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WordPress.com Announced (And a Similar System)

WordPress ScreenshotLooks like I missed a great presentation. While I am in San Francisco, unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the Blog Business Summit and Matt's unveiling (kind of) of WordPress.com.

While details are still sketchy, it seems that it will be a hosted service based off of the Wordpress Multi-User version -- and it will be free! It involves the new version of WordPress (1.6), which among other things, apparently includes a new WYSIWYG editor.

While WordPress.com is currently invite-only (and invites will probably be hard to come by), you can see a similar service at PRBlogs.org. It, too, is based on WordPress Multi-User version "1.6-ALPHA-2-still-dont-use". I played with it, and it looks pretty sweet. Check out PRBlogs.org to see how the service may work if you can't get into WordPress.com.

It could be fun to watch how (apparently free) WordPress.com pairs up against TypePad -- Matt's presentation even got some mainstream press coverage.

· Presentation Feedback [matt.wordpress.com]
· WordPress commercial arm to compete against TypePad [Blog Herald]

Posted in Business, Technology, WordPress on August 21, 2005, 12:30 AM | Permalink


Interesting. I would bet that Typepad will still do rather well, as it's known among the peoples.

Either way, I still prefer Textpattern (which just recently came out of release candidates straight into version 4).

Maybe that's just me though... Who knows...

Posted by: Adrian Kostrubiak at August 21, 2005 01:40 AM

Hey Scott,

Thank you for making a blog at PRblogs.org.

I'd love to hear what you think further of the project. I write to everyone that visits and creates a blog.

Thank you for blogging about it, too.

Although I'm not absolutely sure that WordPress.com is using WPMU, I think it is. I found this internal page that states, "Welcome to WordPress MU." http://wordpress.com/2005/07/

It is Alpha and I, too, get a lil' worried by the 'Do-Not-Use' Alpha experience. But, it is an experiment and several MU installs are running pretty stable.

My project is aimed at having students (my students in particular, but any and all, too) consider the potential value of blogs/CMS in PR.

The purpose: to be prepared to deal with them, use them, in professional life. Blogs are not for everyone, but I want my students to understand them as best they can. As the semester continues, my students will take the site and go out in search of adopters for their semester project. Experiential learning. A campaign.

Please share the site with your friends and colleagues at work.

Thank you for coming by. I hope to chat with you down the road.

Take care.


Posted by: Robert [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2005 04:17 PM

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