Postlight is now a Silver agency partner

We are proud to welcome Postlight as a new agency partner!

Postlight is a team of top-tier engineers, product managers, and designers who help large companies modernize and upgrade their organizations, starting with software. They ship beautiful platforms that scale and succeed, and they do it on time.

The agency’s success comes down to the sum of its people. From day one, they committed to building a place where people who love their craft want to come and grow. They hire incredible talent and do everything they can to foster a collaborative, supportive environment where everyone can do their best work. As a true product partner, Postlight assembles experienced interdisciplinary teams for every client project, working closely to make the client’s vision real.

This approach to client work begins at the top: Postlight’s partners are both experienced entrepreneurs and thought leaders. They speak plainly about what it takes to build great digital products, and they produce platforms that change the industry.

Postlight has shipped products for major investment banks, national media names like Vice and Bloomberg, and NGOs including climate change startups and non-profits. They specialize in platform architecture, product design, and product strategy and are eager to work with their clients’ most complex business problems.

To get there, they’ve leaned on a few primary principles. First, they ship early and often. Great software comes from iteration, learning, and refinement. They ship code on a constant basis, giving stakeholders something real to track. Second, they don’t reinvent the wheel. Their software decisions are pragmatic. The goal is simply to get something in a user’s hands faster. Third, beautiful products are usable products. They start by understanding your user — who they are, what they believe, and what their motivations are — then craft and refine an experience they’ll love to use.

“As a WordPress VIP Silver Partner, Postlight can better serve our enterprise clients, who need a bullet-proof WordPress platform that scales.” — Gina Trapani, Managing Partner

For more information about Postlight’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/postlight/

Athletics named a Silver agency partner

We are proud to welcome Athletics as a new agency partner! Athletics is an independent creative studio working at the intersection of strategy, design, and technology. They’re best known for designing contemporary brand identities and online experiences for clients like IBM, The Pulitzer Prizes, MoMA, and Major League Soccer.

Creative conspirators

Founded in a former boxing gym in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2004, Athletics began as a collective of independent designers led by Matt Owens and Jason Gnewikow, who linked together to suit the needs of their particular projects and entrepreneurial ventures. Today, with a team of nearly 30 designers, coders, strategists, writers, and producers, led by a partnership that includes Malcolm Buick, Jameson Proctor, and Christopher Kissock, that entrepreneurial spirit endures.

In addition to their client work, Athletics develops its own products, platforms, and stories — from boutique hotels (The Graham & Co) to fragrance lines (Carlen Parfums) — seeking out opportunities to invest in and build brands with creative conspirators from Brooklyn to Berlin. Counting among its ranks New Yorkers, musicians, Scotsmen, skateboarders, Aussies, perfumers, and gardeners, the Athletics team brings a world of interests and experiences under one roof, while remaining united by the belief that good design can contribute to a more intelligent, optimistic world.

From entrepreneurs to enterprise

Guided by the principle that good design should inspire meaningful change, Athletics partners with entrepreneurs like Hubble, Elysium, and VTS to turn ideas into sustainable businesses, and helps industry leaders like Citrix, Google, and Viacom adapt to the demands of modern culture and commerce. Whether conceiving a brand name and strategy for CodeNation, a tech education non-profit, or designing and developing a cutting-edge editorial website for The Counter, an investigative newsroom focused on food, Athletics aims to build and engage audiences, cut through the visual clutter, and hold compelling conversations on behalf of its clients.

In 2019 alone, the studio launched an energetic brand identity for Nashville Soccer Club, a powerful editorial platform for workflow digitization company ServiceNow, a generative financial health visualization system for Banked, and multiple IBM sub-brands, including Security, Garage, and Developer.

Empowerment at scale

“We adopted WordPress as our CMS of choice several years ago. There were several reasons for this but by far the most important has been our ability to empower our clients with the solutions they need to realize opportunities and solve challenges with WordPress.

From our perspective, WordPress VIP embodies this promise of empowerment at scale for publishers and the enterprise.”

— Jameson Proctor, Partner and Executive Digital Director, Athletics

For more information about Athletics’ partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/athletics.

