Choosing Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

January 26, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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Just like in any other choices that have to be made regarding online presence, the choice between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is decided by the purpose for which a blog was created.  The two options have their respective advantages and disadvantages.  It is really up to the owner to decide which one works best for his purpose.

The use of WordPress.com is quite attractive for those who do not like complicated procedures.  It is easy to set up, the blog’s technical maintenance work is adequately covered, the blog maintains availability in spite of high traffic as it can be found in different servers, and blog contents are automatically backed up.  These and some extra traffic can be obtained from being part of the WordPress.com community.

With these benefits however come certain limitations such as the inability to upload a custom theme and plug-ins as well as inability to modify the PHP code.  These WordPress.com disadvantages are the very advantages of using WordPress.org.  Technically-minded bloggers specifically prefer these very benefits.

Opting for WordPress.org presents several disadvantages including the need to pay for a good web host, need for more technical knowledge for setting up and maintaining, and the responsibilities that come with self-hosting.  Self-hosted blogs need to address concerns about stopping spam, creating and maintaining back-up, and updating to the newer versions of WordPress as they get released.  Bloggers who opt to choose the self-hosted way must take care to avoid mismanaging the web server that may lead to losing the blog itself.  Security, control, and choices are just some of the many considerations before making a decision.

 

 

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WordPress Theme: Duotone

January 31, 2011 | No Comments Yet

You might remember the smart, color-matching photoblogging theme released by Automattic called Monotone. As a holiday gift to WordPress.com users, an updated version called Duotone has been released, with the following new features:

  1. Manually choose your blog’s background color instead of automatically doing so
  2. Edit three widget areas at the bottom of the theme
  3. Display EXIF data from your photos

WordPress.com users can enjoy this theme instantly, but for self-hosted users you’re not left out: download the theme here. View the demo here.

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WordPress Theme: Motion

October 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Motion WordPress theme

Motion by 85ideas is a dark, 2-column blue and green theme with a watercolor-on-paper texture and transparency. It contains 5 widget areas in the header, sidebar, and footer. This theme is also available for WordPress.com users.

Download Motion

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Tip: use shortcodes anywhere

October 15, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Shortcodes are meant to be used for post and page content, but with a little custom code you can make them work elsewhere, as shown in this article:

  • Text Widgets
  • Template Files
  • Comments
  • Excerpts
  • User Descriptions
  • Category, Tag, and Taxonomy Descriptions

I think the most crucial piece of code to remember here is the one for theme files. Just add the line do_shortcode('[foo]'); and that will obey shortcode syntax. Super convenient! Also check out this list of custom shortcodes. For WordPress.com users, there are a bunch of media shortcodes already built in.

See also: how to use widgets anywhere.

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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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Automattic launches VaultPress backup & protection service

April 1, 2010 | No Comments Yet

VaultPress

VaultPress is a premium offering from Automattic that lets you backup and even more interesting, protect your WordPress-powered site:

In the future, if your site is tampered with in any way, we’ll know within minutes and can take appropriate steps. The VaultPress core engine will be able to protect you against zero-day security vulnerabilities by updating your blog with hot-fixes, even while you sleep.

VaultPress runs as a plugin that runs and responds in real-time. It will also be closely integrated with WordPress.com. On the invitation-only beta signup page, the service costs $20 monthly. It also classifies users into personal, pro-blogger, small business, and enterprise.

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Gravatar gets Profiles

March 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Beau Lebens' Gravatar profile

Gravatar took a big step over the weekend and announced support for public profiles, going from an avatar service to a business card and social network service in an instant.

Thanks to Automattic’s acquisition of Gravatar a few years back, WordPress.com users can enjoy editing their Gravatar profiles right within their dashboards. For everyone else, it’s just a matter of logging into Gravatar and going to My Account > Edit My Profile. There you can add your personal details and link up other web services and sites.

I think this is a great way to add value to Gravatar’s original premise that doesn’t sound too ambitious, but who knows what they’ll think of next!

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WordPress.com goes real-time with PubSubHubbub

March 5, 2010 | No Comments Yet

PubSubHubbub or PuSH is a new protocol that makes publishing go real-time: instead of readers like Google Reader or Netvibes checking a website RSS or Atom feed every so often for new content, PubSubHubbub “pushes” the new content into the stream as soon as it is published. That feature has been enabled on all WordPress.com blogs.

WordPress.org users can also enjoy PubSubHubbub with the PuSHPress plugin available in the Plugins Directory. This turns your WP blog into a hub of its own that can send updates directly, without going through another hub.

