Check your web host file permissions first!

November 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress security issues come and go, and while some stay because it’s tough to get the crud out, other times it’s because site owners overlook an important part of keeping their hosts protected: file permissions.

A properly configured web server will not allow users to access the files of another user, regardless of file permissions. The web server is the responsibility of the hosting provider. The methods for doing this (suexec, et al) have been around for 5+ years.

Matt Mullenweg warns against web hosts and other security announcements that place the blame on the WordPress software without first checking if proper file permissions are in place.

Devlounge has an old but still applicable article on protecting your wp-config.php files, for starters. This article on WP Tavern also tackles the issue above and shares more file permission advice especially on shared hosting accounts.

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010

May 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

If you missed the notes Matt’s keynote address at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the full video finally posted at WordPress.tv and embedded above.

Look how far WordPress has come in the span of a year. We’re still awaiting the final release of WordPress 3.0 for the much-touted WordPress MU/Multi Site merge, but we’re also getting a bunch of other exciting, game-changing features such as custom post types, a new default WordPress theme every year, canonical plugins, security checks, and more.

Can’t wait to see what will be added to this keynote when WordCamp Philippines 2010 comes around in October.

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Matt Mullenweg WordCamp SF keynote & Mashable interview

May 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Tavern has posted notes from Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at the 2010 WordCamp San Francisco. In it, Matt emphasizes the growth of WordPress into one of the most popular content management systems today: from the admin interface, to the number of plugins, to the upcoming features in WordPress 3.0: WordPress MU merge, menu navigation system, custom post types, and more.

Roughly 74% of WordPress sites are being used as blogs and content management systems. This is up from about 40% last year. It’s the fastest growing use case of the software. About 80% of people are making money from WordPress. 22% WordPress is their day job. 18% from custom development and hosting, 12%.

Other things to take from the talk:

  • A new default WordPress theme will be created every year. This year’s Twenty Ten features custom post headers and backgrounds.
  • WordPress should be as accessible as possible: the Post By Email feature will be turned into a canonical plugin.
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned.
  • Release cycles will go from 3 per year to 2.
  • On security issues: Automattic will work with web hosting companies to help protect its WordPress users, via a mailing list, security checks, and a list of best practices.

Mashable also conducted an interview with him, which covers pretty much the same things discussed at WordCamp. Watch it below:

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“Surprise Me” on WordPress.com

April 21, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress at 7 on 7

WordPress.com users can now enjoy a mystery feature called “Surprise Me”, which can be activated under the Personal Settings page under Global Dashboard > Profile. The announcement won’t reveal what it will actually do, but both the New York Times and BusinessWeek write about it.

They described their creation as an “emotional plug-in,” a virtual artwork to celebrate the “sacred act of publishing,” which the Web has transformed as fundamentally as Gutenberg did and which is, in turn, transforming society.

“Surprise Me” is the result of a collaboration between Matt Mullenweg and artist Evan Roth and was first presented at the 7 on 7 event, which brought together artists and technologists to create a project in under 24 hours.

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New date for WordCamp Philippines 2010

March 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There’s a new date to mark on your calendars for the third WordCamp Philippines: October 2. Last December the organizers set August 28 as the date to save, but it got changed to work with Matt Mullenweg’s schedule.

The date for the third iteration of one of the most anticipated blogging events in the Philippine blogosphere is set. Mark your calendar, folks. WordCamp Philippines is on October 2, 2010 and we’re announcing it this early — that’s how excited we are!

WordPress developer and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg will be back to attend the event.

The event is still in the planning stages and the organizing team welcomes your suggestions. Together, we can make this year’s version a community effort. So get those creative juices flowing and tell us your ideas in the comments section.

And the more the merrier, right? Help us spread the word about WordCamp Philippines 2010. Tell your friends, blog about it, plurk it, tweet it, post on walls, or make smoke signals.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

Other than that, no new details yet, but stay updated with these links:

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WordPress Foundation established

January 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress Foundation has just been launched. It’s inspired by the likes of the Mozilla Foundation, and aims to preserve, protect, and educate with the WordPress platform and related projects.

The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.

Aside from this great milestone for WordPress and its community, it’s worth noting that the new site runs on a develoment version of WP 3.0 and the next default theme, 2010. Check it out!

