Two projects I’ve been working on for a long time saw the light of day this week. The first, VaultPress, has a simple mission: protecting WordPress-powered sites. I’ve seen it in action, and it’s pretty remarkable. VaultPress constantly syncs your entire WordPress site — your posts, pages, comments, themes, uploads, plugins, options, and everything else — with no user intervention needed once it’s installed. The VaultPress Safekeepers have set up something pretty sweet, and it’s very cool to get to help out with the design. In branding VaultPress, we wanted a design that reflected Automattic’s expertise and competence when it comes to WordPress development. We sought to tell users a story that brought to mind the importance of securing their irreplaceable data without using fear as a marketing tactic. With humor, pith, and a little inspiration from the Crown, we hope that your first impression of VaultPress has made you want to give it a try. While the developers prepare for VaultPress’ public debut, I’m working with the artists at the Delicious Design League on its public face. More about that later. ;)
At the end of the week, VideoPress launched a brand new Flash player that’s totally rewritten for improved performance and better usability. The design changes are subtle, but give the player a much cleaner and more polished look. It’s much easier to copy embed codes or to even download the full-quality H.264 or Ogg Theora video. Try that with YouTube. There is a ton more to come with VideoPress; stay tuned to their blog for more.
For now, check out the new player with — what else — Michael Pick’s video introduction to VaultPress.