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WordPress Powers 50 Million Websites – WordPress 3.2 Downloaded More than 1 Million Times

The colleagues over at The Next Web report that WordPress has hit the 50 million websites milestone. The open source software now is used on 14% of all sites on the internet, half of them being hosted by WordPress.com.

How many websites use WordPress: More than 50 million

WordPress.com users now publish close to 3 million posts per week and more than 1 million pages. Around 4 million files have been uploaded weekly per week in 2011 already and on average more than 4 million comments are posted every week on the platform managed by Automattic.

Check out more WordPress stats here.

At the time of writing WordPress 3.2, which was released less than a week ago, had already been downloaded more than 1 million times.

WordPress 3.2 Downloads

Check the WordPress download counter for actual up to date numbers.

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WordPress.com Makes It Easier To Customize Your Blog

Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) has released a new feature that will please non-geek bloggers attempting to customize their sites.

Today we’re excited to bring you Custom Design, a powerful new tool that combines easy to use, code-free font selection from Typekit and a beautiful CSS editing interface with world-class support from our famous WordPress.com Happiness Engineers. […]

The Font Editor provides a visual preview of your blog with over 50 gorgeous premium Typekit fonts—from foundries like Mark Simonson, exljbris, FontFont, and the League of Moveable Type—and allows you to easily modify the size and style of your fonts. (Official WordPress Blog) Read More

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Tumblr Leap Frogs WordPress.com

After passing 20 million blogs 11 days ago, the micro blogging service has achieved another milestone as Tumblr now officially hosts more blogs than WordPress.com (a feat they apparently achieved about 24 hours ago).

As of this post over 20.8 million blogs are hosted by Tumblr, compared to about 20.76 million blogs hosted by WordPress.com (the latter who is also witnessing tremendous growth online). Read More

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WordPress: Got Writers Block? Try Writing Helper!

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

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Hackers Breach WordPress.com Servers

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 partners’ 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.

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WordPress.com To Fans: Premium Themes Now Included!

Automattic has just announced that bloggers on WordPress.com will now be able to purchase premium themes, a feature that previously was only available for self hosted WordPress blogs.

I am proud to introduce the very first two premium themes on WordPress.com: Headlines and Shelf. […]

Along with the distinctive features and a gorgeous design purchasing a premium theme like Shelf or Headlines for your WordPress.com site also gives you full access to dedicated support on the WordPress.com forums. The premium themes forum there will be accessible only to site owners who’ve purchased a theme.

We hope to expand the collection of themes on WordPress.com in a big way in 2011. Look for a significant number of both free and premium themes coming your way this year. (Official WordPress.com Blog)

The Headlines and Shelf premium themes were designed by WooThemes and The Theme Foundry, repsectively, with the latter offering users a tumbleblog like experience.

Automattic has not yet publicly revealed the revenue split between WP.com and theme designers, as well as other requirements like whether theme designers have to fully embrace the GPL before selling themes upon WP.com (i.e. no split licensing).

However with WP.com boasting 17 million blogs, Automattic’s market share (which is roughly 50% of all active WordPress blogs) may simply be too large for theme designers to ignore.

(Image Credit: Logic Bomb Labs)

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How to Move From WordPress.com to WordPress.org

WordPress.com is a hosted service, which allows you to set up multiple blogs for free, however there are optional paid options which add functionality to your blog. WordPress.com is perfect for a beginner blogger, however many bloggers find that it is to restrictive and looks unprofessional. In this Conor P. explains how to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, with the help of some video tutorials.

Visit the tutorial here.

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Blogging Pitfalls: How Worshiping Analytics Can Kill Your Blog

Generally speaking, bloggers view analytics as a very good thing. There’s hardly a blog that isn’t running some kind of stats program whether it’s Google Analytics, WordPress.com stats or one of the countless other systems.

Analytics provide information that can be very valuable to a blogger. A good analytics system will give you stats that can tell you how many people are visiting your site, where they are coming from and what they do while they are there. This is practical information that can help direct on-the-ground action to improve a blog.

But many bloggers take analytics too far and become obsessed over them. Though we know that lack of blog growth is one of the key reasons for blog abandonment, it doesn’t always have to be, many bloggers make the mistake of treating the improving site statistics as the end goal for the blog, defeating the purpose of having analytics in the first place, which is to help you get the information you need to reach your goal.

This is how analytics, if used improperly, can actually do more harm to your blog than good and why you need to be careful not to take them too seriously. Read More

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WordPress Media Features Survey

With the release of WordPress 2.8.1 finally here, WordPress.com is already looking ahead to the development of 2.9. Check out the post on the WordPress.com blog.

The main focus of WordPress 2.9 will be on it’s media features, and they are looking for input on what the community thinks are the most important things they need to be working on via a survey that you can take right here.

There are 11 features listed in the poll, which are…

# Photostream
# Post Thumbnails
# Media Metadata
# Additional Media Filters
# Basic Image Editing
# Easier Embeds
# Revised Media UI
# Better Media Settings
# Bulk Media Import API
# Media Albums
# Custom Image Sizes

So if you have a minute to spare, and an interest in seeing any of those features pushed hard in WordPress 2.9, take a moment to take the survey.

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Is WordPress.com Hurting the WordPress Brand?

Is WordPress.com hurting the WordPress brand? Mark Jaquith seems to think so, and I’m inclined to agree with him.

Here’s a snippet of his reasoning

I got a tip that Chris Anderson’s upcoming book Free has the following to say about WordPress:

2. Feature limited (Basic version free, more sophisticated version paid. This is the WordPress model.)

* Upside: Best way to maximize reach. When customers convert to paid, they’re doing it for the right reason (they understand the value of what they’re paying for) and are likely to be more loyal and less price sensitive.
* Downside: Need to create two versions of the product. If you put too many features in the free version, not enough people will convert. If you put too few, not enough will use it long enough to convert.

This is most assuredly not the WordPress model. Anyone and everyone can go to wordpress.org and download a completely free, completely unrestricted, and completely feature-complete version of WordPress to run for any purpose. There is no feature limited version of WordPress.

It seems that Chris Anderson has confused WordPress the software, with WordPress.com the hosted blog service, and he’s not alone.

I’ve seen many people comment on the limitations of WordPress when they were really talking about WordPress.com. Not a LOT (that I’ve seen), but certainly enough to show that there is a problem.

Chris Garrett posted today on blogherald.com about it, and also agrees there is a definite issue that should be resolved, though he isn’t sure how. Here’s what he has to say on the topic…

Now if you support the idea that WordPress.com is causing confusion for the WordPress brand, and I think many people will agree that it is, what to do about it?

Well, it is not like all those thousands of *.WordPress.com sites are going to be happily redirected to new domains. I can only think that rebranding the software would be the (inelegant, or even downright ugly) solution :(

I’m not really sure what the best way to deal with the problem is. It seems that a rebranding of either the WordPress software itself, or the hosted blog service, would no doubt anger many, and confuse many others for quite some time.

Seems like the WordPress brand is caught of the middle of a cliche about rocks and hard places.

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