I’m biased — but this new UI is simply breathtaking and clairvoyant in it’s intuitiveness — how you would expect to do things is now how things are done — a very zen-like experience ! And the feedback pouring in from bloggers on WordPress.com hasbeen very positive.
And just a quick word on the pure launch logistics last night on WordPress.com – simply amazing. When you take into consideration that we are completely virtual company and in multiple countries, a relatively small team, run a service in multiple data centers with nearly 5 million blogs, and you look at the sheer amount of work and coordination that it took – not to mention the technical skill – it was a thing of pure beauty to watch it all come together. Everything happened in real-time, there was no down-time maintenance window, no launch and revert and postpone, and no 5am all-hands meeting. Just a group of rockstar colleagues working in sync and getting things done – really impressive.
The timing is great since the Automattic team is in the mountains of Colorado at our bi-annual company meetup, and we’ve all been able to get the know the talented PollDaddy team of Lenny and Eoin.
From my earlier days at TIME.com I’ve known that polls were huge and that readers loved particiapting. This has been echoed in the WordPress world with very popular WordPress plugins for polls. I’m including my quick poll here:
Feels like just the other day I was writing about passing 3 million blogs on WordPress.com. Today we passed 4 million legit blogs, a number which doesn’t count the hundreds of thousands we’ve deleted which were spam:
I think the daily word count is also pretty amazing — 50 million+ just today 🙂
Gears has been in the making for over a year and is well known among the web developers. Currently it supports Firefox versions 2 & 3 and Internet Explorer versions 6 & 7. Safari 3 support is coming soon.
On WordPress.com it is used to store all images and other web page components from the admin area to the user’s PC, speeding up access and reducing unnecessary web traffic.
The speed increase is most noticeable when Internet is slow or on high latency and makes everybody’s blogging experience more enjoyable.
How do you turn it on for your blog ?
To enable this new feature, click on the “Turbo” link and follow it to Gears’ site to install it in your browser (if not already installed). Then the browser will have to be restarted and after logging back in WordPress, click the “Turbo” link again to give permission to Gears to work on WordPress.com.
After that Gears will download around 200 files and store them on your PC. It will also update them when needed automatically in the background, no other actions are required.