Sponsor Spotlight Post – Hover

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What is Hover?

Hover is a Toronto-based domain name provider that makes finding, buying and managing domains as simple as possible. 

As much as we love domain names, however, we understand that not everyone thinks about them every day like us (shocking, right?). That’s why we don’t complicate the process with confusing upsells, and focus on things you actually want like providing awesome support — including phone support without any annoying phone trees.

Tell us an interesting and/or funny story about Hover & WordPress

A few months ago, we published a blog post called “10 Easy Touch-Ups To Improve Your Design Website.” One of the recommendations listed was to always check your spelling and grammar…and wouldn’t you know it, for tip #3 we accidentally wrote “reall” instead of “really.” Oh, the irony! Luckily, one of our readers quickly pointed this out in the comments section (through our Disqus plugin), and WordPress enabled us to swiftly fix the typo before too many other people noticed this mistake. Although, writing about it now probably isn’t going to help too much towards keeping the mistake under the radar

What would you recommend to the attendees of WCTO16?

Besides saying hi to us at the Hover table? Check out Brian Rotsztein’s talk if you’re able to. We recently attended WordCamp Montreal and saw his talk there, and he certainly has some interesting ways of finding unique content to write about!

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Art & Science

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Art & Science Digital Experience Design is a team of creative technologists who don’t see art and science as two separate things.

Our designers are as analytical as our coders, and our coders are as creative as our designers. We’re “technology agnostic”, meaning that we don’t play favourites. The best technology solution is the one that’s right for the job.

We have a ten-year history of creating digital experiences for some of the biggest brands in Canada, launching new brands designed from the ground up, and helping new businesses get off the ground with proven customer-centric strategies.

With the recent acquisition of Maple North, we’ve added a robust mix of services to our offering to help our clients build their site traffic, test their messaging and ultimately surpass their lead-generation and sales objectives.

Art & Science is a huge supporter of the WordPress community, and a number of our team members are involved in core contribution and local WordPress community meetups and conferences. We’re proud to have sponsored WordCamp Toronto 2016 as a way of giving back to the community that has been so good to us!

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Carbon60 Networks Inc.


“To deliver your WordPress web property without fail, Carbon60 provides a white glove level of service to support the entire WordPress development and delivery life-cycle, hosted within our Tier 3 grade Canadian Cloud data centres.

Our WordPress sandbox allows design/development teams to create new WordPress development environments on-demand while an integrated code management service provides a secure place to manage code changes. Sites are then staged for testing using Carbon60’s integrated security and performance testing tools.

Once optimized, site code and content are promoted to our world-class production WordPress delivery platform. This platform combines the strengths of an enterprise cloud computing architecture – optimized to host WordPress source code, plug-ins and content – with a vastly scalable and robust global edge content delivery/security system.

As a result, our WordPress delivery platform delivers content faster and more reliably, making your site highly resilient to both welcome traffic spikes and unwelcome denial-of-service attacks.”

Sponsor Spotlight Post – ThemeIsle

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Need a WordPress theme that’s actually easy to use and to customize? Great, that’s what we’re here for! WordPress themes are our bread, butter, and rum! We know them. We live them.

We’re ThemeIsle. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Here’s something that never lies – raw numbers:

We have one of the top 10 most popular themes released last year in the theme directory.

Our plugins have been downloaded more than 500,000 times .

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Simplistics


With over 200 WordPress websites under our belt, Simplistics Web Design Inc. continues to be dedicated members of the Toronto WordPress development community. Simplistics’ builds custom WordPress websites and applications.

The only thing our clients love more than the simplicity of updating their own website’s content is the quick turnaround time and professional web design of their WordPress website.