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Read & blog on WordPress.com from your iPhone via Twitter

December 31, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an odd but fascinating hack discovered by Team 55 at the WP Quebec meetup: using the Twitter API, you can read and publish posts on WordPress.com from your iPhone! Matt Mullenweg explains step by step in this article. Pretty much any third-party Twitter client is okay; the key is to change the API URL to twitter-api.wordpress.com and then you can log in using your WordPress.com account.

Instead of following users you will follow blogs. Refer to them by their domain names (e.g. matt.wordpress.com). Support for replies and retweets will be added soon.

When you post a status update using our Twitter API, the update will appear on your blog. (If you have more than one blog you can choose which one gets the updates. The option is in your profile.)

Read more about this here. Matt also announced that they plan to release a WordPress MU plugin for this, so stay tuned for that one.

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The WordPress core team meetup

December 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an introductory video that tells the tale of the recently held WordPress core team meetup, which lasted for 3 days. Some of the biggest names in the WP community are featured: Andrew Ozz, Mark Jaquith, Jane Wells, Peter Westwood, Ryan Boren, Matt Mullenweg.

And here’s the list of topics they covered in the meetup:

Topics: Direction for the coming year(s), canonical plugins, social i18n for plugins, plugin salvage (like UDRP for abandoned plugins), WordPress/MU merge, default themes, CMS functionality (custom taxonomies, types, statuses, queries), cross-content taxonomy, media functions and UI, community “levels” based on activity, defining scope of releases, site menu management, communications within the community, lessons learned from past releases, mentorship programs, Trac issues, wordpress.org redesign, documentation, community code of conduct.

As you can see from above, there are tons of exciting things going on with the WordPress project right now, not just with developing new features for future versions, but also on improving the WordPress community as a whole. More than talk of new features, it’s even better to know that one of the strongest aspects that makes WordPress what it is today is not forgotten but brought to the forefront. Onward with the community, WP!

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WordCamp Philippines 2010: save the date; Matt is back!

December 14, 2009 | 2 Comments

2009 WordCamp Philippines speakers

WordCamp Philippines organizer Ria Jose announced over the weekend that a date has been set: August 28. And even more exciting is that Matt Mullenweg will be returning to next year’s event.

There are no further details other than that, but those are the two most important ones right now, don’t you think? Kudos to Avatar Media and the rest of the WordCamp PH crew for starting the buzz this early.

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Matt explains the WordPress & Windows Azure connection

November 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been some buzz going on in the WordPress community about Matt Mullenweg’s recent appearance at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference, where talk of its cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, powering WordPress.com blogs. Which is surprising, considering the WordPress project is a strong advocate of open source, while the Windows platform is proprietary.

Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg took the stage with Ozzie to talk about why he chose to use Azure for distributed hosting for WordPress and the millions of blogs its customers have online. Automattic is known as a strong advocate of Open Source technology. Mullenweg has built WordPress to run primarily atop Open Source software such as the Linux operating system, the MySQL database and the Apache Web server. Yet there he was onstage with Ozzie plugging Microsoft. Huh?

But Matt clears things up today in this blog post, saying he wants to show how WordPress can run on both open source and proprietary software, and that now includes the Azure platform.

What did you announce about WordPress at Microsoft PDC 09?
As part of the introduction of the Windows Azure platform, we announced that self-hosted WordPress can be run in an Azure environment on an open source stack of Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Showing MySQL in particular at a Microsoft conference was unusual.

He also emphasizes in the post that WordPress.com is not migrating to Azure.

Are you moving WordPress.com to Azure?
No. WordPress.com, which is Automattic’s hosted blogging service, is going to stay on its existing infrastructure. Martin Cron from the Cheezburger Network launched a new blog Oddly Specific on Azure, which some people confused with Automattic.

It’s great that Microsoft and Automattic, proprietary and open source advocates, can work things out like this. And the more ways that WordPress can be run, the better.

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Discuss the future of bbPress

October 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Want to keep up with or contribute to the future plans for bbPress? Matt Mullenweg started a thread about it:

A few people have reached out to me and I just wanted to let everyone know that bbPress is still an important project for the WP community. (It powers our forums and plugin directory, for one thing!) It’s not going away.

Strategically the most important thing we need to figure out is how to integrate bbPress better with WP more for people who want that — right now it’s easier to use one of the WP plugins for forums than bbPress.

