh, PA – Liberated Syndication, Inc. (OTCQB: LSYN) (“Libsyn”) announced today that it closed its acquisition of Internet hosting company Pair Networks, Inc. (Pair) on December 27, 2017. Libsyn paid $13.5 million in cash and issued 1,579,613 shares of restricted common stock valued at $2.5 million to acquire 100% of Pair. The combined businesses represented approximately $23 million in annual revenue and approximately $7 million in EBITDA for 2017.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that come from combining these two great, long standing, Pittsburgh-based companies,” said Chris Spencer, Libsyn CEO. “We have tremendous confidence in Pair’s leadership and employees and we intend to fuel revenue growth for the combined entities through sales and marketing investment, cross selling new and existing hosting products and streamlining network computing infrastructure.”


In order to finance the transaction, Liberated Syndication borrowed $10 million under a newly established Senior Secured Credit Facility (the “Bank Facility”) with First Commonwealth Bank, which also was closed on December 27, 2017. Borrowings under the Bank Facility are at variable rates which are, at the borrowers’ option. As of December 27, 2017, interest is set at LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) plus 175 basis points, or 3.44%.

Pittsburgh-based Capital Foundry, LLC acted as advisor to the Company and Arranger for the Bank Facility.

As of December 31, 2017, the combined companies had approximately 82,000 monthly subscribers for hosting services. Management believes there are many cross selling opportunities including website and blog hosting services for podcasters, full-service WordPress solutions for website and blog development, domain name registration and hosting, as well as co-location hosting services for larger podcast networks, an area of significant potential growth in the podcasting industry.

“Podcasts are expected to continue to grow in popularity and have become an integral part of brand strategy along with websites, blogs and social media outlets. Pair’s hosting, domain and WordPress offerings are the tools podcast producers look for to develop online strategies to extend their reach,” said Laurie Sims, Libsyn President. “Libsyn is often seen as a media company because of the type of content we host, but we are fundamentally a hosting platform. We have a lot of synergy with Pair and understand the monthly subscription business model. We are thrilled to add the Pair team, its reliable infrastructure and world class support they provide.”

Additionally, Libsyn management believes there are growth opportunities to be had by capitalizing on Pair’s vast computing infrastructure, cloud based hosting services
and utilizing Pair’s highly regarded customer support team. Focused cyber security services is another area of additional revenue growth potential given recent threats and limited expertise for small and medium-sized businesses.

Management plans to host a shareholder conference call during the first quarter of 2018 to outline its plans for the combined companies in greater detail.

About Liberated Syndication
Liberated Syndication (Libsyn) is the world’s leading podcast hosting network and has been providing publishers with distribution and monetization services since 2004. In 2016 Libsyn delivered over 4.59 Billion downloads. We host over 3.2 Million media files for more than 35,000 podcasts, including typically around 35% of the top 200 podcasts in iTunes. Podcast producers choose Libsyn to measure their audience, deliver popular audio and video episodes, distribute their content through smartphone Apps (iOS, and Android), and monetize via premium subscription services and advertising. We are a Pittsburgh based company with a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.libsyn.com.

About Pair Networks
Pair Networks, founded in 1996, is one of the oldest and most experienced Internet hosting company providing a full range of fast, powerful and reliable Web hosting services. Pair offers a suite of Internet services from shared hosting to virtual private servers to customized solutions with world-class 24×7 on-site customer support. Based in Pittsburgh, Pair serves businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Visit us on the web at www.pair.com.

Capital Foundry
Capital Foundry, LLC, is a Pittsburgh-based investment bank with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises. The bedrock of Capital Foundry is the deep and varied experience of its people, and the businesses the leadership team has helped to grow and transform.

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The cloudflare.solutions domain has been taken down after infecting thousands of WordPress sites with cryptocurrency mining and keylogging malware posing as script from trusted web services, according to a Sucuri blog post. The malware had infected at least 5,492 WordPress sites, SC Magazine reports.
The keylogging malware was added to malware distributed from fake Cloudflare website cloudflare.solutions which Sucuri wrote a blog about in April. It captures data entered by users, potentially including login and payment information. The malicious code is given away by two long hexadecimal parameters, which are the keyloggers, following cdnjs.cloudflare.com URLs, which are fake, according to the report.
Sucuri noted the obfuscation tricks being used by a CoinHive JavaScript Monero miner in another recent blog post, including the use of non-decimal notation for the host name, a fake jQuery name, and names related to Google Analytics.
The script resides in the function.php file of the WordPress theme, and both scripts were found on many sites by Sucuri, but it was not clear that they were present on all 5,492.
"You should remove the add_js_scripts function and all the add_action clauses that mention add_js_scripts," advises Sucuri Senior Malware Researcher Denis Sinegubko. "Given the keylogger functionality of this malware, you should consider all WordPress passwords compromised so the next mandatory step of the cleanup is changing the passwords (actually it is highly
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LONDON, UK – A new, international study jointly commissioned by WP Engine and Manifesto and conducted by Vanson Bourne explores which content management system (CMS) technologies are used most commonly by enterprises and discovers what benefits these organisations derive from using multiple CMSs. “WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs” study surveyed over 300 enterprise-level IT and marketing decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. The majority (61 percent) of the respondents worked for organisations with at least 3,000 employees and on average came from organisations whose global revenue totaled $3.2 billion. The survey found WordPress is on par with Adobe Experience Manager as the most frequently used CMS in either a primary or secondary fashion. Further, WordPress was the leading secondary CMS.

