Automattic really is for the people and we are fortunate to have code wrangler Beau Lebens as a guest on the episode of The Bella Buzz podcast. Automattic is the company (and I hesitate to call it a company because that seems to diminish their ethos) behind the content management system called WordPress, as well as many other open source projects. WordPress is used by Desiree’s company, Bella Web Design to create sites for businesses that are more robust and allow clients to update their own content.
Beau fills us in on the recent WordCamp gatherings including the event in San Francisco where over 1000 participants gathered to hear about the latest updates, share insights with the community, and work with the newest WordPress users to help them understand how to develop a robust online presence.
Watch the WordPress.tv presentation called the State of the Word from founder Matt Mullenweg. It is his annual summary of the development of the platform.
WordPress is a free, open source, platform that has truly become the standard by which all content management systems are judged (The Bella Buzz & Baseballisms both run WordPress). It has grown into such a powerful presence by allowing its users to submit requests and even code to the project. Operating under a GNU General Public License allows users to modify the platform, which in turn provides others with tested enhancements that can be incorporated into the code base for wider distribution. This has spawned an entire ecosystem of templates and plugins that work on the platform.
There are two communities of Wordpress users, and Beau is focused on providing some crossover services. WordPress.com is where users can set up a site that is hosted and managed behind the scenes by the team at Automattic. This means that servers are set up, updates are installed, and it is much easier to use. But it comes with limitations. The WordPress.org camp is for users looking for more customization and are not worried about servers and backup and domain management.
Beau and his team are introducing Jetpack. This plugin allows the self hosted WordPress.org users to benefit from some of the tremendous features that the WordPress.com community has. Jetpack brings great stats, hovercards, shortlinks, even the great editor called After the Deadline.
If you have any questions about Jetpack or WordPress in general, take advantage of the growing community of users who are willing to share their knowledge. Reach out to Desiree if you want to talk about developing your web presence with a WordPress foundation.
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