As to where bbPress goes in the future, I’d be curious to hear who wants to help with that. The world is our oyster. :)

Right now bbPress isn’t enjoying the same popularity and feature set as the other forum software out there, but it has potential especially since it has close ties with WordPress. People working on WP-powered sites should look into bbPress and possibly even contribute to its development.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 aftermath

September 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines 2009

WordCamp Philippines 2009 was a great follow-up to the one held last year. A lot of the campters live tweeted and plurked the event, while the videographers provided a livestream.

WordCamp had a good balance of topics for both designers/developers and bloggers. Here are the slides for two of the most awaited talks that day from Automattic and Mozilla representatives:

Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens

Note: even though Matt Mullenweg couldn’t make it, he made a special video just for the participants.

A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

(Download the presentation here)

Hope the other speakers can upload their slides as well. Congratulations to the Mindanao Bloggers for another successful WordCamp Philippines!

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WordPress.com and Gravatar.com redesigned

August 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been a lot of new homepage designs coming out of Automattic lately: apart from the sneak peek we got from get.wp.com, we also have a refreshed WordPress.com and Gravatar.com.

The WordPress.com homepage showcases the top blogs hosted on their service like Cute Overload and Technologizer, stats on usage like the number of blogs and words pressed today, and the features offered like themes and widgets. I also noticed a nice little hint that says “WordPress.com is also available in Tagalog.”—especially timely if you want to blog in our native language this Buwan ng Wika.

The Gravatar.com homepage shows a video demo explaining what the service is all about, and WordPress.com users enjoy immediate access. Matt Mullenweg notes in his announcement of the refresh that the design is a sign of things to come, which makes us wonder exactly what he means by it. I hope it has something to do with making Gravatar more mainstream. It should be a fixture on all the major social networks!

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WordPress.com rolls out URL shortener, WP.me

August 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WP.me URL shortener

WordPress.com, whose frontpage just underwent a makeover, has finally rolled out its own URL shortening service, WP.me, to benefit its microblogging crowd. The feature is built right into the post editor: just click on the Shorten button and you can grab a short link 70% smaller than your permalink.

Another great advantage of having this built right into WordPress.com is its rel=shortlink code integrated automatically into the header. Automattic is also proud to say that WP.me will remain spam free, since they are constantly keeping tabs on and removing spam on WordPress.com.

That last feature will probably be the reason WP.me won’t be applicable to self-hosted WordPress sites, but I’m sure lots of WordPress.org would love to have access to the service.

Now that WordPress.com has a shortening service of its own, however, it erases the possibility of WP.com filling that need. So what will it be used for? Matt Mullenweg says it’s still a secret!

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2009

June 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Video of the annual State of the Word, delivered by Matt Mullenweg at Automattic-hosted WordCamp San Francisco 2009, is now up at WordPress.tv. It’s also embedded above for your easy viewing pleasure.

For the uninformed, the State of the Word is a fun little presentation on WordPress, of course, to see how far it’s come and what’s in store in the coming months. You might remember that one of the biggest highlights in this State of the Word was the announcement that WordPress and WordPress MU are going to merge, so now those who weren’t at the event itself can find out exactly how Matt said it.

Those who are looking for text-based summaries of the State of the Word, check out the press coverage links on the homepage of WordCamp San Francisco 2009.

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Matt Mullenweg’s “the way I work” Interview: Filipinos treated him like a rock star

June 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Check out this interview by Inc. Magazine with Automattic chief Matt Mullenweg on how he spends his day working on WordPress. That includes working from home (they’re a virtual company but have an office in San Francisco), tuning out all distractions through music, and traveling around the world—mostly to attend WordCamps.

He then shares a neat little anecdote about his trip to the Philippines last year (check it out on page 2):

In the Philippines, people treated me like I was a rock star. After the camp was over, I spent two hours taking pictures and signing autographs. People were like, “Will you sign my laptop?” “Will you sign my badge?” “Will you sign my body part?”

(Yes, we love you that much, Matt!) It’s nice to know us Filipinos have made that much of an impression on him. But really, it’s also about how far WordPress has come—now on its 6th anniversary, this publishing platform is absolutely huge and adored by everyone.

For WordPress, we’re trying to set up a community that will be around 10 to 30 years from now, that’s independent from the whims of the market. I feel like the nonelected benevolent dictator: It’s my responsibility to meet as many users as possible and direct the software project in a way that reflects their interests. Last year, I probably met 2,000 or 3,000 people who make their living from WordPress. We want to be like Google, eBay, Amazon — they all enable other people to make far more money than they capture. And that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to create a movement.

