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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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November 2017

WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Envato Elements


Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

Save 50% at Graph Paper Press


Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

75% Off Happy Themes


Organized Themes 40% Off

Save 40% on premium WordPress themes or a lifetime membership with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save $100 at Organized Themes


StudioPress 25% Off (New Customers)

StudioPress – 25% off for new customers on all WordPress themes and even the massive Pro Plus Pack. No code needed. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at StudioPress


StudioPress 50% Off (Returning Customers)

StudioPress – 50% off for returning customers, no code needed. Just login to see the greater discount. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 50% at StudioPress


Themify 50% Off

Save 50% on all themes and plugins with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 50% at Themify


Themify $150 Off

Save $150 on a Lifetime theme bundle membership from Themify with code BFLIFE150. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save $150 at Themify


Themefuse 70% Off

Save 70% on any Themefuse purchase when you use code blackfriday2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 25, 2017.

Save 70% at Themefuse


Theme Stop 60% Off

Get 25+ premium WordPress magazine themes from Theme Stop for 60% off with code HOLIDAY60. Offer ends November 28, 2017. 

Save 60% at Theme Stop


Theme Junkie 60% Off

Right now you can save 60% off the Theme Junkie All Themes package, which includes 55+ premium themes for one low price (just $19.60 for one year, or $39.60 for a lifetime). Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at Theme Junkie


ThemeGrill 33% Off

Save 33% on WordPress themes and plugins by ThemeGrill with coupon code BF33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% at ThemeGrill


ThemeHunk 40% Off

Save 40% on WordPress themes from ThemeHunk with the code FRIDAY40. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeHunk


Themetrust 40% Off

Themetrust is offering 40% off all their WordPress themes with code BLACKFRIDAY17. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at Themetrust


ThemeBounce 40% Off

Get 50% off a membership (plus 50% off lifetime updates) from ThemeBounce with code BlackFriday50.Offer ends December 10, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeBounce


AlienWP 60% Off

You can also save 60% off all theme memberships from AlienWP with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at AlienWP


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium themes from WisdmLabs with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


WPEka 50% Off

Save 50% on all memberships and plans at WPEka with code WPEKA50OFF. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 50% at WPEka


WPCasa 40% Off

Save 40% on real estate WordPress themes with code blackcyber40. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 40% at WPCasa


VivaThemes 30% Off

Save 30% on any WordPress theme or theme package from VivaThemes with code BFVT30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at VivaThemes

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

Add new features to your website with any of these awesome WordPress plugins, which all happen to be on sale. Many of these plugins are at a set price year round, making this the best (and possibly only) time of year to save!

Grace Instagram Gallery Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Grace premium Instagram gallery plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Grace


Flow Flow Social Stream Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Flow Flow premium social stream plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Flow Flow


Superfly Menu Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Superfly premium responsive WordPress menus plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on SUperfly


OnionBuzz Quizmaker Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the OnionBuzz premium WordPress viral quiz maker plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on OnionBuzz


EnviraGallery 25% Off

The EnviraGallery plugin for WordPress is 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on EnviraGallery


Events Calendar Pro up to 30% Off

Spend more save more this weekend! Spend up to $149 and save 10% with code: REST10. Spend $150-$299 and save 20% with code: RELAX20. Spend $300+ and save 30% with code: UNWIND30. Offers end November 27, 2017.

Save up to 30% on Eventas Calendar Pro


CodeCanyon: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


FooPlugins up to 50% Off

Save 20-50% off the FooGallery Pro WordPress plugin. Spin the wheel of discounts to discover your discount! Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save at FooPlugins


LiveChat $10 Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save $10 for first 3 monthly payments (best for personal plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save $10/mo on LiveChat


LiveChat 10% Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save 10% for first 3 monthly payments (best for Enterprise Plus plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save 10% /mo on LiveChat


MailOptin 25% Off

Save 25% on the MailOptin premium WordPress plugin when you use code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% on MailOptin


OptinMonster 25% Off

New customers can save 25% on new purchases of OptinMonster with code BF2017. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on OptinMonster


Page Builder Sandwich 33% Off

Right now new customers can save 33% on the premium Page Builder Sandwich visual page builder plugin with code CYBERMONDAY33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% on PBS


ProfilePress 25% Off

Save 25% on ProfilePress, the ultimate user profile plugin, with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


iThemes Web Designer Toolkit 50% Off

Save 50% on the massive Web Designer Toolkit by iThemes. Use code WPTOOLKIT50 at checkout. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 50% at iThemes


s2Member 35% Off

Save 35% on the s2Member plugin to manage WordPress memberships with code BLACK35. Offer ends soon.

Save 35% on s2Member


Soliloquy 25% Off

Soliloquy is offering a25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


Swift Performance Plugin 50% Off

Get the Swift Performance plugin at 50% off with code WPEXPLORER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium plugins (WooCommerce, LearnDash and Gravity Forms) with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


Edwiser Bridge Extensions 15% Off

Edwiser Bridge Extensions are all 15% off when you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 15% on Edwiser Bridge Extensions


weDevs 25% Off

You can save 25% on premium professional WordPress plugins from weDevs this week with code holiday17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


WPMU Dev 3 Months Free

Get 3 months FREE when you sign up for an annual plan from WPMU Dev with code BF2017. Get 140+ plugins for one super-duper low price! This offer is limited – visit the link to see how many coupons are left.

Get 3 Months Free at WPMU Dev


WPMU Tutorials 75% Off

Get 117 Training videos to learn the basics of WordPress, WooCommerce, SEO, basic theme customization and more at a whopping 75% Off! No code needed. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 75% at WPMU Tutorials


WPSecurity Ninja 30% Off

WPSecurity Ninja is 30% off. Use code black17 to save on all Security Ninja packages. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 30% on WPSecurity Ninja


WebFactoryLtd 55% Off

Get all three ofWebFactoryLtd’s popular plugins (Google Maps Widget, Under Construction Page & WP Security Ninja) for 55% off with code black17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 55% at WebFactoryLtd


WPForms 25% Off

Get WPForms, one of the best form plugins available, for 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% at WPForms


WP Rocket 35% Off

Save 35% on your purchase of WP Rocket – an easy to use caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site. No code needed. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 35% on WP Rocket

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

Upgrade your web hosting this week with any of these awesome WordPress hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now’s your chance to lock-in a top tier hosting plan at a crazy low price.

WP Engine 35% Off

Save 35% on your first payment when you signup for a new plan from WP Engine. And if you select an annual plan you’ll get another 2 months free – that means you can get 5 1/2 months of FREE hosting! Just use code cyberwpe35. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 35% at WP Engine


Cloudways up to $150 Off

Get up to a $150 credit (10% off each month up to $150 total) when you signup for a new account at Cloudways. Use code BF150 to cashing in. Offer ends soon.

Save up to $150 at Cloudways


Flywheel 25% Off

Flywheel – Save 25% (that’s 3 months free) on all annual WordPress hosting plans with free SSL, free migrations, helpful support and more! Use code FLYDAY17 to save. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at Flywheel


GoDaddy $1 Hosting Deal

Snag web hosting from GoDaddy for as little as $1 per month (depending on contract term) with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Save Big at GoDaddy


GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Deal

Get your very own .COM domain name for your new website from GoDaddy for just $0.99 with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Get Cheap Domains at GoDaddy


GoDaddy 30% Off

Save 30% on new purchases like hosting, SSL, email service or anything else at GoDaddy with code cjc2off30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at GoDaddy


Hosting24 67% Off Hosting Plans

Save up to 67% on hosting (get shared for just $2/mo) plus get a FREE domain name when you use code BFSALE. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 67% a tHosting24


iPage 75% Off Hosting Plans

Right now you can save 75% on hosting from iPage plus get a BONIS $200 in advertising credits. No code needed. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 75% at iPage


InMotion Hosting 64% Off

Save up to 64% with awesome deals on VPS, dedicated servers, reseller and even WordPress specific hosting from InMotion. No code needed. Offers end soon, please visit InMotion for details.

Save 64% at InMotion Hosting


NameCheap 40% Off VPS

Save 40% on new VPS & Reseller hosting plans from NameCheap with code THUNDER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 40% on NameCheap VPS/Reseller


NameCheap $5 Off Ultimate

Take $5 off your Ultimate Hosting Package by NameCheap with code GHO5T. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save $5 on NameCheap Ultimate


NameCheap 15% Off Professional Hosting

Save 15% when you purchase a NameCheap Professional Hosting Plan with code SAVE15NOV. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 15% at NameCheap


NameCheap 10% Off Domains

Save up to 10% off domains (com, net, org, biz) new registrations or transfers with code AUTUMNDAYS. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 10% on NameCheap Domains


Rose Hosting 50% Off

New customers can save up to 50% (for the first 6 months) on Managed Linux VPS Hosting from Rose Hosting with code RHBF17. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 50% at Rose Hosting

More Web Design Black Friday Deals

Web Design Black Friday Deals

Looking for stock photos? Icon sets? Premium video services? Or something else to make creating custom web designs easier? Checkout our picks for the best web design deals you won’t want to miss this year.

