A Look Back at 16 Automattic Acquisitions Since 2007

Since Automattic was founded in 2005, it has acquired several businesses, services, products, and people. In August, the company will be 10 years old and I thought it would be interesting to see if the acquisitions the company has made are still around. The list is organized from earliest to (more…)

Customizer Theme Switcher Officially Proposed for WordPress 4.2

This week, Nick Halsey officially proposed the Customizer Theme Switcher feature plugin for merge into WordPress 4.2. Halsey summarizes the goal of bringing theme switching into the customizer: “By integrating themes directly into the Customizer, live-previewing workflows are greatly simplified, and the relationship between themes and theme/site options is clarified (more…)

GPL License Plate Featured Image

In 2009-10, there was an intense debate between the co-creator of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, and the founder of DIY Themes, Chris Pearson. The debate centered on whether or not Thesis needed to be 100% GPL licensed. Thesis lifted lines of code from the core of WordPress, which some people claimed (more…)

WP Rocket Featured Image

WP Media, the company behind WordPress caching plugin WP Rocket, published a post that highlights how successful the plugin has been since launching a year and a half ago. When we wrote about the international launch of WP Rocket, we questioned whether it would be able to compete against all (more…)