Weidenhammer named a Silver agency partner

We are proud to welcome Weidenhammer as a new Silver agency partner!

Weidenhammer was formed in 1978 to help clients with Information Technology. Over 12 years ago, Weidenhammer’s agency arm started building websites on WordPress to better serve their clients’ needs.

Today, Weidenhammer builds incredible enterprise-grade web experiences – and has a blast doing it. They pay attention to the subtle design pinstriping and extra functionality that sets websites apart. Their team brings a ton of knowledge, experience and tech-nerdiness to every project. They get a kick out of solving crazy hard problems and achieving what their clients thought wasn’t possible.

“In combining tech knowledge with creativity, our team views our work as a craft. We take tremendous pride in what we build for our clients.”

– Jeremy Jones, Director of Interactive and Marketing

Weidenhammer’s strengths include all aspects of digital marketing including strategy and discovery, comprehensive website audits and roadmaps, SEO, PPC, email, and social. They provide dedicated WordPress development, custom theme development, responsive design, UI/UX planning and design, and progressive web apps. With extensive eCommerce experience, they can provide content/data migrations from other platforms, API development, and integrations, as well as continuous website maintenance and enhancement.

For more information about Weidenhammer’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/weidenhammer/.

Modern Tribe named a Silver agency partner


We are proud to welcome Modern Tribe as a new agency partner! Modern Tribe is one of 33 agencies in this exclusive group with proven excellence implementing WordPress at scale. They are also the founders and creators of The Events Calendar, the number one adopted, selling, and grossing WordPress events management framework.

Modern Tribe is a digital agency that specializes in the design and development of industrial-strength WordPress implementations. Huge networks, heavy traffic, complex integrations, custom plugins—brands seek out Modern Tribe when they need to inject enterprise capabilities into the world’s most user-friendly content management system (WordPress!).

Comprised of 130+ strategists, designers, engineers and project managers, the Modern Tribe team is fully remote and brings together multi-disciplinary problem-solvers who use design and technology to solve sticky business challenges for the world’s leading brands.

From websites to applications, custom plugins to robust publishing platforms, Modern Tribe designs and engineers individual touchpoints with a focus on interconnectivity. Their recent projects include a new university-wide web platform for Boise State, development of the BigCommerce for WordPress plugin, and a custom learning management system and ecommerce platform for Australia’s “Renovation Queen” Cherie Barber.

“When it comes to infrastructure, there’s no single ‘right solution’ for our breadth of customers. It’s important we have a range of partnerships, and WordPress VIP provides a platform that supports more of the custom solutioning that we offer our clients.”

– Reid Peifer, Partner and Chief Creative Officer

For more information about Modern Tribe’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/modern-tribe/.

Award-winning agency Upstatement is now a Silver partner

WordPress VIP is excited to welcome our newest Silver agency partner: Upstatement!

Upstatement is a design and engineering studio that builds content creation tools to power valuable user experiences. Drawing on its founders’ deep backgrounds in news and media, Upstatement empowers clients with bespoke content strategies, user experiences, and tools that achieve results. The agency has won Webby Awards three years running, and was named one of FastCompany’s most important design companies of 2019.

Founded in 2008, based in Boston, and with 43 employees in five cities, Upstatement works with clients all over the country following an agile process and unique dedicated staffing model.

With over a decade of expertise building digital products for enterprise scale, Upstatement has built flagship websites for brands like Tito’s Vodka, Moms Demand Action, PBS Newshour, MIT, and many others.

The agency also pioneered the use of responsive design (with the original website for The Boston Globe) and decoupled WordPress (Harvard Graduate School of Design). What’s more, their open source templating tools are in use on some of the biggest WordPress sites out there, from the Obama Foundation to Spotify.

“We’re excited to work more closely with WordPress VIP to help our clients build the best experiences out there.

Editors and writers are users too. We’re looking forward to helping push the envelope in terms of the content creation tools available to our clients.”

