This year has been monumental for our team but we couldn’t have done ANY of it without our loyal and supportive ServerPress community. We are so grateful for all of you who have been there to help us grow. We hope you know how much you all mean to us. To show our gratitude, we have some fantastic updates for you in this special ServerPress Happy Holidays Newsletter. This newsletter will replace both our November and December monthly newsletters. With a little something for everyone, we hope this newsletter brings a smile to your face!
First things first: Our Black Friday Special
Starting Friday morning at 12:01 am & running through Monday evening at 11:59pm, you have the opportunity to pick up TWO full years of DesktopServer Premium for only $149.00! I would wax and wane about the details but you can just head over to the special product page, skim the content, and pick up this killer deal. ALSO – The first 50 people to pick up this awesome offer will enjoy a free eBook from OnlineMastery.com.
Check it out and then check on out!
Up Next: The ServerPress Ultimate Holiday Bundle Giveaway!
The fun doesn’t stop with our Black Friday special. We wanted to kick off the holiday season with a fun giveaway. ServerPress has enjoyed an incredible year of growth, but we wouldn’t be here without you all. Along with a great Black Friday special, we have pulled together an awesome Holiday Bundle Giveaway Package valued at over $550 and there is NO purchase necessary to enter or win!
This package includes the following:
- Two Year Membership to DesktopServer Premium! ($198.00)
- Free Copy of the Genesis Framework ($60.00)
- Professional License for the Utility Pro Genesis Child Theme ($200.00)
- Access to Carrie Dils & Mika Epstein’s WPDevelopmentWorkflow.com online seminar. ($99.00)
- Free eBook: Plan Your Next Website from OnlineMastery.com ($10.00)
This bundle sets you up for two full years of professional level WordPress website development. Using the right tools and the right workflow, you can learn to scale your business. If you purchased all these tools separately you would spend over $550.00. Many thanks to Carrie Dils for donating the WPDevelopmentWorkflow course. We can’t wait to give this bundle to ONE LUCKY WINNER!
You are free to use the items in the bundle however you want! Keep for yourself or give away to a friend. If you are already a DesktopServer Premium member we will extend your membership by an additional two years. If you purchase the Black Friday Bundle AND you win the Ultimate Holiday Bundle we can extend your membership OR refund your Black Friday Bundle Purchase. There is no risk to enter the contest AND purchase the Black Friday Bundle!
Awesome Extras!! Save on Premium Themes and Tools for Every Developer
We are thrilled to announce some very special coupons from some of our long time friends of ServerPress! After you’ve updated DesktopServer, spend some time this weekend playing with premium themes and blueprints.
Carrie Dils is a long time supporter and friend of ServerPress. She released a Premium Genesis Child Theme that is jam packed with the features you need to build a sustainable website that will have longevity and we’ve enjoyed watching her success as she moved from a hard working entrepreneur to a full time position at CrowdFavorite. Congrats, Carrie! We were honored when Carrie offered to set up this special discount off her premium theme for the ServerPress Community.
THE SHORT STORY ON FEATURES:
- It’s accessible. Get your content in front of more people.
- It’s mobile-first. Your visitors get a speedier experience on mobile devices.
- It’s mobile-friendly. You’ll get the “mobile friendly” label added to your Google listing.
- It’s mobile-responsive. Your site will look amazing on phones & tablets.
- It’s translation-ready. Easily translate the theme into another language, including RTL languages.
- **Developers Edition is DesktopServer ready. Includes a DesktopServer Blueprint – quick setup for DesktopServer users.
- **Requires the Genesis Framework which you can purchase here. <Disclaimer – that is an affiliate link for Carrie Dils. She did not ask us to promote that link, we just did that because she is awesome!
Watch Carrie set up the theme and get straight to work via her awesome YouTube demo. If you need more help getting started with WordPress web development, Carrie teamed up with Mika to create a killer learning course over at WPDevelopersWorkflow.com.
Musket Theme is a Premium Genesis Child Theme that comes with a DesktopServer Blueprint to make spinning up your local site a breeze. We have been testing out this theme internally for a few weeks and really like what we are seeing.
THE SHORT STORY ON FEATURES:
- Musket is a modern development workflow framework built atop WordPress and Genesis
- Musket speeds up the development process and helps you embrace best practices
- It is an opinionated framework that takes care of boilerplate site setup and automates repetitive tasks, freeing up your time which is better spent adding value to your client.
