Posts Tagged ‘Automattic’

All Things WordPress: August 2008

Monday, September 1st, 2008

There have been so many great posts written about WordPress last month, and rather than rewrite what’s already out there, I thought I’d point you to my favorites.  If you know of any terrific posts I’ve missed, please let me know!

WordPress Posts of Note:

The State of the Word
Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word presentation at WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco.  Video (approx 47 minutes).

WP Super Cache 07 can expose you to duplicate content penalties
A bug in the WP Super Cache plugin affects every blog that uses it in “ON” or full “Super Cache” mode, and has URLs that end with the “/” (forward slash) character.  If the plugin is on “half on” mode, you’ll be fine. Read Donncha‘s post if you want to know how to fix it.

Pimping your WordPress theme for humans
Read Rae Hoffman’s eight tips to pimp your WordPress theme; that is, make it more SEO friendly.

Most desired WordPress Hacks
This post focuses on 11 commonly requested theme hacks when developing WordPress sites.

How to easily make WordPress archives that rock
An archives page is an essential part of a blog, so if you don’t have one, you should consider creating one. If you don’t know how to, read this.

How to upgrade WordPress using subversion
A detailed explanation and how-to on upgrading WordPress using Subversion

Designing for WordPress
Chris Coyier offers a three-part series (including video tutorials) on creating a WordPress theme.

Create a WordPress theme from scratch
Another three part tutorial series, this time from Kailoon, covering: structuring, designing in Photoshop, slicing, coding into fully CSS based html, and finally WordPress implementation.

Author comment styling in WordPress
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to edit the default WordPress theme to make author’s comments stand out from the rest.

Building a better blogroll
This tutorial shows you how to improve upon the concept of a blogroll by not just listing sites, but dynamically pulling recent headlines from them. The post walks you though the technologies, design, markup, CSS, and ends with fixing IE to ensure the thing works.

Widget best practices
A checklist of widget best practices from Stephan Spencer

WordPress Theme Releases
There were nearly 50 themes released for WordPress in August according to Ajay at Weblog Tools Collection.  If you’re thinking about changing your blogs look, head on over.  Or, just subscribe to their feed to stay up-to-date.

Weblog Tools Collection Feed

WordPress Plugins

Clean up your backend
Michael Gray suggests 15 WordPress plugins to help you clean and maintain a secure and orderly backend.

30+ Plugins to make your WordPress blog more social
Whether you want your readers to bookmark your site across various services or get to know you better, this post by Sean Aune shows you where to start when it comes to selecting plugins for social media and WordPress.

8 easy SEO plugins for WordPress
Joost de Valk shows you which plugins to use if you want to increase your blogs performance in search engine rankings.  According to Joost, some of the blogs he did this on had 50% more traffic from search engines within two weeks.

Theme Authenticity Checker
Ever wondered whether you’ve got malicious or unwanted code on your blog?  This TAC plugin scans all of your theme files for advertisements or dangerous JavaScript inserted into legitimate themes by third party theme download sites.

WordPress Developer Assistant
Ever wondered where that action or filter hook gets called, or thought how great it would be if you could output a full listing of PHP gloabl variable values on each page so debugging would be easier?  Then, this is for you.  WordPress Developer Assistant is a toolkit that makes life as a WordPress developer easier.

Archives by Selected Categories
This plugin generates a list of posts separated by category (you can choose to display all, or just select categories).  Most recent posts are listed first, and dates are listed beside the post.

Woopra WordPress plugin
A new WordPress Integration Plugin which brings Woopra statistics right into your WordPress dashboard.

UserAgent Spy WordPress plugin
UserAgent-Spy is a WordPress plugin which displays the user’s Operative System and Web browser in the comments section.

Broken links Remover wordpress plugin
Allows you to fix bad/broken links, both text links(anchor tags) and image links (img tags). It blocks the display of such links on your WordPress post/page, until you fix them.

