Ukraine and Technology



Our entire organization is closely watching what is happening in Ukraine. As a global technology organization with employees worldwide, it’s egregious to see these types of actions towards others unfold before our eyes. As this invasion escalates, we have also witnessed an attack on the digital front as cyberattacks hit networks and a colossal rise in disinformation campaigns ravish headlines.

As of late, we are fielding several questions about aspects of our business operations and our work. I decided to thwart any concerns and answer questions; creating a brief summary about these questions makes the most sense.

WebPros is a global organization with many companies and worldwide employees, including Ukraine, Russia, and eastern Europe. We also have employees of both Ukrainian and Russian origin working in various other locations, including western Europe and the United States.

As we have seen before in other conflicts, we witness the camaraderie, compassion, and care our employees have for one another, regardless of what passport they hold or in which country they were born. Each day brings an opportunity for us as individuals to be better stewards towards one another, and often, during these challenging times, is when you see these small acts of kindness at their greatest. One person asking if they can open their home to those that need a haven, another offering to take on the workload of those in danger. It is these moments amid darkness, that light persists.

Like most global organizations, WebPros group of companies is first and foremost devoted to the safety and protection of all its employees. Most importantly, right now, for our employees in Ukraine. We have an incredible team who are in-touch daily with our Ukraine employees and their families, who have remained in Ukraine, needed to flee, or find safe refuge.

Our efforts also include assisting our Russian employees, who did not start this war. These individuals should not face persecution and discrimination, regardless of if they are physically inside or outside their home country, due to decisions made by us as their employer, to protect others, or because of the choices of a government; they do not have control. As an organization with employees in many countries, some of which may border conflict areas, we are committed to ensuring the safe protection of all our people. We are attentively monitoring situations and committed to swift action should the need arise.

WebPros is committed to providing humanitarian relief when a crisis arises. In early March, we donated to a local Swiss Humanitarian Program with a deep network to assist in delivering food, clothing, medical, and hygiene products to those in dire need in Ukraine. To continue our efforts, WebPros along with our Cloudfest community friends are donating to help children and families in Ukraine. WebPros is pledging $ 10,000 and offering a 2:1 match to double employee donations.

As of early March 2022, we have/are:

  • Indefinitely pausing all new online sales in Russia
  • Suspending licenses for Russian users
  • Complying with all restrictions and regulations
  • Donated CHF 10,000 to Swiss Foundation to support aid in Ukraine
  • Donating $ 10,000 to Cloudfest 2022 charity to assist in aiding the people of Ukraine with a 2:1 employee match on donations

We are also hyper-focused on ensuring we have the proper security measures for our customers, partners, resellers, and vendors. Even before situations escalated abroad, we began implementing additional safeguards and added security enhancements to our network and application layers. As many of you know, cyberattacks have been an active part of digital warfare for over a decade and will continue to be as technology advances across the globe. As we have always been, we are constantly monitoring our networks and infrastructure to reduce the risk of cyber events. We have controls to detect and respond at multiple levels.

As we look forward, it is evident that technology will continue to evolve and play a vital part in our future. Like many of you, we wish for a swift end to this unnecessary calamity unfolding before us all; we desire a reclamation of peace, respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty, and safeguard for its people.

~ Christian Koch

As the world’s top internet infrastructure industry event, CloudFest helps set the tone for our industry. A who’s who of partners, leaders, consumers, end users, and executives gather in Europa Park, Germany, for presentations, discussions, product launches and demos, face-to-face meetings, and so much more.

We appreciate the opportunity that CloudFest provides us to not only showcase the flagship brands of our ecosystem (cPanel, Plesk, and WHMCS), but also connect with our partners and colleagues. We had an amazing time meeting one-on-one and attending the myriad of presentations, keynotes, and panels.

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Our very own CTO of Cloud Platform and Incubation Projects, Jan Loeffler, kicked things off with his keynote presentation “WordPress by the Numbers.”

This guide to the galaxy of WordPress revealed there are over two billion hostnames worldwide, over 717 million of which are active within the WebPros domain database, and over 80 million of those hostnames are running WordPress as its primary CMS.

Jan went on to reveal some of our research, including that 60% of websites are built by web age

ncies and web professionals, and that over 80% of agencies resell hosting. It was also shared that 1 out of every 3 WordPress websites on the internet are powered by a WebPros control panel, either cPanel or Plesk.

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WebPros Product Managers Adam Wien and Andrey Kugaevskiy presented “WordPress & WebPros: Elevating UX & Fortifying Security in the WordPress Universe.”

This served as the official launch of our two new WordPress-centric products: WP Guardian and WP Squared. Andrey and Adam led the audience through how to leverage these products to deliver top-notch management of WordPress site with WP Squared and industry-leading protection of WordPress websites with WP Guardian.

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“The Influence of AI in Hosting: Expanding Your Revenue Horizons” was also presented by Jan Loeffler.

By bridging the gap between his own grandfather’s local winery 30 years ago and today’s eCommerce-centric global storefront, Jan led the captive audience into the modern world of AI-driven solutions and how to leverage these solutions for smarter resource allocation, predictive maintenance, enhanced security, and overall pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the cloud and hosting market in general.

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Hendrik Koehler, Director of Product Management of Sitejet, presented a masterclass entitled “Sitejet Builder for cPanel and Plesk: Unlocking Profit Potential.” By framing the dramatically changing hosting market against the growth of SaaS providers alongside WordPress, Hendrick presented Sitejet Builder as the user-friendly, feature-packed, and overall powerful tool that it is.

With its inclusion within both cPanel and Plesk, Hendrick illustrated exactly how Sitejet Builder enables users to launch optimized websites and stay competitive in an increasingly aggressive and expanding space.

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CloudFest is always a whirlwind event, filled with fruitful meetings, interesting and compelling presentations, discussions, product demonstrations, as well as the spontaneous interactions and overall unexpectedness we’ve come to appreciate that all coalesce into CloudFest being the outstanding event that it is.

Of course we’ll be returning to Europa Park again in 2025, but first: June 5-8, 2024, is CloudFest USA in Austin, Texas; we’ll see you there, pard’ner!

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