My mom started a blog a couple of weeks ago. Six years into this, and we finally made it easy enough for my mom to use.

Here’s to 6 years more!

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WordPress and WordPress MU to merge!

June 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

Update (06/03/09): Matt himself left this comment:

While WordPress.org-the-website will include more BuddyPress features, that was a separate announcement from the elimination of MU and bringing its code into core WP.

Update (06/02/09): Lorelle VanFossen has a different interpretation of the cryptic merger. It’s anybody’s guess at this point, it seems.

WordCamp San Francisco 2009

At WordCamp San Francisco, where Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word keynote, he announced that WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user) will be merging in the near future. Apparently he told users to “watch out for version 3.0”. There weren’t many details given during the event, which means we’re left to speculate on how this merger will actually happen.

Still, WordPress MU has been less accessible to the ordinary users compared to WordPress given its feature requirements. And BuddyPress, which runs on top of WordPress MU, is a very appealing CMS for those interested in building communities and social networks. So integrating multi-user features into the WordPress is great news.

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BuddyPress 1.0

May 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The 1.0 release of the WordPress MU-powered social network BuddyPress has finally arrived. If you will recall we’ve mentioned BuddyPress a couple of times before, and Matt even talked about it during last year’s WordCamp Philippines.

Here’s how Matt Mullenweg describes BuddyPress:

BuddyPress is an official sister project of WordPress. The idea behind it was to see what would happen to the web if it was as easy for anyone to create a social network as it is to create a blog today. There’s been an explosion of social activity on the web, it’s probably the most important trend of the past few years, but there’s been a dearth of Open Source tools that enable the social web.

Download BuddyPress 1.0

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WP.com now redirects to WordPress.com

April 28, 2009 | 3 Comments

Matt Mullenweg has announced Automattic’s recent purchase of the wp.com domain, which now redirects to WordPress.com. He also asked users of the hosted WordPress platform what they should do with the domain, and in this age of microblogging, built-in URL shorteners seem immensely useful. Some people are also saying they should just come out with its own microblogging service altogether.

Of course the top answer in the comments would have to be using wp.com as a shorter alternative for blog URLs. Over at The Blog Herald, Thord Daniel Hedengren points out that a bigger issue here: a branding problem between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Users are having a hard time understanding the difference between WordPress and WordPress. I keep getting questions about how to do this or that for their WordPress blog, and “why can’t I ping that service?” and so on. Because far from all WordPress users that are looking to enhance their blogs understand that they are using the hosted version – wordpress.com – and not the stand-alone one, of course being wordpress.org.

You know what you have to do, Automattic, and I’ll spell it out for you just so we’re really really clear on this.

Rebrand wordpress.com to wp.com.

Now please.

What will WP do?

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Design laptop and iPhone skins for bloggers, win $400 and WordPress gear

February 5, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Show your love for blogging by designing Infectious’ I <3 Blogging design competition. WordPress has teamed up with this online gadget customization store and you can win hundreds of dollars plus WordPress goodies. And by team up they also mean people like Matt Mullenweg are among the judges.

1st place wins:
$400
A WordPress Hoodie, mug, and t-shirt

All winners recieve:
$100
5% of Net Sales
$400 of Infectious product
A WordPress t-shirt

Deadline
March 31, 2009

Read the specific guidelines here. Join now!

(Via WordPress.com Blog)

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WordPress conceived 6 years ago

January 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Six years ago on his blog, Matt Mullenweg posed the blogging software dilemma.

Well, it would be nice to have the flexibility of MovableType, the parsing of TextPattern, the hackability of b2, and the ease of setup of Blogger. Someday, right?

Mike Little calls it the day WordPress was conceived. These days we celebrate its birthday in May, when the very first version was released. But who doesn’t like another reason to celebrate?

Cheers to WordPress!

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Top 10 WordPress plugin developers

December 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Here’s a nice twist to the usual top 10 plugin list you can find on WordPress.org: the Top 10 WordPress Plugin Developers. Automattic chief (Chief BBQ Taste Tester, that is!) Matt Mullenweg is at number 2.

