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WordPress.com has recently passed 20 million blogs, aÂ notableÂ milestone which will hopefully kill off rumors that regarding the death of blogs (due to the popularity of social networks like Facebook and Twitter).
WordPress.com has also jumped a spot upon Quantcast top million rankings as the blog service has overtaken AOL.com for the 18th spot.
Surprisingly WP.com seems to be within striking distance of Bing.com (who currentlyÂ occupies the 17thÂ spot), although WordPress.com has a long ways to go before they can catch up to Blogger (who proudly sits at 13).
Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) has continued to release a slew of new features in order to attract new users (such as Writer Helper andÂ premium themes) and it will be interesting to see how long it takes for WP.com to reach 40 million hosted blogs.
Note: With competition heating up from services like Tumblr, what features or services do you think WP.com should add in order to effectively compete in the micro blogging craze that has swept the web?
The first beta of WordPress 3.2 is out, which promises to not only speed things for your blog (provided that you’re not using IE6), but also a slight redesign of the admin area.
However one of the biggest changes (at least for non-geeks) is the fact that WordPress is finally embracing a simpler posting interface.
Distraction-free Writing. The visual editorâ€™s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too. More than ever, WordPress allows you to focus on what matters most â€” your content. (WordPress News)
Note: Emphasis theirs.
Along with Writing Helper, the new interface should help reduce the friction when it comes to creating a post, as well as appease fans of rival services (like Posterous and Tumblr) who desire simplicity without sacrificing on power.
Fans can test the beta by installing the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, although make sure you use a test blog or site (lest your break a few plugins or your theme in front of your readers).
Note: If you come across any bugs while beta testing WordPress 3.2, feel free to report it in the alpha/beta forum.
After celebrating over 100,000 downloads of their JetPack plugin, Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) is teasing WordPress bloggers with hints regarding a future update that may “wow” self hosted fans.
Beyond the recent bug fix releases, weâ€™re investigating WordPress.comâ€™s most popular features and how to engineer them to work inside Jetpack. I canâ€™t say more, but itâ€™s fair to say version 1.2 is likely to contain something impressive â€“ somethingÂ no ordinary plugin can currently do. (Official JetPack Blog)
Note: Emphasis mine.
While Automattic isn’t providing many hints regarding their update, they are open to suggestions about which WP.com features they should include along side their surprise.
Unfortunately their comment section isn’t open for suggestions (note: perhaps it was accidently turned off?), although here are a few suggestions from yours truly. Read More
In a bid to help WordPress users get beyond the blank screen and inspire them to create content, Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) has released a new tool to help bloggers combat writers block.
Dubbed Writing Helper, WP.com’s new tool seeks to use the power of man and machine in order to help bloggers create spectacular posts. Read More
For those of you obsessed with all things SEO (at least from Google’s vantage point), the search engine giant has released a new plugin to help make it easier to verify your self hosted WordPress blog with Webmaster Tools.
For webmasters with self-hostedÂ WordpressÂ [sic] blogs, thereâ€™s now aÂ Webmaster Tools site verifcation plugin for WordPress [sic]Â that completely automates our verification process! [...]
With verified ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools, you can receive specific statistics and information (e.g. relevant search queries, malware notices) about your site directly from Google. (Google Webmaster Central Blog) Read More
Android lovers will be pleased to hear that their beloved WordPress app has finally added features long enjoyed by your iOS and Blackberry brethren.
You can now easily set the publish date and time in the app when creating a post or page. The date can be set to the future which will set the post status to â€˜Scheduledâ€™ and publish on your blog when the time arrives. [...]
At the bottom of the post editor weâ€™ve added a Post Password field to help protect your content. Simply enter a password here and the post will require that the password be entered for viewing on the blog when published. (WordPress for Android)
The Android app also supportsÂ HTTP Authentication for self hosted blogs, which means WordPress fans no longer have to choose between mobile blogging an tighter security via select plugins.
Unfortunately for those of you who have installed the app from Amazon’s App store, this update is not yet available (it’s awaiting approval from Amazon’s app tribunal).
