Awesome Motive - Imagely

Imagely is the powerhouse behind NextGEN Gallery, Photocrati theme, and multiple Pro gallery extensions, and it has been an integral part of the WordPress community.

Today, I’m thrilled to share that Imagely is joining the Awesome Motive family.

As the owner of Imagely, Nathan Singh did an exceptional job leading one of the most robust WordPress gallery solutions available. NextGEN Gallery has over 32 million downloads and is used by photographers and businesses around the world.

I have known Nathan for years, and I’m extremely excited to build on his vision of creating the best gallery tools for WordPress.

Who's Awesome Motive?

Hi, my name is Syed Balkhi, founder and CEO of Awesome Motive. I established my company in 2009 with a vision of helping small businesses thrive.

Today, Awesome Motive’s mission remains the same - creating innovative products that help small businesses grow and compete with the big guys. We're proud to be the brains behind some of the most popular WordPress plugins and resources available:

  • WPBeginner – the largest free WordPress resource site for beginners.
  • OptinMonster – popular conversion optimization software that helps you convert abandoning visitors into subscribers and customers.
  • WPForms – the most beginner-friendly WordPress form builder.
  • MonsterInsights – the most popular WordPress Analytics plugin that helps you grow your business with confidence.
  • AIOSEO - the original WordPress SEO plugin to help you get more traffic.
  • WP Mail SMTP – the #1 plugin that helps improve your WordPress email deliverability.
  • SeedProd – the best drag-and-drop landing page builder for WordPress.
  • Duplicator - one of the most popular WordPress backups and migration plugins.
  • RafflePress – powerful WordPress giveaway and contest plugin to grow your website traffic.
  • Smash Balloon – most popular social media feeds plugin for WordPress.
  • PushEngage - leading web push notification software for small businesses.
  • SearchWP - the most advanced WordPress search plugin.
  • AffiliateWP - leading WordPress affiliate management plugin.
  • Easy Digital Downloads - leading eCommerce plugin for selling digital products.
  • WP Simple Pay - simple WordPress payment plugin that lets you accept online payments without creating a shopping cart.
  • WPCode - the most popular code snippets plugin for WordPress.
  • Sendlayer - powerful SMTP email delivery service for websites and apps.
  • Thrive Themes - powerful set of marketing tools for website owners.
  • … and many more.

Collectively our WordPress plugins are used on over 25 million websites. Yes, we know a thing or two about building awesome products that customers love.

What Does this Acquisition Mean for Existing Users?

Aside from the change in ownership, it’s business as usual. You can continue to use NextGEN Gallery and Photocrati without any interruptions.

Apart from Nathan, the entire Imagely team will be joining Awesome Motive. This means the same skilled minds will continue to support you. We've also added more Awesome Motive team members (including myself) to the Imagely team.

Our experienced and dedicated team aims to make the transition as smooth as possible. Looking ahead, I'm excited to combine forces with the Imagely team as we work to add several new features and improvements to NextGEN Gallery in the near future.

If you would like to join the team, please see the Awesome Motive Careers page for open positions.

What’s Coming Next?

Our work is just starting.

Since stepping into the WordPress industry in 2006, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. With over 100 million people visiting my websites every year, I understand the significance of good gallery solutions for photographers as well as eCommerce sites.

We'll be teaming up with Imagely and combining our experience and expertise to bring you even better WordPress gallery features, without the high costs!

I'm truly excited about the future of Imagely and can't wait to start this journey!

I want to take a moment to appreciate Nathan's hard work in shaping NextGEN Gallery and Photocrati. I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

I also want to give a big thank you to all the users who have supported Imagely so far. I hope to earn your support in this next chapter, and I look forward to continuing to serve you by building the absolute best gallery tools for your websites.


Syed Balkhi
CEO of Awesome Motive

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