Many of you know me as a big StudioPress fan girl.
In the world of blogging StudioPress are the folks behind the
- the Genesis framework for WordPress
- the StudioPress child themes for Genesis
- first class hosting under the guise of Synthesis and StudioPress Sites
- and the Rainmaker platform.
Well, a few months ago StudioPress announced that it was being bought out by the WordPress hosting giant WPEngine.
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Personally, I read the news with mixed feelings.
I have been part of StudioPress from the old Copyblogger days and walked the path with them.
I was an early adopter of the Rainmaker platform and when they came out with StudioPress Sites I jumped right on.
If you are not familiar – StudioPress Sites was managed WordPress hosting at it’s finest. It was a huge relief for me to have hosting that I didn’t have to worry about. They took care of all the technical back end.
So, this acquisition by WPEngine … well, if you are a StudioPress customer you have a few choices to make.
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Your Choices As Far As I Can Tell
As a customer and affiliate of StudioPress and now an affiliate of WPEngine, I can tell you that I don’t have all the answers.
But I will share the information that I do have.
They host many large WordPress sites and are a trusted name in the industry.
That being said, I was concerned whether it would be the right place for my small, little blog.
I was also looking for a really hands off approach to WordPress hosting – I need something very managed because hosting can be a rabbit hole of time that I don’t want to go down.
According to an email that I received from WPEngine back at the announcement of the acquisition – I do believe that they are offering a discount to current StudioPress customers who want to transition, for a limited time.
I could be wrong about this, but I believe that the StudioPress themes will still be offered on the StudioPress site.
In fact, starting today they are having a Flash Sale on the StudioPress Pro Plus All Theme Pack.
From now through September 5, 2018 you get $100 off of this bundle that includes:
- All current StudioPress Themes — there are 35 as of today.
- All future StudioPress Themes — two fantastic new ones were recently released, and others are already in development.
- All current and future third-party themes that we add to Pro Plus — there are 28 currently, with more on the way.
- All design, security, and functionality updates to the Genesis Framework.
- Plus support for all themes (Note: They support StudioPress Themes, while the third-party developers support their themes)
And, if you are a current StudioPress customer you will get an additional 25% off as well.
This is what WPEngine had to say about this blogging deal:
The value of what you get is worth over $2,300.
That’s how much it would cost to buy each theme in Pro Plus individually.
Even if you only use a small fraction of the total number of themes in Pro Plus in the future, you’ll still end up ahead.
Given that your Pro Plus subscription is a lifetime subscription — meaning you’ll never pay another dime for a StudioPress theme — you’ll end up way ahead.
I happen to already own this package that I bought way back when – and I really love it. I have a tendency to change the theme on my site quite often, so I like having a library of choices.
If you happen to build sites for clients, then this package deal is really a no brainer.
But Wait – Not So Fast!
Before you pull the trigger on the StudioPress Pro Plus All Theme Pack – there is one thing you should know.
Starting on August 30, 2018 WPEngine will be offering all of the StudioPress themes and the Genesis Framework for FREE with all hosting plans.
So, if you are thinking of moving your site over to WPEngine, then you won’t necessarily need the StudioPress Pro Plus All Theme Pack for your own site.
But if you move your site to a different host in the future or if you do work for clients that are not on WPEngine then you might want to consider it.
So, that is everything I know in a nutshell.
If you are on StudioPress hosting – will you be moving your site over to WPEngine?
Let us know in the comments below.