  1. Michael Torbert
  2. Matt Mullenweg
  3. Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
  4. Arne Brachhold
  5. Andy Skelton
  6. Alex Rabe
  7. Oliver Seidel
  8. Joost de Valk
  9. Donncha O Caoimh
  10. Vladimir Prelovac

I think it’s a great way to check out new plugins aside from the ones we already know and love. And how about leaving them a tip or at least some kind words for all the hard work they’ve done (especially now during the holidays).

Check out the bonus special mentions too—makes for interesting WordPress trivia!

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

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Transcript from Matt Mullenweg interview on GPL WordPress themes

December 23, 2008 | 4 Comments

Update (12/27/08): Part 3 is up.

Update (12/23/08): Part 2 is up.

The other week I wrote about Automattic pulling 200 themes from the WordPress theme directory. Since then we’ve been waiting for an official word from Matt Mullenweg and it couldn’t have come in a better form: a live interview on the WordPress Weekly Podcast, hosted by Jeff Chandler. For those who weren’t able to listen to it, here’s part 1 of the transcript courtesy of WP Snippets.

One of the big questions regarding the team’s decision is: “why do they have to approve themes based on the content and links on MY site?” It’s a pretty sound question because a website is a pretty big leap from a theme. Well Matt likens it to WordPress endorsing Expression Engine, a paid CMS solution, on their website:

First of all, you can do whatever you like on any website. There’s nothing built in WordPress that’s going to you. I am not even going to tell anyone or tell you that you should change things. But WordPress.org is sort of a community hub where we’ve tried to promote the open source stuff.

So, just like I wouldn’t want to, I don’t know, umm… let’s say a commercial CMS, Expression Engine. Ok… I wouldn’t have links advertising Expression Engine on WordPress.org. I wouldn’t have links advertising other things that are not on open source, even ones that actively violate our license.

Here’s another burning controversy: is Automattic doing this to keep the profitability of WordPress to itself?

JC: Ok, so here’s the next question: Why is it that so many people within the inner circle of the WordPress community believe you and Automattic don’t want anyone else profiting through or around WordPress? It seems to be this notion, primarily from those who make a living selling premium themes.

Matt: *laughs* Well, I have said it before that it’s hard to convince anyone that the way that they currently making money is wrong, *laughs* you know, if you are paying your bills with the way you’re making money, you’re going to find ways to rationalise and… sort of believe in that. There are, at every WordCamp, there will be 100 people there, and there may be 20-30 there making their living from WordPress right then.

And it’s all sorts of different things: sometimes it’s developing sites, like their agency is a site developer or designers; sometimes they’re provide training services – education; sometimes they’re just working for a company and being like the sort of full time WordPress guy.

But if I had to estimate, there are probably tens of thousands of people out there that make their living either with or on top of WordPress, and that’s not even counting bloggers. If you talk about a network like Digg or ??? or TechCrunch or something, also built entirely on top of WordPress.

So I’m totally for that. And you know what, honestly, the GPL is very commercially friendly. It was designed to allow commercial enterprises to thrive. You know some people say it doesn’t work, but you only have to look at one, the growth of WordPress, and two, the grown of the open source world in general for the past thirty years to say ‘Wow, this is actually a very, very powerful force.’

Bottom line here is, don’t make free, GPL-compliant WordPress themes and submit them to the directory if your only motive is to get people to buy proprietary WordPress themes. (Helpful hint: you can make money from WordPress in many other ways. If it’s specifically themes, take a look at Brian Gardner’s Revolution Two. He gives away high-quality themes for free but charges for support.)

Matt and the gang are just trying to keep the WP community a good one.

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Matt Muellenweg’s favorite WordCamp was in the Philippines

November 11, 2008 | 2 Comments

A WordCamp Buenos Aires particpant writes:

There was a pool between the stage and the public, bats flew all the place, the Mic was a Karaoke machine.

It looks like Matt was referring to the event that took place in Davao, not the big one in Manila. Still, I’m glad Filipinos have made such a great impression on him. First it was the WordCamp Philippines t-shirt design, and now this.

(Via Winston Almendras)

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Interview with Matt Mullenweg by Annalyn Jusay of Manila Bulletin

September 25, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The full transcript of Matt Mullenweg’s interview by Annalyn Jusay of Manila Bulletin can be found on her blog. Apparently the newspaper cut the interview due to space constraints—another advantage of new media over traditional media!

