Automattic Acquires Parka LLC, The Creators Of BruteProtect

The parent company of BruteProtect, Parka, LLC has been acquired by Automattic for an undisclosed amount. BruteProtect is a service providing brute force login protection for thousands of WordPress sites. The BruteProtect plugin will be phased out and rolled into Jetpack and will  remain free to use. The services offered (more…)

Gitter: A New Communication Service For GitHub Projects

Gitter.im is a new service that provides free and private chat rooms for open source projects on GitHub. It integrates with issue tracking, supports markdown, notifications, and has an activity feed featuring multiple third-party integrations. In order to use Gitter, you’ll need to sign in using your GitHub account. As (more…)

BuddyPress 2.1 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

BuddyPress 2.1 is right around the corner with Beta 1 landing in the hands of eager testers today. The upcoming release includes several improvements that make BuddyPress easier to use, more secure, and faster than ever. BP 2.1 is set to introduce a totally revamped @mentions interface with built-in auto-suggestion (more…)

Helen Hou-Sandí Previews WordPress 4.0 at NYC Meetup

WordPress 4.0 release lead Helen Hou-Sandí recently gave an in-depth preview of the upcoming release at the WordPress NYC Meetup. Her presentation gives a complete overview of the new features that you will see in the official release next week. Part of Hou-Sandí’s responsibility as the release lead is to (more…)

WordPress 4.0 Adds Custom Icons to the Plugin Installer

The WordPress plugin installer page is about to get more colorful. The upcoming 4.0 release completely revamps the plugin search and installation process with plugin cards arranged in a new grid view. Andrew Nacin announced today that plugins will also have their own icons in the installer. Plugin authors are (more…)

Free WordPress Superuser Training Course from WordPress.com VIP

The folks at WordPress.com VIP are continuing to add to Documattic, a repository dedicated to sharing presentations and resources with the WordPress community. While the repository already contains some solid resources for WordPress in enterprise and government, today’s addition may have the widest reach, as it pertains to user education. (more…)