TechCrunch recently underwent a pretty massive redesign, running on WordPress VIP. One of the biggest priorities for the development team was increasing performance. And not just a little, a lot. One of the tools that was integral to their giant leap in performance was the ability to run non-essential tasks to load asynchronously, meaning time consuming processes can run in the background while a page loads quickly for users. Now, the TechCrunch team has open sourced this asynchronous library so you can start using it on your own site. What’s A Non-Essential Task So what kind of things should run […]
Is MySpace like the butt of most jokes in terms of the startup technology world? Yes. The question is whether it continues to deserve that irreverent position – and the answer is also a resounding yes. In a recent move MySpace blew away all of their users blogs without notice and without a plan for exporting or backup. It’s hard for me to even write that sentence without my jaw slightly dropping in disbelief:
Now that’s a pretty sweet stat, isn’t it? We shared how there’s an uptick of the top 100 blogs out there that are using WordPress and one of the better known agencies, 10up, apparently supports 8% of those top 100 blogs! Of those listed, 10up has on their roster the likes of TechCrunch, 9to5mac, Deadline, Consumerist, and Hip2Save among others. Now that’s a killer client list if you ask me!
What a week. What a week. With a number of tragedies being reported all over the world it’s hard not to get pessimistic about the continuation of the human race. Actually, it’s hard to find motivation at times if you think about it too long. But great work is being done and there is more good out there than what’s being reported. So let’s keep it up folks! Stay positive – this too shall pass!
I’ve been looking for a killer combination of the comment layer of WordPress blogs and making these sit also in a forum environment too. There are a number of systems and solutions that do this – for example, I’ve played around with Vanilla Forums for quite sometime and their WordPress integration feature has become better and better over time. What Vanilla Forums does is provide a way for users to comment on the blog post and then mirror these comments into a direct forum where the conversation can live in parallell as well as persistently. There are a lot of reasons that […]
Now this is a neat addition – ShopLocket, a simple way to sell “anything” from a website, is now partnered with WordPress.com enabling blog and site owners to sell, well, “anything” from their own sites. To enable this brave new world of blog-based e-commerce, ShopLocket has introduced a WordPress plugin that will enable users of the platform to quickly make their goods available on their sites. With the integration, WordPress.com Enterprise and VIP users will be able to easily embed items for sale anywhere they wish to, whether that be in posts, separate pages, or even through various sidebars on […]
TechCrunch shared some news that made me crack a big smile as I read it: In the past 30 days alone, 15 million posts have been imported into the platform [WordPress.com]. The top two services that tend to migrate to WordPress are Blogger and Tumblr, Mullenweg tells me. And then there is Posterous. It’s neat to see how many people are finding WordPress as a go-to solution for their blogging needs and yet how many try another service first, either out of ignorance of WordPress’ existence or because they didn’t feel like it “solved” their felt needs. But I wish more […]
A short but sweet interview with Matt Mullenweg at SXSW. He talks about working from home, making money, and more. Take 9 minutes this busy Monday morning and give it a watch. Ah, Austin – I miss you so much.
PressBooks, that incredible WordPress plugin that helps authors create ebooks, PDFs, and web-based books with a few clicks has announced that they are going completely open source with a full GPL 2.0 license. It’s been in the works for quite some time and many have wondered when it was going to drop (if ever) but Hugh McGuire has silenced those critics a few weeks ago with his announcement. The reason? Simple: For book publishing to evolve to fully embrace digital, we need open tools that allow for experimentation with new technologies, and new models, business and otherwise. We are building […]
It seems that restaurants are getting a ton of love this year with a bunch of restaurant-related WordPress businesses have cropped up as well as seeing WordPress.com open up it’s own vertical. It’s getting even better now with a native integration between Locu, a menu system for users and site owners, and WordPress.com powered sites. Embedding a Locu shortcode is as easy as a few clicks and their Locu-powered Menu will automatically appear on their site. I can imagine that this will be a boon for restaurant owners and site managers who are trying to maximize the limited amount of time […]