Automattic: When a Company Grows, but the Office Shrinks

The story behind Automattic’s decision to emphasize a distributed company by downsizing our “office” in San Francisco.

Ten Years of Automattic

In Ten Years of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg takes a look at the first decade of Automattic’s history.

Our work is far from finished, and I hope there are hundreds of failures we learn from over the next 20 years. One of the things that makes me happiest is that I get to wake up every morning and work on the hard problem of making the web a better and more open place, and I do it alongside close to 400 talented people at Automattic and thousands in the broader community.

I’m proud to be part of the team (for over half that decade). Here’s to the next ten!

Operation Homecooked Mobile Device Lab

Tucson-based web developer nerd Daniel Bishop wanted to test sites on multiple devices at once. So, he built a thing to do that. Awesomesauce.

Interview with WisdmLabs

I recently spoke with Namrata G from WisdmLabs about Automattic, WordPress, GPL, CSS frameworks, and more. Full interview here: Interview with Lance Willett – Sweeper at Automattic.

ThemeShaper: Theming With the REST API – Meet Picard

Theming With the REST API – Meet Picard

The future of WordPress theming may dramatically shift with the official adoption of the REST API but you don’t have to wait for the future to take advantage of it now. Clone Picard and Tango. Experiment and see what you can do. These are exciting times for themes!

The time is now.

Building Themes With the WP REST API

Building themes with the WP REST API — must-watch recap (with video) of Jack Lenox’s presentation at WordCamp London. or

An in-depth answer to a common question about using WordPress to build your website: The $64,000 Question: or

Davide Casali: Gestalt Design Principles for Developers

Video on, highly recommended. My colleague Davide “Folletto” Casali shares basic design and user interaction fundamentals. (Slides.)

Haciendo Comunidad

La comunidad de WordPress es una cosa compleja. Tiene muchas particularidades que la hacen única, y a la vez la hacen poco apetecible. Porque cuando la estructura de algo es taaan grande, es muy difícil entrar en ella y sentirse cómodo. Las comunidades locales de WordPress de Barcelona y Sevilla nos hemos unido y hemos […]

Software: Solve Real Problems For Real People

Yearly reminder – the goal of software developers should be to solve real problems for real people. Refactor the user flow before your code. —Nikolay Bachiyski