– Mike Swartz, Principal and Founder

To learn more about Upstatement and our partner program, visit wpvip.com/partner/upstatement

Four Kitchens is the newest Silver Agency Partner

WordPress VIP, the leading provider of enterprise WordPress, has added Four Kitchens to its prestigious Featured Agency Partner program. Four Kitchens is widely known as the go-to agency to manage Drupal to WordPress migrations.

Four Kitchens started as a “creative collective” in 2006 and has expanded to become a digital agency known for building BIG websites. In the last 14 years, Four Kitchens has helped their client partners launch some of the world’s largest websites, including Economist.com, NBC.com, and CNN.com, as well as countless websites and apps for universities, nonprofits, and enterprise corporations.

“We are thrilled and humbled to be named a WordPress VIP partner.”

– Todd Ross Nienkerk, CEO and co-founder

Four Kitchens’ client partnerships have gained international attention, winning more than 20 awards, including a Primetime Emmy for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s digital experience and multiple W3 Awards, AVA Digital Awards, Communicator Awards, International Business Awards, Davey Awards, and Best in Biz Awards.

“We are thrilled and humbled to be named a WordPress VIP partner,” said Four Kitchens CEO and co-founder Todd Ross Nienkerk. “As a lean team that loves solving complex problems, we take great pride in consistently exceeding our clients’ expectations. WordPress VIP will help us do that—and help us expand our unique approach to client service, which is rooted in innovation, compassion, and always delivering value.”

For more information about Four Kitchens’ partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/four-kitchens

CemtrexLabs named a WordPress VIP Silver agency partner

WordPress VIP has added CemtrexLabs to our Featured Agency Partner program. CemtrexLabs is one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group and the first agency partner with full-stack virtual and augmented reality (VR, AR & MR) capabilities.

Cemtrex, Inc. (CETX) is a diversified technology company that’s driving innovation in a wide range of sectors, including smart technology, virtual and augmented realities, digital technology solutions, industrial solutions, and intelligent security systems.

The CemtrexLabs team, made up of artists, designers, and engineers, has helped some of the world’s leading brands, such as Cartier, Live Nation, Essence, and W Magazine, create engaging experiences and elevate their presence in their industries. CemtrexLabs offers expertise in user experience and interface design, data migrations/replatforming and web, mobile, AR/VR development.

CemtrexLabs has built a reputation as an award-winning agency that has built products for global brands over the last decade. We look forward to joining the WordPress VIP community of partners to collaborate and help brands digitally transform their strategies and products.”

– CEO and Chairman Saagar Govil

For more information about CemtrexLab’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/cemtrexlabs/

WDG named a Silver Agency Partner

WordPress VIP has added WDG to our Featured Agency Partner program. WDG is one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group, and the only agency in Washington D.C. WDG is renowned to its local community as an expert in the digital and strategy game and pushes boundaries to expand digital capabilities.

WDG is a digital agency that builds solution-focused and user-centered websites for their clients, both locally in the epicenter of Washington D.C. and globally. The core of WDG is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team unified in a collective vision to deliver digital experiences with a human touch.

WDG partners with major clients to help fulfill key strategic initiatives. Recent work includes Treliant, National Association of Manufacturers, United States Institute of Peace, and American Red Cross.

Though a Silver Agency Partner, WDG is a golden example of a responsive and quality team that strives for well-informed, practical, and bold delivery in all aspects of the digital experience. At the helm of each client’s digital experience is a holistic strategy WDG continuously refines until it is right.

“In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society, clients seek more – not just faster or bigger. They are looking to connect with creative agencies on a far deeper level. The agency world is no longer a transactional business but a partnership model.

This is not only true with our clients but with WordPress, and WordPress VIP. It’s a true partnership to successfully deliver flexible and scalable solutions to all our clients.”

– WDG CEO Ab Emam

For more information about WDG’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/wdg

Umbrella IT named a Silver agency partner

Today we welcome Umbrella IT to the WordPress VIP Featured Agency Partner program. Umbrella IT (UIT) is one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group and the first (and only) agency hailing from the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

Umbrella IT is a global IT market player focused on the media, retail and fintech industries undergoing rapid digital transformation. Founded in 2009, UIT provides award-winning web and mobile development and IT consulting for clients in 18 countries.

