Around four years ago, DevPress.com started with four founders. Due to a case of too many Chiefs and not enough Indians, the team didn’t mesh well and the site never got traction. For a short time, DevPress was dying and members were left hanging so I offered to take over. On my own with DevPress, I found some success here and there. There were high times (like DevPress’s partnership with AlienWP.com), but also low times. Through thick and thin I stuck by until recently I had to let go.
Last weekend, I held an auction to sell DevPress due to my wife’s mounting medical bills and lack of time to manage DevPress properly for the last few months. After posting the auction online, I reached out to a few individuals in the WordPress community to seek help finding a buyer. Within 24 hours, someone made a bid to end the auction.
I jumped at accepting the bid because I instantly recognized who it was from and is familiar with his work. More bids and offers came in as news of the auction started spreading, but I honored the first accepted bid because I felt it would be the perfect fit for DevPress going forward.
The bid was from Devin Price, a WordPress developer from Austin, Texas — owner of WPTheming.com. He’s WordPress-competent, is involved in giving back and contributing toward the GPL community, and most importantly he is consistent, which DevPress desperately needs. You can check out some of his work here:
After speaking with Devin and discussing with him through email exchanges, I trust that he’s acquiring DevPress for the long term and will no doubt make DevPress a better place to be a member of, starting with the upcoming theme releases he has in store.
As for things like membership terms, pricing, affiliate commission rate, current themes, and everything else, they stay the same. Also, to help Devin make the transition, I’ll stick around for at least a year to give support and update themes that I built for DevPress.
EDIT: If your membership renewal is coming up, it will be paid to my PayPal account until the entire membership and payment system are transferred to the new owner. If you don’t cancel your subscription, your access to DevPress will continue as usual.
Thank you for your patience and support for DevPress’s future. And to wrap this up, I’d like to thank my friends and the WordPress community in general for all the help with the auction. As a community, you’ve proved time and time again that you protect your own. I am surprised, relieved, and humbled by this experience, and certainly grateful to be a part of such a community. And to Devin, thanks for the perfect timing; you are the type of developer I’m looking for to take over DevPress and the community agrees.