Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

Automattic and WordPress.com: 10 years and still going strong! Here’s to the next 10!

WordPress.com News

This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Writers’ block? No problem! Introducing AutoMatton

I just love this, for so many reasons!

WordPress.com News

Here at WordPress.com, we‘re always looking for ways to improve the blogging experience. We pride ourselves on taking your suggestions to heart and work tirelessly to create better tools for you.

Today, we’re releasing a game changer.

As WordPress.com becomes easier to use, one piece of unanswered feedback keeps nagging at us: blogging is hard! Not only do you have to think of something worth saying, you have to take valuable time out of your day to write those things down in an appealing, easy-to-read way! Improvements to WordPress.com can speed up things like load times, but we simply couldn’t remove human nature from the equation… until now.

What is AutoMatton?

AutoMatton uses a simple machine learning algorithm to predict the posts that you will write, taking predictive text and auto-correct to the next level. Think of it as your own private blogging DeLorean traveling at 88mph, but without the…

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Looking for a theme for your new site or to refresh your existing site? Planning your content first can help. Here’s an article I wrote for you on The Daily Post with some suggestions and tips.

The Daily Post

Note: A theme sets the look and feel of your site. Although all themes in our Theme Showcase fundamentally work the same way, themes can have significant differences regarding specific layouts, options, and functionality.

One of the first things that most people do with a new site or when freshening up an existing one is spend loads of time looking at themes. Once they choose a theme, it’s not uncommon for folks to spend considerable time and effort customizing it, all without planning for content. If you’re in that group, I hope you’ll reconsider your approach.

You see, content should come first.

Are you a blogger, a freelancer, or a business owner? Do you love tinkering with design and want your site to look just so? Explore our different WordPress.com plans — some, like the Premium plan, come with advanced customization options and unlimited premium themes.

This is a good thing for everyone…

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How Much Should a Custom WordPress Website Cost?

The short answer is: it varies. 🙂 Fortunately this post by Brian Krogsgard offers some guidelines to help you ballpark what you should expect to pay. There is some truth in that you get what you pay for, but of course there are other costs, such as agency overhead, that will tip the scales a … Continue reading How Much Should a Custom WordPress Website Cost?

Website Content vs Theme: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Order

This post, featuring an interview with Otto (Samuel Wood), offers some interesting advice and information on using WordPress in general, but a few points resonate in particular with me regarding content. In my former role at an ad agency and in my current role as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I've come to believe that … Continue reading Website Content vs Theme: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Order

Come See Some of the Automattic Crew at BlogHer 2014

Hey All! If you plan to be at the annual BlogHer conference in San Jose this week, I wanted to invite you to stop by the WordPress/Automattic booth and say hello! We're happy to chat with folks about WordPress of course as well as any related topics and just blogging in general. If you need … Continue reading Come See Some of the Automattic Crew at BlogHer 2014

Announcing Writing 201: Finding Your Story

Looking for a jumpstart or some fine tuning for your writing? Check out the free Finding Your Story course through WordPress.com., starting July 21.

The Daily Post

I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

— Truman Capote

Last month, we hosted Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, a write-every-day course over twenty days. Writing 101 focused on building a daily habit, experimenting with different kinds of writing, and engaging with others in the Commons. A finished product — a published post — wasn’t necessarily the ultimate goal, but more the result of working and thinking through the challenges we shared each day.

As we noticed in Writing 101, all of you have stories to tell. But sometimes it’s a challenge translating our life experiences into stories. We don’t spend enough time reflecting and rewriting, especially in our digital age where social media and other technologies push us daily to react, keep up, and keep moving.

A course on rewriting and editing

Roald Dahl once said that “good writing is essentially rewriting,” and…

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Reset the Net

Here’s another reason why I’m glad to be a WordPress user as well as an Automattic employee.

While I personally feel that my internet activity is pretty boring, I also believe that the government shouldn’t have unfettered and illegal access to my information and activities – or yours either.

It’s a slippery slope, my friends, and we need to try to stop the slide now.

WordPress.com News

A year ago today, we joined the world in shock on learning that governments were spying on internet users around the world. Tapping internet service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally and secretly weakening encryption products,  surreptitiously collecting everything from call metadata to photos sent over the internet by US citizens — nothing was off limits.

Just as troubling as the revelations themselves is the fact that since last summer, little if anything has changed. Despite a lot of rhetoric, our three branches of government in the United States have not made many concrete steps toward truly protecting citizens from unchecked government surveillance.

Automattic has been a strong supporter of efforts to reform government surveillance. We’ve supported reform legislation in Congress, and participated in the Day We Fight Back, earlier this year. More importantly, we aim to make our own legal processes for securing the information our users entrust to us…

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