The popular blogging site unveiled a new admin interface today for managing blogs, posting content, and reading other people’s sites. If you’re a regular user, you’ll notice a new look and feel. If you’re a code geek, you’ll notice something more remarkable below the surface: JavaScript instead of PHP. If you run the open source version of WordPress on your own server, you can activate the new interface on your own site through the plugin Jetpack. Automattic, the company behind—the commercial version of WordPress—also released a WordPress application for Macintosh OS X. And it made available the code that powers the new interface as open source software for everyone. 'We realized that the tech wasn't going to take us to the next decade.' WordPress has come a long way since Matt Mullenweg co-founded the project in 2003 as an open source project to continue develping the defunct blogging software b2/cafelog. The software now powers about 25 percent of all websites, according to technology survey outfit W3Techs. Automattic, the company Mullenweg founded to commercialize WordPress, turned 10 years old this year and now employs more than 400 people. But the software
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