Tag: WordPress

Tumbler has fallen

Tuesday, 13 August, 2019

Verizon bought Tumblr in 2013 for a reported $1.1 billion, just two years after its massive $4.48 billion Yahoo acquisition in 2017.

Yesterday, Automattic (parent company of WordPress) bought Tumblr for a reported $20 million.

Founded in 2007 as one of the first microblogging services, Tumblr had its moment in the sun when it became famous for its porn services, but that was then. Automattic chief executive, Matt Mullenweg, confirmed the acquisition in a post on his personal Tumblr account and hinted at a fork towards fun: “When the possibility to join forces became concrete it felt like a once-in-a-generation opportunity to have two beloved platforms work alongside each other to build a better, more open, more inclusive &mdash: and, frankly, more fun web. I knew we had to do it.”

Let’s hope Matt knows what he’s doing here.

WordPress goes Gutenberg

Sunday, 5 August, 2018

WordPress, the free and open-source content management system which powers Rainy Day, is developing a completely new editing experience called Gutenberg. Brian Jackson of Kinsta addressed its complexity in a recent post titled Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons). It’s quite technical in places and if you don’t want to dive into the details, go straight to the comments. Some of them are priceless, and many of them indicate that Gutenberg has a long way to go before it’s really ready to roll. WordPress needs to get this right is the message coming through.


The Unintended Consequences of the GDPR

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

The blogger Yeats, as opposed to the poet Yeats, might say that the “rough beast” of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), “its hour come round at last,” slouches towards us to be born on 25 May. For Rainy Day, which runs on WordPress 4.9.5, this will have implications. Our hosting service, WP Engine, had this to say earlier today:

“With WordPress 4.9.6 coming this week, we will be seeing a few new features built around GDPR compliance. This release is different in that it is introducing new features in a Maintenance/Security update, and that it applies only to websites already running WordPress 4.9 and higher. While this is atypical of a release, it is important to include these new features because they provide an essential toolkit for handling GDPR compliance. We have weighed the risk in introducing these new features and since they are not manipulating or impacting existing WordPress features, we feel that this release is not only safe but also important in enabling you to make your site GDPR compliant.”

The Law of Unintended Consequences lays out three outcomes: Unexpected Benefit, Unexpected Drawback or Perverse Result. Which one the will the GDPR deliver? Well, the reality is that the EU can only enforce the GDPR against entities that do business in the EU. Any website hosted outside the EU doesn’t have to comply with the GDPR and the EU cannot compel China, say, to accept its notion of privacy. Companies that want to keep tracking users will either ban EU customers and visitors, or move outside the EU and do business elesewhere.

And, if a company’s servers are in the US and if it doesn’t have any EU assets, it can keep tracking EU visitors. Brussels can’t do anything about this because US courts are not going to uphold EU law against US citizens who have not broken US law. In other words, because the web is worldwide, one consequence of the GDPR will be the creation of a false sense of privacy.

WordPress @ 10 today

Monday, 27 May, 2013 0 Comments

Word Press update The very first version of the WordPress blogging software saw the light of day a decade ago today. Among the advances it offered back on 27 May 2003 were “Highly Intelligent Line Breaks”. The “brand new function” added “line breaks except where there is already a block level tag or another line break,” promised 19-year-old programmer Matt Mullenweg. Today, WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System. And, according to the “State of the Word,” it’s getting bigger every day.

Although it powers the likes of TechCrunch, Engadget and Business Insider, WordPress was not designed to make Matt Mullenweg rich — it’s free. Because of that, WordPress has enabled many bloggers and enterprises to publish dynamic content economically, effectively and efficiently and, this is important, to monetize it. To earn some money from his coding, Mullenweg founded Automattic in 2005 and the company was in the news last week when it announced a $50 million investment from hedge fund and private-equity investor Tiger Global.

The recent sale of Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1 billion shows that blogging has become big business. The money is out there and it’s chasing the platforms with the right numbers. Next up? Keep an eye on Medium, the brainchild of Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone. Other contenders include Soup.io from Vienna, Overblog from Paris and Salon.io from Berlin.

Rainy Day is proud to publish with WordPress.

Kimberly Anne within the iframe

Saturday, 1 December, 2012 0 Comments

Without getting too technical here, it has to be said that the WordPress blogging platform which powers Rainy Day is a thing of wonder for it combines computer code with that most redeeming human trait: sharing. This is manifested in the proliferation of “plugins”, those nifty community-created software components that enhance the whole. A case in point is iframe, an elegant plugin that makes embedding clips from Vimeo such a snap. That said, let’s now enjoy “Bury It There” by the South London singer-songwriter Kimberly Anne.

[iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/49693543″ width=”100%” height=”480″]