WordPress.com Desktop App Goes Open Source, Linux App Arrives

We are proud to announce the full open sourcing of the WordPress.com desktop app. You can access the source and documentation on GitHub at the automattic/wp-desktop repository. The core application Calypso was released as open source a few weeks ago, and now the work that went into building the desktop applications using Electron is available ... Read More.

oEmbed Updates

Several years ago, WordPress.com introduced oEmbed provider support to allow posts on WordPress.com-hosted blogs to be embedded anywhere that supported oEmbed. WordPress 4.4, due out in December, will bring oEmbed provider support to the wider WordPress world. One week from today, on October 2, the WordPress.com team will be switching our oEmbed format to match the global ... Read More.

WordPress.com Social Reciprocity Visualization Challenge

Every day, millions of people connect with ideas, photos, and other content on WordPress.com. Here at Automattic, we take pride in enabling this interaction, and continually strive to make the WordPress.com platform better for users. Our data science team examines these user interactions, and aims to develop our insights into user facing features and tools. ... Read More.

Photon WebP Image Support

We’re happy to announce that the Photon image service now offers seamless support for the WebP image format. This new feature provides size reductions of up to 34% for served images compared to a JPEG of an equivalent visual quality level. One thing to keep in mind, though: WebP isn’t currently supported by all browsers (see the WebP FAQ for more details). JPEG File Size – ... Read More.

WordPress Developers: Test your i18n (internationalization) knowledge!

Alex Kirk lives in Austria and is a developer on the i18n (internationalization) team at Automattic. We’re looking for talented people wherever they live —why not join our team?  Whenever we write plugins or themes, there is one thing that needs a little extra attention and is quite frankly hard to get right: Translatable text. Be ... Read More.

On API Correctness

Developing APIs is hard. You pour your blood, sweat, and tears into this interface that bares the soul of your company and of your product to the world. The machinery under the hood, though, is often a lot less polished than the fancy paint job would lead the rest of the world to believe. You have to ... Read More.

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