WordPress Multisite Domain Mapping + eNom = Awesome!

Here at WPMU DEV Multisite has always been our bread and butter, and today we’re happy to announce a corking new release to a key MU plugin.

Our WordPress Multisite Domain Mapping plugin has just picked up eNom integration – so that means that Pro Sites users can now also sell and automatically map new domains to their users , woohoo!

Check it out:

Here’s how it works:

Add domain mapping to your WordPress Multisite install
Sell domain names to your users :)

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Embed Tweets and YouTube Videos: Coming Soon to WordPress

It will soon be easier than ever to quickly embed tweets and videos directly into your self-hosted WordPress posts – but only if you use Jetpack.

The Media Explorer for WordPress.com accounts has been updated to allow users to add trending content from Twitter and YouTube to their posts, all from within the post editor.

The Insert Tweet window allows you to search for tweets by keyword or hashtag, by tweets to or form a specific users and by geographic location, and add one or more tweets to your post.

WordPress.com tweets and video embeds

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Twenty Fourteen Theme Takes a Step Further

A WordPress.com premium theme has been pulled from sale to become the default Twenty Fourteen theme.

Work has begun on recycling Further, Automattic’s first magazine-style theme. A demo site is available.

Designed by theme wrangler Takashi Irie, the theme features a responsive layout, a featured content area and support of standard, video, image, gallery, aside and quote post formats. It also includes seven widget areas.

Automattic theme division lead Lance Willet and theme wrangler Konstantin Obenland, along with Irie, will rework the theme in time for the release of WordPress 3.8  in early December.

Twenty Fourteen theme

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New Domain Search Service to Help WordPress Users

Automattic has gone and got itself a domain search service.

Lean Domain Search founder Matt Mazur has announced on the service’s blog the site has been acquired by Automattic.

Mazur will also join the WordPress.com parent company, working full-time on “making it even easier for WordPress.com users to find and register great domain names for their websites and blogs.”

The site, which allows users to find available domain names based on a keyword, was launched on Hacker News in January last year.

Mazur says Lean Domain Search will continue to run since the acquisition will be even be “completely free”.

Lean Domain Search

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WordPress.com Dashboard Gets a Beautiful, Darker Look

WordPress.com has been given a tall, dark and handsome makeover. Well, maybe not the tall bit.

Automattic designer Matt Thomas yesterday announced the dashboard’s redesign, which features better contrast, the “oh-so-lovely” Open Sans as the default typeface… and is pretty much the (top secret!) MP6 plugin many of us were expecting would be part of WordPress 3.6.

The revamp also includes redrawn icons and spacing in the dashboard has been opened up.

Thomas said he had a handful of goals for the redesign, which included:

A simply, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.

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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide For 2013

Today we’re going to tackle the age old question: WordPress.com or WordPress.org? If you’re new to the world of WordPress, you’ll need some information in order to get started with your own blog or website. Here’s what we’ll be covering in this comparison post:

Differentiate between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Compare Differences in:
Cost
Freedoms and Limitations
Maintenance and Development

How to decide between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

What is WordPress.org?

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Leading Hosted WordPress Solutions: WP.com, Blog.com and RapidPress

WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS. However, apart from powering many self-hosted WordPress websites, this CMS is also used as a hosted solution. Need a quick free blog? Yes, this is where hosted WordPress offerings come into play!

In this article, we shall be taking a look at four of the most popular hosted WordPress solution providers. 

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Why WordPress.com for education (and portfolios, restaurants & musicians) is a big fat fail

Talking of big fat things, I’ll start with a hefty disclaimer, I’m the founder and CEO of Edublogs – the largest education blog provider (and also based on WordPress) on the web.

So, having got that out of the way let me tell you why I’m profoundly unconcerned by the announcement today that WordPress.com is venturing into the ‘education vertical’ and why I don’t think it should scare of any other niche site builders out there.

tl;dr – it’s shallow, insincere, cynical, lacking in focus and flimsy.

Here’s why…
Almost too shallow for words

It's got an apple on it, thus it must be for teachers

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Let’s help people understand that WordPress is not a company

This column is being written while listening to The Traveling Wilburys, the Vol. 3 album, on vinyl. It is important that it is on vinyl, because had it not been I wouldn’t have been able to listen to it. Not because I’m an audiophile or vinyl snob (that’s a lie, I am), but rather because that’s the only music source connected to my home stereo. This is important to point out, since it is bound to annoy someone, and this is still a bloody column…

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Get a WordPress.com Style Countdown Timer Widget for Your Self-Hosted Blog

In my opinion, there is no contest between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress. I’ll take ownership of my site every day of the week, thank you very much.

But for all of its limitations, WordPress.com does offer up some pretty cool features. One such feature is a “milestone” widget, in which you can easily insert a rather elegantly styled countdown to an event.

But with a new plugin released today on the WordPress.org repository, you can now have your own milestone widget for your self-hosted blog.

Milestone

Get a WordPress.com Style Countdown Timer for Your Self-Hosted Blog

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