Creative Market Deals

There are hundreds of web templates, fonts, graphics, icons and more on sale on Creative Market! Just visit their promotion section to wee what’s on sale this week. Check individual offers for expiration dates.

Save on Creative Market Items


BigStock 15 FREE Images

Get 15 premium stock photos for free when you take advantage of BigStock’s 3-day trial. Offer ends soon.

Get Free Images from BigStock


Designmodo 70% Off

Save 70% on the popular Qards page builder, plus other web design resources,  from Designmodo with code BLACK. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 70% at Designmodo


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

ave 50% on hundreds of premium stock photos, videos and graphics from the Envato Marketplace, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Hungry Jpeg 20% Off Feast Bundle

Use code WISHES20 to save an extra 20% on top of the already discountedNovember Feast Bundle (which is 96% Off Fonts & Graphics). Please view bundle deal for end dates.

Save 20% at the Hungry Jpeg


InkyDeals Extra 70% Off

Save an extra 70% on any already discounted web design deal from InkyDeals with code 70BLACK. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 70% at InkyDeals


Pixelo 20% Off

Save 20% on handpicked web design bundles from Pixelo with code BLACK20. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 20% at Pixelo


WP101 50% Off Tutorial Videos

Learn all about WordPress with easy to follow video tutorials by WP101. And you can save 50% with code 50OFFWP101. Offer ends soon.

Save 50% at WP101


Vimeo Live 10% Off

Save 10% on a Vimeo Live membership to publish your own awesome videos on the web with code LIVELAUNCH10. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo


Vimeo Business 10% Off

Save 10% on a premium Vimeo Business membership for your company with code VIMBIZOCT17. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo

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Like I said before, I’ll be updating this post every single day, so come back to see what’s been added! Also if I missed your deal leave a comment below and I’ll get it added.

Thanks for Reading WPExplorer

But while I’ve still got your attention – thank YOU so much for being awesome and reading to the bottom of this post! We’re thankful for people like you who visit our blog for reviews, WordPress tips and of course some killer deals. It’s you we write these posts for, so I hope you enjoyed this roundup and that you were able to find a few deals to take advantage of this week!

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

Get Flywheel

Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Envato Elements


Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

Save 50% at Graph Paper Press


Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

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Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Prevent Spam and Protect Your WordPress Blog

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Your comments section gives you a convenient way to engage with your website’s readers. Unfortunately, opening your website up to comments means you will have to deal with spam. Unless you are the type of blogger who doesn’t solicit feedback via comments and trackbacks/pingbacks, you will have to deal with it at some point or another.

But the question is, how? As spam bots (and human spammers) become more sophisticated, it is more and more difficult to keep your blog clean of irrelevant and inappropriate content.

Luckily, WordPress comes with built-in features and free add-ons to help control and combat spam, including Akismet and comment blacklists. Even better, there are many third-party plugins available to provide additional spam protection.

In this post we will take an in-depth look at the issue of spam on WordPress blogs, the negative impact it can have on your site if left unchecked and how it can be managed and prevented. We’ll also take a look at the tools available in WordPress to combat this problem. Finally, we’ll finish up with some plugin recommendations to take your spam moderation to the next level. Let’s dive in!

What WordPress Comment Spam Is

Screenshot of spam comments

Automated spam comments like these can overrun your WordPress database.

It can be exhilarating when new comments show up on your blog. However, that first blush of excitement often disappears when you see inappropriate replies to your content. These replies, of course, are also known as spam. The dictionary simply defines it as “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of users“. Sounds about right to me.

Blog spam is born of the same family as the oh so familiar email spam, but has its own unique aim – to get backlinks. Whether it is via a blog comment, trackback or pingback, the purpose of blog spam is to publish a link on your site that points back to another site. The site in question is typically irrelevant to your niche and often poor quality.

These unsolicited messages is a fact of life if you allow commenting on your posts. Fortunately, identifying it is relatively simple, since it usually takes one of three primary forms.

1. Spambots

These are comments are posted automatically using a script or bot that scour the web in search of targets to flood with comment junk. There is no direct human involvement in these comments, and they are usually pretty easy for the human eye to spot. Spambots are probably the biggest culprits of irrelevant comments.

2. Manual Comments

This is when humans are hired to manually post comments on sites. The quality of these comments can vary from blatantly obvious to debatable, which of course offers up a big headache for anyone trying to eradicate spam from their site. These will almost always include links in the comments, and can be a bit sneakier than bots (we’ve seen comments with questionable links added to blank spaces in the comment text).

3. Trackbacks & Pingbacks

As defined by Google, a trackback is “one of three types of linkback methods for website authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents”. For our purposes you can assume pingbacks to be essentially the same thing. You will have probably seen trackbacks before. They exist as a list of links, typically within or below the comments section on a blog post. For a spammers’ purposes, the objective is simple – mention a blog post in their own post and get a link back.

Each of these spam types is problematic, and you’ll often receive more than just one category. Together, they can clog up your comments section and cause all kinds of issues.

How Comment Spam Affects Your WordPress Site

Trackback spam

Spammers use trackbacks to create links back to irrelevant sites.

You may consider spam to be nothing more than an annoyance. However, if left unchecked, it can have negative consequences for your website. In addition to providing a poor user experience for your readers, comment spam can harm your site in many ways, causing:

  • Loss of search engine rankings. Google targets bad links on your site for ranking purposes, even in the comments.
  • Potential risks to your readers. The links in spam comments can lead to malicious sites.
  • Site speed and load time issues. Too many comments can overload your WordPress database and slow down your site.

Every blog that enables commenting is vulnerable to spam. Having a plan of action for reducing and combating it is the only way to protect your site and your readers.

How to Combat WordPress Comment Spam

While comment spam is unavoidable, there is good news. You can combat this blight by moderating your comments and utilizing WordPress’ built-in tools.

First, make sure that you have turned on comment moderation. Doing so enables you to approve any comment before it posts to your site. If you don’t have time to review every single comment, you can set parameters based on several factors. For example, you can:

Don’t forget the biggest weapon in your default arsenal: plugins. There are tons of great free and open source plugins you can add to your WordPress installation to check comments and filter out anything that looks like spam.

The Best Anti-Spam Plugins to Reduce Comment Spam on Your WordPress Site

One of the best things about using WordPress is how easy it is to customize. When it comes to blog comments, you can use plugins shore up your security. Here are three plugins to help you take control of your comment spam.

1. Akismet

Akismet plugin

How could we not mention Akismet? This plugin comes installed by default on WordPress blogs, and is free to use for personal bloggers (with a commercial monthly subscription set at $5 per month, and enterprise solutions available at $50 per month).

In using a “catch-all” spam solution like Akismet, you have to accept that some legitimate comments may get flagged as spam. It’s simply a cost of blogging and using an automated spam blocker. The issue is mainly stems from human spammers. One person’s spam is another person’s legitimate comment, so if humans can’t agree 100% of the time, what chance does a plugin have?

However, for most part, Akismet does a great job. It keeps an enormous amount of spam at bay on my blog, with only the occasional legitimate comment being caught out. Furthermore, it takes care of trackback spam too – a huge bonus.

Key Features:

  • Blocks comment and trackback spam.
  • Automatically checks all comments.
  • Comment history so you can check which comments were blocked by the plugin or by moderators.
  • Includes a “Discard” settings to auto-block the worst spam.

Price: Akismet is a free plugin, and may already be installed on your blog.

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2. WP-SpamShield

WP-Spamshield plugin

This plugin uses the ‘honey pot’ technique to trap bots invisibly. Humans won’t see captchas, but bots will, and they will then be trapped as spam. WP-SpamShield acts as a firewall to block both automated and targeted spam. Since it blocks these comments before they reach your database, you never have to worry about them slowing down your site.

Key Features:

  • Blocks trackback and pingback spam.
  • Prevents spam at the front of the site, so it never hits the WordPress database.
  • Works with all major form builder tools.

Price: WP-SpamShield is a free plugin.

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3. Anti-spam

Anti-spam plugin

Anti-spam uses invisible captchas to block all spambots from your comments. The pro version also blocks manually submitted spam. While this plugin does a great job of stopping unwanted comments, however, it doesn’t protect other types of forms on your site. This means you might want to use this plugin with something else to get extra form protection. However, it’s still an excellent lightweight option.

Looking for more protection options? Anti-Spam Pro includes added settings for manual spam protection so you can further by automatically preventing comments that rank high on a spam points scale (with more than a set number of links, words or flagged spam words).

Key Features:

  • Blocks trackbacks by default.
  • Prevents automatic spam from ever getting to your WordPress database.
  • Pro version blocks manual spam.