At Simplistics, building WordPress websites is not just our job – it’s our passion. And it can be seen throughout our work with all of our clients. They love our dedication, attention to detail and plain talk.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – WP Engine


WP Engine powers amazing digital experiences for websites or applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability and security required by the biggest brands in the world, while remaining affordable and intuitive enough for smaller businesses and individuals. Companies large and small rely on WP Engine’s award-winning customer service team that specializes in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, and London, England.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Pasada Media


Pasada Media is a Toronto-based web development and media production firm established in 2010. We help amazing people do incredible things with WordPress.

Our services include WordPress website design and development, recorded and live streamed video production, and still photography for event coverage, promotion, portrait and fashion.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – HYPEStudio

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Whether you’re looking for a brand new theme for your site, or a powerful plugin to enhance its feature and functionality, HYPEStudio have you covered. Customer satisfaction, quality and innovation is what drive us forward. We enjoy creating WordPress products such as HYPESocial – Buffer PRO, Topcat Lite & HYPE Theme, that help you succeed with your online business.

HYPEStudio team makes WordPress themes and plugins with only one thing in mind – YOU!

Sponsor Spotlight Post – BoldGrid


BoldGrid is a website builder powered by WordPress. It is a free set of WordPress plugins, themes, and other content that allows site creation and management similar to non-WordPress website builders. By placing WordPress more in line with DIY site builder solutions on the market, our mission is not only to make WordPress more accessible and easy for beginners to utilize, but also automate and streamline typical WordPress tasks to provide a fast, creator-friendly platform that even web professionals will appreciate.

Experience WordPress as a website builder, including: free pre-built themes, drag and drop editing, integrated image banks, simplified photo editing, built-in staging, automated backups, and so much more.

BoldGrid will have you creating professional looking WordPress sites in minutes!


Sponsor Spotlight Post – A2 Hosting

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Since 2003, A2 Hosting has specialized in linux-based, developer-friendly hosting. We cater to the WordPress community by offering robust servers and hosting accounts at an affordable cost. We back up our hosting with 24/7 support available by phone, ticket, or live chat.

A2 is active in the WordPress community – we dedicate a percentage of our development time to WordPress as part of the Five for the Future initiative, and we are active in many WordCamps. Our in-house Application Optimizer, Ben Cool is also an organizer of the Ann Arbor WordCamp, and speaks at many other WordCamps across the country.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Flywheel

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Flywheel is a delightful platform that empowers designers, developers, and digital agencies to focus on what they do best — building beautiful, functional sites for their clients. We make it a breeze to create and develop WordPress sites, handle hosting, manage projects, and ultimately scale your business.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – FlowPress

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FlowPress is a Toronto based Developer Operations agency passionate about WordPress and JavaScript. Our clients look to us to put out fires and then apply our expertise and insight to the prevention and mitigation of future problems. If we can leave it better than we found it, it was a good day.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – SiteLock

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Currently protecting more than one million WordPress sites, SiteLock delivers a patented 360-degree website security solution to find, fix and prevent malware and other threats from affecting websites and their visitors. Services include malware scanning and vulnerability detection, automatic malware removal, an advanced web application firewall (WAF), PCI compliance and website acceleration powered by a global CDN. SiteLock provides phone support, available 24/7/365.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – ManageWP

ManageWP-logoManageWP helps you manage a bunch of WordPress websites efficiently by automating most of your tasks, so you could focus on things that matter.
Backups, updates, uptime monitoring, SEO, white labeling and a lot more. Over 10,000 WordPress professionals and over a quarter million of their websites use ManageWP to save over 40,000 work hours every day.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Pluginize

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Pluginize was launched in 2016 to support, house, and promote WebDevStudios products that put your WordPress site in the fast lane.

Pluginize is the new home for a variety of both free and premium products that help extend WordPress and BuddyPress sites beyond their standard capabilities–without having to rely on lots of coding. Our tools are created so that even non-developers can customize and enhance their sites to the max!

We haven’t forgotten the developers, though; we make sure to build our products with extensibility in mind so that our plugins are worth your time regardless whether you’re a rookie or an expert.

