I’m pleased to announce that I’m the new owner of Pro Plugin Directory. I got in touch with Steven as soon as I heard it was for sale via email, as I believe in the potential of the project, and have been quietly following its progress since launch. After an initial higher offer by another interested party (there were more than 20) fell through, mine was picked as the next best.

The next step was to setup an Escrow for the funds, wait for those to arrive, and then transfer the domain and site files. The whole process went about as smoothly as these things can (thanks again Steven!), and PPD is now hosted on my SiteGround VPS.

I should say a little about who I am, because some of you might not know me. If you do, it’s probably because I (like Steven) run a theme shop.

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of buying websites since around 2012 when I bought my first (non-WordPress related) site on Flippa. I’ve bought a few sites since then (nowadays I try and stick to what I know: WordPress) and they haven’t always worked out but I’m excited to build on the traction Steven has managed to create for PPD and turn it into something truly valuable for the community.

What does all this mean for the directory? In the near-term, not much will change. In fact, things will stay exactly the same, as I’ll spend the next few weeks getting to grips with the existing processes and making sure I understand exactly how everything works. Then I hope to start adding features and ramping up the marketing efforts. I have a few ideas about what I can do to make PPD an even better resource (the aim is to make it the go-to place for commercial plugins), but would love to hear in the comments what you would you do in my shoes.

Another reason I was interested in PPD is that I’m working on a new, related project that I’m hoping to launch in January. Keep your eyes peeled for that!

Oh, and if you’re a plugin developer and haven’t submitted your plugin yet, with the buzz around the site steadily growing, now would be a great time to add your plugin.


Published by Charlie Livingston

I run websites for a living (including athemes.com). When I'm not doing that I like to play tennis and table tennis.


  1. I’m excited to see Pro Plugin Directory carry on under Charlie’s direction. I was very happy to have the opportunity to sell to someone involved in the WordPress community who already has a track record of success with both selling their own and promoting other peoples’ WordPress products.

    An interesting piece of information for readers may be that I passed up a better offer and went with Charlie’s in order that the project land in the hands of someone I have confidence in.

  2. Great :) All the best for PPD, Charlie.

  3. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it Charlie. Best of luck!

  4. Congrats Charlie! Good luck on your new endeavor.


  5. Very best of luck Charlie. :)

  6. Oh hey Charlie! Congrats. Happy to have someone we can trust :) taking it over as I have a plugin listed on here as well. Looking forward to see what you do with it.

  7. Charlie, congratulations! I’m sure Pro Plugin Directory is in safe hands!

  8. Congrats Charlie. Looking forward to the next phase of PPD :)


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