Price: Anti-Spam is free, and the pro version available for $25.

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4. WPBruiser

WPBruiser plugin

WPBruiser promises to work from the second you install it. This plugin combines brute force attack protection with comment spam blocking. You can use it to protect all of your forms, and your readers will never have to use a captcha. Overall, it’s a comprehensive and user-friendly option.

Key Features:

  • Includes brute force attack protection.
  • Enables you to block malicious IP addresses.
  • Is compatible with WordPress Multisite.
  • Offers extensions that work with all major form tools.

Price: WPBruiser is a free plugin with optional extensions.

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5. Hide Trackbacks

This last plugin is very straightforward as it simply does what the title states – hides trackbacks. While you can disable trackbacks completely, there is value in simply hiding them if you want to keep track of who is linking to you. This plugin removes trackbacks from your front end but still allows you to see them on your WordPress dashboard.

Price: Hide Trackbacks is completely free.

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Conclusion

Comment spam is a simple fact of life on the internet, unless you plan to disable comments altogether. Safeguarding your site against inappropriate comments is crucial for its overall health and performance. By removing spam comments, you can keep your database clear, maintain a solid user experience, and improve engagement.

Do you have any questions about how to manage spam on your WordPress site? Or tips to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Envato Elements


Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

Save 50% at Graph Paper Press


Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

75% Off Happy Themes


Organized Themes 40% Off

Save 40% on premium WordPress themes or a lifetime membership with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save $100 at Organized Themes


StudioPress 25% Off (New Customers)

StudioPress – 25% off for new customers on all WordPress themes and even the massive Pro Plus Pack. No code needed. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at StudioPress


StudioPress 50% Off (Returning Customers)

StudioPress – 50% off for returning customers, no code needed. Just login to see the greater discount. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

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Themify 50% Off

Save 50% on all themes and plugins with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 50% at Themify


Themify $150 Off

Save $150 on a Lifetime theme bundle membership from Themify with code BFLIFE150. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save $150 at Themify


Themefuse 70% Off

Save 70% on any Themefuse purchase when you use code blackfriday2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 25, 2017.

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Theme Stop 60% Off

Get 25+ premium WordPress magazine themes from Theme Stop for 60% off with code HOLIDAY60. Offer ends November 28, 2017. 

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Theme Junkie 60% Off

Right now you can save 60% off the Theme Junkie All Themes package, which includes 55+ premium themes for one low price (just $19.60 for one year, or $39.60 for a lifetime). Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

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ThemeGrill 33% Off

Save 33% on WordPress themes and plugins by ThemeGrill with coupon code BF33. Offer ends soon.

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ThemeHunk 40% Off

Save 40% on WordPress themes from ThemeHunk with the code FRIDAY40. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeHunk


Themetrust 40% Off

Themetrust is offering 40% off all their WordPress themes with code BLACKFRIDAY17. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at Themetrust


ThemeBounce 40% Off

Get 50% off a membership (plus 50% off lifetime updates) from ThemeBounce with code BlackFriday50.Offer ends December 10, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeBounce


AlienWP 60% Off

You can also save 60% off all theme memberships from AlienWP with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at AlienWP


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium themes from WisdmLabs with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


WPEka 50% Off

Save 50% on all memberships and plans at WPEka with code WPEKA50OFF. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 50% at WPEka


WPCasa 40% Off

Save 40% on real estate WordPress themes with code blackcyber40. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 40% at WPCasa


VivaThemes 30% Off

Save 30% on any WordPress theme or theme package from VivaThemes with code BFVT30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at VivaThemes

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

Add new features to your website with any of these awesome WordPress plugins, which all happen to be on sale. Many of these plugins are at a set price year round, making this the best (and possibly only) time of year to save!

Grace Instagram Gallery Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Grace premium Instagram gallery plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Grace


Flow Flow Social Stream Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Flow Flow premium social stream plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Flow Flow


Superfly Menu Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Superfly premium responsive WordPress menus plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on SUperfly


OnionBuzz Quizmaker Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the OnionBuzz premium WordPress viral quiz maker plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on OnionBuzz


EnviraGallery 25% Off

The EnviraGallery plugin for WordPress is 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on EnviraGallery


Events Calendar Pro up to 30% Off

Spend more save more this weekend! Spend up to $149 and save 10% with code: REST10. Spend $150-$299 and save 20% with code: RELAX20. Spend $300+ and save 30% with code: UNWIND30. Offers end November 27, 2017.

Save up to 30% on Eventas Calendar Pro


CodeCanyon: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


FooPlugins up to 50% Off

Save 20-50% off the FooGallery Pro WordPress plugin. Spin the wheel of discounts to discover your discount! Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save at FooPlugins


LiveChat $10 Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save $10 for first 3 monthly payments (best for personal plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save $10/mo on LiveChat


LiveChat 10% Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save 10% for first 3 monthly payments (best for Enterprise Plus plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save 10% /mo on LiveChat


MailOptin 25% Off

Save 25% on the MailOptin premium WordPress plugin when you use code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% on MailOptin


OptinMonster 25% Off

New customers can save 25% on new purchases of OptinMonster with code BF2017. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on OptinMonster


Page Builder Sandwich 33% Off

Right now new customers can save 33% on the premium Page Builder Sandwich visual page builder plugin with code CYBERMONDAY33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% on PBS


ProfilePress 25% Off

Save 25% on ProfilePress, the ultimate user profile plugin, with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


iThemes Web Designer Toolkit 50% Off

Save 50% on the massive Web Designer Toolkit by iThemes. Use code WPTOOLKIT50 at checkout. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 50% at iThemes


s2Member 35% Off

Save 35% on the s2Member plugin to manage WordPress memberships with code BLACK35. Offer ends soon.

Save 35% on s2Member


Soliloquy 25% Off

Soliloquy is offering a25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


Swift Performance Plugin 50% Off

Get the Swift Performance plugin at 50% off with code WPEXPLORER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium plugins (WooCommerce, LearnDash and Gravity Forms) with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


Edwiser Bridge Extensions 15% Off

Edwiser Bridge Extensions are all 15% off when you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 15% on Edwiser Bridge Extensions


weDevs 25% Off

You can save 25% on premium professional WordPress plugins from weDevs this week with code holiday17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


WPMU Dev 3 Months Free

Get 3 months FREE when you sign up for an annual plan from WPMU Dev with code BF2017. Get 140+ plugins for one super-duper low price! This offer is limited – visit the link to see how many coupons are left.

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WPMU Tutorials 75% Off

Get 117 Training videos to learn the basics of WordPress, WooCommerce, SEO, basic theme customization and more at a whopping 75% Off! No code needed. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 75% at WPMU Tutorials


WPSecurity Ninja 30% Off

WPSecurity Ninja is 30% off. Use code black17 to save on all Security Ninja packages. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 30% on WPSecurity Ninja


WebFactoryLtd 55% Off

Get all three ofWebFactoryLtd’s popular plugins (Google Maps Widget, Under Construction Page & WP Security Ninja) for 55% off with code black17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

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WPForms 25% Off

Get WPForms, one of the best form plugins available, for 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% at WPForms


WP Rocket 35% Off

Save 35% on your purchase of WP Rocket – an easy to use caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site. No code needed. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 35% on WP Rocket

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

Upgrade your web hosting this week with any of these awesome WordPress hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now’s your chance to lock-in a top tier hosting plan at a crazy low price.

WP Engine 35% Off

Save 35% on your first payment when you signup for a new plan from WP Engine. And if you select an annual plan you’ll get another 2 months free – that means you can get 5 1/2 months of FREE hosting! Just use code cyberwpe35. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 35% at WP Engine


Cloudways up to $150 Off

Get up to a $150 credit (10% off each month up to $150 total) when you signup for a new account at Cloudways. Use code BF150 to cashing in. Offer ends soon.

Save up to $150 at Cloudways


Flywheel 25% Off

Flywheel – Save 25% (that’s 3 months free) on all annual WordPress hosting plans with free SSL, free migrations, helpful support and more! Use code FLYDAY17 to save. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at Flywheel


GoDaddy $1 Hosting Deal

Snag web hosting from GoDaddy for as little as $1 per month (depending on contract term) with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Save Big at GoDaddy


GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Deal

Get your very own .COM domain name for your new website from GoDaddy for just $0.99 with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Get Cheap Domains at GoDaddy


GoDaddy 30% Off

Save 30% on new purchases like hosting, SSL, email service or anything else at GoDaddy with code cjc2off30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at GoDaddy


Hosting24 67% Off Hosting Plans

Save up to 67% on hosting (get shared for just $2/mo) plus get a FREE domain name when you use code BFSALE. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 67% a tHosting24


iPage 75% Off Hosting Plans

Right now you can save 75% on hosting from iPage plus get a BONIS $200 in advertising credits. No code needed. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 75% at iPage


InMotion Hosting 64% Off

Save up to 64% with awesome deals on VPS, dedicated servers, reseller and even WordPress specific hosting from InMotion. No code needed. Offers end soon, please visit InMotion for details.

