Automatic,, the company behind WordPress, has acquired the rights to sell and register the .blog domains for 19 million dollars. What is odd is that WordPress is not even a hosting company (if we discount WordPress.com). What is going on and how does the acquisition fit into the company’s business model? And more importantly: What percussions can we expect for the internet community?
Yesterday the WordPress community had a reason to celebrate … 10 years of its very existence. Apparently, 4999 people in 646 cities around the globe went to parties to celebrate. (How did they get the exact number and where was the missing one to make up for a full number?) Still, that is not a lot. Just 8 persons per city … how did that work? These statistics sound pretty fishy.
The turnout at the New York party at Tonic East, 3rd avenue, was also moderate. But it was fun and the location was great. Tonic East has an awesome rooftop with views of the Empire State building and even the Chrysler building in some distance. Since the occasion coincided with Memorial Day the Empire State building was suitable illuminated in the national colors. A spectacular sight.
Cheers to the next 10 years then, WordPress!
eMusic started in 1998 as one of the first music downloading services for MP3s. Previously a subscription-only service it changed to “a la carte” policy recently to allow its users to download music without subscription. On 19 March Scott Taylor, who led the company through its change from a Java-based backend system to a WordPress CMS (Content Management System) in 2011, held a presentation at the company’s headquarter in Manhattan and explained how eMusic utilizes WordPress. The site is now a prime example for a successful WordPress strategy and implementation. [Read more…]