Yoast Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs are the links, usually above the title post, that look like “Home > Articles > WordPress SEO”. They allow your users to easily navigate your site and they allow search engines to determine the structure of your site more easily.  If you’re not using it, you should be.

Twitter Tools 15b2
New beta version of Twitter Tools is ready for testing. Twitter Tools is a WordPress plugin that creates integration between your blog and your Twitter account.

Google Acquires Automattic for $4.2 Billion

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has acquired Automattic, a company that offers open source and social media technology to Web publishers.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are thrilled that our acquisition of Automattic has closed. With Automattic, Google now has the leading content management system and blogging platform, which will enable us to rapidly bring to market advances in technology and infrastructure that will dramatically improve the effectiveness, measurability and performance of digital media for publishers, while improving the relevance of advertising for users.”

Automattic own (free blogging service), Akismet (anti-spam services), (WordPress development vehicle) and bbPress (WordPress based forum management).

Google will be revolutionizing advertising on personal and business blogs by sharing ad profits with blog authors by offering 25% to bloggers for providing content.

Asked if they had considered Movable Type, Mr. Schmidt replied with a succinct “No.”

Negotiations concluded late Sunday evening (March 30, 2008) at the end of Dallas WordCamp.

As part of the deal, the WordPress source control system will be reviewed and for each line of code added or modified, the responsible developer will receive $100.

Matt Mullenweg will join Google as Vice President of Social Media.

Sergey Brin, Google’s Co-Founder and President, Technology, said they are inspired by the efforts of the Automattic team and the WordPress community, and plan on leveraging WordPress to replace at least three products currently in development: Blogger, Picasa and Google Page Creator. “We backed the wrong horse with Blogger, and quite frankly Page Creator will just never graduate from Google Labs,” he explained.

Larry Page, Google Co-Founder and President, Products went on to comment that by embracing open source software, Google will continue to provide a free software offering to the online community. Asked if he thought that this weakened their position by allowing competitors to start a similar service, Larry responding by saying that the software is only the delivery vehicle. The value added by Google will be the service provided, which includes; data center facilities, (Automattic currently only has three), advertising revenue, support, on-going development within the open source community, and the customizability, through Google owned themes and plug-ins. “The only way we can make true advances in computer technology is by embracing the development efforts of everyone on the planet though open source projects, and not just those at Google.”

The Automattic team will be relocating to Hangar One at Moffett Field, once it has been made fit for occupation, which is estimated to cost in excess of $200 $54.2 million due to PCB contamination. They plan on setting up bungee cords and climbing walls to provide the ultimate development environment.


Matt said that he asked for a full size replica of the USS Macon, but settled on access to the Google plane on weekends, which has landing rights at Moffett Field instead.

Automattic employees will be given the option to live in San Francisco or any other Silicon Valley city, and Google will pay up to $1 million per Automattic employee for housing. Google will be extending its shuttle service to include a fleet of helicopters, in an attempt to reduce travel time for employees.“, Matt’s next project, which will use the core WordPress engine, merges traditional blogging software with functionality made popular by Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.” will encompass “all things that matter,” explained Matt. “With Google’s ginormous processing power, we will have the resources available to provide the level of functionality we have only previously dreamed about with continuous 24×7 support, and unlimited scalability.”

Sergey Brin added that Google have been looking for the “killer best way to advertise and monetize the social networks” and they have found it in WordPress.

Following the news the WordPress community has started a Save WordPress Web site to ensure that continued access to the latest software is available.

Read the full Google Press release.

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

About Automattic

Automattic is a premier provider of blogging (WordPress) and anti-spam (Akismet) technology and services. The world’s top publishers utilize Automattic’s expertise in content management systems, rich media, video, mobile, search and blogging platforms to help them make the most of the digital medium. From its position at the nerve center of digital distribution, Automattic provides superior insights and insider knowledge to its customers. Learn more at