Save 64% at InMotion Hosting


NameCheap 40% Off VPS

Save 40% on new VPS & Reseller hosting plans from NameCheap with code THUNDER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 40% on NameCheap VPS/Reseller


NameCheap $5 Off Ultimate

Take $5 off your Ultimate Hosting Package by NameCheap with code GHO5T. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save $5 on NameCheap Ultimate


NameCheap 15% Off Professional Hosting

Save 15% when you purchase a NameCheap Professional Hosting Plan with code SAVE15NOV. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 15% at NameCheap


NameCheap 10% Off Domains

Save up to 10% off domains (com, net, org, biz) new registrations or transfers with code AUTUMNDAYS. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 10% on NameCheap Domains


Rose Hosting 50% Off

New customers can save up to 50% (for the first 6 months) on Managed Linux VPS Hosting from Rose Hosting with code RHBF17. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 50% at Rose Hosting

More Web Design Black Friday Deals

Web Design Black Friday Deals

Looking for stock photos? Icon sets? Premium video services? Or something else to make creating custom web designs easier? Checkout our picks for the best web design deals you won’t want to miss this year.

Creative Market Deals

There are hundreds of web templates, fonts, graphics, icons and more on sale on Creative Market! Just visit their promotion section to wee what’s on sale this week. Check individual offers for expiration dates.

Save on Creative Market Items


BigStock 15 FREE Images

Get 15 premium stock photos for free when you take advantage of BigStock’s 3-day trial. Offer ends soon.

Get Free Images from BigStock


Designmodo 70% Off

Save 70% on the popular Qards page builder, plus other web design resources,  from Designmodo with code BLACK. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 70% at Designmodo


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

ave 50% on hundreds of premium stock photos, videos and graphics from the Envato Marketplace, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Hungry Jpeg 20% Off Feast Bundle

Use code WISHES20 to save an extra 20% on top of the already discountedNovember Feast Bundle (which is 96% Off Fonts & Graphics). Please view bundle deal for end dates.

Save 20% at the Hungry Jpeg


InkyDeals Extra 70% Off

Save an extra 70% on any already discounted web design deal from InkyDeals with code 70BLACK. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 70% at InkyDeals


Pixelo 20% Off

Save 20% on handpicked web design bundles from Pixelo with code BLACK20. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 20% at Pixelo


WP101 50% Off Tutorial Videos

Learn all about WordPress with easy to follow video tutorials by WP101. And you can save 50% with code 50OFFWP101. Offer ends soon.

Save 50% at WP101


Vimeo Live 10% Off

Save 10% on a Vimeo Live membership to publish your own awesome videos on the web with code LIVELAUNCH10. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

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Vimeo Business 10% Off

Save 10% on a premium Vimeo Business membership for your company with code VIMBIZOCT17. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo

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Like I said before, I’ll be updating this post every single day, so come back to see what’s been added! Also if I missed your deal leave a comment below and I’ll get it added.

Thanks for Reading WPExplorer

But while I’ve still got your attention – thank YOU so much for being awesome and reading to the bottom of this post! We’re thankful for people like you who visit our blog for reviews, WordPress tips and of course some killer deals. It’s you we write these posts for, so I hope you enjoyed this roundup and that you were able to find a few deals to take advantage of this week!

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

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Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Envato Elements


Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

Save 50% at Graph Paper Press


Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

75% Off Happy Themes


Organized Themes 40% Off

Save 40% on premium WordPress themes or a lifetime membership with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save $100 at Organized Themes


StudioPress 25% Off (New Customers)

StudioPress – 25% off for new customers on all WordPress themes and even the massive Pro Plus Pack. No code needed. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at StudioPress


StudioPress 50% Off (Returning Customers)

StudioPress – 50% off for returning customers, no code needed. Just login to see the greater discount. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 50% at StudioPress


Themify 50% Off

Save 50% on all themes and plugins with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 50% at Themify


Themify $150 Off

Save $150 on a Lifetime theme bundle membership from Themify with code BFLIFE150. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save $150 at Themify


Themefuse 70% Off

Save 70% on any Themefuse purchase when you use code blackfriday2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 25, 2017.

Save 70% at Themefuse


Theme Stop 60% Off

Get 25+ premium WordPress magazine themes from Theme Stop for 60% off with code HOLIDAY60. Offer ends November 28, 2017. 

Save 60% at Theme Stop


Theme Junkie 60% Off

Right now you can save 60% off the Theme Junkie All Themes package, which includes 55+ premium themes for one low price (just $19.60 for one year, or $39.60 for a lifetime). Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at Theme Junkie


ThemeGrill 33% Off

Save 33% on WordPress themes and plugins by ThemeGrill with coupon code BF33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% at ThemeGrill


ThemeHunk 40% Off

Save 40% on WordPress themes from ThemeHunk with the code FRIDAY40. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeHunk


Themetrust 40% Off

Themetrust is offering 40% off all their WordPress themes with code BLACKFRIDAY17. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at Themetrust


ThemeBounce 40% Off

Get 50% off a membership (plus 50% off lifetime updates) from ThemeBounce with code BlackFriday50.Offer ends December 10, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeBounce


AlienWP 60% Off

You can also save 60% off all theme memberships from AlienWP with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at AlienWP


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium themes from WisdmLabs with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


WPEka 50% Off

Save 50% on all memberships and plans at WPEka with code WPEKA50OFF. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 50% at WPEka


WPCasa 40% Off

Save 40% on real estate WordPress themes with code blackcyber40. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 40% at WPCasa


VivaThemes 30% Off

Save 30% on any WordPress theme or theme package from VivaThemes with code BFVT30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at VivaThemes

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

Add new features to your website with any of these awesome WordPress plugins, which all happen to be on sale. Many of these plugins are at a set price year round, making this the best (and possibly only) time of year to save!

Grace Instagram Gallery Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Grace premium Instagram gallery plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Grace


Flow Flow Social Stream Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Flow Flow premium social stream plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Flow Flow


Superfly Menu Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Superfly premium responsive WordPress menus plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on SUperfly


OnionBuzz Quizmaker Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the OnionBuzz premium WordPress viral quiz maker plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on OnionBuzz


EnviraGallery 25% Off

The EnviraGallery plugin for WordPress is 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on EnviraGallery


Events Calendar Pro up to 30% Off

Spend more save more this weekend! Spend up to $149 and save 10% with code: REST10. Spend $150-$299 and save 20% with code: RELAX20. Spend $300+ and save 30% with code: UNWIND30. Offers end November 27, 2017.

Save up to 30% on Eventas Calendar Pro


CodeCanyon: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


FooPlugins up to 50% Off

Save 20-50% off the FooGallery Pro WordPress plugin. Spin the wheel of discounts to discover your discount! Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save at FooPlugins


LiveChat $10 Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save $10 for first 3 monthly payments (best for personal plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save $10/mo on LiveChat


LiveChat 10% Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save 10% for first 3 monthly payments (best for Enterprise Plus plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save 10% /mo on LiveChat


MailOptin 25% Off

Save 25% on the MailOptin premium WordPress plugin when you use code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% on MailOptin


OptinMonster 25% Off

New customers can save 25% on new purchases of OptinMonster with code BF2017. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on OptinMonster


Page Builder Sandwich 33% Off

Right now new customers can save 33% on the premium Page Builder Sandwich visual page builder plugin with code CYBERMONDAY33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% on PBS


ProfilePress 25% Off

Save 25% on ProfilePress, the ultimate user profile plugin, with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


iThemes Web Designer Toolkit 50% Off

Save 50% on the massive Web Designer Toolkit by iThemes. Use code WPTOOLKIT50 at checkout. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 50% at iThemes


s2Member 35% Off

Save 35% on the s2Member plugin to manage WordPress memberships with code BLACK35. Offer ends soon.

Save 35% on s2Member


Soliloquy 25% Off

Soliloquy is offering a25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


Swift Performance Plugin 50% Off

Get the Swift Performance plugin at 50% off with code WPEXPLORER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium plugins (WooCommerce, LearnDash and Gravity Forms) with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


Edwiser Bridge Extensions 15% Off

Edwiser Bridge Extensions are all 15% off when you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 15% on Edwiser Bridge Extensions


weDevs 25% Off

You can save 25% on premium professional WordPress plugins from weDevs this week with code holiday17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


WPMU Dev 3 Months Free

Get 3 months FREE when you sign up for an annual plan from WPMU Dev with code BF2017. Get 140+ plugins for one super-duper low price! This offer is limited – visit the link to see how many coupons are left.