But let’s save that issue for another day and enjoy how the old meets the new in this interview. Some snippets below. Here is Matt’s first impressions of the Philippines and its people based on our own version of WordCamp:

Q. It’s your first visit to the Philippines and spent some time at the maiden Philippine edition of the WordCamp. First impressions?

A. People love taking pictures here and I prolly had more than a hundred of that in the WordCamp. It just blew my mind. It’s a little bit common in other parts but not the same here. During the event, I saw that Plurk was really big. Everyone was plurking!

Filipinos are very warm, very outgoing. I think it’s cultural. In places like Germany, they’re a little more reserved. Filipinos like talking and communicating. You have big families, it seems. I was hanging out and this person has, like, five cousins in the room. I love that all the warmth and openness creates a very vibrant blogging community.

And here’s his opinion on the divide between blogging/new media and traditional media:

Q. Now that blogging is a big thing and publicists are discovering the bloggers, what can you say about it?

A. There’s a danger if you get started being invited to more events and start to be treated like traditional media. Bloggers, then, become more like traditional media. They’re afraid to publish something because they might offend someone who gives them money or advertises on their blog. And that is dangerous because then, you’re no different from traditional folks.

It’s great that people are making money from their blogs but, just like journalists, you should try to balance the editorial and the business side. Focus on the long term, not short term.

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WordPress.com users can go ad-free (for a fee)

September 19, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Matt Mullenweg has just announced at the WordPress.com blog that based on their experimentation with Google ads, they’ve decided to make displaying advertisements optional—but for a fee.

…Light advertising has allowed us to focus on free features for you guys rather than paid upgrades, and enabled us to invest in infrastructure so your blog is always fast and reliable and never shows a fail whale.

[…]

The No-ads upgrade can be purchased for 30 credits a year ($0.08 a day) through the Upgrades tab in your blog’s dashboard.

So that basically answers two things: (1) it costs a lot to keep things free so they’re running ads, though only at a reasonable amount; and (2) yes, you can finally remove them, though you’ll have to pay for it.

The next question would have to be: will WordPress.com users be able to make money for themselves by running their own ads? Matt says they’re thinking about it, though take note that it will probably a paid upgrade too.

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Sticky Posts for WordPress.com users

September 12, 2008 | No Comments Yet

As Matt Mullenweg had mentioned in a demo of WordPress 2.7 “Crazyhorse” during WordCamp’s State of the Word, there will be a new feature called Sticky Posts. It turns out that feature is already installed on WordPress.com blogs. This is patterned after forum posts which you want to keep at the top of the page for everyone to see.

Chances are WordPress.org users have a blog at WordPress.com, so be sure to try out that feature as we await WP 2.7!

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Matt Mullenweg arrives in the Philippines; Final WordCamp reminders

September 5, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Matt Mullenweg touched down in Manila last September 2, then headed to Davao for the mini-WordCamp there. And here’s his very first comment about our country:

In other news, the immigration/customs forms here are sponsored by a booze company. Smartly, though, they use carbon copy so you don’t have to write the exact same thing twice, like you do in the US.

As for WordCamp Philippines itself, the organizers have sent a final email reminder for all the things you’ll need to bring and do at the event.

  • Don’t forget to print out your camper’s pass!
  • Be sure to bring a valid ID.
  • “Less than 400 campers plus several members from mainstream media will converge at the College of Saint Benilde at Taft Avenue on Saturday, September 6. Gates open at 8:00 AM.”
  • If you haven’t registered your gadget, do so already here.
  • Get to College of St. Benilde by going to the Vito Cruz LRT station. The building is right beside it. If you’re bringing a car, it will be difficult to find parking. See the vicinity map for more details.
  • WordCamp t-shirts have been delivered to the campers’ homes.
  • After-party is at mag:net Cafe in Serendra, The Fort, at 9:30 pm. Entrance fee is Php 150.

See you there!

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Matt Mullenweg gives a shoutout to WordCamp Philippines at WordCamp SF 2008

August 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

WordCamp Philippines logo blue

Christian Cabuay reports that Matt Mullenweg mentioned WordCamp Philippines at this year’s WordCamp, held in San Francisco. Apparently the t-shirts for the local WordCamp are his favorite so far. Here’s the video:

People from the audience pointed out that the sun is from the Philippine flag. To the organizers, especially the t-shirt designer Andrew dela Serna, congratulations!

Oh, and if you still want to order a WordCamp PH tee, you’ll be glad to know that ordering has been reopened.

