In a natural extension of a series of WordPress-related acquisitions, product releases and updates, GoDaddy has announced the launch of WP Premium Support.
The new offering is intended to help small businesses quickly and easily fix, update and optimize WordPress sites, the company says, with a large team of WordPress developers on-call. WP Premium Support customers will have access to these experts and GoDaddy’s 24x7x365 customer support theme for help fixing bugs, improving security, reducing bounce rate, increasing traffic and speed, and installing or modifying Themes and Plugins.
“Small businesses have better things to do than spending their time figuring out how to troubleshoot and implement WordPress fixes on their own. Whether it’s a plugin that stops working or a theme that needs updating, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ additional support will need to be called in,” said Alex McClafferty, director of product and founder of WP Curve, which was acquired by GoDaddy in 2016. “With WP Premium Support, we’re providing peace of mind to small businesses whose WordPress websites can be kept up and running as they should be, with fixes expertly implemented, and fast.”
WP Premium Support is currently available in English-speaking markets, with more international markets launching in 2018.
Within the last year GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP  and WordPress security Plugin provider Sucuri; launched a

 

Constant Contact continues to drive revenue growth for Endurance International Group, which reported mixed results on Tuesday amidst a transition that includes a search for a new CEO.
The company announced 2017 Q2 revenue of $292.3 million, a 0.5 percent year-over-year gain, and earnings per share of $-0.29. The quarterly revenue beat analyst estimates by $2.9 million, while EPS missed by $-0.11, according to the announcement.
Endurance also reported adjusted EBITDA of $82.5 million, from over 5.2 million subscribers with an average revenue of $18.52 per month. GAAP revenue was up 1 percent, and adjusted EBITDA was up 7 percent from Q2 2016. Cash flow from operations was down 9 percent. Its net loss increased from $33.4 million a year earlier to $35.4 million.
The company lost about 87,000 subscribers from the end of Q1 on March 31, though founder and CEO Hari Ravichandran attributed the change to normal churn and seasonal variation in an earnings call. While quarterly ARPS for email marketing rose over $1.50 to $61.88, it declined by $0.09 for web presence, making email marketing the source of one-third of Endurance’s revenue and “hosting and related add-ons” the source of 49 percent.
Endurance revised its fiscal 2017 guidance upward for GAAP revenue, from a 4 to 5 percent increase to 5 to 5.5 percent, and adjusted EBITDA from a 12 to 14 percent increase to 14 to 16 percent. Its free cash flow for the year is now expected to increase by 25 percent rather than 35

 

Constant Contact continues to drive revenue growth for Endurance International Group, which reported mixed results on Tuesday amidst a transition that includes a search for a new CEO.
The company announced 2017 Q2 revenue of $292.3 million, a 0.5 percent year-over-year gain, and earnings per share of $-0.29. The quarterly revenue beat analyst estimates by $2.9 million, while EPS missed by $-0.11, according to the announcement.
Endurance also reported adjusted EBITDA of $82.5 million, from over 5.2 million subscribers with an average revenue of $18.52 per month. GAAP revenue was up 1 percent, and adjusted EBITDA was up 7 percent from Q2 2016. Cash flow from operations was down 9 percent. Its net loss increased from $33.4 million a year earlier to $35.4 million.
The company lost about 87,000 subscribers from the end of Q1 on March 31, though founder and CEO Hari Ravichandran attributed the change to normal churn and seasonal variation in an earnings call. While quarterly ARPS for email marketing rose over $1.50 to $61.88, it declined by $0.09 for web presence, making email marketing the source of one-third of Endurance’s revenue and “hosting and related add-ons” the source of 49 percent.
Endurance revised its fiscal 2017 guidance upward for GAAP revenue, from a 4 to 5 percent increase to 5 to 5.5 percent, and adjusted EBITDA from a 12 to 14 percent increase to 14 to 16 percent. Its free cash flow for the year is now expected to increase by 25 percent rather than 35

 

(Bloomberg) — Home Secretary Amber Rudd will call on Internet companies to do more to tackle extremist content during a visit to silicon valley as the U.K. steps up its drive to clamp down on on-line radicalization.
“Terrorists and extremists have sought to misuse your platforms to spread their hateful messages,” Rudd will tell technology companies including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google in San Francisco on Tuesday, according to extracts of her speech emailed by her office. “The responsibility for tackling this threat at every level lies with both governments and with industry.”
I Side With the ‘Bad Guys’ on Encryption
After four terror attacks in as many months in the U.K., Rudd made eliminating extremist content from social networks a priority of her tenure as Home Secretary. She met with officials from Facebook, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc. in March, a week after a car-and-knife attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament, calling on them to tackle the problem “head-on.”
Tuesday’s meeting is the first by a forum of tech companies formed in the wake of the attacks. Its aim is to develop further technical tools to identify and remove terrorist propaganda from websites. Rudd will also hold a series of meetings with “the main communication service providers” in Silicon Valley, her office said.
U.K. Parliament Maintains Restrictions After Email Hack
Rudd met with Facebook Inc’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg

 

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Now that top cloud providers have released their quarterly numbers, Synergy Research Group has had a chance to augment the numbers they released a couple of weeks back, but there are no surprises. The future remains rosy for the industry — at least for the top players.
Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google’s Cloud Platform continue to grow market share, with IBM holding its own. Quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues (including IaaS, PaaS, and hosted private cloud services) are at nearly $11 billion and continue a growth rate of over 40 percent per year. This means worldwide revenues from cloud and SaaS remain on track to surpass $200 billion by 2020, according to Synergy.

John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy, said in a statement:
“The increasing dominance of hyper-scale players continues to play out, with all four leading companies having cause to celebrate. While Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are doubling in size, IBM continues to dominate in hosted private cloud, and AWS is still over three times the size of its nearest competitor. Some of the numbers are actually pretty spectacular.”
According to Q2 figures, Microsoft Azure, with 11 percent of the total public cloud market, showed the largest growth in market share, with a 3 percent gain over the last four quarters. AWS, which commands 34 percent of the total market, and GCP, with a 5 percent share, both saw

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