Pressable is the new startup at Geekdom in San Antonio.
But it’s actually one of the oldest startups at the downtown co-working space.
Vid Luther launched ZippyKid in 2010 as a managed WordPress hosting site.
On Thursday, the company rebranded as Pressable.
With the new name, Luther, CEO, plans to align the company’s brand with its growth.
Last summer, Luther bought the domain name and Twitter handle for Pressable. He wanted the name to reflect the company’s focus on WordPress hosting for Fortune 100 companies, startups, nonprofit agencies and professional organizations worldwide.
The company is also introducing a new pricing model. It currently hosts one website for $25 a month. Starting today, customers can host up to five websites for $25 a month.
“We commoditized WordPress hosting and made it available at a price that is more accessible,” Luther said. Pressable seeks to simplify publishing online for WordPress users.
Today, an estimated one in five websites on the Internet runs on WordPress.
The rebranding is the first step in expanding Pressable’s business, Luther said. Other changes will be unveiled early next year, he said.
Pressable is privately held company and has nine employees. It has raised $800,000 in seed stage funding from Rackspace cofounders Pat Condon, Dirk Elmendorf, Automattic, the company behind WordPresscom, DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg, Slicehost founder Jason Seats and 500 Startups.
Pressable with 1,200 customers is profitable and has revenue of more than $1 million a year, Luther said.
This week on Slice of Silicon Hills News, host Andrew Moore interviews Vid Luther, founder of ZippyKid, a WordPress hosting site.
The startup, founded in 2010, is based at Geekdom, a sponsor of Silicon Hills News.
Moore interviews Luther at the Silver Fox Studios, which is also a sponsor of Silicon Hills News, on the 10th floor of Geekdom in downtown San Antonio.
Back in February, Susan Lahey did this profile of WP Engine, the wordpress hosting site founded by Jason Cohen.
The startup is growing by leaps and bounds. And today they posted a video showing their team spirit and showcasing why Austin is a great place to work. The entire staff ran a 5K around Town Lake, including the wet guy, which you’ll have to watch the video to see what he did. I love all the geeks mapping out and caching their routes with their laptops. San Austin Productions, a business that clearly sees the opportunity in the combined Austin and San Antonio technology community, shot the video.
By now you’ve probably heard of SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act introduced by San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith.
The jist of it is that media and entertainment companies want to protect the copyright on their content from pirates. Not too many people would take issue with that.
But the legislation would effectively give content producers the ability to censor the web.
On Wednesday, dozens of websites including Wikipedia, Reddit, WordPress, Craigslist and others blacked out their content in protest over the legislation. Google, which also opposes SOPA, blacked out its logo.
PIPA, the Protect IP ACT, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is already losing support.
But when Congress reconvenes work will begin on SOPA again, according to this article from Engadget.
San Antonio-based Rackspace Hosting has been working with lawmakers to fix the bills to effectively fight online piracy and avoid Internet disruption or “imposing unreasonable costs on Internet users and service providers,” Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier wrote in a blog post.
He said the existing bills, SOPA and PIPA, are “well-intentioned, but would do more harm than good. Their enforcement provisions could be easily evaded, and they would undermine the security and stability of the Internet.
Meanwhile, Congressman Smith contends that SOPA is vastly misunderstood. He also blasted Wikipedia for what he called a publicity stunt.
“It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites,” according to Lamar. “This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”
Smith says the “Stop Online Piracy Act only targets foreign websites that are primarily dedicated to illegal activity. It does not grant the Justice Department the authority to seek a court order to shut down any website operated in the U.S.”