• Gains Support For OAuth2, Dedicated Developer Portal

    In a blog post on the blog, Automattic‘s Justin Shreve this morning acknowledged his employer’s aspirations to turn into more of a platform than a mere Web-based blogging software service. The company has added support for authentication protocol OAuth 2 to and is debuting a brand new developer portal. Read More

  • WordPress 3.1 Downloaded Over 15 Million Times In Under 5 Months

    The latest stable version of WordPress, 3.1, was first released on 23 February 2011. Now, less than 5 months later, the blogging software has been downloaded over 15 million times according to a tweet posted mere minutes ago. Just yesterday, WordPress parent company Automattic published a blog post, announcing that the next version, WordPress 3.2, will be released ‘very soon’. Read More

  • Automattic Brings Premium Themes To Users

    Automattic is announcing a new feature for the 17 million blogs hosted on—premium themes. The blogging platform giant says that commercial themes have been “thriving” for self-hosted WordPress sites, and it made sense to expand this offering to blogs hosted on Today, is making two premium themes available to users: Headlines by… Read More

  • Automattic Hits 300 Million Unique Visitors, Roughly $10 Million In Revenue

    Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg and CEO Toni Schneider were interviewed by our own Alexia Tsotsis at Le Web 10 today. Our live notes (paraphrased): How big is the company right now? We’re about 74 people. In terms of revenues to sustain our growth, I’d say we make a little under $1 million a month from all our services combined. Read More

  • Rolls Out "Top Authors" Stats With A Bonus

    A couple weeks ago, we noted that Automattic was testing out a new Top Author stat area on the Site Stats page found on blogs. Today, they’ve rolled out the feature with a couple little bonuses. First of all, the widget itself has been prettied-up quite a bit from the one we shared. You’ll now see author icons next to the author names. More importantly, you’ll see… Read More

  • Want A Coveted VaultPress Account? Try Hosted WordPress Platform WP Engine

    When Automattic launched VaultPress, a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites in March, the company was flooded with requests for the new service. Still in private beta, VaultPress now has a long wait list of users wanting to use the service. But today, WP Engine, a powerful hosted WordPress platform for users who need more… Read More

  • Leaked Internal Emails Show Microsoft Overstated Windows Live Spaces Numbers

    Joe Wilcox at BetaNews has posted a must-read article in the wake of the announcement – made at TechCrunch Disrupt SF – that the Redmond software giant would be transitioning all its Windows Live Spaces users to Automattic‘s platform. You may recall Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Product Management for Windows Live, stating that there were roughly 30 million… Read More

  • Windows Live Outsources Blogging, Migrating 30 Million Users To

    Back in 2006, we covered the launch of Windows Live Spaces, a blogging service for Windows Live users. Today the service is headed in a new direction: Microsoft has teamed with Automattic, the company behind, to transition its users over to the popular hosted blogging platform. The news was just announced at TechCrunch Disrupt by Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Product Management… Read More

  • For-Profit Automattic Gives WordPress Trademark To Non-Profit Foundation

    “It’s not often you see a for-profit company donate one of their most valuable core assets and give up control,” Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg writes today in a post announcing that the WordPress trademark has been transfered from his company to the WordPress Foundation. “This is a really big deal,” he continues. What this means is that the key ingredient… Read More

  • Automattic Opens Up VaultPress, A Safe Place To Back Up Your Blog

    Over the past few months, Automattic’s popular blog platform has taken an in-depth look at their blogging ecosystem, and realized that one of the major pain points for the 12.1 million users who self-host their WordPress blogs is security and restoration. backs up all of the blogs that it hosts, but those users who self-host their WordPress-powered blogs need… Read More

  • WordPress Makes Blogging On The Fly Easier, Integrates With Twitter API

    This morning, a blogging platform and a microblogging platform have become more symbiotic. WordPress has enabled posting and reading the blogs the platform powers via the Twitter API. This means any Twitter app that supports a custom API URL can be used to either post updates to your blog, or to read updates from blogs you’ve subscribed to. Tweetie 2, an iPhone and… Read More

  • Four Years In, You Can Now Subscribe To Blogs By E-mail

    You would think that, almost exactly 4 years after opening up to the public, would have a way for people to subscribe to blogs by e-mail, right? You’d be wrong, at least until today. While there has always been the possibility to subscribe to blogs by e-mail using FeedBurner or other RSS facilitators,’s parent company Automattic has now added an… Read More

  • Automattic Acquires Spellcheck Plug-In After The Deadline

    Automattic has acquired spelling plug-in After The Deadline, which adds spelling, style, and grammar checking to web applications through a plug-in. WordPress and Automattic co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced the acquisition in a blog post. After The Deadline is an impressive (Mullenweg was “blown away” by its functionality) spellchecker that lets you customize how the tool… Read More

  • Mollom Blocks Its 100 Millionth Spam Message

    Mollom, a spam prevention tool that competes with Automattic’s Akismet, has blocked a stunning 100,000,000 spam messages from appearing on websites, social networks and blogs since the product was introduced about 14 months ago. Given that the product has only been out of beta since September 2008, that gives you an idea of just how much junk travels the digital highways. According to… Read More

  • Interview With Automattic's Matt Mullenweg: "Blogging Is Not Slowing Down"

    We’re still at The Next Web Conference 2009 here in Amsterdam, and I just ran into Matt Mullenweg from Automattic / WordPress and immediately cornered him, put him against a brick wall outside and got him to answer some questions about the company and WordPress. The takeaways: - BuddyPress, which is supposed to transform an installation of WordPress MU into some sort of a white-label… Read More

  • WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy

    Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has acquired Irish startup Polldaddy for an undisclosed sum. The purchase gives WordPress an infusion of polling technology and seems to be justified simply on the basis that bloggers love polls (we use PollDaddy here at TechCrunch for many of our posts). Read More

  • Automattic Has Acquired IntenseDebate's Enhanced Comment System

    Today at the TechStars demo day, Automattic, the company behind WordPress, announced that it has acquired enhanced commenting system IntenseDebate for an undisclosed amount. WordPress has long been in need of an upgraded commenting system, which has led to a number of replacement and augmented systems in the last year, including Disqus and JS-KIT. WordPress CEO Toni Schneider says that… Read More

  • The State of WordPress 2008: Awesome Growth

    Today at WordCamp, a User and Developer 1-day conference for the WordPress blogging platform, Founder Matt Mullenweg announced impressive growth figures and reaffirmed Automattic‘s focus on fixing some of WordPress’s biggest weaknesses. The theme for the “State of the Word”, Mullenweg’s yearly keynote, was “Strong,” and growth from both… Read More

  • Mollom May Soon Offer Serious Competition To Akismet

    Mollom is a new blog spam prevention tool that’s shaping up to be serious competition to Automattic’s Akismet, the current market leader. Belgium based Mollom was founded earlier this year by Dries Buytaert, the founder and project lead of the Drupal project and Benjamin Schrauwen, a Post-Doc researcher at Ghent University and Machine Learning expert. Mollom automatically… Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Blogging Service

    Sweden’s most popular cultural export The Pirate Bay has entered the blog hosting game with new free-speech focused blogging service Baywords. The service was launched by The Pirate Bay after a friend of one of The Pirate Bay’s founders had his blog deleted by Automattic ( for linking to copyrighted material. The Pirate Bay team explains: We’re proud to present… Read More