HTTPS Launched For All Custom Domains On WordPress.com

Automattic announced that they’re launching free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. WordPress.com has supported encryption for WordPress.com subdomains since 2014, but now it’s being expanded to over a million custom domains. The company says users will see…

Shopify for WordPress Launched

Shopify announced the launch of new themes and a new plugin for WordPress to make it easier to sell on WordPress sites. Both the themes and plugin are free. You can use them to add products to any of your…

Facebook Launches WordPress Plugin For Instant Articles

Not to be outdone by Google’s open source Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative, which recently got its own WordPress plugin, Facebook just announced one for Instant Articles. Facebook announced last month that Instant Articles will be available to all publishers on…

Google On AMP As a Ranking Signal

Google has been talking up Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) for months, promising a February launch date for when it would start sending search traffic from Google results to pages using it. Many are no doubt wondering if utilizing AMP will…

WordPress Gets Important Security Update

WordPress announced that WordPress 4.4.1 is now available. It’s described specifically as a security release for all previous versions, and they “strongly” encourage you to update your sites ASAP. The update is a response to WordPress versions 4.4 and earlier…

GoDaddy Launches Partner Program For WordPress Plugin Developers

GoDaddy launched a new WordPress Plugin Partner Program to help with the discovery and use of plugins in the WordPress community. The company announced thew news at WordCamp U.S. on Friday. “With 40,000+ plugins available, it can be difficult for…

WordPress.com Adds Support For WebP Image Format

The WordPress.com image service, which delivers the images bloggers use in their posts to their audiences, now supports the WebP image format. With this addition, served images can be reduced by up to 34% in file size compared to a…

WordPress.com Gets Refresh With New App and Features

Automattic announced the launch of a new version of WordPress.com, which it has built from the ground up to let you update pages and respond to comments from a desktop app, manage all blogs and sites from one spot on…

WordPress.com Gets New High-Speed Editor

WordPress.com announced that it now has a new editor that’s faster and cleaner. According to the people behind it, it’s fast, responsive, and lets you create posts and pages more quickly both on desktop and mobile. According to WordPress.com, the…

WordPress.com Gets A New Action Bar

WordPress.com has a new action bar, which makes it easier for readers to follow blogs of interest and for bloggers to make changes to their own sites. If you’re a blog visitor, and you’re on a WordPress.com blog that you’re…