Happy New Year! the 2016 edition

2016 begins today, so it’s a great time to make sure your browser is up to date, update all of your passwords, setup two factor authentication wherever you can, start a blog with WordPress (and Jetpack) or WordPress.com, or start posting again if you already have one! MacManX.com had a great 2015, and I’m sure […]

MacManX.com in 2015

According to this report from the good folks at Jetpack, 2015 was another big year for MacManX.com. Along with some interesting stats, the report sums it up best: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney […]

WordPress 4.4 Released

WordPress 4.4 has been released! This release introduces the new default theme Twenty Sixteen, responsive images, post embeds, the basic infrastructure for the upcoming REST API, and more. 466 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Scott Taylor. That’s a new record for WordPress, almost doubling the last release! At the time of writing this, […]

The WordPress.com Desktop App

There’s a new desktop app for WordPress blogs, this time from the good folks at Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com. I know many of you have heard me say that WordPress.com and WordPress are two entirely separate entities, so let me clear this up right now. You can use this app with both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress(.org) […]

Automattic Meetup 2015

This year, Automattic went back to Park City, Utah! The big difference this time? Our “almost 300” has grown to 400 employees spanning the globe, many joining us from the WooThemes acquisition earlier this year. With so many colleagues from around the world, it’s great to see everyone at least once a year, and build […]

WordPress Security and Auto-Updates

WordPress 4.3.1 was released six days ago and included three security fixes. If you haven’t done anything silly to disable auto-updates, you would have been automatically updated within an hour of the announcement (and in some cases even before the announcement). If you have disabled auto-updates, your site was publicly at risk until you manually […]

WordPress 4.3 Released

WordPress 4.3 has been released! This release introduces menu and site icon controls to the customizer, formatting shortcuts to the editor, stronger password enforcement, and more. 246 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Konstantin Obenland. At the time of writing this, WordPress 4.3 has been out for a bit over 2 hours and has […]

WordPress 4.2.4 Released

WordPress 4.2.4 has been released. This is a critical security release, addressing 6 security vulnerabilities, as well as 4 bugs (including a few you may have run into during the last security fix). A huge thanks to the folks who kept us all safe by responsibly disclosing the security vulnerabilities. If you have not done […]

Team Rads in Malta

Two weeks ago, Team Rads of Automattic met in Malta to focus our efforts on launching the inevitable WordAds 2.0 and to investigate unique marketing opportunities. We are an ever-growing distributed team, with three of us in California, one in Australia, one in Iceland, one in Portugal, and our newest team member in Italy, so […]

Automattic: The WooThemes Awakens

There has been an acquisition. Have you felt it? Automattic has acquired WooThemes, a leading developer of WordPress eCommerce solutions. The acquisition was announced just a few minutes ago, and I’m very excited that we’ll have a hand in continuing to grow this powerhouse of eCommerce tools alongside 55 new colleagues. If you’re already a […]