WordPress Takes On SixApart With Enterprise Edition and WordPress.com

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first_imgBut while international support is expanding, WordPress isn’t immune to the problemsof operating in China – where WordPress is blocked.WordPress WidgetsOne of the more promising areas of growth in WordPress is widgets, or mini web appsthat WordPress users can plug into their blog. As of now there are 247 widgets. Around 15-20 of these are availablein the wordpress.com service. Toni told me that most widgets are created by externaldevelopers. Basically this involves developing a WordPress plugin and then widgetizing itin an HTML wrapper.SummaryIt’s pretty plain that Automattic is taking on SixApart with both the EnterpriseEdition and the continued growth and expansion of wordpress.com. Right now SixApart hasthe lead in marketing and probably resources, but WordPress is a strong innovator and hasan open source platform to attract developers. This little battle is far from over andit’ll be interesting to watch it unfold! Toni said there is a developer ecosystem around wordpress, which was donewithout putting commercialism around it – e.g. he notes that themes have links back tothe designers. He also told me there is a lot of innovation happening in the wordpressplatform in general – for example the plugins. The fact that WordPress.org is open sourceis also a factor in the growth of the product, said Toni.Of course you will hear a different story from SixApart, but my general impression isthat WordPress has the advantage in innovation – but TypePad is seen as a slicker andmore user-friendly product for the masses.International ExpansionOne of the more interesting aspects of wordpress.com is its international usage. Whileenglish is the number 1 language used, there are a multitude of other languages supported – and WordPressusers are encouraged to translate more.Spanish is the second most popular language currently – and indeed 4 of the top 10Wordpress.com blogs are Spanish. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… While I was in San Francisco I sat down to talk to Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic Inc – the company set up to leverage thepopular open source blogging tool WordPress. Oneof their main projects is WordPress.com, described as “a more limited version ofWordPress that is hosted and completely maintained.” It’s pretty much the equivalent ofTypePad, the hosted blogging service offered by Automattic’s main competitorSixApart.KnowNow WordPress Enterprise EditionThe competition with SixApart was stepped up today when Toni announcedon his blog a partnership with enterprise RSS vendor KnowNow, for a new product called KnowNow WordPress Enterprise Edition(KWEE). It’s an enterprise version of WordPress and comes just a month after SixApartannounced Movable Type Enterprise 1.5, which we profiled onRead/WriteWeb. Toni told me that KWEE is an enterprise package of WordPress MU (themulti-user version of WordPress) – with additional enterprise functionality bundled in.So for example KWEE comes with LDAP, Automattic’s spam solution Akismet and a statspackage. KnowNow will market the product to their existing base of enterprise customers –and any improvements that KnowNow makes to the WordPress product itself, will be releasedback as open source.I asked Toni will it be a hosted service? He said it will be available as both ahosted service (by KnowNow) or customers can install it on their own servers.Stats about WordPress.comAs far as WordPress.com goes, Toni reeled off some impressive stats. It gets 18million unique visitors per month and 70 M page views. There are over 480,000 blogshosted on wordpress.com. He also said there are an estimated 1-2 million WordPressinstallations that are self-hosted. Toni told me the fact that wordpress.com is ad-freeis a big part of the reason why people use it.Comparison to TypepadI asked Toni how wordpress.com compares to Typepad. He said that Typepad has similartraffic to wp.com, although he says wp.com is about to pass Typepad (at least accordingto Alexa). Here is the latest Alexa chart: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanuscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Publishing Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img

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