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We Built the School + WPBeginner Giveaway Winners

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We Built the School + WPBeginner Giveaway Winners

Hello Everyone,

Syed Balkhi here. On July 4th, we celebrated our 4th birthday with the largest WordPress giveaway. We also did a fundraiser to raise $25,000 to build a school, and we were successful.

I want to thank all of you guys for your continuous support that you have shown over the years. I also want to thank all of our sponsors who helped made this giveaway possible. We had 200+ prizes with a combined value over $25,000.

I want to give a special shout out to the top sponsors: MaxCDN, StudioPress and the Copyblogger family, ManageWP family with SEO Smart Links and last but not least HitTail.

Thank you all sponsors (friends):

iThemes and BackupBuddy, Sucuri, Bluehost, Themify, Elegant Themes, Headway, Soliloquy, Gravity Forms, Standard Theme, InMotion Hosting, Web Hosting Hub, Pippins Plugins, SeedProd, WPValet, WPZoom, Michael Hyatt,, ZippyKid, Yoast, RaffleCompter, Themefuse, PixelKit, and Social Metrics Pro.

Gift for Everyone

Before I list the winners, I want you guys to check out our new free floating social bar plugin. It is my gift for the entire community. Extra thanks goes out to Thomas Griffin for helping with this plugin.

Here is a tutorial and more interesting facts about the plugin: how to add the floating social bar.


Ok now here is the list of winners. All winners should have received an email from us already. If you haven’t, and you see your name in the list, then please get in touch. Note: 2 names were removed because they were only emails and we didn’t want to reveal that in public.

Iván Pérez Pérez, Tim, Kayla Gerein, Randy Granger, Stephen, Jörg Kottenrodt, Rakesh Raja, Chandra, Bikash Pradhan, RV, Valerie Schuler, Cathyee, Gustavo, Brycen Dorsay, Konstantinos Kouratoras, Gabriel Nathaniel Vega, Randell Guilbeau, Tashauna Swanson, Muhammad Bilal Khan, Ray Lau, Keri Lynn Carroll, Mike Sasnovski, Andrew Money, Cindy Ricardo, Gene Hammett, Corgraf, Jesse Brede, Sunil, Jon Brown, Pete Kici, Alderik, Sunil, Amy Bowles, Eldon Yoder, Varun AP, Jaime Slutzky, Alam, Gopala Krishnan Mariappan, Karl J. Gephart, Yudha David, Urosevic, Cinnamon B, Gaurav Bhatnagar, Mike Mednikov, Mitchell Williams, Perzen Patel, Hamid Roshaan, Shachar Srebrenik, Jason, Maureen Simiyu, Greg Drake, Eina, Mirna Jope, Magdalena, Gautam Doddamani, Đỗ Quang Tuấn, Chandra, Himanshu Kumar Pandey, George Davies, Julie A Barnes, Del Syllables, Debbie Schmidt, Surjith SM, Ariel Infante, George Newton, Madeline Lee, Anissa Garland, Lino, Lisa Marinelli-Kerr, Maureen Simiyu, Geoff Panek, Mohsin Rasool, Harriet Yoder, Abhilash, Anders Ringman, Andre, Kim Parsell, Ian Lewis, RCM, Michael Mancini, Anders Ringman, Maulana Riezky, Matthew Melamed, Ryan Sullivan, Bambit Gaerlan, Mateusz Stachowski, Nathan Baldwin, Michael Cannon, Dalores Baker Lounds, Luis Camargo, Corinne Rodrigues, Adele Stanfield, Kathy, Nguyễn Xuân Quang, Adulis Mokanan, Mayur, Ahmet Lutfu, Julia West, Sabina Bhattrai, T. Blank, Harsh Gupta, Jonathan Dingman, Liss Lovejoy, Marna Friedman, Jan Onno Reiners, Julian Fernandes, Emanuele Tex Tessore, Alex Saunders, Rachel Muircroft, Sunny, Emyr Thomas, Muzni, Mark, Nancy Steinhausen, Reginald Chan, Sumair, Marinda Jansen van Rensburg, Karen Williams, Kevin Matan, Clay Clarkson, Crimson Lynn Miller, Himanshu, Matt Powers, Levent Ozcakir, Mohamed Elloumi, Sarah Misko, Mohamed, Harry Kalantzis, Bettina, Dan Crews, Kelly Phillips, Syed Danial Munsif, Mitchell Cowell, Sai Kumar, Muhammad Usama Siddiqui, Laura Arcuri, Janeen Sorensen, David Hodges, Melvis Leon, Pierre Bougie, Vũ Nam Hưng, Harsh Gupta, Corey Freeman, Nancy Faix, Johan ‘Boeta’ Brink, Salman Ahmad, Alberto Luza, Micky Andreolli, Bashir Ahmed, Ian Blackford, Rahul Patel, Ruchika, Mohammed, M Adeel Afzal, Grant Palin, Beni Oktopiansah, Skip Shean, Biranjan Raut, Tesur Rajan, John Parkinson, Charlene Smith, Ruthie Onyinyechi, Kris, Nadia Bracken, Randell Guilbeau, Frank Korb, Robert England, Alan Lyddiard, Brahim O’chelh, Jaime Slutzk, Umer, Brian Fesler, Summy Khan, Pradeep Kumar Singh, Judie, Shelley, Travis Ballard, Katherina, Daniele Scasciafratte, Anne Schmidt, Ruth Mayer Hill, John Monte, Fiona, Jef, Deepak R Patel, Brenda Malone, Henrietta Newman, Carlos, Aakash Rohilla, Helmi Asyraf Abdullah, Aehr Dsign, Strawberry Singh, Hasin Hayder, Helen, Marc Davison, Bart, Utchanovsky, Brandy, Salman Ahmad, Janmejai Pratap Singh, Nik, Michael Edwards, Kelly Messer, Nile Flores, Tom Siodlak, Aishath Shua, Panneer Selvan, Daniel, npedersen, Johan, Daniil Rolnik

Thanks again for all your support. I will keep everyone posted about the progress of the school.

Yours Truly,

Syed Balkhi
Founder of WPBeginner

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  1. Nadia says:

    Congrats on reaching your goal and thanks for creating such a great resource for new wordpress users. Keep the great content coming!

  2. Michael says:

    I wish I had signed up before. I would love to have one this!!

    Congrats everyone!


  3. Himanshu Kumar Pandey says:

    It’s good to see my name in the list…after all it is a valuable reward for my loyal reading of this blog. got a theme license and waiting for further response.

  4. Liss Lovejoy says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and all the hard work you put into this awesome site! =)

  5. John Parkinson says:


    Congratulations on reaching your goal!

    See you in Columbus.

  6. Zimbrul says:

    Not on the list :-(…maybe next time…

  7. Tim says:

    I completely forgot I entered until I saw the email stating I won. Thanks!

  8. Varun says:

    I can see my name but I Haven’t received any email yet !

  9. Gautam Doddamani says:

    woohoo i am a winner…thanx syed i have always been a loyal reader of this blog and will continue to be…you guys never organize giveaways a lot, otherwise i would have participated in each one of them, hehe ;) anyways great job and i had checked out your plugin right on the day it was released. you had another social sharing plugin at first i don’t remember its name lol…both of them are the best…this one is better than digg digg especially because you used the socialite js.

    keep rockin’ guys and kudos to all the winners and participants! :)

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Thanks Gautam. Yes, I did release Smart Sharing plugin long time ago, but it was very buggy. I pulled it off when I stopped using it on WPBeginner.

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