In today’s big announcement, Blogdroid is set to be acquired by Page.ly, a competing managed WordPress hosting provider.
“BlogDroid is a great acquisition to swell our ranks of happy customers. They will find a good home on our expanding service,” said Joshua Strebel, co-founder and CEO of Page.ly while remarking on the deal. “Managed WordPress is what we do, we have future plans for the blogdroid.com domain in that regard.”
BlogDroid was an attractive acquisition for Page.ly due to their impressive growth in a short period of time, a more polished brand than most competitors, and the “customer-first” approach made by Karen Jackie, co-founder of BlogDroid. She had the following to say about the acquisition:
“We are extremely excited to see our valued WordPress customers move to such a mature and well respected service like Page.ly. We want to make sure the transition is as easy as possible and will be assisting the Page.ly team in making sure every customer has a seamless moving experience.”
Blogdroid customers will be moving over to the Page.ly service, but Page.ly will not be offering all the services that Blogdroid offered. Email and DNS are the two primary features that will not be supported.
Email and DNS were two big reasons why I really loved Blogdroid, but no other managed WordPress hosting provider out there, offered those service.
In an email to [Blogdroid] customers, they had this to say:
If you had email boxes on our servers, please be aware that Pagely does not do email. We would recommend that you:
- set up gmail accounts
- set up boxes at your current domain registrar
- sign up with Rackspace Hosted Email
- sign up with Zoho (there is a free option)
Needless to say, I’m disappointed that Page.ly won’t take on those services to support Blogdroid customers, that they will still have to go find their own e-mail and DNS providers.
UPDATE: Based on a comment by Page.ly co-founder Sally, Page.ly does offer DNS services and the company previously offered email services. But they found offering email is a full time job in itself, so they decided on only offering DNS, on top of their core managed WordPress hosting.