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HostPapa Joins Automattic As Official .BLOG Founding Partner

OAKVILLE, ON, September 21, 2016

Canadian-owned and operated web hosting company HostPapa has officially partnered with Automattic, the parent company of and Jetpack, to launch the new and highly anticipated .blog top level domain. As a founding partner, HostPapa has transported their recently relaunched blog to the domain.

"The .blog gTLD shows great promise and will likely be the preferred domain extension online for blogs of all kinds," says Jamie Opalchuk, HostPapa's CEO. "And the fact that it's being driven by a strong, progressive company like Automattic means that it won't take long for a good portion of the online community to jump on board." HostPapa's recently relaunched blog, which is powered by Automattic's popular WordPress platform, is a hub of small business resources and valuable content which helps their clients make the most out of their online strategies.

Since blogging is a universal activity performed by individuals to large corporations, the interest in .blog has been high according to Automattic, particularly from the domain industry itself. Automattic has been working towards offering .blog domain names almost since the company's inception in 2005. Knock Knock, WHOIS There, a subsidiary of Automattic, was created in 2015 to manage the launch and development of the .blog gTLD. "We're very excited to be launching .blog with a quality web hosting provider like HostPapa," says Paolo Belcastro, .blog lead at Automattic. "Their blog is a very promising destination for tech tips and creative small business resources; it's a perfect use of the new .blog domain."

About HostPapa

Founded in Oakville, Ontario in 2007, HostPapa is proudly Canadian-owned, operated and staffed and takes great pride in providing unparalleled web hosting solutions to customers from every corner of the globe. With over 500,000 websites hosted, HostPapa offers some of the most feature-packed web hosting solutions available on the market today. In addition to powerful tools and hosting packages, HostPapa also offers around-the-clock, award-winning Canadian-based 24/7 support via telephone, chat and email in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and German).

About Automattic

Automattic, Inc. is a web development corporation founded in August 2005 most notable for the free blogging service, as well as its contributions to WordPress as an open source blogging software. Automattic raised US$317.3 million in five funding rounds and in the last round, on May 2014, the company was valued at US$1.16 billion USD. Beyond, thier products include WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy and Cloudup.