There’s a new mailing list for discussion of WordPress and education. If you’re passionate about these subjects be sure to join the conversation.
Eric Martin carved a WordPress pumpkin. Happy Halloween everybody. 🙂
Two cakes to share today: the first is a shared birthday cake we had at our Automattic offsite in Breckenridge and the second was put together by David Link just for the joy of WP (and cake). Yum!
There’s not one but
three four WordCamps this weekend. I just got back from China, where both the Beijing and Shanghai events were great. (More pictures coming soon.) This Saturday you can check out WordPress events in Portland, Salt Lake City (I’ll be attending this one, they asked me first), Vancouver, and Birmingham.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the product, Intense Debate supercharges the comment section of WordPress blogs and other sites with cool features like threading, reply by email, voting, reputation, and global profiles. There are a few companies tackling this space right now, but I was impressed with how much ID (Intense Debate) has been able to do with a small team, and happy to find that their common platform (PHP and MySQL) would make integration a lot easier.
Going forward, the plan is to keep Intense Debate available as a platform-agnostic independent service, much like Akismet. We’ll start to integrate its features into WordPress core, WordPress.com, and Gravatar as appropriate. For example, comment threading is going to be in WordPress 2.7, but reply by email is a lot easier to implement on a hosted service like WordPress.com. We’re also going to be able to lend our expertise in scaling to the ID team to make sure their users enjoy the same hassle-free speed and bulletproof availability as users of other Automattic services.
Long-term, I think that comments are the most crucial interaction point for blogs, and an area that deserves a lot of investment and innovation. Comments really haven’t changed in a decade, and it’s time to spice things up a little.
We were early in the space with investing in Akismet to solve the spam problem, but now I think the real growth opportunities are in the user interaction and social features across comments. There is a huge opportunity to increase the traffic and engagement of blogs significantly. WordPress.com alone already gets about three legitimate comments every second — more than a quarter of a million every day. I’m excited to see what the Intense Debate team can do to make things more interesting.
“As my blog has grown in popularity, we realized we were ready to switch to a platform offering more programming options. After careful research, that new platform will be WordPress, which we hope to launch tomorrow with an exciting photo gallery from my most recent trip to Mexico.” — Martha Stewart. Ms. Stewart was previously on Typepad. Hat tip: Joe Clark.
Get A Gravatar Ready For WordCamp 2008 Badges. I think this is the first time Gravatars have gone physical. Really excited about it! They’re generated on the fly using PHP and the PDF library.
Matt’s Community Tags. This is the VERY BETA plugin I’m using for the community tagging on my photos, which allows people to submit tags which then go into a moderation queue to be approved or modified by an admin. Not recommended for general use yet, just getting it out there since a lot of people have asked about it.
I just updated the Random Redirect plugin, with two extra parameters.
Things To Consider When Using WordPress as a CMS. Would love to see more articles like this.
Geniuses for WordCamp SF Bar?. Lloyd is organizing a “Genius bar” at WordCamp San Francisco of volunteers to help everybody with their WP problems. I love it!