- Musket comes with a DesktopServer Blueprint that instantly builds new sites with Musket, the Core Functionality plugin and everything else ready-to-go
You will need to have the Genesis Framework, but you can pick that up here. <Disclaimer – that is an affiliate link for Dave. He did not ask us to promote that link, we just did that because he is awesome!
Our good friends at iThemes shared a promo discount with us and we’re passing the info on to our readers. Now, through December 31st, you can save 40% off purchases at iThemes.com. Use the coupon code as many times as you’d like between now and Christmas. Just FYI: DesktopServer and BackupBuddy work great together! Hint, hint….
Thanks to iThemes for this great coupon code!
Awesome Articles From Around The Web!
Want to use MainWP on your local server? Marc and Dennis figured out how and the tutorial is up on the web! You don’t even need DesktopServer Premium – it works with the limited version. We’d love to know if you’ve given this a go – and how it turned out. Thanks, Dennis, for the great writeup!
Udemy has a n ew DesktopServer course up and ready for you! “This course will teach you about DesktopServer and how to use it to set up a web server environment on your Windows PC or Mac so that you can work with WordPress locally. … This is not a course that teaches you how to do WordPress development or WordPress web design, but it is ideal for anyone that is a WordPress developer or web designer, or even just someone who want to play around and become familiar with WordPress without having the hassle of buying a domain and hosting.” Thanks, Chris, for putting this together!
We can’t complain with Pippin’s teams writes about us on their Easy Digital Downloads blog. “In this post we’re going to talk about how to set up a testing server. Staging servers are intended to be permanent long term clones of your live site. Testing servers are intended to be stressed, broken, thrown away, and easily recreated for more testing….[and] the tool we’re going to use is DesktopServer Premium from ServerPress.” Thanks, Pippin & Topher, for featuring us and for the awesome writeup!
iFamily did a nice How To writeup showing just how easy it is to import a site hosted on WPEngine into a DesktopServer local install.
Shawn Hooper’s talk at WordCamp NYC was a hit! Who doesn’t want to learn how to use the Command Line Interface? (Well, probably plenty of people but you know what we mean!) What does this have to do with DesktopServer? WELL….Shawn was running the beta version of our upcoming DS-CLI plugin! Yep, you read that right! The DS-CLI plugin is in formal Beta and we will keep you posted on our progress!
Have you tried to install DesktopServer and you receive the “…appears you have another web server already running…” error message? Well Marjorie did, and she wrote a nice tutorial on how to resolve the problem including the steps she took on her journey to a complete DesktopServer install. Thanks, Marjorie, for this wonderful write up!
Lucy Barret mentioned us in her list of WordPress plugins that she believes come in handy for WordPress developers. We are honored to be mentioned along with other awesome tools such as Advanced Custom Fields, WP Migrate DB, Theme Check, and more! This curated list may introduce you to some unknown tools – give it a read!
And Lastly: A Quick Roundup of WordCamp Articles, Pictures, and Videos for Your Enjoyment!
- Special Folks And Highlights of WordCamp Miami 2015 – David wrote up a nice review of WordCamp Miami.
- Marc Benzakein: From Homeless to Hopeful – WordCamp Portland Presentation
- Sarah Pressler: Grow Your Career with WordPress – WordCamp Portland Presentation
- WordCamp is Over. What’s Next? – Writeup from WordCamp Portland
- Sarah Pressler: So You Want to Work With(in) WordPress?! – WordCamp LAX Presentation
- WordCamp LAX 2015 After Party Photos!! – You won’t want to miss these~
- Professional Photos from WordCamp LAX by the very talented Kari Leigh Marucchi – Can you guess which one is OUR favorite?!
That’s a Wrap!
Whew! This is a long newsletter, full of fun contests, awesome deals, and lots of reading material. We know it’s Black Friday and you have other things to do than hang out with our Newsletter but we also bet a lot of you are like us – up, piddling around on the computer at midnight, recovering from your Thanksgiving meal, and hunkering down for the long holiday weekend. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and wish you all the best. We are so grateful for each and every one of you.
The ServerPress Team
-Steve, Marc, Gregg, Sarah, and Nathan
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