The new WordPress.com

I haven’t been blogging here much lately, but I have been spending a lot of time on WordPress.com. Auto­­mattic has spent the past 20 months building an entirely new user inter­face for WordPress.com, one where you can manage all of your sites in one place, whether they’re hosted here or else­where. Our Dev­eloper Blog has lots more details, and the official launch site pre­sents the story of Ca­lypso in beau­­tiful form. Our CEO wrote elo­quently about Calypso and what it means to our company.

I’m very proud of, and was sur­­prised by, the in­­­cred­­ible tech­­­nical sea-change that’s hap­pened inside of Auto­­mattic, and the new ways of de­­­signing and de­v­el­oping that were re­quired to make it work. It’s one of the big­­gest changes we’ve ever made at Auto­­mattic, right up there with the P2 theme and the intro­duction of teams. And I’m proud of this evi­dence that we’re not con­tent just to cele­brate what Word­Press has accom­plished, but ready to tackle the hard prob­lems that still remain.

WordPress.com bloggers have been using features powered by Calypso for months already, but today we’re open sourcing it and announcing it to the world, along with a new desktop app for Mac, which I’m using to write this very post. And if that weren’t enough, we’re also launching a new publication called Discover, highlighting the best of what’s being published with WordPress (including self-hosted sites). It’s a big day for Automattic. And there’s never been a better time to join us.