UIT offers both consulting services and hands-on assistance selecting the best possible solutions to bring a client’s vision to life. For over 10 years, clients have chosen UIT to be sure to get a partner who is able to cover any IT product development functions within their industry.

A crucial part of UIT’s approach is to work extremely closely with every client, often augmenting client teams when necessary. And in addition to the traditional crew of developers, QA professionals, and designers that guide each project through its various stages of development, UIT also bring in their technical and business supervisors to help clients quickly and efficiently develop their initial ideas into a final product.

Today belongs to those who are the first. In IT’s race against time, It’s necessary to respond faster than competitors. That’s why Umbrella IT focuses on a high speed of business development based on a weekly number of thoroughly tested hypotheses.

Partnering with global leaders like WordPress VIP will increase our competitive edge and help us bring exceptional products to market for clients within every industry.”

– Stanislav Meshkov, CEO of UIT

For more information about Umbrella IT’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/umbrella-it

Featured Partner Program expands to MENA with addition of Asquared

Ant Ekşiler (CEO) and Aykut Yılmaz (CMO) founded the first WordPress-centered agency in Turkey

Asquared is the newest addition to our Featured Agency Partner program! Asquared is one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group and the first agency in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

Asquared is the leading WordPress agency in Turkey serving international clients all over the world. They build award-winning digital platforms using WordPress that are fast, flexible, and scalable thanks to enterprise integrations with excellent user experience.

We are great problem solvers, mostly because of our experience with a large number of clients.

– Ant Ekşiler, CEO of Asquared

Notably, Asquared is also the only featured partner with a Premium WordPress Themes brand, Fuel Themes, which reaches over 45,000 customers across the globe and recently joined the WooCommerce official store.

Ant Ekşiler, CEO of Asquared, explained, “A premium theme business allows us to reach a larger variety of customers faster which in turn improves our design and user-experience process for our enterprise customers. We are great problem solvers, and it’s mostly because of our experience with a large number of clients.”

A selection of Asquared’s enterprise WordPress clients

“As a part of the growing enterprise WordPress community, we’re excited to be selected in this partnership program with WordPress VIP. As an agency partner, we are thrilled to be given this opportunity to better serve our clients with the collective knowledge of WordPress VIP and other partners,” he added.

For more information about this partnership, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/asquared/.

YIKES, Inc. is now a WordPress VIP featured partner

WordPress VIP has added YIKES, Inc. to our prestigious Featured Agency Partner program. YIKES, Inc. is one of only 30 partners in this group and the first women- and LGBTQ-owned partner agency.

Founded in 1996 as a sustainable, ethics-based business, YIKES, Inc. is a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation and a certified B Corporation whose experience includes delivering technology-based solutions for nonprofit and civic organizations such as The City of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Specializing in WordPress development and design since 2010, YIKES, Inc. builds robust custom themes and plugins, web-based applications, eCommerce solutions, API integrations, content migration from legacy systems, plus more.

Their projects range from informational sites to complex web applications. The founders pride themselves on their outstanding quality of work, professionalism, and unsurpassed customer service.

“We are thrilled to be the first Women, LGBTBE and B Corp-certified agency accepted into the WordPress VIP Agency Partner Program. As long-standing, active members of the WordPress community, we love bringing our years of WordPress design and development expertise to WordPress VIP clients,” said Tracy Levesque, Co-Founder/Co-President of YIKES, Inc.

For more information about this partnership, please visit https://wpvip.com/partner/yikes/.

Featured partner program expands to France with Be API

WordPress VIP has added Be API to our exclusive Featured Partner program. Be API (as in, don’t worry, Be API) is one of only 30 partners in this group, and the first partner agency in France.

Since its creation, the agency has been a pioneer in industrialized WordPress projects and worked hard to democratize the professional use of WordPress in France. As active core contributors, the Be API team has created several plugins (Simple Tags, Simple Image Sizes) and helped co-translate WordPress into French.