However fans of Amazon’s app store can always install a fresh copy from Android Market (which might be wiser in the future, especially if WordPress releases a security update).
Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) was unfortunately targeted by hackers recently and suffered a breach upon their servers.
Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.
We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partnersâ€™ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited. (Official WordPress Blog)
To their credit Automattic alerted the community regarding the breach, a habit I wish was emulated within other industries (who often inform users days if not weeks later).
Automattic is still investigating the hack although there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of any passwords compromised, however the company is recommending that users change their passwords.
It’s also a good idea for self hosted blogs using WordPress.com services (like VaultPress) to change their WP.com passwords as well.
Note: For those of you who are extra paranoid, you can also change your username as well by visiting your Global Dashboard, then clicking on “Personal Settings” in the sidebar, then scrolling down to the “Account Details” section and clicking on the “Change” link next to your user name.
Although this breach indirectly affects self hosted WordPress fans, it might be wise to verify your hosting companies security defenses, as well as install a few plugins (like Login Lockdown) upon your site.
After releasing numerous bug fixes and redesigning the interface, WordPress iOS developers are about to add some extra life to the bare bones app.
The most important to-do in the 2.8 road map isÂ Localization. WordPress for iOS will now become much more accessible for many users. 2.8 will also introduce aÂ Stats view (finally!), aÂ Quick Photo button, as well as a few more nifty improvements. (WordPress for iOS)
WordPress Stats is a feature that every other smartphone platform (even Nokia!) has long enjoyed save iOS fans, who had to rely upon a third party app to receive their WP stats fix.
While the next update will finally bake in stats, WordPress is still looking for a few more good ideas on how to improve the app further (probably beyond what has already been discussed).
One suggestion that has yet to be widely discussed would be for the iOS app to embrace post layouts for Tumbl themes using status, quotes, asides, links, etc., similar to what Express App does (minus the hacking or WooThemes requirement).
For those of you who enjoy blogging on the go, what extra features would you like to see integrated within the WordPress app?
WordPress fans sporting a Palm Pre 2 will be pleased to hear that we may see an app courting webOS in the not so distant future!
Upon visiting webOS.wordpress.org, WordPress fans are greeted with this message:
The blogÂ http://webos.wordpress.org was marked private by its owner. If you were invited to view this blog, pleaseÂ log in below. For more information aboutÂ blog privacy settings, please visit our support site.
This is the nearly the same message that appeared when WordPress was working upon Windows Phone 7, Nokia and Android before launching them to the public.
Although there are blogging apps upon webOS, most (if not all) of them are from third party developers as the mobile OS has been ignored by all of the major blogging platforms until now.
By courting webOS, WordPress will extend its influence upon every major mobile OS save Bada (from Samsung), helping to strengthen their position as the dominant mobile platform (at least when it comes to blogging upon a smartphone).
WordPress has yet to reveal any details regarding their webOS app, although for those of you sporting the Palm Pre 2 what features would you like to see included within the app?
Core developers are gearing up for the next release of WordPress, with promises that version 3.2 will arrive to the public without a lengthy delay (although truth be toldÂ version 3.1 was worth the wait).
While WordPress will also be working on optimizing the software in order to improve loading speeds,Â it will also boast an interesting feature that may make it easier for bloggers to write posts as well.
Distraction Free Writing. This is our headline â€œooh, shinyâ€ user feature. Replace our current fullscreen implementation with something more beautiful, more useful (in terms of line-length and font size), and simpler (only limited RTE functionality). Look at WriteRoom, OmmWriter,Â http://www.quietwrite.com/ for inspiration. Koop is investigating this, and may crank out a quick plugin to jump-start development efforts (WordPress Development Updates)
Simplifying the interface could make it easier for new bloggers to create posts within WordPress without being distracted by all the bells and whistles of the software.
The upcoming version of WordPress will require PHP 5.2.4 as well as MySQL 5 (note: make sure your web host is aware of these changes), and will also be transitioning away from IE6.
WordPress has not yet released a time frame for when they expect version 3.2 to be available to the public, although those of you on the bleeding edge can install the Beta Tester plugin to experiment with 3.2 (preferably upon a test site).