So we did.
We dreamed of an easy-to-use affiliate marketing solution that looked and felt like WordPress. We yearned for a platform that put the utmost importance on reliable tracking and accurate data. And we longed for a system that delivered the features needed to make setting up an affiliate program ridiculously simple.
Fed-up with frustrating experiences using other unreliable systems already in the market, we wanted an affiliate system that we loved to use.
And so, AffiliateWP was born.
With AffiliateWP, you get an easy-to-use, reliable WordPress plugin that gives you the affiliate marketing tools you need to grow your business and make more money. It’s designed to help you easily set up and run a successful affiliate program. AffiliateWP takes the hassle out of affiliate marketing so you can spend time focusing on what is most important — running your business.
AffiliateWP is our dream realized. Our customers love using AffiliateWP, we love using AffiliateWP, and we know you’ll love using it too.
In late 2010, Pippin Williamson was beginning to build his plugin development resource at PippinsPlugins.com. Pippin needed a membership framework that allowed him to provide this content to members only, so he created Restrict Content Pro - a simple yet powerful membership plugin for WordPress. Soon after that, it became apparent that an eCommerce platform was needed to sell the plugins that Pippin was building, leading to the development of Easy Digital Downloads.
After Easy Digital Downloads and Restrict Content Pro became prominent players in the eCommerce and membership spaces, a consistent trend arose: both Pippin and his customers were looking for a high-quality affiliate management system to help them grow their businesses. With that realization, the next plugin project became obvious; it was time to venture into the world of Affiliate Marketing.
AffiliateWP was founded in early 2014 with an aim to provide a top-notch, self-hosted, and intuitive affiliate management system for WordPress. And we’re not done yet! We are constantly working to bring you a more robust affiliate marketing offering with consistent updates, new features and new add-ons.
We’re immensely proud of AffiliateWP, and we can’t wait to hear how AffiliateWP helps you build a successful affiliate program and grow your business.
Oh, and meet Alf, our cheeky, friendly leader!
Teamwork makes the dream work Your AffiliateWP team (and Alf’s trusted employees)
Pippin Williamson is an avid WordPress plugin developer from Hutchinson, Kansas and the lead developer for AffiliateWP. Along with AffiliateWP, Pippin is the founder of Easy Digital Downloads, a complete e-commerce plugin for selling digital products through WordPress, and Restrict Content Pro, a plugin for managing and selling memberships to premium content.
Beyond the world of WordPress, Pippin is a devoted father and husband. He thoroughly enjoys brewing coffee varieties from around the world, indulging in craft beers, and riding his bicycle from point A to point B whenever possible.
Andrew co-founded AffiliateWP with Pippin in early 2014 after joining the Easy Digital Downloads crew in 2013 as a contributing developer, and authoring over 20 free and commercial EDD extensions. Bursting at the seams with ideas, he is constantly dreaming-up and executing new features and add-ons for AffiliateWP.
Andrew is a self-taught web designer/developer, and is the design mastermind behind the AffiliateWP, Restrict Content Pro and Pippin’s Plugins websites.
Hailing from New Zealand (Middle Earth) Andrew prides himself on efficiency, getting exercise as he codes from his trusty treadmill desk. His extreme productivity is fueled by walking up to 20,000 steps a day, and large servings of Groove Salad radio.
After spending 8 years in Media Advertising and Marketing, Lisa dipped her toe into the WordPress industry in 2014. In 2015 she took the leap, leaving Advertising behind to hone her red-penning and writing skills as The WordMaid, and to become part of the AffiliateWP team. Lisa spends her day sweeping up support tickets, developing docs, and crafting content for AffiliateWP.
Also part of the wider Easy Digital Downloads team, Lisa occasionally helps out with support for Alf’s mate Edd, and lends her eagle eye for content editing whenever needed.
When she’s not sitting - or standing - at her computer, Lisa’s loves are: taking her pooch Jaco for walks through the bush or along the beaches in her home town (Auckland, New Zealand); tapping along furiously to (mainly rock) music, pretending she’s the next Steve Gadd or Dave Grohl; and spending time with friends and family over a tipple or two.
Michael Beil is an avid WordPress user. He began his WordPress journey as a side job when a friend asked for some help in 2011, and he has not looked back since. As part of the AffiliateWP crew, he helps with support, testing, and sharing GIFs.
When Michael needs to get from point A to point B, he hits a button that activates a rocket on his wheelchair.
Michael is from the land of cheese and lakes, that is Madison, Wisconsin, where he enjoys playing hammered dulcimer, sailing, coffee brewing, and hanging out with his wife.
Drew Jaynes is a WordPress core developer, docs enthusiast, and plugin developer who hails from Arvada, Colorado. Drew has been developing with WordPress since 2008, initially contracting at a university and later working as a developer for an elite WordPress agency before joining the team at AffiliateWP.
Drew's contributions to WordPress are vast and have spanned the core, docs, meta, support, and community teams to name a few. He’s been contributing to WordPress since version 3.3 and even led the 4.2 release. He currently serves as the maintainer for core inline documentation.
In his spare time – other than doing WordPress when he's taking a break from WordPress – Drew likes to travel by plane, train, or automobile just about anywhere, but more often than not it's to the nearby Rocky Mountains for a variety of outdoor activities. Drew has even been known to stop and have a beer with Pippin when he's cruising through Kansas on his way to the great unknown.
After working from a cubicle slinging T-SQL and .NET for over a decade, and a short stint with iOS app support, Ginger broke into the WordPress world in late 2013 while looking for help on a real estate website. Before development her background included telephone support at a C:\ prompt, email support and QA. Ginger became part of the AffiliateWP team in early 2017, tackling support tickets, testing code changes and of course participating in various Slack shenanigans
Ginger called Texas her home for many decades and speaks fluent Texan still to this day. (Y'all is a word) However, after many visits the call of the Pacific and West Coast vibe was too strong to ignore, and she now hails from the state park otherwise known as Portland, Oregon. Screen breaks for Ginger include walking their Chow/Akita mix Zivah as often as possible, drinking fabulous mocha coffee creations and exploring foodie and oceanic hiking adventures with her husband Jeff.
Mandy joined the AffiliateWP team in 2018 as a content writer and works to keep our blog updated with new, valuable content.
She is a lifelong professional musician and digital product maker who founded her own soundware label Looplicious in 2016, and has been writing and editing copy, creating products, artwork, demos, and otherwise contributing to a variety of digital product websites along the way.
When she's not writing articles, Mandy can be found writing and recording music, tracking down cute animals to cuddle, attending hot yoga classes, doing random creative projects, and adventuring around the planet.