WPMU DEV Update – 2016 Review (And What’s Coming Up!)
While the world over couldn’t wait to see the back of 2016, it was a huge year for us – our biggest year ever, in fact!
We released a stack of new plugins and API services. Seriously, we released loads of products. So to kick off the new year, today we’re launching Update, our new monthly product update newsletter to keep you up-to-date on what we’re working on.
But for this first edition, I thought I’d run you through all the cool things we released in 2016 and give you a sneak peak of what we’ve got coming up in the next month.
Enjoy, and thanks for being part of WPMU DEV!
Free 14-day WPMU DEV Trials
This biggest change to our pricing model ever! Now everyone can try all of our products and services for free!
Automated scans, vulnerability reports, safety recommendations, blacklist monitoring, customized hardening, audit logging, uptime monitoring… our security plugin does everything.
The only performance optimization plugin for WordPress that lets you cache, minify, combine, defer and compress your files, and make improvements in line with Google PageSpeed Insights.
The only email opt-in plugin for WordPress that can help you turn your visitors into loyal and lifelong customers – and look real good doing it!
We’ve made so many updates to Smush over the past 12 months – automated PNG to JPG transformation and auto resizing images… Not to mention the fact the free version of Smush over at WordPress.org is now the only 5-star image compression plugin for WordPress!
We completely re-invented our member dashboard with The Hub. Now you can keep an eye on your website stats, including uptime, performance and security, and even update all of your plugins and themes in one click!
Since launching our WordPress Academy, thousands of members have enrolled in our courses on everything from WordPress development to business, Multisite, careers and Upfront.
Remember the beta version of our theme platform Upfront? You wouldn’t recognize it now. We’ve added a ton of interface and performance improvements, new themes, not to mention MarketPress and WooCommerce integration, and our Upfront Builder that allows you to make your own WordPress themes from scratch. Seriously, it’s a theme game changer that’s about to explode.
10GB Cloud Backups
Every WPMU DEV member now gets 10GB of free cloud storage to backup their WordPress sites. If you haven’t made the most of this feature yet, try it out – restoring websites is now the easiest thing ever!
Anyone can use our free performance, security and SEO tool. Just enter your web address and you’ll get all the recommendations you need to make your website faster, more secure and ranking higher.
WPMU DEV Multisite Hosting
In November we announced our new enterprise-level WordPress Multisite solution. Sign up for the beta program now!
And that’s not even mentioning:
- The regular updates to our existing collection of plugins and themes,
- Composer support for all WPMU DEV products,
- The WhiP going VIP (and reaching 130,000 subscribers!),
- Publishing our 4,800th blog post,
- Our website and blog redesign, and
- Our award-winning support team’s consistently high ratings when helping out members.
And a Sneak Peek at What’s Coming Up!
So what’s in store for 2017? Here’s a teaser of what we’re cooking up this month.
Big Things Come in Really Small Packages
Just when you thought Hummingbird couldn’t get any better, the next release will make minification a million times better.
Serious Security Just Got… Serious-er
The next update is set to make Defender the most comprehensive and feature-packed security plugin for WordPress yet.
Come on! Another Smush Update?!
Yes, another Smush update! Just how many updates can we make to Smush? Challenge… accepted! Look out for a new directory feature.