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10 min read Oli
Business | kooc.co.uk | Jul. 21, 2016

Transparency Report #2: Merging 2 Theme Companies & Domain Acquisition

The second monthly Transparency Report for Kooc Media, June 2016. Covers merging 2 theme shops, redesign, domain acquisition.

Transparency Report #2: Merging 2 Theme Companies & Domain Acquisition

Business | kooc.co.uk | Jul. 21, 2016

This month’s report is a little later than I will usually be doing them – I will be aiming to get these out the first week of the new month from now on. The reason for the delay is I went on holiday at the start of July to Ibiza with my family which was great. Since the sale of WPLift, this was the first holiday I’ve had for years where I didn’t have to do any real work, aside from the odd customer support email of course! Last month was a very busy one for me, after the acquisitions of Fimply and AlienWP I decided to merge the two sites together under the AlienWP brand. I decided to redesign the AlienWP site as the old design was a little dated, wasn’t responsive and it used Restrict Content Pro as the membership plugin – I prefer to use Easy Digital Downloads so I dedicated the start of the month to yet another website overhaul.
I also completed the purchase of a new domain name ( more on that below ) and I also updated some themes for the official directory.
Here’s what happened in June.
AlienWP Redesign
My first project of the month was to redesign the AlienWP website, I liked the design of it but it wasn’t responsive and I felt it

15 min read Oli
Business | kooc.co.uk | Jun. 8, 2016

Kooc Transparency Report #1: WPLift Sale, Acquisitions & Future Plans.

The first in a series of monthly transparency reports covering income & traffic for Kooc Media's WordPress related businesses. Report for May 2016.

Kooc Transparency Report #1: WPLift Sale, Acquisitions & Future Plans.

Business | kooc.co.uk | Jun. 8, 2016

This was supposed to be the first post on my personal site, OliverDale.com, but I decided to use my company site instead as it’s already established in the search engines and it made sense to write about my businesses on my actual business website! I thought I’d start by saying hello and introducing myself: I’m Oli Dale and I used to run WPLift which I recently sold via Flippa, I also run ThemeFurnace and now another couple of WordPress-related businesses ( more on those below ).
I’m going to be using this blog from now on to talk about my company, the websites I run and other topics related to doing business online – my company Kooc Media Ltd, turned 10 this year which is crazy to think about now.
I have always loved reading transparency reports, it’s great to see how other online business people are doing and they also act as motivation to me. I used to run a monthly series of them on WPLift a few years back which always did well and seemed to genuinely interest people so I thought it would be cool to start doing the same again now.
In these reports I will be sharing all aspects of running these websites, traffic, finances and so on. I will also

7 min read Oli
Business | kooc.co.uk | 20 days ago

Transparency Report #3: AlienWP Progress Report, Updates & New Site

I decided to bring back the Transparency report for Kooc Media, here I discuss updates & financials since the last one tease a new site.

Transparency Report #3: AlienWP Progress Report, Updates & New Site

Business | kooc.co.uk | 20 days ago

First of all I thought I’d explain where the transparency reports disappeared to, I started this series of posts back last year after the sale of WPLift and I planned to do one each month.I’ve even purchased the domain name TransparencyReport.com, a great domain that I paid around $500 for so I still plan to do something with that soon. Unfortunately I started to get behind after just two reports as I had a high work-load so I thought I would remove them so I could concentrate on running my sites, I’ve had a few people asking where they went and I had thought about bringing them back so here we are. I think this time, rather than commit to doing a report each month I will focus on creating one when I have something interesting to share. I actually deleted the last two reports from the site, I managed to recover the first one from archive.org, in the second one I talked about how I had merged AlienWP.com and Fimply.de and redesigned the site but unfortunately I couldn’t recover that post. In this post I will let you know how that went along with the up to date financials, give some updates about ThemeFurnace and also talk a little about a new project I have been