WordPress News

Automattic and its Cheque Book: A Look at the WordPress Company’s Acquisitions

Automattic has added to its growing stable of acquisitions, buying out WordPress blog editor Poster.

The app’s creator Tom Witkin announced the news in a short statement on his blog, saying he, along with his software, had been snatched up by the WordPress.com parent company. He didn’t disclose how much money changed hands.

Witkin will be joining Automattic’s mobile team as a designer and coder.

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What’s New In BuddyPress 1.8

In case you missed it, the first beta of BuddyPress 1.8 was released this week. BuddyPress 1.7 introduced theme compatiblity and a host of other exciting features. Although 1.8 has had a shorter release cycle, it’s still packed with some very cool new features and improvements.

Here’s a little bit of what you can expect from BuddyPress 1.8:

BP_Group_Extension Rewritten
Many BuddyPress plugins interface with the groups component. The BP_Group_Extension has been rewritten to make it faster for plugins that depend on it. The new changes will make writing group extension plugins much easier than before.

Improvements to Group Administration Panels

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WP Super Cache & W3 Total Cache Users: Are Your Sites Vulnerable?

Not updating vulnerable plugins is one of the biggest mistakes anyone running WordPress can make. And it seems some of the world’s most visited sites are making that exact mistake. … Are you?

A number of weeks ago, perhaps the two most popular caching plugins, WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache, both updated their code to patch a security vulnerability. HackerTarget.com reports that a quick check of the top 100,000 sites reveals that less than 50% of those sites that run W3 Total Cache have updated their plugins to the latest secure version.

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WordPress News Sites: Are They Worth Paying For?

There’s no money in starting a WordPress-centric news website, according to Jeff Chandler, who has one piece of advice for anyone thinking about giving it a go: don’t bother.

The Tavern Keeper over at WPTavern opens up about selling his site to Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg for $14,000, almost selling WPTavern to Joost de Valk and how WPCandy was interested in buying the site’s domain name in an insightful interview on the latest episode of the DradCast.

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WordPress 3.6 is Alive: The New Heartbeat API

We’ve been anticipating the release of WordPress 3.6 for weeks now, but it’s definitely alive – and you could say it even has a pulse.

The Heartbeat API will be a new feature introduced in the latest release. It’s been designed to deliver login expiration notifications, provide post locking and trigger autosaves – making writers like me very happy.

According to Andrew Ozz who is leading the API’s development:

“The purpose of this API is to simulate bidirectional connection between the browser and the server. Initially it will be used for autosave, post locking and log-in expiration warning while a user is writing or editing.

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How NASA Is Using WordPress to Promote Open Source Technologies

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has been a leading global pioneer in science and technology since its inception in 1958, boldly going where no man has gone before. NASA has produced technology that has been adapted not only for the grandeur of space exploration but also for non-aerospace uses in the private sector, bringing us everything from the moon landing and GPS navigation to improved breast cancer testing procedures.

But did you know that NASA is also an active participant in the open source community?

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WordPress For iOS Gets a Makeover in 3.6 Update

The WordPress iOS app has been given more than just a dash of lipstick in its latest release.

Version 3.6 has undergone a complete makeover, with a new UI, a shortcut in the sidebar for faster and easier posting and improved push notifications.

The interface is not as clunky as it used to be – it’s easier than ever to fire up the app while you’re sitting on the train to work or having a coffee at your favourite cafe and tap out a quick post.

According to the Make WordPress Mobile change log, version 3.6 includes:

A completely redesigned new user experience

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WordPress Kills Post Formats UI For 3.6 Release

Mark Jaquith announced today that Post Formats UI will not be a part of the core in WordPress 3.6 but will be relegated to a plugin, similar to MP6. We’re referring to the fancy new display that would have been added to the post edit screen:

Why is WordPress Killing Post Formats UI?
It seems the attention to the post formats was holding up the 3.6 release date, so it’s been punted to a plugin. The core WordPress contributors are now hatching a plan for extracting it from this release.

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Sweet Pay Day For Automattic Employees: Tiger Global Invests $50 million

Some of Automattic’s early employees and shareholders are set to rake in the moolah.

Hedge fund and private equity investor Tiger Global has snapped up $50 million worth of shares from existing shareholders, including some of the company’s early and loyal staff.

Rather than invest directly in the company, Tiger’s share buyout allows these shareholders to turn paper wealth into actual cash – and possibly yachts and really fast cars.

Just a week after Yahoo bought our blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced the deal on his personal blog.

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Happy 10th Birthday, WordPress!

WordPress turns 10 years old today. So Happy Birthday, big boy!

Here’s the announcement of the very first release where co-founder Matt Mullenweg announces the likes of a blogroll manager, smart line breaks, and manual excerpts. Obviously, it’s come a long way.

The current number of WordPress-run sites are a little mind-boggling and also hard to keep up with: reportedly somewhere over 20% of sites on the web now run WordPress. The number of new sites added daily quickly makes any figures you might find old news.

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