• Automattic Debuts Vetted And Featured Third-Party Services For WordPress.com VIP Sites

    Automattic Debuts Vetted And Featured Third-Party Services For WordPress.com VIP Sites

    Automattic is announcing a new feature for large-scale sites hosted in WordPress.com VIP SaaS program (TechCrunch is a VIP publisher)—Featured Partners for third-party integrations. Basically, the program allows companies that have integrated their services with the WordPress platform to promote and seamlessly enable their tools for large-scale VIP sites, which account for one billion… Read More

  • WordPress.com Introduces WordAds: “You Deserve Better Than AdSense”

    WordPress.com Introduces WordAds: “You Deserve Better Than AdSense”

    Automattic has teamed up with Federated Media to – finally – allow WordPress.com bloggers to make money from online advertising. The project is called WordAds and if you’re on WordPress.com you can express your interest for the program here. From the WordPress.com blog, including a fair bit of snark directed at Google: Read More

  • WordPress.com Gains Support For OAuth2, Dedicated Developer Portal

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

  • Hacker Gains Access To WordPress.com Servers, Site Source Code Exposed

    WordPress.com has revealed that someone has gained root-access (“low-level,” as in deep) to several of its servers this morning and that VIP customers’ source code was accessible. WordPress.com VIP customers are all on “code red” and in the process of changing all the passwords/API keys they’ve left in the source code. “Tough note to communicate… Read More

  • Automattic Launches Jetpack, Gives WordPress.org Users WordPress.com Perks

    Automattic Launches Jetpack, Gives WordPress.org Users WordPress.com Perks

    WordPress.com and WordPress.org have a little more in common this morning, as Automattic has announced Jetpack, a bridge between the two WordPress related offerings. For those that still don’t know the difference, it’s as follows: WordPress.com is the blog hosting platform and WordPress.org is the open source and fully customizable CMS. Apparently people on WordPress.org had… Read More

  • WordPress.com DDoS Attacks Primarily From China

    After recovering from the largest Distributed Denial of Service attack in the service’s history (“multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second”) yesterday morning, blog host WordPress.com was attacked again very early this morning, finally stabilizing its service at 11:15 UTC (around 3:15 am PST). WordPress.com serves 18 million sites, many of them… Read More

  • Report: Blogger Most Reliable Blogging Platform As Tumblr Tumbles On

    Uptime monitoring service Pingdom has tested five major blogging services for their reliability. Unsurprisingly given its recent woes, micro-blogging startup Tumblr received a disastrous score, while Google’s Blogger came up on top with not a second of downtime. Pingdom’s tests were performed once a minute over a period of two months, from October 15 to December 15, from… Read More

  • WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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

  • Down Goes Arrington: WordPress.com Getting Top Author Stats Shortly

    If 75 percent of my day is spent writing, the remaining 25 percent is probably going over TechCrunch stats. I’m obsessed with it. That’s why I do so many posts about things like Chrome getting ready to overtake Firefox as the dominant browser among TechCrunch readers (less than 1 percent away now). So I was obviously happy when WordPress.com (which hosts us) overhauled their… Read More

  • StatusNet Signs Sh*t My Dad Says For Hosted Microblogging (Public Beta)

    Does the world need more than one Twitter? How about 10,000 of them? That is how many sites are running on the hosted version of StatusNet, which went into private beta at our Realtime CrunchUp last November. Today, StatusNet is opening up its hosted service to all comers in a public beta. You can think about StatusNet as the WordPress of microblogging. StatusNet is open-source software… Read More

  • WordPress Makes A Big PuSH To Speed Up 10.5 Million Blogs

    All 10.5 million blogs on WordPress.com, including TechCrunch, just got more realtime. Any blog hosted on WordPress is now PuSH-enabled, meaning that new posts get pushed out to feed readers such as Google Reader the second they are published. PuSH stands for Pubsubhubbub, a realtime protocol designed to speed up RSS which launched at our first Realtime CrunchUp last year. Instead of waiting… Read More