• 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… 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