Get 3 Months Free at WPMU Dev


WPMU Tutorials 75% Off

Get 117 Training videos to learn the basics of WordPress, WooCommerce, SEO, basic theme customization and more at a whopping 75% Off! No code needed. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 75% at WPMU Tutorials


WPSecurity Ninja 30% Off

WPSecurity Ninja is 30% off. Use code black17 to save on all Security Ninja packages. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 30% on WPSecurity Ninja


WebFactoryLtd 55% Off

Get all three ofWebFactoryLtd’s popular plugins (Google Maps Widget, Under Construction Page & WP Security Ninja) for 55% off with code black17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 55% at WebFactoryLtd


WPForms 25% Off

Get WPForms, one of the best form plugins available, for 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% at WPForms


WP Rocket 35% Off

Save 35% on your purchase of WP Rocket – an easy to use caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site. No code needed. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 35% on WP Rocket

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

Upgrade your web hosting this week with any of these awesome WordPress hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now’s your chance to lock-in a top tier hosting plan at a crazy low price.

WP Engine 35% Off

Save 35% on your first payment when you signup for a new plan from WP Engine. And if you select an annual plan you’ll get another 2 months free – that means you can get 5 1/2 months of FREE hosting! Just use code cyberwpe35. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 35% at WP Engine


Cloudways up to $150 Off

Get up to a $150 credit (10% off each month up to $150 total) when you signup for a new account at Cloudways. Use code BF150 to cashing in. Offer ends soon.

Save up to $150 at Cloudways


Flywheel 25% Off

Flywheel – Save 25% (that’s 3 months free) on all annual WordPress hosting plans with free SSL, free migrations, helpful support and more! Use code FLYDAY17 to save. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at Flywheel


GoDaddy $1 Hosting Deal

Snag web hosting from GoDaddy for as little as $1 per month (depending on contract term) with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Save Big at GoDaddy


GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Deal

Get your very own .COM domain name for your new website from GoDaddy for just $0.99 with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Get Cheap Domains at GoDaddy


GoDaddy 30% Off

Save 30% on new purchases like hosting, SSL, email service or anything else at GoDaddy with code cjc2off30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at GoDaddy


Hosting24 67% Off Hosting Plans

Save up to 67% on hosting (get shared for just $2/mo) plus get a FREE domain name when you use code BFSALE. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 67% a tHosting24


iPage 75% Off Hosting Plans

Right now you can save 75% on hosting from iPage plus get a BONIS $200 in advertising credits. No code needed. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 75% at iPage


InMotion Hosting 64% Off

Save up to 64% with awesome deals on VPS, dedicated servers, reseller and even WordPress specific hosting from InMotion. No code needed. Offers end soon, please visit InMotion for details.

Save 64% at InMotion Hosting


NameCheap 40% Off VPS

Save 40% on new VPS & Reseller hosting plans from NameCheap with code THUNDER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 40% on NameCheap VPS/Reseller


NameCheap $5 Off Ultimate

Take $5 off your Ultimate Hosting Package by NameCheap with code GHO5T. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save $5 on NameCheap Ultimate


NameCheap 15% Off Professional Hosting

Save 15% when you purchase a NameCheap Professional Hosting Plan with code SAVE15NOV. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 15% at NameCheap


NameCheap 10% Off Domains

Save up to 10% off domains (com, net, org, biz) new registrations or transfers with code AUTUMNDAYS. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 10% on NameCheap Domains


Rose Hosting 50% Off

New customers can save up to 50% (for the first 6 months) on Managed Linux VPS Hosting from Rose Hosting with code RHBF17. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 50% at Rose Hosting

More Web Design Black Friday Deals

Web Design Black Friday Deals

Looking for stock photos? Icon sets? Premium video services? Or something else to make creating custom web designs easier? Checkout our picks for the best web design deals you won’t want to miss this year.

Creative Market Deals

There are hundreds of web templates, fonts, graphics, icons and more on sale on Creative Market! Just visit their promotion section to wee what’s on sale this week. Check individual offers for expiration dates.

Save on Creative Market Items


BigStock 15 FREE Images

Get 15 premium stock photos for free when you take advantage of BigStock’s 3-day trial. Offer ends soon.

Get Free Images from BigStock


Designmodo 70% Off

Save 70% on the popular Qards page builder, plus other web design resources,  from Designmodo with code BLACK. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 70% at Designmodo


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

ave 50% on hundreds of premium stock photos, videos and graphics from the Envato Marketplace, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Hungry Jpeg 20% Off Feast Bundle

Use code WISHES20 to save an extra 20% on top of the already discountedNovember Feast Bundle (which is 96% Off Fonts & Graphics). Please view bundle deal for end dates.

Save 20% at the Hungry Jpeg


InkyDeals Extra 70% Off

Save an extra 70% on any already discounted web design deal from InkyDeals with code 70BLACK. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 70% at InkyDeals


Pixelo 20% Off

Save 20% on handpicked web design bundles from Pixelo with code BLACK20. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 20% at Pixelo


WP101 50% Off Tutorial Videos

Learn all about WordPress with easy to follow video tutorials by WP101. And you can save 50% with code 50OFFWP101. Offer ends soon.

Save 50% at WP101


Vimeo Live 10% Off

Save 10% on a Vimeo Live membership to publish your own awesome videos on the web with code LIVELAUNCH10. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo


Vimeo Business 10% Off

Save 10% on a premium Vimeo Business membership for your company with code VIMBIZOCT17. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo

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Like I said before, I’ll be updating this post every single day, so come back to see what’s been added! Also if I missed your deal leave a comment below and I’ll get it added.

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But while I’ve still got your attention – thank YOU so much for being awesome and reading to the bottom of this post! We’re thankful for people like you who visit our blog for reviews, WordPress tips and of course some killer deals. It’s you we write these posts for, so I hope you enjoyed this roundup and that you were able to find a few deals to take advantage of this week!

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

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Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

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Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

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Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

75% Off Happy Themes


Organized Themes 40% Off

Save 40% on premium WordPress themes or a lifetime membership with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save $100 at Organized Themes


StudioPress 25% Off (New Customers)

StudioPress – 25% off for new customers on all WordPress themes and even the massive Pro Plus Pack. No code needed. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at StudioPress


StudioPress 50% Off (Returning Customers)

StudioPress – 50% off for returning customers, no code needed. Just login to see the greater discount. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 50% at StudioPress


Themify 50% Off

Save 50% on all themes and plugins with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

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Themify $150 Off

Save $150 on a Lifetime theme bundle membership from Themify with code BFLIFE150. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

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Themefuse 70% Off

Save 70% on any Themefuse purchase when you use code blackfriday2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 25, 2017.

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Theme Stop 60% Off

Get 25+ premium WordPress magazine themes from Theme Stop for 60% off with code HOLIDAY60. Offer ends November 28, 2017. 

Save 60% at Theme Stop


Theme Junkie 60% Off

Right now you can save 60% off the Theme Junkie All Themes package, which includes 55+ premium themes for one low price (just $19.60 for one year, or $39.60 for a lifetime). Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

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ThemeGrill 33% Off

Save 33% on WordPress themes and plugins by ThemeGrill with coupon code BF33. Offer ends soon.

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ThemeHunk 40% Off

Save 40% on WordPress themes from ThemeHunk with the code FRIDAY40. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeHunk


Themetrust 40% Off

Themetrust is offering 40% off all their WordPress themes with code BLACKFRIDAY17. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at Themetrust


ThemeBounce 40% Off

Get 50% off a membership (plus 50% off lifetime updates) from ThemeBounce with code BlackFriday50.Offer ends December 10, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeBounce


AlienWP 60% Off

You can also save 60% off all theme memberships from AlienWP with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at AlienWP


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium themes from WisdmLabs with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


WPEka 50% Off

Save 50% on all memberships and plans at WPEka with code WPEKA50OFF. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

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WPCasa 40% Off

Save 40% on real estate WordPress themes with code blackcyber40. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 40% at WPCasa


VivaThemes 30% Off

Save 30% on any WordPress theme or theme package from VivaThemes with code BFVT30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at VivaThemes

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

Add new features to your website with any of these awesome WordPress plugins, which all happen to be on sale. Many of these plugins are at a set price year round, making this the best (and possibly only) time of year to save!

Grace Instagram Gallery Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Grace premium Instagram gallery plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Grace


Flow Flow Social Stream Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Flow Flow premium social stream plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Flow Flow


Superfly Menu Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Superfly premium responsive WordPress menus plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on SUperfly


OnionBuzz Quizmaker Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the OnionBuzz premium WordPress viral quiz maker plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on OnionBuzz


EnviraGallery 25% Off

The EnviraGallery plugin for WordPress is 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on EnviraGallery


Events Calendar Pro up to 30% Off

Spend more save more this weekend! Spend up to $149 and save 10% with code: REST10. Spend $150-$299 and save 20% with code: RELAX20. Spend $300+ and save 30% with code: UNWIND30. Offers end November 27, 2017.

