Interview with Automattic CEO Toni Schneider

January 13, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WPVibe has an exclusive interview with Automattic’s CEO, Toni Schneider. We get a look at how this telecommute-friendly company gets things done (P2, IRC, and Skype), a bit of WordPress.com talk, and Toni’s personal life.

What is one thing you’ve learned while being at Automattic that has made you a better CEO?

A brand new thing that I had never done before was figuring out how to build a distributed company, where team members work from places all over the world. That’s been a great learning experience for me. I love how much personal freedom the distributed model gives people. One of our “Automatticians” told us just yesterday that he is going to Chile for 40 days. He has rented an apartment and will work from there. That’s the kind of thing you can do in a distributed organization. The challenge is to create a sense of teamwork and common purpose despite being spread so far apart.

And here are some amazing figures for Automattic’s other services:

  • 1 billion avatar requests on Gravatar every day
  • 220 million visitors on WordPress.com every month
  • 117 million people reached by PollDaddy every month

A lot of times we more closely associate the WordPress project with just-turned-26 Matt Mullenweg, and while is is the founder after all, it’s great to get to know other members of team Automattic.

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P2 Theme updated

November 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The minimal, no-fuss microblogging theme P2 (descendant of Prologue) has been updated, which now has easier customization (including child theme support) and accommodates post types (ala Tumblr).

One of the first areas we thought could be improved was the ease of customization. Most people like to add their own personal touch to a theme, currently P2 is hard to customize beyond the standard design. We’ve added new options to allow you to hide the sidebar and even set a unique header image. All these options allow you to personalize your own P2 to match your tastes.

We’ve also introduced post types into P2. Now you can post different types of content and have them formatted and displayed in a way that fits the content beautifully. There are settings for standard posts, single images and galleries, as well as links and quotes. Selecting which post type to use is as simple as clicking the correct tab above the post box.

WordPress.com users can now enjoy the new version while self-hosted WordPress.org users can grab it here, while its page at WordPress Extend hasn’t been updated yet.

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Automattic’s WordPress Consultants list moves to CodePoet.com

September 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

CodePoet is Automattic’s very own domain for WordPress consultants. They moved their massive list to a specialized site for professionals specializing in WordPress design and development.

As the largest operator of WordPress blogs (over 9 million and counting), we receive a steady stream of requests from people looking for WordPress savvy web design and software development firms. In response we’ve started CodePoet, a directory of consultants who specialize in building beautiful and efficient WordPress sites.

The site is still in its early stages, running on a barebones P2 theme and categories limited by geography, but knowing the developers of WordPress, there’s bound to be some great features coming up. Perhaps even expanding to accommodate firms working on other Automattic products like bbPress, BuddyPress, VideoPress, Akismet, Gravatar, PollDaddy, IntenseDebate, etc.

And if you’re wondering why it’s called CodePoet, the WordPress slogan is “code is poetry”. Very apt. And very cool too—wouldn’t you love an email address at that domain?

(Via WordPress Tavern)

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WordPress for freelancing and project management

July 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WPCandy has a great guide on using WordPress as a project management application. It’s part of a series for helping freelancers get on their feet with easy-to-use tools such as WP.

There are three suggestions in the article, namely:

The creative uses for WordPress never run out, do they? But between booking systems, link directories, and comics publishing, it seems using WP for project management is the most relatable application so far.

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WordPress Theme: P2 (the new Prologue)

March 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

P2 new Prologue WordPress theme

Remember the Twitter-for-WordPress theme called Prologue? Well it recently got a revamp and has been released as P2 (ala Kubrick and K2).

Here’s the overview of what’s new in P2:

  • Threaded comment display on the front page.
  • In-line editing for posts and comments.
  • Live tag suggestion based on previously used tags.
  • A show/hide feature for comments, to keep things tidy.
  • Real-time notifications when a new comment or update is posted. (If you have a Mac, you know what we mean when we say it’s Growl-like.)
  • Super-handy keyboard shortcuts: c to compose a new post; j to go to the next item; k to go to the previous item; r to reply; e to edit; o to show and hide comments; t to go to the top; esc to cancel.
  • Helvetica Neue for you modern font lovers.
  • Plus more to come! Keep an eye on the news blog for updates.

And as always, there’s:

  • Hassle-free posting from the front page.
  • RSS feeds for everything: the entire prologue, each author, each tag, and any search.
  • A feeling of supreme awesomeness because you’re using a sweet theme custom-made by Automattic.

P2’s tagline is “Faster Blogging”, which you can find at the live demo site. As of now, the theme is available to WordPress.com users only, but a version for self-hosted users is in the pipeline, so be patient.

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