As developers, technical architects, DevOps, sysadmins, project managers, SEO consultants, web analysts, and UI and UX designers, Be API’s expertise is rooted in 4 key areas:

Strategy & Design: audits, personas, tests and UX/UI design
Development: WordPress themes & plugins, page builder & Gutenberg
Industrialization: architecture, cloud, devops & interoperability
Run: maintenance, performance monitoring & customer support

Our experience and our expertise in the WordPress ecosystem are unique in France and allow our customers to gain considerable time in their projects by making the right choices.

-Amaury Balmer, CEO of Be API

Be API is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year: since 2009, the agency has helped more than 200 clients and created more than 250 WordPress implementations. Over the last decade, the agency has created some of France’s most ambitious WordPress projects, such as site factories for BNP Paribas, a security-focused project for Dassault Aviation, and high traffic platforms with Free.fr.

Joining the WordPress VIP program allows the agency to offer a unique platform, meeting the most demanding business needs while maintaining strong agility and creativity.”

-Amaury Balmer, CEO of Be API

For more information about Be API’s partnership with WordPress VIP, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/

WordPress VIP welcomes Skylab as a Silver Agency Partner

Today, WordPress VIP welcomes a new addition to our exclusive Featured Agency Partner program: Skylab. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Skylab specializes in creating innovative digital products and services for some of the biggest names in sport.

Leading the pack in digital transformation

Skylab’s approach centers on collaborating with clients on their long-term digital transformations and evolutions. Their team has devised strategies and solutions for sports clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City. Their Formula 1 client roster includes Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. They’ve also worked with national associations such as England Athletics, Swim England, England Golf, UK Coaching and the British Paralympic Association. Their expertise extends to world federations as well, such as ITTF (Table Tennis), AIBA (Boxing), ICF (International Canoe Federation), FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.

The agency has won numerous awards for their work. Earlier this year, the UK’s Department of International Trade chose Skylab as an “Export Champion.” In 2015, Creative England recognized them as a top 10 “Future Leader” out of a field of over 500 businesses.

A world-class partnership

“Skylab has built an enviable reputation as one of the top international digital agencies in sport. We are looking forward to joining the WordPress VIP family. Together, we’ll bring highly innovative digital strategies and products to the enterprise WordPress space.”

– Skylab CEO Nigel Collier

For more information about the Featured Agency Partner program, or if you believe your agency is a good fit, please visit wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners.

Ecommerce expert Saucal is VIP’s newest agency partner

At VIP, we strive to connect our clients with the best design and development talent on the planet. Today, we welcome Saucal as our newest Silver Agency Partner!

The Saucal team in branded hoodies
Saucal helps build, support, and maintain ecommerce solutions for enterprise clients

Saucal: experts in enterprise ecommerce

Saucal is a certified WooExpert digital agency and a WooCommerce preferred vendor. The agency is 100% remote and primarily serves the Americas and Europe. As a result, “communication is key,” said Mitchell Callahan, CEO.

Saucal’s founders learned early on what kind of digital agency they wanted to be. At the time, they struggled to find a company capable of delivering the site they needed to achieve business goals. That’s when they saw a need in the market and began developing.

Now, Saucal’s enterprise clients include Stripe, P&G, Automattic, Amazon Pay, and Phlearn. Each has relied on Saucal to improve their eCommerce capabilities.

“Best WordPress agency I have ever worked with. Seriously, they go so far above and beyond. It’s like having an in-house dev team sitting there with you,” said Seth Kravitz, CEO of Phlearn.

Logos of Amazon Pay, Automattic, P&G, and Stripe. These are a selection of Saucal's clients.
A few of Saucal’s enterprise ecommerce clients

Building a better internet

Above all, Saucal champions the open internet. Their team has contributed to the cores of both WordPress and WooCommerce.

“Open-source is the best option for both publishing and commerce,” said Callahan. “WordPress and WooCommerce epitomize everything that is good about the Internet.”

“We tell all our clients to go open-source only. If you don’t, you risk some third party shutting you down. Or, having a say over how you run your business. It’s too dangerous to go with proprietary solutions,” agreed CFO Dominic Sauter.

