For the past few weeks I have been part of a group of beta testers of the new WordPress.com and a new WordPress for Mac desktop app developed by San Francisco–based Automattic (the WordPress-as-a-Service company). The company is part of True Ventures’ portfolio, and its founder, Matt Mullenweg, is one of my dearest friends, so I have an emotional bias. That aside and purely as someone who has been part of the WordPress ecosystem for all of its 13 years, I can say, about damn time. WordPress is now extremely fast, can manage multiple sites in one window and is more intuitive to use. You can run it as a stand-alone app on a Mac (Windows and Linux apps to follow shortly) or use it through the browser on WordPress.com. If you use self installed WordPress, then you can use it by signing up for WordPress’ Jetpack. The company believes that it will be able to make the interface much faster because of the complete shift to JavaScript technologies. In his blog post, Toni Schneider, who is a partner at True Ventures and a team lead at Automattic, writes: It’s the culmination of 18 months of work, built on a completely new tech stack, and an example of how big of a job it is to reinvent yourself
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