A near unanimity (93 percent) of respondents believe that there are multiple benefits to having a secondary CMS. Those benefits include faster time to market, ease of use, agility and the ability to experiment and customise quickly. Among WordPress users, as either their primary or secondary CMS, the benefits of using WordPress ranged from scalability, a robust ecosystem, quicker time to market and better analytics and security to the increasing availability of skilled WordPress developers. Not surprisingly, WordPress was the most popular secondary CMS due to the fact that it is open source software and consequently is better able to integrate and work well with other content management systems like Adobe and Sitecore.


“Enterprise companies are seeing the intrinsic benefits of using multiple CMSs to help run their business,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “The decision to go with more than one CMS is most often made at the executive level, proving the strategic value that multiple CMS deliver to an enterprise. The results showed that WordPress is already a top platform with clear benefits from both an integration and agility standpoint. In the future, the study shows WordPress expanding its market share to provide exceptional digital experiences with greater agility, with greater ease of use and faster time to market.”

The following are key findings from the study. Click on the following links to learn more about the results, register for the webinar and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• The rise of multiple CMSs: 53 percent of respondents said their organisation uses two or more CMSs. Of those who are using more than one CMS, the decision maker is most often (46 percent) an executive in the company, proving it is a strategic decision for the enterprise.
• Most popular CMSs: Adobe and WordPress: Adobe Experience Manager is the most commonly used CMS (60 percent), with WordPress a close second (57 percent). The next most popular CMS was Sitecore CMS coming in a distant third (22 percent).
• WordPress popularity by vertical: WordPress is the most likely used CMS across several verticals including both retail (73 percent) and business services/consulting (63 percent) organisations.
• Primary and secondary CMSs: Adobe (44 percent) and WordPress (36 percent) led the list of primary CMSs. WordPress was the leading (20 percent) secondary CMS.
• WordPress as a secondary CMS: Where WordPress is being used as a secondary CMS it brings clear benefits to the enterprise consisting of better publishing capability (54 percent), agility (53 percent), experimentation (53 percent) and customisation/personalisation (51 percent).
• Dual CMS usage expected to rise: Respondents plan to use additional CMSs (41 percent); and for organisations not already using a CMS, more enterprises indicated they will select WordPress than any other system (22 percent).
• Which departments are selecting WordPress CMS: Marketing (71 percent) led the list of departments choosing to use WordPress as their CMS, followed by IT (61 percent) and Sales (44 percent).
• How is WordPress as a CMS being used: WordPress is most likely to be used for an organisation’s corporate website (64 percent), brand or product website (59 percent) and eCommerce (46 percent).

“Our respondents identified clear benefits to using multiple CMSs and the value it brings to their organisation,” said Chloe Byrne, Research Consultant with Vanson Bourne. “WordPress was easily one of the top CMSs in our survey. Looking ahead, of those respondents with only one CMS currently, more than a third (37 percent) plan to expand within a year, and the data suggests WordPress is expected to be their top choice.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DreamHost®, a leader in web hosting and cloud services for WordPress users worldwide, today announced that select users of its managed WordPress service, DreamPress, will be able to receive the advanced benefits of Automattic’s Jetpack at no extra charge. In a bold move to gain the adoration of its users and the ire of its competitors, DreamHost has announced that DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users will now receive access to Jetpack Professional, a $299/year value, at no extra charge.

DreamPress users have long enjoyed Automattic’s Jetpack plugin for the additional functionality it enables within WordPress. Among its many features, Jetpack’s free option includes an image CDN, in-depth website statistics, downtime monitoring, and a buttload of other enhancements. Jetpack Professional adds a video CDN with no bandwidth restrictions, comprehensive spam protection, daily backups powered by VaultPress, automated and on-demand malware scans, access to over 200 high-quality premium themes, advanced SEO tools, and priority access to WordPress experts at Automattic.


DreamPress Basic users will continue to receive access to Jetpack’s free offering, while DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users both receive immediate access to Jetpack Professional, the most comprehensive Jetpack offering available.

“This here? This is a Professional Jetpack,” explained John Robison, DreamHost’s Director of Product, Managed WordPress. Standing alongside a row of gleaming silver jetpacks in a cavernous showroom he continued: “The Premium Jetpacks? They’re good, too. Good for lots of folks. But our customers…they deserve the best. And this is the best. Professional’s got over 200 premium themes, deep Google Analytics integration, and SEO tools like you’ve never seen. Check this out.” Robison pushed a button on his belt and immediately launched himself, and his WordPress website, through the roof of the showroom.

After several minutes of awkward silence, Robison stumbled through the front door of the building, bloody and bruised. His Jetpack, however, remained free of blemishes, gleaming and pristine as the day it rolled off the assembly line. “Wrong button,” Robison offered sheepishly. “But you can see the kind of power this thing’s got, right? Good stuff.”

Jetpack Professional is immediately available to all DreamPress Plus and Advanced users, both current and new. New customers need only opt-in to Jetpack Professional from within their DreamHost control panel to begin receiving the benefits of a powerful, supercharged WordPress experience at DreamHost.

About DreamHost
Since 1997 DreamHost has helped individuals, small businesses, and developers the world over share and own their digital content on the web. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Focused on WordPress and packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere. Learn more at www.DreamHost.com.

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