“Being a WordPress VIP partner is a great privilege. It comes with responsibilities we won’t take for granted,” Sauter continued. “We’re honored to help WordPress in its mission to drive growth and champion the possibilities of open-source.”

For more information on our new Featured Agency Partners, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency partners. If you believe your agency is a good fit for our growing program, contact Suzi.

WordPress VIP welcomes Rareview as a Silver Agency Partner

We are pleased to welcome Rareview to our Featured Agency Partner program! Rareview is 1 of only 19 partners in this prestigious group and the only Silver agency on the West Coast of the United States.

Brothers Chuck and Rob Pearson of Rareview
Brothers Chuck and Rob Pearson started Rareview to help established brands grow.

Rareview is an award-winning digital design and marketing agency. Under leadership from brothers Chuck and Rob Pearson, the agency takes an intentionally different approach to building brands and products. In short, they design digital experiences that cultivate relationships. The team believes exceptional results lie at the intersection of great design and marketing — which is a delicate balance. So, at Rareview, design and marketing teams aim to increase conversions by working hand-in-hand to develop creative based on marketing principles and design best practices.

“Much of our development work has focused on WordPress over the last few years. As an agency partner, we are excited to gain access to additional partner resources and the WordPress community. It’s thrilling to be part of this exclusive group,” says Chuck Pearson, CEO of Rareview.

WordPress VIP closely vets every agency partner. Critical criteria include clear product understanding and innovative go-to-market strategies. We seek agencies with a track record of forward-thinking implementations of WordPress at scale. To learn more about the program, or if you think your agency is a good fit, visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/

WordPress VIP welcomes Multidots as a Silver Agency Partner

VIP is proud to welcome Multidots as a new Silver Agency Partner. Multidots is one of several agencies joining the expanding Featured Agency Partner program to better serve the growing demand for enterprise WordPress.

Increasing presence in APAC

Multidots is a global enterprise WordPress agency headquartered in India with sales and support offices in Virginia and California, USA. Their full team is comprised of over 110 distributed employees who serve clients in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Multidots supports digital strategy (including content marketing, performance marketing, and lead generation) for publishing companies like QuinStreet, Higher Educations, and All Star Directories.

Enterprise clients like Accenture, MIT, Jumeirah, NAB, and SneakerNews have turned to Multidots for complex and large scale WordPress implementations and multi-platform integrations.

“Multidots helped ABUV Media to grow from annual revenue of $100K to almost $15M and startup to a successful acquisition. Their technical expertise in the areas of WordPress, page performance and security have been the key to the success of our websites,” said Douglas Jones, former CEO and co-founder of ABUV Media (acquired by Higher Educations).

“Their selection to this highly exclusive and reputed WordPress VIP featured partner program boosted my trust and confidence in their talent and team.”

 

“In the course of 10 years, Multidots has achieved many milestones and success, but Multidots’ acceptance into the VIP Featured Agency Partner program is the biggest among all,” said Anil Gupta, CEO of Multidots.

“Looking at the fact that there are approx 100,000+ WordPress Agencies in the world and 15,000+ agencies in India alone, Multidots being one of the two VIP agency partners in Asia is the moment of pride and honor for everyone at Multidots.”

Contributing to the global community

In the last three years, 20 “Dots” (employees of Multidots) contributed to WordPress core 12 times and 10 contributed to WooCommerce 7 times. The Multidots team also helped manage 32 meetups for the Ahmedabad WordPress Meetup Group, sponsored dozens of WordCamps around the world, organized the first ever WordCamp in Ahmedabad and spoke at local and global WordCamps and WordPress Events.

“With our participation in the VIP Featured Agency Partner program, our WordPress development services come with the extra benefits of the added security, flexibility and performance that our high-volume and enterprise projects demand. We are very grateful and thankful to our existing clients for trusting us on solving some unique problems and motivating us. And we are thrilled and pumped up to continue on our mission, ‘Serving people and solving problems.'”

— Anil Gupta, CEO

For more information on our new Featured Agency Partners, or if you believe your agency is a good fit for our growing program, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/.