Save up to 30% on Eventas Calendar Pro


CodeCanyon: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


FooPlugins up to 50% Off

Save 20-50% off the FooGallery Pro WordPress plugin. Spin the wheel of discounts to discover your discount! Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save at FooPlugins


LiveChat $10 Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save $10 for first 3 monthly payments (best for personal plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save $10/mo on LiveChat


LiveChat 10% Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save 10% for first 3 monthly payments (best for Enterprise Plus plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save 10% /mo on LiveChat


MailOptin 25% Off

Save 25% on the MailOptin premium WordPress plugin when you use code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% on MailOptin


OptinMonster 25% Off

New customers can save 25% on new purchases of OptinMonster with code BF2017. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on OptinMonster


Page Builder Sandwich 33% Off

Right now new customers can save 33% on the premium Page Builder Sandwich visual page builder plugin with code CYBERMONDAY33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% on PBS


ProfilePress 25% Off

Save 25% on ProfilePress, the ultimate user profile plugin, with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


iThemes Web Designer Toolkit 50% Off

Save 50% on the massive Web Designer Toolkit by iThemes. Use code WPTOOLKIT50 at checkout. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 50% at iThemes


s2Member 35% Off

Save 35% on the s2Member plugin to manage WordPress memberships with code BLACK35. Offer ends soon.

Save 35% on s2Member


Soliloquy 25% Off

Soliloquy is offering a25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


Swift Performance Plugin 50% Off

Get the Swift Performance plugin at 50% off with code WPEXPLORER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium plugins (WooCommerce, LearnDash and Gravity Forms) with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


Edwiser Bridge Extensions 15% Off

Edwiser Bridge Extensions are all 15% off when you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 15% on Edwiser Bridge Extensions


weDevs 25% Off

You can save 25% on premium professional WordPress plugins from weDevs this week with code holiday17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


WPMU Dev 3 Months Free

Get 3 months FREE when you sign up for an annual plan from WPMU Dev with code BF2017. Get 140+ plugins for one super-duper low price! This offer is limited – visit the link to see how many coupons are left.

Get 3 Months Free at WPMU Dev


WPMU Tutorials 75% Off

Get 117 Training videos to learn the basics of WordPress, WooCommerce, SEO, basic theme customization and more at a whopping 75% Off! No code needed. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 75% at WPMU Tutorials


WPSecurity Ninja 30% Off

WPSecurity Ninja is 30% off. Use code black17 to save on all Security Ninja packages. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 30% on WPSecurity Ninja


WebFactoryLtd 55% Off

Get all three ofWebFactoryLtd’s popular plugins (Google Maps Widget, Under Construction Page & WP Security Ninja) for 55% off with code black17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 55% at WebFactoryLtd


WPForms 25% Off

Get WPForms, one of the best form plugins available, for 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% at WPForms


WP Rocket 35% Off

Save 35% on your purchase of WP Rocket – an easy to use caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site. No code needed. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 35% on WP Rocket

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

Upgrade your web hosting this week with any of these awesome WordPress hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now’s your chance to lock-in a top tier hosting plan at a crazy low price.

WP Engine 35% Off

Save 35% on your first payment when you signup for a new plan from WP Engine. And if you select an annual plan you’ll get another 2 months free – that means you can get 5 1/2 months of FREE hosting! Just use code cyberwpe35. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 35% at WP Engine


Cloudways up to $150 Off

Get up to a $150 credit (10% off each month up to $150 total) when you signup for a new account at Cloudways. Use code BF150 to cashing in. Offer ends soon.

Save up to $150 at Cloudways


Flywheel 25% Off

Flywheel – Save 25% (that’s 3 months free) on all annual WordPress hosting plans with free SSL, free migrations, helpful support and more! Use code FLYDAY17 to save. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at Flywheel


GoDaddy $1 Hosting Deal

Snag web hosting from GoDaddy for as little as $1 per month (depending on contract term) with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Save Big at GoDaddy


GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Deal

Get your very own .COM domain name for your new website from GoDaddy for just $0.99 with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

Get Cheap Domains at GoDaddy


GoDaddy 30% Off

Save 30% on new purchases like hosting, SSL, email service or anything else at GoDaddy with code cjc2off30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at GoDaddy


Hosting24 67% Off Hosting Plans

Save up to 67% on hosting (get shared for just $2/mo) plus get a FREE domain name when you use code BFSALE. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 67% a tHosting24


iPage 75% Off Hosting Plans

Right now you can save 75% on hosting from iPage plus get a BONIS $200 in advertising credits. No code needed. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 75% at iPage


InMotion Hosting 64% Off

Save up to 64% with awesome deals on VPS, dedicated servers, reseller and even WordPress specific hosting from InMotion. No code needed. Offers end soon, please visit InMotion for details.

Save 64% at InMotion Hosting


NameCheap 40% Off VPS

Save 40% on new VPS & Reseller hosting plans from NameCheap with code THUNDER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 40% on NameCheap VPS/Reseller


NameCheap $5 Off Ultimate

Take $5 off your Ultimate Hosting Package by NameCheap with code GHO5T. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save $5 on NameCheap Ultimate


NameCheap 15% Off Professional Hosting

Save 15% when you purchase a NameCheap Professional Hosting Plan with code SAVE15NOV. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 15% at NameCheap


NameCheap 10% Off Domains

Save up to 10% off domains (com, net, org, biz) new registrations or transfers with code AUTUMNDAYS. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 10% on NameCheap Domains


Rose Hosting 50% Off

New customers can save up to 50% (for the first 6 months) on Managed Linux VPS Hosting from Rose Hosting with code RHBF17. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 50% at Rose Hosting

More Web Design Black Friday Deals

Web Design Black Friday Deals

Looking for stock photos? Icon sets? Premium video services? Or something else to make creating custom web designs easier? Checkout our picks for the best web design deals you won’t want to miss this year.

Creative Market Deals

There are hundreds of web templates, fonts, graphics, icons and more on sale on Creative Market! Just visit their promotion section to wee what’s on sale this week. Check individual offers for expiration dates.

Save on Creative Market Items


BigStock 15 FREE Images

Get 15 premium stock photos for free when you take advantage of BigStock’s 3-day trial. Offer ends soon.

Get Free Images from BigStock


Designmodo 70% Off

Save 70% on the popular Qards page builder, plus other web design resources,  from Designmodo with code BLACK. Offer ends November 24, 2017.

Save 70% at Designmodo


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

ave 50% on hundreds of premium stock photos, videos and graphics from the Envato Marketplace, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Hungry Jpeg 20% Off Feast Bundle

Use code WISHES20 to save an extra 20% on top of the already discountedNovember Feast Bundle (which is 96% Off Fonts & Graphics). Please view bundle deal for end dates.

Save 20% at the Hungry Jpeg


InkyDeals Extra 70% Off

Save an extra 70% on any already discounted web design deal from InkyDeals with code 70BLACK. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

Save 70% at InkyDeals


Pixelo 20% Off

Save 20% on handpicked web design bundles from Pixelo with code BLACK20. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 20% at Pixelo


WP101 50% Off Tutorial Videos

Learn all about WordPress with easy to follow video tutorials by WP101. And you can save 50% with code 50OFFWP101. Offer ends soon.

Save 50% at WP101


Vimeo Live 10% Off

Save 10% on a Vimeo Live membership to publish your own awesome videos on the web with code LIVELAUNCH10. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo


Vimeo Business 10% Off

Save 10% on a premium Vimeo Business membership for your company with code VIMBIZOCT17. Offer ends December 31, 2017.

Save 10% at Vimeo

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Like I said before, I’ll be updating this post every single day, so come back to see what’s been added! Also if I missed your deal leave a comment below and I’ll get it added.

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But while I’ve still got your attention – thank YOU so much for being awesome and reading to the bottom of this post! We’re thankful for people like you who visit our blog for reviews, WordPress tips and of course some killer deals. It’s you we write these posts for, so I hope you enjoyed this roundup and that you were able to find a few deals to take advantage of this week!

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

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Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Sales, Coupons & Deals

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While many folks are looking forward to a shorter work week, football games, parades and day with friends or family – that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re crazy about WordPress like I am, this week is the absolute best to get incredible deals on themes, plugins, hosting plans and more. Why? Because it’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Better yet, this year many companies are running Cyber Week specials so you don’t have to wait until Friday to save. Checkout our list that rounds up the best deals your can get RIGHT NOW – which we’ll be updating everyday as new sales and promotions become available. This way you can know for sure that you’re getting the best deals possible!

Now let’s dig into the biggest and best WordPress Black Friday and WordPress Cyber Monday deals of 2017!

NOTE: This list will be updated with new deals daily, so if we missed a deal just leave a comment beloe and it will be added 🙂

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

WordPress Theme Black Friday Deals

Give your website a new look with a fancy new premium WordPress theme! This week(end) you can save more than 50% on your favorite WordPress themes. Just have a look at what’s on sale!