Powered by WebDevStudios, Pluginize houses WordPress community favorites like CPTUI, CMB2, and more, as well as provides tutorials and documentation on how to make our products work for you. Get ahead of the competition with Pluginize!

Sponsor Spotlight Post – SiteGround


SiteGround, with over 12 years in the business, provides managed WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing! Their servers, available in 4 different data centers across the world, are optimized for ultimate WordPress speed and security and they provide many goodies for the WordPress fans – automatic updates for the core WordPress and its plugins, WordPress SuperCacher for ultimate speed acceleration, staging tool for the coders and unique WordPress autoinstaller for the starting users – all crafted in-house by the SiteGround team. And still they do not forget the importance of the good old standard hosting features like the domain name registration, the email service, control panel and the reasonable pricing. They also have a support team that is not only available 24/7 by phone, chat and ticketing, but consists of WordPress enthusiasts who will help you with specific WordPress issues. SiteGround has been actively involved with the community speaking, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the world and by sponsoring WordCamp Toronto, they want to further contribute to the amazing WordPress community.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – WPML

WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. WPML powers simple blogs as well as corporate and enterprise sites.

WPML allows users to translate everything in the site, including content, menus, widgets and even theme and plugin texts. WPML powers over 500,000 commercial websites from all over the world.

More information about going multilingual can be found at WPML.org

We are looking for talent. If you are a smart programmer you are welcome to contact us here: http://wpml.org/home/were-hiring/.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – DreamHost

dreamhostDreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 350,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute. More information can be found at  http://dreamhost.com.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Pantheon


The website management platform for Drupal & WordPress, Pantheon provides web teams with the hosting, cloud-based developer tools, and scalable infrastructure needed to run awesome websites. Serving billions of pageviews a month for over 100,000 websites, Pantheon’s container-based infrastructure allows you to launch websites faster, without worrying about traffic spikes, security or performance. It’s free in development. Create your free account now!

Sponsor Spotlight Post – GoDaddy

GoDaddy_ProGoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – WooCommerce


WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

With WooCommerce you can start with all the basic tools that any small business would need to start selling online, including product setup, payments, shipping options, and sales reports and as your business grows choose from over 300 premium add-ons available including additional payment processors, shipping methods, inventory systems and marketing tools anyone to sell anything, anywhere from real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time.

In July 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month and also the creators of other popular WordPress services including Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We look forward to growing WooCommerce to achieve even greater things together with Automattic.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Bluehost


Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Plesk

plesk_logo_positive_rgbPlesk simplifies web management activities to align with the way infrastructure is used today for hosting websites and web applications. A widely used web management solution, Plesk provides everything a web professional needs to set up a website quickly and securely – including a WordPress Toolkit, an easy-to-navigate control panel, server level automation, supportability tools, and complete protection with our server-to-site security core.

Sponsor Spotlight Post – Jetpack

jetpack-horizontal-white-bgJetpack is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites. This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates. Additionally Jetpack includes several features that help you customize the look and feel of your site without installing other tools. More information can be found at jetpack.com.

Call for Sponsors for WordCamp Toronto 2016

If your business runs on WordPress it makes sense to become our sponsor. Not only will you earn some good karma by giving back to the community, but you will also have the opportunity to mix, mingle and meet with WordPress developers, designers, users and business owners from all over the world.

In the past few years WordCamp Toronto attracted more than 400 people yearly. This year, we are hoping to have even more people attending as we have been working hard in securing the venue in downtown Toronto. Plus, the first year ever, WordCamp Toronto will be on August 6th & 7th and there is nothing better than spending a nice, summer weekend with your fellow WordPressers.

As we would like to keep the ticket prices low ($20 per person per day) and still offer great presentations and wonderful speakers, we need your help to cover the cost of the event.

If you decide to become WordCamp Toronto 2016 sponsor, you will support the WordPress community, gain great exposure for your business via our website & social media channels and have our unending gratitude.

You can find more information about our sponsorship levels here!

Please, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.