VIP expands Featured Agency Partner program to meet increasing client demand

We’re pleased to announce VIP is expanding our Featured Agency Partner program! As the leading provider of enterprise WordPress, VIP is experiencing rapid global growth and increasing client demand. WordPress itself continues to dominate global market share: it now powers over 34% of the web, and more companies are discovering the performance, flexibility, and interoperability of WordPress at scale. As demonstrated by VIP’s recent launches for clients like Github, Alaska Airlines, and Hilton, high-scale deployments of enterprise WordPress are on the rise (we served 38 billion page views in 2018 alone). To keep pace with this significant growth, we are welcoming additional agency partners with proven capacity to create digital transformation for the world’s largest brands.

Image courtesy of Dekode, a Norway-based agency which has been a Featured Agency Partner since 2015

Partner agencies are a critical part of the VIP ecosystem. Together, we deliver performant, secure, and stable applications that enable our clients to optimize their digital experiences with ease. Expanding our Featured Agency Partner program means clients can now select from a broader group of partners with skill sets and experience that align with their business goals and product roadmap. Another key benefit of adding partner agencies is the expertise they contribute from new verticals and geographies.

The expanded program provides agency partners the opportunity to strategize, co-sell, and go to market alongside WordPress VIP. The introduction of Gold and Silver tiers allows us to partner with the most qualified design and development agencies of every size. Key criteria for agency partners include clear product understanding and innovative go-to-market strategies. We closely vet every partner to identify agencies with a proven track record of successful and forward thinking implementations of WordPress at scale.

“WordPress VIP is experiencing significant growth and we’re poised to deliver transformational results for brands who require best-in-class digital experiences,” said CEO Nick Gernert. “We’re excited to welcome new agencies alongside our existing partners to help us deliver on the most demanding implementations of enterprise WordPress.”

For more information on our new Featured Agency Partners, or if you believe your agency is a good fit for our growing program, please visit https://wpvip.com/partners/agency-partners/.

Six Questions with Dekode

This series profiles each of our featured partner agencies.

Dekode is a digital agency based in Norway focused exclusively on WordPress platforms for the enterprise segment. Dekode strongly believes the best digital solutions are crafted when the disciplines of design, development, and strategy work in cross-functional teams. They have been a WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner since 2015.

Dekode team in their Oslo office

What’s your agency’s origin story?

Magne Ilsaas founded Dekode in 2009, bringing a background in design and establishing a strong tech and creative team from the start. In the Nordics, WordPress historically has not been known as a big media CMS like in other parts of the world. As big believers in the platform, Dekode set out to grow and evolve its reputation in the region.

Since its founding, Dekode’s focus has been to demonstrate the value and foundation of WordPress for Enterprise, B2B, B2C, and marketing sites in their local market. 

Pick three words that describe your agency culture.

Pragmatic, compassionate, honest.

Consultant Christian Buksti and Dekode’s CEO Magne Ilsaas

Tell us about a client project you are especially proud of.

We’ll mention two:

  1. Design and code frameworks: The Norwegian Government Security and Service Organization is responsible for digital services for the governmental secretaries and the Prime Minister’s office, as well as a number of other public institutions such as the Supreme Court and the Parliament. DSS operates 50+ web pages on WordPress. These require thorough quality control and continuous development of functionality.

    Dekode is the trusted advisor for these projects. As a reflection of our commitment to delivering cost-effective, self-sustaining solutions for our clients, we’ve built a design framework rather than a one-off platform for NGSSO. With this flexible theme, NGSSO can create new websites themselves. Currently, they have 60+ websites without the help of Dekode and at no additional cost.

  2. Community for Down Syndrome: Today, most conversations about Down syndrome amongst parents happen on social media and especially on Facebook. These shared experiences and discussions are often vital to the lives of children with Down syndrome, but as soon as they are published they fall down the drain of the Facebook feed. This knowledge does not have an expiry date, but in a year or five years, there is no possible way to retrieve it. We wanted to do something about it.

