How much do you love change? Me neither. So I was a little horrified when I stumbled upon this announcement on Twitter a few days ago.
1) Our future @studiopress and with #genesiswp has never been brighter than it is today, and the road ahead of us is so much longer than the road behind. It’s a new journey that I cannot wait to continue with you.
— Brian Gardner (@bgardner) June 27, 2018
To be honest, I was more shocked at how many high-fives were being passed around. Do they realize this means change?!
StudioPress Initiates Growth in WPBarista
When WPBarista was starting there was this cafe inspired theme by a relatively unknown Brian Gardener in the blogosphere. At the time “WPBarista” = me re-arranging headers and menus. Widgets weren’t used and to edit a theme you had to know some coding. Brian Gardener’s theme was the basis for many many client themes at the beginning. Then Brian started a premium theme Revolution. Queue dug-in heels and lots of questions… You can charge for a theme? Can I charge for a theme?
Fast forward a few years, Brian quit his day job, and started StudioPress. They started making a theme framework. Queue inner temper tantrums as I was forced to learn more coding.
That began my foray into WPBarista the firm – branching out with a couple of sub-contractors to help with administration and coding.
Then, of all the nerve, StudioPress merged with a parent company Copyblogger. Queue more panic and fear of change. StudioPress has always been a forerunner in the industry – a wee bit ahead of everyone else. But Brian has always led us into good things. And now we face another change.
StudioPress was acquired by WP Engine.
Oh, how do I hate thee, Change?
WP Engine is a popular WP hosting company, and one that we recommend if you have 1,000 – 10,000 page impressions per month. (Review all recommended resources here.) What will this mean for those of us that rely on StudioPress for their forward thinking industry leadership? According to Brian, it means bigger and better things.
With reluctant optimism we join the high-fiving. Lead-on, Brian!