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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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Gallery of apps for WordPress.com launched

January 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Between the recently discovered hack to access WordPress.com via the Twitter API and Hootsuite now supporting it, using 3rd-party applications with WP.com is hotter than ever. Which is why you should check out the just-launched Apps for WordPress.com page.

In there are familiar faces like the iPhone and Blackberry apps, as well as popular software for the desktop, but what’s notable is the presence of microblogging apps Spaz, Tweetie, Twitterrific, and Hootsuite. What were once limited for Twittering have now expanded into other networks such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and now WordPress.com.

If you think blogging is dead because these microblogging services have taken over, think again! Let WP.com join the fray and let you take publishing everywhere.

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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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TypeKit for WordPress.com, WordPress.org, and WordPress MU

December 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Good news for WordPress users looking to unleash the typography aficionado within: custom font embedding service TypeKit has released support for all flavors of WordPress.

For WordPress.com, it’s already built in:

Log into your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance in the left-hand navbar. There, you’ll find “Typekit Fonts” with a place to add your Kit ID (available under “Embed Code” in the Typekit Editor). That’s it — you’re ready to go. You can choose fonts from our rapidly growing library to add them to any of the WordPress themes to give your blog a distinct look.

For WordPress.org, there are a couple of plugins you can use from the official directory.

For WordPress MU, there’s a special plugin you can use as well.

This is great news for both the web design and blogging communities: through plugins and integration with TypeKit it’s now a lot easier to incorporate the next big thing in creating more beautiful websites.

(Via WPLover)

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How to use the WP.me URL shortener for self-hosted WordPress

December 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com users have enjoyed the WP.me URL shortener since August, but here’s a neat discovery for self-hosted WordPress users, courtesy of the folks at WP Tavern: if you upgrade to WordPress 2.9 and install the WordPress.com Stats plugin, you can get to use WP.me too. Once you type in a post title, a “Get Shortlink” button will appear right beside the “Edit” button for the post permalink. For example, the clicking on said button gives us the shortlink http://wp.me/pely2-Aq.

What do you think of the requirements? Stats buffs probably won’t mind grabbing yet another analytics plugin if they haven’t already. But upgrading to WordPress 2.9 this early might still be discouraging.

What exactly is more attractive about choosing to use WP.me over, say, native post ID-based permalinks instead? Probably the number of characters you can save with a much shorter URL.

But take note that both Google and Facebook have just rolled out their own URL shorteners in goo.gl and fb.me. Seems like the URL shortening arena is getting more serious competition than ever.

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An unofficial WordPress.com Gallery FAQ

December 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress Gallery is one of the most powerful features introduced to the software to date, but it’s also pretty tricky. You can read the official support page for it, but long before that came around this FAQ was published. It’s more than a year old but it’s still a useful reference for anybody who uses the Gallery all the time.

Can I have a Page that displays all my existing Galleries?
To make a separate “Gallery” Page, make a new Page and then locate the Post ID number of the Galleries you wish to include in your Gallery Page (see above). In the HTML Editor, type in the gallery shortcode, together with the relevant Post ID. It will look something like this [ gallery id=”210″ ] (without the extra spaces after and before the bracket). You can also adjust the settings for number of columns and thumbnail size for each individual gallery displayed on that Page.

Note that the FAQ was created for WordPress.com users, although from the looks of things a lot of it applies to self-hosted users as well.

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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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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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WordPress.com adds geotagging on posts and profiles

November 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Going local is one of the hottest technologies on the Web today, and on WordPress.com, you can now geotag your blog posts and profile.

Interested in reading blogs by other people in your area? A quick search will find them, and in the future could even be used to organize local WordPress.com user meetups. […] Geotagged posts get marked up with the geo microformat, geo.position and ICBM meta tags, and GeoRSS and W3C geodata in feeds.

The featureset is pretty modest right now but Jane Wells spells out the possibilities coming near you:

This is just the beginning. Building on this platform, we’ll gradually roll out more geotagging features, such as showing the location of your commenters, the location of poll votes, a live map view of blog updates on WordPress.com, or an annual report showing you where your posts were written and where your comments came from — kind of a blogger’s version of the Dopplr annual travel report.

That will definitely up the WordPress coolness factor even more. For more information, visit the geotagging support page. Using a self-hosted WordPress version? There are plenty of plugins out there for geotagging.

