GMO Internet Group company, GMO Internet Pte Ltd. (Singapore) today officially launches WP Shop by GMO (http://www.wpshop.com), a social marketplace for buying and selling WordPress themes, while providing a platform to showcase and share Asian design. WP Shop by GMO began accepting content and theme submissions in late February and is officially open to all users as of today.
WP Shop by GMO is a social marketplace for buying and selling high quality themes and other digital content for WordPress created by web designers in Asia. Features of the marketplace include the ability for users to communicate with designers to ask questions and receive technical support, and “Like”, “Follow”, and “Watchlist” functions help designers get their work noticed and users track their favorite designers.
The marketplace’s interactive and social features facilitate smooth communication between sellers and purchasers. Going forward, GMO Internet will continue to add new features, including a Job board where designers can post and find projects, and Forums for discussing themes and content.
The WordPress user population is increasing yearly, and while there are many general content marketplaces, there are few that specialize in a particular region or design viewpoint. WP Shop aims to be not only a marketplace for a better WordPress user experience, but a platform to showcase and share Asian design. We aim to support the further growth of talented Asian web designers and provide a place where web designers can improve and promote their skills, showcase their work, and profit from their designs.
“At GMO Internet we have great respect for WordPress and the open source community. Through WP Shop we hope to support the further growth of WordPress, and contribute to the user community,” says GMO Internet, Inc. Board member Kimihiro Kodama. “We aim to help designers and creators in Asia to gain exposure and improve skills while contributing to a richer user experience for WordPress users all over the world.”
WordPress is open source software that began as a blogging tool and has evolved to be used as a full Content Management System (CMS). An extensive selection of themes and plugins created by third parties are available to WordPress users. Companies, government organizations, community groups and bloggers are all attracted by user-friendly functions and the ease with which content can be created and updated. The CMS tool has a global market share exceeding 58.5%* and usage is expected to further expand in 2013. WordPress is used by over 18.7%* of all websites or one out of every six websites across the Internet. One of the advantages of having been created as an Open Source project is that the WordPress user community is very active, in 2012 alone WorldCamp, organized by community volunteers, was held 67 times in locations all over the world.(*Source:w3techs, 2013)
About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing, online research, and smartphone game development and publishing. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/.