• Achtung, achtung!  :)

    During July 27th 2024 (or 28th, depending on your time zone), hosting server maintenance is planned and the forum will not work normally (we'll set it to read-only mode at best, though it will be completely offline for a while). Hopefully, it will all go well and we will be back on line within less than 8 hours.

    Thank you in advance for your patience.

    Note, this has nothing to do with the planned forum upgrade to version 2.3, which will most probably happen at a later date (probably in Autumn).

    Relja

Black Friday 2023 deals - IT related

I already wrote about the lifetime offers worth buying.
Some of those are still available with Black Friday discounts.

Here, I will list the other (one-time purchase, lifetime or subscription based) IT-related offers that I think are good and worth investing in (will keep editing this post to keep it up-to-date as I learn about new offers).

This list is very short, and quite exclusive. That is deliberate. Listing all the existing discounts would beat its purpose - the idea is to curate and share deals that I know are good (compared to regular prices), by companies I’ve found to be reliable when doing business with them.

Black Friday GIF by ABC Network


And, yes, if the stuff I like & recommend offers an affiliate link, I will be using those - and mark such links as "affiliate link". If there is no affiliate program, I will just share the non-affiliate links, without any marks.

1. Web Hosting​

Before I start:
Why you should be very careful with hosting recommendations (even from the WordPress.org website!)

MDDHosting - stable and fast shared and reseller hosting, with awesome tech. support​

My favourite hosting provider, MDDHosting (my review). At the time of writing, practically all my websites and this forum are hosted there - can't give a more honest recommendation than that.

MDDHosting already offers a Black Friday discount for the new, and fund top-up bonus for the existing customers.

In addition to that, expect over 50% discounts on new orders for Black Friday only (24th November)!

MDDHosting doesn't advertize as a managed WordPress hosting, but they are WordPress experts and help a lot - more than some "managed WordPress hosting" providers I've tried.

MDDHosting offer (affiliate link)

Indystack - fully managed WordPress hosting​

I have not tested or used this service. However, Aleksandar Savković works there (his LinkedIn profile link). He is a top-class WordPress expert, and a wonderful human being I like to think of as my friend.

If I were looking for a fully managed WordPress hosting, I'd give him a call.

For a full disclosure - I personally prefer the non-fully-managed setups: with more freedom to mess things up if you don't know what you're doing. :) For the "normal" people (and business owners), on the other hand, a fully-managed option does make a lot of sense.

Indystack offer link - use the coupon code "BFCM" on checkout for a 50% discount for an entire year.

2. WordPress​

OceanWP theme​

One of my favourite WordPress themes, OceanWP, offers a Black Friday discount.

The free OceanWP is awesome (especially for WooCommerce), but the paid, "Pro" version brings a ton of extra options, with no need for any coding. And it's quite well-written and runs fast (optimized). Here, you can read my full OceanWP Pro tutorial and review.

They are giving a 55% discount, even on lifetime purchases (in addition to the standard, yearly licenses)!

OceanWP BlackFriday offer (affiliate link)

GeneratePress theme​

Another favourite of mine. BikeGremlin websites are currently running on GeneratePress - can't give a more honest recommendation than that. Here is a full description of how I built my sites with GeneratePress.

They are giving a 25% discount on both yearly licences, and on lifetime offers.

GeneratePress BlackFriday offer (affiliate link)

The SEO Framework plugin​

My favourite WordPress SEO plugin. Along with WordFence, it is a plugin I install on literally every website I make! The free version does do all you need in terms of SEO. However, the paid (Pro) version comes with some powerful extras, including an awesome anti-spam protection (and without any bloat). Read my The SEO Framework Pro review for all the details.

Now, TSF is offering a 50% discount subscription for life! As far as I know, they've never done anything similar (and I don't expect them to repeat it). Yes, I know I sound like a salesman, but I do really think what I just wrote.
Note: the discount is for subscriptions. You will need to renew them each year, but they will always be at a 50% discounted price. So it's not a one-time purchase. And that's good in my opinion (had to double-check that to confirm), because lifetime can be risky - while subscriptions assure funding for further development.

The man who runs TSF, Sybre Waaijer, is a very cool guy. In my TSF vs Yoast test article's section 7, I linked to the reddit discussion I had with TSF team years ago. TL/DR: I made some wrong measurements when comparing Yoast vs TSF performance. Instead of any harsh words, the guys just patiently and clearly pointed out the flaws in my measuring and testing system. This resulted in my updated website testing methods, and a new batch of tests with more realistic results.

They don't offer affiliate programs, and don't pay for false reviews. They just make an awesome SEO plugin.

The SEO Framework Black Friday discount


For more WordPress-related BlackFriday offers - you can also check out this LowEndSpirit forum topic:
https://lowendspirit.com/discussion/6798/wordpress-related-blackfriday-2023-offers

That's all I've "caught" so far when it comes to good deals for the stuff I use, or would at least recommend. I'll update this post if something interesting pops up.
UPDATE:
I listed the prices in the BikeGremlin website BF article:
https://bike.bikegremlin.com/18626/bikegremlin-sales-recommendations/

Relja
 
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