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WordCamp 2008 live coverage

August 17, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp 2008 is underway right now and Matt Mullenweg recommends ZDNet’s live coverage straight from University of California San Francisco.

Here’s the schedule:

9:00 a.m. The Future of Education and WordPress –
9:30 a.m. SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make – Stephan Spencer
10:00 a.m. Open Source Business Models – Stephen O’Grady
10:50 a.m. Andy Skelton – A musical performance
11:00 a.m. LOLcats and the Secret of Virality
11:30 a.m. WordPress & Microformats
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Switching to WordPress Painlessly – Lloyd Budd
1:20 p.m. 450 WordPress Power User Tips – Lorelle VanFossen
1:40 p.m. Hassle-free Upgrades – Sam Bauers
2:00 p.m. State of the Word – Matt Mullenweg
3:00 p.m. Get Friendly with BuddyPress – Andy Peatling
3:20 p.m. Democratizing the Web through Global Voices – Jeremy Clarke
3:40 p.m. An interview with Om Malik
4:00 p.m. Riding the Crazyhorse – Liz Danzico and Jane Wells
5:00 p.m. A musical performance by Chuck Lewis aka SEO Rapper
5:10 p.m. Kicking Ass and Creating Passionate Users – Kathy Sierra

Visit the blog post for a glimpse of what’s to come for our very own WordCamp Philippines. It’s a good read not only for WordPress fans but also for bloggers and technology enthusiasts in general.

See also the live Twitter updates coming in via its search interface.

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Interview with Matt Mullenweg and Joseph Scott on the WordPress Theme Directory

August 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Ian Stewart of ThemeShaper has interviewed Matt Mullenweg and Joseph Scott about the recently reopened WordPress Theme Directory. You’ll get a good idea of where WordPress theming is headed—for example, automatic theme updating just like plugins—and the general vision behind the official theme repository and its guidelines.

The WordPress theme directory addresses all of these, and as a bonus allows us to do a theme update mechanism like we have for plugins and give theme authors a canonical place to track their distribution.

Since there have been over 150,000 downloads in less than a month it seems to be working.

Read the whole interview here.

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WordPress.com redesigned

August 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com redesigned

Hosted platform WordPress.com just got a design refresh, as announced by Matt Mullenweg via Twitter last August 11.

You’ll notice that while WordPress.com and WordPress.org sport similar design elements now (since version 2.5), the content of their homepages differ greatly. The former features posts from the users’ blogs, while the latter boasts of the blog software’s excellent features.

Which one do you prefer? It’s like comparing apples to oranges. I do, however, would like to see WordPress.org aggregate content from self-hosted blogs too. Wouldn’t that be exciting?

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WordCamp Davao

August 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Yes, folks. Aside from the upcoming WordCamp Philippines 2008 in Manila, the same organizers of said event have come up with WordCamp Davao on September 4. Matt Mullenweg will also be there.

WordCamp Davao will be a chance for the bloggers down South to learn from the master himself, to find out more about making full use of the power of WordPress. The Davao affair won’t be as comprehensive as the main event in Manila, but it will be something to look forward to just the same! So, fellow Dabawenyos and Mindanaoans, you’re getting what you’ve asked for!

Venue is currently TBA, but it will be held from 6:00 to 10:00pm. Register here.

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 topics, speakers, schedules posted; sign up for the sessions now!

August 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Campers will now have a good idea of how WordCamp Philippines 2008 will go as the event schedule has just been posted.

In the morning there will be breakaway sessions under the deployment and development tracks. Unfortunately you can’t attend all of them and you have to indicate which one you plan to be in.

After lunch, there will be plenary sessions from Matt Mullenweg, Aileen Apolo, and Regnard Raquedan. This will be followed by a powwow with Matt, an installfest, and the after-party at mag:net Cafe.

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Take note of these reminders for WordCamp Philippines

July 22, 2008 | 1 Comment

The organizers of WordCamp Philippines have several more announcements you should be aware of:

  • There are 350 allocated slots for participants and so far, 220 have registered.
  • Only those who follow the required blog post format will get their camper’s badges and kits. This will serve as your ticket to the event.
  • Try to update your blog post with the new list of sponsors.
  • A WordCamp Philippines t-shirt will be sold for Php400, in royal blue or deep red.
  • Finally: Matt Mullenweg is coming.

I think the last bullet point is reason enough to be there.

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