December 04, 2015 – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — GoDaddy, Inc., the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today announced a new program with WordPress plugin creators. Launched at WordCamp US, the official annual WordPress conference, the GoDaddy Plugin Partner Program is GoDaddy’s latest contribution to strengthening the WordPress developer ecosystem.
The GoDaddy Plugin Partner Program provides plugin authors access to exclusive support, developer-centric platform tuning assistance and referrals from GoDaddy. Once verified, partners can display the official GoDaddy Plugin Partner Badge and see their plugins promoted by GoDaddy to its customers via wp-admin integration, a page highlighting plugin partners and the Hot 100, a compilation of the 100 most popular plugins and themes, if that particular plugin is on it.
This pilot program is designed to help plugin authors create world class experiences for their plugins on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting platform. Partners will be featured within GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress product and other GoDaddy properties.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the WordCamp US conference and celebrations this week, and to announce our Plugin Partnership Program, the first of its kind to market,” said Jeff King, SVP & GM Hosting, Security, GoDaddy. “Through new relationships fostered by this program, we hope to help authors stand out among the over 40,000 plugins and roughly 10,000 themes in the rapidly growing and expansive ecosystem, raise the bar for plugins, drive more downloads and delight customers with quality offerings.”
Existing WordPress plugin partners include: iThemes, Pippin’s Plugins, Ninja Forms and ManageWP.
“Today, we’re pumped to be able to talk about a new partnership that’ll make things better for WordPress users and our mutual customers with GoDaddy. This partnership shows due diligence, transparent conversations and wanting to do what’s best for the customer first. We’re very optimistic this is a great day for WordPress users and our customers alike,” added Cory Miller, CEO, iThemes.
The program marks GoDaddy’s latest commitment to the WordPress community. In 2015, GoDaddy has:
- Sponsored WordCamp US
Sponsored WordCamp events throughout the year as a “Superb” sponsor in Asia/Pacific, Canada, Europe, Africa, Latin and South America and the United States Sponsored WordCamp EU
Sponsored related industry events including PrestigeConf, PressNomics and others
Contributed in-person time at 40+ WordCamps and other open source events totaling hundreds of person-hours in 2015
Gave presentations on Creating Clear CTAs, Content Marketing and Personal Productivity at WordCamp NYC, WordCamp Switzerland, WordCamp DFW and other events
Created over 200 WordPress-oriented educational articles to date on the GoDaddy Garage
Supported industry podcasts including the DradCast, WPWatercooler, WPWeekly and others
Contributed to industry publications including WPTavern and WPMayor
Continued development and support of open source WordPress plugins including the Plugin PerformanceProfiler (P3), which has been downloaded for free over 100,000 times and is available in the WordPress.org repository
Contributed to WordPress Japanese and Hindi internationalization and translation efforts
GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 13 million customers worldwide and more than 61 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.