Syed Balkhi


Syed is the co-founder of WPForms and founder and CEO of WPBeginner and Awesome Motive Inc. He started using WordPress in 2006 and embarked on a highly successful career as an entrepreneur in the WordPress community.


  • WordPress
  • Web development
  • Web hosting
  • Ecommerce
  • Digital marketing
  • SEO
  • Blogging
  • Content marketing
  • SaaS


One of Syed’s most notable achievements is co-founding WPBeginner during his time as a student at the University of Florida. WPBeginner is the biggest online resource for WordPress tutorials, tips, and guidance for beginners and experienced users alike. The site has grown into a trusted platform for millions of WordPress users seeking to enhance their website-building skills.

In addition to WPBeginner and WPForms, Syed’s portfolio includes OptinMoster, MonsterInsights, All In One SEO, SeedProd, and several other plugins and tools in use by over 25 million websites worldwide.

Syed’s dedication to delivering high-quality products and services has earned him recognition in the WordPress industry, and he was named one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by the United Nations. His work is featured in leading publications, including Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., Business Insider, The Guardian, Wired Magazine, and more.

Beyond his professional achievements, Syed is known for his commitment to education and knowledge sharing. He frequently speaks at industry conferences and WordCamps, contributes to open source projects, including WordPress Core, and offers guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs and marketers.


WPForms has acquired Pirate Forms

Today, I’m excited to announce that we have acquired Pirate Forms, a popular WordPress contact form and SMTP plugin, with over 300,000 active installs. Pirate Forms was created by ThemeIsle, the company behind popular WordPress themes Zerif and Hestia. They built the plugin in 2015 to add a simple contact form solution to their fast-growing […]
WPForms has acquired Pirate Forms

Introducing New GDPR Enhancement Features for Your WordPress Forms

Today we’re excited to announce the release of WPForms 1.4.6! This is a big one since it relates to something that has been on everyone’s minds for a long time now – GDPR compliance. In this release, we have updated WPForms to help you get on track with GDPR, so that you can continue to […]
GDPR Enhancements for WPForms

WPForms Turns 2 Years Old – What’s New & What’s Coming Next

Wow, time is flying fast … I can’t believe that WPForms is already two years old! This past year, we accomplished A LOT, thanks to the hard work of our team and continuous support from our users like you. I wanted to take a few minutes to do a quick recap of all the things […]
WPForms 2nd Year Anniversary

Introducing the New WPForms Surveys and Polls Addon

You asked for it, here it is. Finally, the WPForms Surveys and Polls addon is available for download. Now you can use the WPForms drag & drop form builder to create interactive surveys and polls for your WordPress site. This was one of the most requested features from our users, and I’m really excited that […]
WPForms Survey Addon Announcement

Welcoming WP Mail SMTP to the WPForms Family

Today, I’m excited to announce that we have acquired WP Mail SMTP, the most popular SMTP plugin for WordPress, with over 600,000 active installs. Email deliverability has been a well-documented problem for all WordPress websites. However as WPForms grew, we became more aware of this painful issue that affect our users and the larger WordPress […]
WP Mail SMTP Acquisition
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