(Via The Blog Herald)

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WordPress.com blogs now use mobile themes automatically

October 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WPTouch WordPress Mobile Edition

WordPress.com users can now serve mobile versions of their blogs thanks to modified version of WPtouch and WordPress Mobile Edition. People with more capable mobile browsers, such as iPhones and Android-based phones will use the first theme, while other mobile devices will use the second theme.

Mobile visitors greeted by WPtouch will get easy access to posts, pages, and archives. They’ll get fancy AJAX commenting and post loading. If you are using a custom header image, it will be scaled to size and displayed at the top of your blog. When viewing your blog on other phones, the focus will be on loading the blog quickly while displaying the important information about your content.

More details about the mobile themes here.

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Real-time blogging through IM on WordPress.com

October 13, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com users have yet another fascinating new feature to play with that will bring blogging straight into the real-time era. Using a Jabber- and XMPP-based instant messaging (IM) client, you can post and subscribe to WordPress.com blogs, and it all happens inside chat windows. The video below explains how to get started:

At im.wordpress.com we have been experimenting with instant delivery of blog posts and comments. We started by providing a firehose for our partners but that was only the beginning. Now you can subscribe to WordPress.com blogs in your Jabber IM client and receive posts and comments the instant they are published. It is also possible to post to blogs from the chat client. In time we plan to add these real-time features to web pages. Soon the conversations on blogs will be as fast as chat rooms.

Read more about Real-Time Blogs using im.wordpress.com here.

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Custom CSS Revisions for WordPress.com users

October 5, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com users who have purchased the Custom CSS Upgrade feature can now access previous revisions of the edited stylesheet. Basically, Automattic has taken the post revisions idea and applied it to your custom CSS editor. Simple, yet very useful idea.

If you’ve ever considered the CSS upgrade, now’s a great time to take the leap. With this new CSS revisions feature, you’ll be able to make changes to the look of your theme without worrying about losing earlier versions, and can see how CSS changes will affect your blog’s appearance.

As usual, us WordPress.org users will have to see if this will come out as a standalone plugin. For WordPress.com users who haven’t heard of Custom CSS, read more about the upgrade here.

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Automattic gets spelling and grammar checker After the Deadline

September 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Automattic has acquired After the Deadline, a next-generation tool that does spelling, grammar, and style checking all in one. It’s now a default feature of WordPress.com, and it’s also available as a plugin for self-hosted WordPress.org sites.

At its core WordPress has always been about writing — that’s why we put so much effort into things like the visual editor, revisions, and auto-save, so you never lose your work. Now you have another arrow in your quiver to help you present the best possible face to your readers and the world.

After the Deadline is an acquisition you probably didn’t see coming, but makes total sense! Kudos to the makers of ATD and Automattic for making the world a better place, at least when it comes to writing.

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Reporting spam and plagiarism on WordPress.com

September 3, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Jonathan Bailey has a helpful guest post at Lorelle on WordPress discussing how you can help rid the WordPress.com community of spam and copyright abuse.

It’s easy to see why spammers would want to get on WordPress.com, with a PageRank of 9, great SEO and a built-in community, it could be haven for junk content. Many do try but the admins have been surprisingly effective, for the most part, at keeping them at bay.

He explains how WordPress.com can help you take down blogs infringing on your copyright and are using the hosted blogging service to spam unsuspecting victims. This is important whether you’re a WordPress.com user or not; you may very well be a blogger whose posts were scraped and published on their servers.

Now the folks running WP.com keep a watchful eye whether or not you get to the spammers and scrapers first, but it pays to help out too. Visit the Complaints section of WordPress.com for more information.

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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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A WP.com sneak peek?

August 13, 2009 | 1 Comment

A few months ago it was announced that Automattic purchased the highly-coveted WP.com, and people have since wondered what it would be used for, since it still redirects to WordPress.com. Now Hack WordPress has discovered get.wp.com, which bears a fully-loaded campaign page for WordPress.com and WordPress.org alike.

In all probability the page on the subdomain get.wp.com will get moved to wp.com itself, but does that rule out the possibility of WP.com becoming a shorter domain alternative for hosted WordPress users? I hope not!

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WordPress.com lets you post by email

May 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Still on the WordPress.com front, there’s a new feature called Post by Email, which does just what it says: it lets you create and publish new posts straight from your email account.

All you have to do is check out the secret email address assigned to you under My Blogs, then send your blog post to it, and watch it show up on your blog. Formatted text and attached images are all detected. In fact, if you upload multiple images, a gallery is created for them!

