WordPress: The Free Software With a Big Economy & How You Can Get Involved

Over at The Next Web, Joel Falconer’s overview of the WordPress economy touches on many topics we’ve talked about over the years here at Automattic. Amazing to see what happens when software, web, and people meet to create a movement.

Perhaps one of the things Mullenweg can be most proud of is that his platform and the economy that has developed around it sustains the livelihood of probably hundreds of families and thousands of people, drawing on a wide range of talent in a loyal, dedicated community. Between theme developers who sell their products on marketplaces like ThemeForest, companies that make WordPress products and employ support staff, product managers, developers, designers, lawyers, accountants and more, and Automattic itself, the reach is huge.

When open source loyalists say that their philosophy can change the world, you only need to look as far as WordPress to see that mantra in action.

/via The Next Web, h/t ma.tt

VaultPress Stories

Since joining Automattic, one of my main responsibilities has been working with an amazing team to build and launch VaultPress.

One of the best parts of delivering a brand new service is hearing back from customers who’ve come to rely on it, which is why we’ve started posting profiles of VaultPress customers to our blog. I love hearing these stories and learning how people came to become serious WordPress publishers.

Check the first three out here:

Kenya Hara on MUJI

I love this quote from Kenya Hara of MUJI, via my Automattic colleague and design cylon Michael Pick.

We don’t want to be the thing that kindles or incites intense appetite, causing outbursts like “This is what I really want,” or “I simply must have this.” If most brands are about that, MUJI should be after its opposite. We want to give customers the kind of satisfaction that comes out as “this will do,” not “this is what I want.” It’s not appetite, but acceptance. Even within acceptance, however, there is an appropriate level. Our goal is to elevate it as high as possible…

…I would like to recognize the fact that desire sometimes involves obsession, causes egoism, or strikes a sour note. I wonder if humankind, having rushed after desire, has finally reached an impasse. Both the consumer society and individual cultures, chasing after desire and driven by appetite, are hitting a wall. In this sense, today we should value the qualities at work in acceptance: moderation, concession, and detached reason. Might acceptance be a form with one more level of freedom? Acceptance might involve resignation and slight dissatisfaction, but raising the level of acceptance thoroughly eliminates both. To generate “this will do,” by creating this very dimension of acceptance, one that is clearly self-confident and also truly competitive in a free economic society: this is MUJI’s vision.

WordPress.com and Windows Live Partnership

“As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”
Dharmesh Mehta, Microsoft, on today’s partnership announcement with us at Automattic. Our post is here.

VaultPress beta review

“If you are concerned about reliability, stability, or whether or not VaultPress will be around tomorrow – I can provide some comfort. VaultPress is powered by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, Akismet, etc. That reassures me, so it should for you as well. While the service isn’t free, it is absolutely a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to protect their WordPress site. Whether you are a personal blogger, professional blogger, small or medium business, or IT manager, VaultPress has something to offer you.”
Jeff Weisbein, in his review of VaultPress beta