50% Off Total WordPress Theme

Get the Total WordPress theme for just $29 this week only! Total includes hundreds of customization options, page builder elements and custom options that make it easy for new users and developers alike. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the Total Theme


50% Off CHIC WordPress Theme

Save 50% on the premium CHIC WordPress theme. There’s never been a better time to start your own WooCommerce powered shop or build a beautiful blog with WordPress. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017 at 2pm AEDT.

Save 50% on the CHIC Theme


cssigniter 40% Off

Save 40% on premium theme memberships from cssigniter with their Black Friday special! Just use code BF2017 at checkout. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at cssigniter


CyberChimps 30% Off

Take 30% off any and all purchases at CyberChimps with code CYBERBF30. Offer ends December 5, 2017.

Save 30% atCyberChimps


Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress themes on Themeforest, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


Envato Elements 33% Off

Take33% off your annual membership for Envato Elements – a monthly web design membership that includes web templates, graphics, stock and more for just $19/mo with the promo pricing. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Envato Elements


Gorilla Themes 30% Off

Gorilla Themes is offering 30% off all of their amazing premium WordPress themes! Use code HOLIDAY to save. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at Gorilla Themes


Graph Paper Press 50% Off

Save 50% on Basic and Pro theme memberships from Graph Paper Press. Use code gppblackfriday2017. Offer ends November 26, 2017.

Save 50% at Graph Paper Press


Happy Themes 75% Off

75% Off all themes and Lifetime access packages from Happy Themes with code SAVE75. Act fast – this offer ends soon. 

75% Off Happy Themes


Organized Themes 40% Off

Save 40% on premium WordPress themes or a lifetime membership with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save $100 at Organized Themes


StudioPress 25% Off (New Customers)

StudioPress – 25% off for new customers on all WordPress themes and even the massive Pro Plus Pack. No code needed. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at StudioPress


StudioPress 50% Off (Returning Customers)

StudioPress – 50% off for returning customers, no code needed. Just login to see the greater discount. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 50% at StudioPress


Themify 50% Off

Save 50% on all themes and plugins with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 50% at Themify


Themify $150 Off

Save $150 on a Lifetime theme bundle membership from Themify with code BFLIFE150. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save $150 at Themify


Themefuse 70% Off

Save 70% on any Themefuse purchase when you use code blackfriday2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 25, 2017.

Save 70% at Themefuse


Theme Stop 60% Off

Get 25+ premium WordPress magazine themes from Theme Stop for 60% off with code HOLIDAY60. Offer ends November 28, 2017. 

Save 60% at Theme Stop


Theme Junkie 60% Off

Right now you can save 60% off the Theme Junkie All Themes package, which includes 55+ premium themes for one low price (just $19.60 for one year, or $39.60 for a lifetime). Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at Theme Junkie


ThemeGrill 33% Off

Save 33% on WordPress themes and plugins by ThemeGrill with coupon code BF33. Offer ends soon.

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ThemeHunk 40% Off

Save 40% on WordPress themes from ThemeHunk with the code FRIDAY40. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeHunk


Themetrust 40% Off

Themetrust is offering 40% off all their WordPress themes with code BLACKFRIDAY17. Offer ends soon.

Save 40% at Themetrust


ThemeBounce 40% Off

Get 50% off a membership (plus 50% off lifetime updates) from ThemeBounce with code BlackFriday50.Offer ends December 10, 2017.

Save 40% at ThemeBounce


AlienWP 60% Off

You can also save 60% off all theme memberships from AlienWP with code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 60% at AlienWP


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium themes from WisdmLabs with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


WPEka 50% Off

Save 50% on all memberships and plans at WPEka with code WPEKA50OFF. Offer ends December 2, 2017.

Save 50% at WPEka


WPCasa 40% Off

Save 40% on real estate WordPress themes with code blackcyber40. Offer ends November 27, 2017.

Save 40% at WPCasa


VivaThemes 30% Off

Save 30% on any WordPress theme or theme package from VivaThemes with code BFVT30. Offer ends soon.

Save 30% at VivaThemes

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

WordPress Plugin Black Friday Deals

Add new features to your website with any of these awesome WordPress plugins, which all happen to be on sale. Many of these plugins are at a set price year round, making this the best (and possibly only) time of year to save!

Grace Instagram Gallery Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Grace premium Instagram gallery plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Grace


Flow Flow Social Stream Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Flow Flow premium social stream plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on Flow Flow


Superfly Menu Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the Superfly premium responsive WordPress menus plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on SUperfly


OnionBuzz Quizmaker Plugin 50% Off

Save 50% on the OnionBuzz premium WordPress viral quiz maker plugin created by Looks Awesome. No code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save 50% on OnionBuzz


EnviraGallery 25% Off

The EnviraGallery plugin for WordPress is 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on EnviraGallery


Events Calendar Pro up to 30% Off

Spend more save more this weekend! Spend up to $149 and save 10% with code: REST10. Spend $150-$299 and save 20% with code: RELAX20. Spend $300+ and save 30% with code: UNWIND30. Offers end November 27, 2017.

Save up to 30% on Eventas Calendar Pro


CodeCanyon: Envato Cyber Week

Save 50% on hundreds of premium and top selling WordPress plugins on CodeCanyon, no code needed. Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save on Premium WordPress Themes


FooPlugins up to 50% Off

Save 20-50% off the FooGallery Pro WordPress plugin. Spin the wheel of discounts to discover your discount! Offer ends November 29, 2017.

Save at FooPlugins


LiveChat $10 Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save $10 for first 3 monthly payments (best for personal plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save $10/mo on LiveChat


LiveChat 10% Off

Get the premium LiveChat WordPress plugin to add user friendly live chat support options to your website. Plus use our link to save 10% for first 3 monthly payments (best for Enterprise Plus plans). No code needed. Offer ends December 31, 2017. 

Save 10% /mo on LiveChat


MailOptin 25% Off

Save 25% on the MailOptin premium WordPress plugin when you use code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% on MailOptin


OptinMonster 25% Off

New customers can save 25% on new purchases of OptinMonster with code BF2017. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on OptinMonster


Page Builder Sandwich 33% Off

Right now new customers can save 33% on the premium Page Builder Sandwich visual page builder plugin with code CYBERMONDAY33. Offer ends soon.

Save 33% on PBS


ProfilePress 25% Off

Save 25% on ProfilePress, the ultimate user profile plugin, with code BFCM2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


iThemes Web Designer Toolkit 50% Off

Save 50% on the massive Web Designer Toolkit by iThemes. Use code WPTOOLKIT50 at checkout. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 50% at iThemes


s2Member 35% Off

Save 35% on the s2Member plugin to manage WordPress memberships with code BLACK35. Offer ends soon.

Save 35% on s2Member


Soliloquy 25% Off

Soliloquy is offering a25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


Swift Performance Plugin 50% Off

Get the Swift Performance plugin at 50% off with code WPEXPLORER. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 25% on Soliloquy


WisdmLabs 20% Off

WisdmLabs is offering 20% off on all premium plugins (WooCommerce, LearnDash and Gravity Forms) with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 20% at WisdmLabs


Edwiser Bridge Extensions 15% Off

Edwiser Bridge Extensions are all 15% off when you use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 at checkout. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 15% on Edwiser Bridge Extensions


weDevs 25% Off

You can save 25% on premium professional WordPress plugins from weDevs this week with code holiday17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 25% at weDevs


WPMU Dev 3 Months Free

Get 3 months FREE when you sign up for an annual plan from WPMU Dev with code BF2017. Get 140+ plugins for one super-duper low price! This offer is limited – visit the link to see how many coupons are left.

Get 3 Months Free at WPMU Dev


WPMU Tutorials 75% Off

Get 117 Training videos to learn the basics of WordPress, WooCommerce, SEO, basic theme customization and more at a whopping 75% Off! No code needed. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

Save 75% at WPMU Tutorials


WPSecurity Ninja 30% Off

WPSecurity Ninja is 30% off. Use code black17 to save on all Security Ninja packages. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 30% on WPSecurity Ninja


WebFactoryLtd 55% Off

Get all three ofWebFactoryLtd’s popular plugins (Google Maps Widget, Under Construction Page & WP Security Ninja) for 55% off with code black17. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

Save 55% at WebFactoryLtd


WPForms 25% Off

Get WPForms, one of the best form plugins available, for 25% off with code BF2017 (new customers only). Offer ends November 30, 2017.

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WP Rocket 35% Off

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WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

WordPress Hosting Black Friday Deals

Upgrade your web hosting this week with any of these awesome WordPress hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now’s your chance to lock-in a top tier hosting plan at a crazy low price.

