WordPress: Akismet Ditches Flash For Something Better

Filed as News on January 18, 2011 7:41 pm

After teasing us with a secret update, it looks like Akismet (an anti-spam service by Auttomattic) has revealed that they are forsaking flash dashboards to the joy of millions of iOS users everywhere.

We’ve redesigned the Akismet stats page to bring it in line visually with the rest of the WordPress admin. There are new view options: the last two months, the last six months, the last year, or all time.

Not only does the page look better, it also loads faster thanks to flot.js.  Flot is a great little open source chart library for jQuery.  Flot give us complete flexibility over how we display stats, and it allows you to view stats on any device that supports JS. (Official Akismet Blog)

Previously Automattic made a similar move regarding their WP.com Stats feature which embraced Flot in September of 2010.

Users can quickly view not only how many spam messages were caught by Akismet each day, but also false positives as well (which the company humerously refers to as “ham”).

The new layout should also be much friendlier for iOS devices, although users may want to view their Akismet stats on the iPad instead of the iPhone (due to the latter’s tiny screen).

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