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August 16, 2009

WordPress launches WP.me shorturls for WordPress hosted blogs

WordPress logoThe Automattic has announced the launch of wp.me shorturls for WordPress.com hosted blogs. According to Matt Mullenweg the wp.me shorturl is different from other services such as tiny.url or tr.im who had their 5 minutes of fame last week.

  • WP.me is the only two-letter .me domain in the world
  • Every blog and post on WordPress.com has a WP.me URL now
  • These are all exposed in the using rel=shortlink
  • It doesn’t work for any URL in the world, just WP.com-hosted ones
  • The links are permanent, they will work as long as WordPress.com is around
  • WP.me is spam-free, because we are constantly monitoring and removing spam from WP.com

Other than the restriction of only being available to WP.com users, WP.me sounds like pretty much any other shorturl service to me. Most bloggers will not care about the rel="shortlink" code in the header nor will most users bother thinking long term if their links will still work in a year. But all credits to the Automattic team to cover most angles for their users and keep adding services to their platform, making WP.com better and better on an almost daily base.

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August 13, 2009

Get.WP.com, New Campaign Site for WordPress?

WordPress logoThord recently gave his views on what Automattic should do with the domain wp.com. Now the WordPress Hacks site discovered the not yet launched get.wp.com subdomain, a landing page promoting and comparing both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Right now the WP.com domain still redirects to wordpress.com. It will be interesting to see if this will become the new wp.com domain or will be ran as a promotion campaign, similar to GetFirefox.

get.wp.com

Via WordPress Philippines.

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August 12, 2009

WP.com Launches Redesigned Homepage

WordPress.com launched today a redesigned homepage. The new style is much more visual and uses thumbnails to display random content published by the WordPress community users.

The first thumbnail prominently displays today’s statistics for the platform. The redesign comes only days after WordPress.com published its stats wrap-up for July 2009.

New WordPress.com homepage design

How do you like the redesign? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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