If this hasn’t whetted your appetite, here’s a quick run-down of Post by Email features:

  • Transcoding of any video files supported by the WordPress video player (mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, and m4v).
  • Automatic removal of standard signature blocks, with support for manual removal of other signatures.
  • Add your email addresses directly into your address book using downloadable vCards. (You don’t even need to remember the address!)
  • Automatic notification of a published email post.
  • Conversion of YouTube URLs into embedded videos.

Also check out the Post by Email support page for advanced features like shortcodes you can use in your email.

I can’t wait to see all of these features on self-hosted WordPress.org blogs. Although blogging by email is already supported, it’s not quite as streamlined as this.

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VideoPress launches on WordPress.com

May 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

VideoPress is a new upgrade feature created by the Automattic team for WordPress.com that lets users create high-definition streaming video for their blogs. It’s also great for video podcasting since it crunches all the necessary work you: videos are iTunes and Miro compatible, and they play in the right frame rates you uploaded them with.

Although there’s no official word yet on when this will be available for self-hosted WordPress sites, you’re advised to create your own WordPress.com account to take advantage of the plugin and then embed the created videos on your WordPress.org blog.

Plus, the VideoPress framework is open source, so we can expect to see more free-flowing improvements to it in the future.

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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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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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WordPress.org’s Showcase section promotes WP-powered sites that push the envelope

November 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Those who wonder whether WordPress should be used for more than just blogs might think twice with the launch of Showcase, a new WordPress.org section which features “some of the best and brightest WordPress users, who are using it to do a whole lot more than blog”.

WordPress.org, WordPress.com, WordPress.com VIP, and WordPress MU users are all welcome to submit their sites. Screenshots are updated almost in real time.

This is definitely a gallery-type site I’d want my site to be featured in! It’s great that WordPress is adding more features to strengthen its user community. I sure hope many Philippine sites make the cut.

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WordPress App for LinkedIn adds your blog to your professional profile

October 31, 2008 | No Comments Yet

If you’re networking professionally at LinkedIn, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now add your WordPress-powered blog to your profile with the WordPress app. Just look for it in the Application Directory, add your blog URL, and you’re all set. Your recent blog posts will now be displayed on your profile.

Users of both WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) can use this app, so don’t hesitate! Why use LinkedIn? It’s a great way to build your professional network online.

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WordPress.com blogs DOS attacked

October 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Blog Herald reports that a denial of service attack hit several WordPress.com blogs on October 27, and even VIP users like the GigaOM Network were not spared.

There’s no official word on any of the WordPress/Automattic blogs, only a tweet from @wordpressdotcom and a post entitled “Anatomy of a Denial of Service Attack”.

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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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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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WordPress.com users get 24/7 Support

August 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers on WordPress.com can now enjoy round-the-clock support by sending a message through the support contact form.

This is great news, considering most services out there (blogging or not) usually offer support only if you pay for them. Read more about the announcement here.

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WordPress for iPhone app previewed

July 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Just as I had reported earlier, Matt and the gang are developing a blogging application made specifically for the iPhone, whose newest version is going to launch in 21 countries this July 11. (And for those who are wondering, it will be coming to the Philippines officially in a few months.)

For a preview of the WordPress For iPhone, click here or view below:

The WordPress iPhone app will work for both WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) users. Not only will it be free for download, it’s open source too.

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WordPress.com now supports Google Gears

July 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com announces they now officially supports offline access through Google Gears. This means a faster and more enjoyable blogging experience.

To enable this feature, simply hit “Turbo” in your dashboard.

After that Gears will download around 200 files and store them on your PC. It will also update them when needed automatically in the background, no other actions are required.

For users using self-hosted WordPress, this feature will be coming soon in WordPress 2.6.

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WordPress Plugins: TypePad AntiSpam for WordPress and WordPress.com Stats for Movable Type

June 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

WordPress and WordPress.com are Automattic products, while Movable Type and TypePad are SixApart products. These two companies are fierce competitors for the blogging platform crown, but here’s a surprise: you can actually use two of their plugins for the “opposing camp”.

TypePad AntiSpam

TypePad AntiSpam is SixApart’s answer to Automattic’s Akismet. It’s completely compatible with the latter, and like it you’ll need to register for an API key, also for free. Get started here.

WordPress.com Stats

WordPress.com Stats is an analytics program for self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com users alike. Movable Type users can run this plugin as well, but they’ll also need a corresponding API key. Complete details found here.

It’s clear that these two companies are looking to expand their userbase not just with their blog software but with other projects in tow.

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