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April 5, 2006

Unlimited Blogs

by @ 10:00 am. Filed under Virus, WordPress.com, Blogs

Ever wanted to start a new blog on WordPress.com and had to register a new account even though you already had one and just wanted another blog, not another login? That was pretty annoying, huh?

No longer! Now when you go to wordpress.com/signup as a logged in user, it lets you simply add another blog to your stable. As many as you want, need, or desire — no limits. You may also notice that when you're logged in the WordPress.com homepage gives you a link to the admin section of all blogs that you have access to.

You can now manage all the blogs you want with a single login and user for all of them. Enjoy. :) (And sorry for the old behaviour!)

Update: If you have multiple accounts, I would recommend going to Users > Authors & Users > Add User From Community to make one of them an admin on both blogs.

March 25, 2006

Tag Feeds and Paging

by @ 10:36 am. Filed under Virus, WordPress.com, Tags

The tag communities have really begun to take off on WordPress.com, with people using it to discover other WP.com bloggers who are writing about the same things they are. Since the launch though we've had two items on our TODO that would make global tags extra useful. (WordPress.com: We work weekends so you don't have to ;) .)

The first isn't exciting at all, it's just paging. Before you could only see the first page of results for a tag, now you can see them all. Sorry for not launching with this.

The second is actually pretty useful. Every tag page now has a link to a RSS feed where you can subscribe to the latest posts from around WordPress.com on a given tag. It's a full-text feed, just as if you were subscribing to the blog directly. Not only would this be useful to track topics you love in an aggregator like Bloglines, but you could also add it to your sidebar using the RSS widget.

Please continue to provide feedback if there is any way you think tags or feeds could be more useful!

March 8, 2006

Secure Blogging

by @ 10:15 am. Filed under wordpress, Virus, WordPress.com, Security

Ever since I started working on Automattic and WordPress.com full-time I’ve found myself working at places like cafes and various other places with wireless internet connections around town. It’s nice because they make far better hot chocolate than I do. I’ve also been lucky enough to find myself at some great conferences around the world, for example I’m heading to SxSW Interacive next week. Any conference worth its salt these days provides free wifi.

This is great, but the internet can be a dangerous place. What most people don’t realize is that almost everything they do on the internet, with the exception of things like e-commerce, is transmitted in clear text. This means the data could be readable to anyone who listened. People use things like “packet sniffers” that let them observe and log traffic on a local network, for example that free wifi connection you and 50 of your closest trusted friends are on.

There are ways around this using things like VPN or SSH tunnels, but mostly they’re beyond the reach of us mere mortals to use. I know personally if I’m a techy conference I’m less likely to post to my blog because someone could just “sniff” my password and traffic and cause all sorts of travel.

We’ve made it so you never have to worry about this on WordPress.com. You’re safe blogging here now.

Using the same technology that online stores like Amazon.com and your bank do, we’re now securing all the important bits of your blog using SSL. What this means is that when you’re logging in or posting to WordPress.com, all of your traffic will be encrypted so anyone “sniffing” it will just see a bunch of gibberish. This is free and immediately available for all our users.

On a technical level, what we’ve done is restricted your login cookies to be SSL-only, which means they will never be transmitted in the clear, and we’re encrypting the cookies sent in the clear to make it difficult for anyone to impersonate your login.

There are still one or two kinks we’re working out, particularly for this main blog, but at worst you may see a security warning about the SSL certificate. If you have any problems please let us know using the feedback form.

Also, because we love you so much, we’ve made the code we’re using to do this available as a WordPress plugin. All you need is a SSL certificate and WordPress 2.1-alpha.

Anyway, now when you go to conferences or that sketchy coffee house blog without fear.

March 7, 2006

Recent Widgets

by @ 2:57 am. Filed under Virus, Widgets, WordPress.com, Themes

We’ve just pushed two new widgets live, based on your requests. The first is Recent Posts which, as you may have guessed, shows the most recent posts. This is a great way to drive people who come in to your archives to the latest stuff.

The second is Recent Comments, which was actually the single most requested widget. It shows names and links to the last 5 comments left on your blog.

Be sure to continue to let us know what kind of widgets you’re interested in. We’re looking at adding some more widget configuration in the next iteration.