    We recently launched our new community platform oppsiden.no (The Upside). It’s a social knowledge sharing community for Down Syndrome. This was a Dekode-initiated project and the culmination of months of collaboration with the Norwegian Network for Down Syndrome. We are extremely proud Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg came to our office and officially launched the platform.
Norwegian Prime Minster Erna Solberg at Dekode’s office celebrating the launch of oppsiden.no

What are you most excited about in the WordPress community right now?

We are currently excited about the launch of the Gutenberg editor. From our experience thus far, when it comes to custom blocks, it has been really promising. We’ve been big fans of using Advanced Custom Fields for tailoring modular websites for a long time now. Gutenberg will make this a native experience to WordPress, and the experience for editors will be a really big and important upgrade. Gutenberg has the potential to be a fantastically open-ended system – themes, plugins, and possibilities on steroids. We’re looking forward to developing sites and platforms that harness that open-endedness to deliver the kinds of focused and dialed-in editorial experiences enterprise use cases tend to require.

What’s your favorite conference or event of the year, and why?

This year, one of the best “conferences” Magne attended was a boat of startups, founders, and investors who all disconnected from their busy online lives. What amazed him on this trip was the willingness to share knowledge on how to run and scale your business in a sustainable way. This is something we at Dekode want more than anything else for the WordPress ecosystem: to share and collaborate on our businesses the same way we do with code.

Large white ship, the Christian Radich, under sail
The EntrepreneurShip

What are you looking to accomplish in 2018?

As 2018 comes to an end our immediate goals are transitioning our design and code framework to Gutenberg.  We’re also excited to launch our new community/ intranet platform and continuously position WordPress as a proper enterprise alternative.

Thank you, Dekode!

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Petter Walbø Johnsgård of the Dekode team

Agency focus and specialties:

  • WordPress platforms, for clients with long term recurring digital needs
  • Design and code systems that enable brands with multiple sites to reuse components and scale their digital ecosystem in a sustainable way
  • Enterprise intranets on WordPress
  • Operationalizing their client’s business strategy while challenging stagnant thinking

Currently working with:

  • The Norwegian National Library
  • Facebook
  • Tidal
  • The Norwegian Government
  • Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue
  • The Church City Mission
  • Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Agency highlights:

  • Largest WordPress specialist agency in the Nordics
  • Recently launched an Enterprise intranet product on WordPress
  • Creating a design and code system for the Norwegian government enabling them to launch websites themselves
  • Global Diamond Sabre Award winning campaign for NORAD, a learning solution for youth about foreign aid

Welcome, Setka!

We’re excited to announce our newest technical partner, Setka! Setka creates tools that make it easy for content creators to produce beautiful, customizable, multimedia content pages that work across platforms.

Part of what makes the Setka Editor special is it brings the elements we love about print design into the interactive environment of the screens we use today. It puts power directly in the hands of editors and designers to create stunning content with beautiful features—without much extra effort (and without always having to rely on developers). They can change page layouts, add interactive and multimedia elements, and make other design decisions based on what will serve their content best. The user-friendly WYSIWYG interface combined with customizable layout and style templates give the people producing content creative freedom while making sure they stay on-brand with design.

While the user experience is a breeze, the Setka Editor is working hard behind the scenes. It’s already compatible with the new Gutenberg editor, and will stay on track as WordPress moves to version 5.0. It pairs with the AMP for WordPress plugin to generate eye-catching Accelerated Mobile Pages. It generates the mobile version of your article pages automatically. The HTML is stored in the database, so your content design stays the same even if you uninstall the plugin, and pages can be exported in any necessary formats. The plugin seamlessly integrates into both editorial processes and scaling technical infrastructures to keep everything moving efficiently.

“We’re so proud to be a WordPress.com VIP Partner, since VIP and the WordPress community value design as much as we do. We can’t wait to keep adding more features to help you easily produce amazing content,” said Katya Bazilevskaya, co-founder and CEO of Setka, who spoke on visual storytelling at this year’s VIP Workshop in Napa.

If you’d like to know more about how Setka can improve your daily workflow, drop us a note.

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