WPWeekly Episode 285 – Not Every WordPress Is the Same

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I open the show by discussing our observations of social media lately. Our feeds are filled with anger and for me personally, Twitter is becoming less useful. We discussed the news of the week, including a lengthy conversation about Automattic opening up the WordPress.org ecosystem of plugins and Read more about WPWeekly Episode 285 – Not Every WordPress Is the Same[…]

WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem

Earlier this year, WordPress.com launched an experiment giving Business plan subscribers the ability to install third-party plugins and themes. Automattic concluded the experiment earlier this week and officially made the features part of the subscription plan. “With support for plugins and third-party themes, WordPress.com Business users will be able to connect their sites to great Read more about WordPress.com’s Business Plan Gives Subscribers a Way to Tap into WordPress.org’s Third-party Ecosystem[…]

Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes

Today Jetpack announced that its users now have access to a collection of 165 free themes from WordPress.com. Jetpack users can browse, preview, and activate themes by visiting the WordPress.com Theme Showcase. WordPress.com has also added the ability for Jetpack users to upload a theme from its interface as well, a feature that targets those Read more about Jetpack Introduces Theme Installation from WordPress.com, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes[…]

WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack

This week WordPress.com introduced a new Customizer panel to its users called Content Options. The new panel offers a number of minor tweaks that would ordinarily be handled by a few simple free plugins on a self-hosted site. It brings a whole new range of customizability to the WordPress.com sites that was not previously available. Read more about WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer Panel, Plans to Include in Jetpack[…]

A Guided Tour of Calypso, WordPress.com’s Desktop App

If you’ve been reading about Calypso, the new system for managing your WordPress site from Automattic, you may be wondering how it works and what’s different from the familiar WordPress admin screens. Calypso isn’t what you’re used to: it’s entirely written in JavaScript and it interacts with the WordPress.com REST API (which is different from Read more about A Guided Tour of Calypso, WordPress.com’s Desktop App[…]