WP Engine 35% Off

Save 35% on your first payment when you signup for a new plan from WP Engine. And if you select an annual plan you’ll get another 2 months free – that means you can get 5 1/2 months of FREE hosting! Just use code cyberwpe35. Offer ends November 30, 2017.

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Cloudways up to $150 Off

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Flywheel 25% Off

Flywheel – Save 25% (that’s 3 months free) on all annual WordPress hosting plans with free SSL, free migrations, helpful support and more! Use code FLYDAY17 to save. Offer ends November 28, 2017.

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GoDaddy $1 Hosting Deal

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GoDaddy $0.99 Domain Deal

Get your very own .COM domain name for your new website from GoDaddy for just $0.99 with this limited time offer. No code needed. Offer ends soon.

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GoDaddy 30% Off

Save 30% on new purchases like hosting, SSL, email service or anything else at GoDaddy with code cjc2off30. Offer ends soon.

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Hosting24 67% Off Hosting Plans

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NameCheap 40% Off VPS

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NameCheap $5 Off Ultimate

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NameCheap 15% Off Professional Hosting

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NameCheap 10% Off Domains

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Rose Hosting 50% Off

New customers can save up to 50% (for the first 6 months) on Managed Linux VPS Hosting from Rose Hosting with code RHBF17. Offer ends December 1, 2017.

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More Web Design Black Friday Deals

Web Design Black Friday Deals

Looking for stock photos? Icon sets? Premium video services? Or something else to make creating custom web designs easier? Checkout our picks for the best web design deals you won’t want to miss this year.

Creative Market Deals

There are hundreds of web templates, fonts, graphics, icons and more on sale on Creative Market! Just visit their promotion section to wee what’s on sale this week. Check individual offers for expiration dates.

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BigStock 15 FREE Images

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Designmodo 70% Off

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Themeforest: Envato Cyber Week

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Pixelo 20% Off

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WP101 50% Off Tutorial Videos

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Vimeo Live 10% Off

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Vimeo Business 10% Off

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Like I said before, I’ll be updating this post every single day, so come back to see what’s been added! Also if I missed your deal leave a comment below and I’ll get it added.

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Flywheel Managed WordPress Hosting Review

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Back with another WordPress Hosting review, this time it’s Flywheel turn. In this article I’m going to explore the ups and downs of this very decent hosting service for WordPress that has plenty of options. Scalable plans, free migrations, staging sites, nightly backups, free SSL are only some of the features you’ll find at Flywheel. Keep reading to see our review of their service, or click the link to visit their website to learn more.

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Creating a New Website with Flywheel

Flywheel has a very particular way to start your experience with the service. They don’t let you choose a plan right away so I’ve decided to show you the process just as I’ve experienced it. Payment does not come first with Flywheel as they let you setup your demo site first.

Just fill in all the information and then you’re ready to create your first site. Up until that moment, there are no plans presented whatsoever. This is a very unique way to get started. Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to demo the service (or use it to being building a demo website for a client) but it may become inconvenient for those that consider payment and setup as two completely separate things.

Flywheel lets you pay by two ways: either pay yourself or let your client make payments once they take over the site (note: you can also add a site to bulk plans you already have).

Once you decide how you want to pay, you’re free to choose a plan and after that… it’s creation time. I like that Flywheel has made it easy for people who want to start a demo of the service, and the setup makes a lot of sense for freelancers. But it since not all users will land on the the ricing page before beginning having the plans information accessible during the signup process would be nice.

Flywheel Hosting Plans

Here are the current plans for Flywheel. They offer fully managed WordPress hosting plans, so server settings are configured and WordPress already installed when you signup.

For this review I’ve chosen the Personal Plan. Flywheel has an adequate set of resources, it’s a little more expensive than the competition but it has SSL included and the option for CDN is affordable enough. The only real drawback of their plans is the limited storage space, which for most blogs won’t be an issues but could become a problem for medium to large sites (specifically resource heavy or high traffic sites).

Migrate Your WordPress Site to Flywheel

The ideal way for me to start working on the site is to import the current benchmark site so I’ve tested the migration mechanism, as always.

The are several ways you could import your current site: the usual way (here’s a great starter guide to migrate to WordPress), providing credentials to your current WP site and FTP access, directly via WordPress.com (which is a good addition) or through a ZIP upload – which is just the perfect method for me. Flywheel is confident enough you’ll want to go from WP Engine to Flywheel they even included that option in there too!

Once you make up your mind on what kind of migration method you want, Flywheel will let you choose the type of migration, either a Standard migration which can take up to 3 business days and it’s free or the Expedited migration that is said to be done in less than 8 hours.

Even though I’ve properly zipped the file, that method didn’t work for me and got stuck at 99% so I contacted tech support for assistance. They responded very rapidly and asked me to send them the zip file, which I did. The migration was done in less than 10 minutes without any extra charge involved so, unless your site is really huge, there is really no need to pay for an Expedited migration as the regular service works just fine.

Flywheel Panel Options

Once the site is setup, defining the domain is one the easiest things to do. Flywheel gives you access to all your DNS settings and they actually encourage you to edit them as needed.

This could be a confusing for new users, but for people who know where their domains are pointing Flywheel will not get in your way. They let you define your domains easily and will give you the coordinates to their CNAME defined names and respective IPs. They even provide an easy tool for you to check if the DNS entries are loaded properly.

Flywheel is about the least intrusive and easy to work service for domains and DNS. It’s like they’re telling you: “we know you want to setup your domain so, here is the data, point your domain and check if it’s working… we won’t get in the way” and that’s just perfect.

Once the domain is setup properly, the main panel will let you control the Cache on your WP site, enable the Debug mode and even disable the Cache to see changes instantly. Flywheel does seem to be caching WordPress with their own custom webserver architecture.

Extra Flywheel Services

On top of the usual stuff, Flywheel provides support for backups. While it’s still a good idea to backup WordPress regularly on your own, this is a great backup for your backups.

And if that’s not enough, Flywheel will let you enable a multisite service for $10/mo extra and a CDN service for $10 more.

Certificates are free as long as you use Let’s Encrypt but installing your own certificate through Flywheel will cost you $10 month which is not goodFor most users paying an extra $10 a month for a custom certificate is probably not worth it. Having your own certificate is not much different than using the built in Let’s Encrypt, so we’d recommend the free option for most.

If you’re in need of building your own store with your custom certificate you’re probably better off with another service that does not charge you a monthly fee.

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Another exclusive feature is Local by Flywheel. With Local you can design, build and test your website locally (on your computer) then quickly and easy push your design to your live site hosted on Flywheel. Best of all – this is a free feature that works great with all Flywheel plans.

Flywheel Hosting Performance

So how does Flywheel compare to the rest? Let’s put the service to the test.

Website performance is very good, with a response time of less than 1.5 seconds and a solid A score from Pingdom.

Watching the header response closely you can see that Flywheel is using a custom webserver configuration that appears to be quite optimized for the task.

A test from the Australia server also gives an excellent result with another A. Good job!

GTMetrix also shows a superb result and the website loaded in 1.6s confirming that Flywheel does have a nice webserver & cache in place, making this a fine service for any WP addict that needs a very good performance.

What I Liked

Flywheel has a nice intuitive and easy to use interface with standard options but tons of extras. I loved the “we do not get in your way” attitude towards the domains & DNS setup as this is ideal for a quick setup, specially for professionals.

I also liked the way they respond to tickets. The support staff are happy to help and quick on fixes. And I most certainly liked the performance.

What I didn’t like

Having a nice service with a very restrictive storage space is not nice and having to pay tons of money for an even more expensive service just to use more space is not fun at all. I would loved to have more storage space options to the mix. There are tons of blogs & magazines that does not get that many visits but consumes a lot of storage space and Flywheel will be a very costly service for that kind of activity.

I do think the sign up process could be better as the plans are not visible until after you setup your website and choose a form of payment. This needs to improve. Either offer a free demo (with the 14-day limitation visible) or require the user to signup & add payment info first (then setup after) – mixing the two is confusing.

Also Flywheel doesn’t currently offer any e-mail options which could be a problem. Though we can highly recommend G-suite if you want to manage emails yourself.

Wrapping Up

Flywheel is a solid hosting option. The intuitive and easy to use interface combined with extras such as backups, staging, ability to add free SSL certificates, multisite compatibility and optional CDN makes for quite a good deal. Also Flywheel offers one of the least intrusive methods for setting up domains and DNS (aka we don’t stand in your way attitude) and that is a nice gesture.

Plus if you are a freelance web designer there are some extra features like the option to choose client billing and Local (which you can use to connect your local development site to you live client sites).

On the other side of the table the storage space is very limited and Flywheel is somewhat expensive. But if you don’t require tons of space, it’s a good service with excellent performance and tech support. For more information, be sure to visit their website.

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Overall we think Flywheel is a pretty good managed WordPress hosting service, but what do you think? Have you tried Flywheel? Or do you have any other questions about their hosting? Let us know in the comments.

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