Entries tagged with “WordPress.com”.


Never underestimate the power of first-mover advantage, especially when being one of the first movers gets you bought by Google. Back in August, 1999, Pyra Labs launched Blogger. LiveJournal had launched six months before and Open Diary in October of the previous year. But it was Pyra Labs which was acquired by Google in February, 2003, and the rest was history. Now, nearly ten years later, Blogger is still the dominant hosted blogging platform. In May, 52 million individual people from the U.S. visited a Blogger blog, almost twice as many as the 28 million who visited a blog hosted by Wordpress.com (comScore). Six Apart properties, including Typepad.com, attracted 14 million.

Millions of bloggers still use Blogger because it is easy. However, Wordpress.com is making steady gains and growing its aggregate audience in the U.S. at more than twice the annual rate of Blogger (40 percent versus 14 percent). These numbers don’t count all the blogs that host Wordpress on their own servers, such as Techcrunch.

The vast majority of Blogger traffic comes from outside the United States, where its annual growth rate is 38 percent compared to Wordpress.com’s 59 percent. On a worldwide basis, Blogger blogs have a readership of 267 million people a month, compared to 143 million a month for Wordpress (comScore, April, 2008). The biggest countries are, in order:

1. U.S.
2. Brazil
3. Turkey
4. Spain
5. Canada
6. U.K.

From a business standpoint, Blogger is good for Google because it creates millions of sites which can show AdSesne ads. It creates more inventory for Google. Only recently has Google bothered to start showing ads to the users of Blogger itself every time they publish a post.

Can Blogger keep its lead indefinitely, or will Wordpress eventually catch up? Or will something else entirely overtake both of them?

Today, two of the people behind the original Blogger, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, have another little service that is capturing people’s attention. It is called Twitter, you may have heard about it. In May, Twitter.com had 17.6 million unique U.S. visitors to its Website alone, making it bigger already than Six Apart.

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Now that Twitter is mainstream, its more of a necessity to have Twitter integrated to your bog theme right from start. Unfortunately themes developed prior to the Twitter revolution did not feature it nor features to add it. Here are some cool WordPress themes that will feature Twitter integrated into them by default or are inspired by the Twitter design. Also some tutorials on how to add Twitter to your blogs. Twitter all the way !

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Twitter Integrated Themes

1. Pellucid Dashed -  A Simple, Clean, Artistic Wordpress theme

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2. Green Park 2 – Another simple and stylish Twitter ready theme

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3. Magazine Cinco – Another magazine styled wordpress theme with Twitter integration

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4. EDU Journal Theme – Twitter ready WordPress theme with lot of white space and gradients.

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5. Digital Statement – A clean professional looking theme with Twitter integrated right in.

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Twitter Inspired Themes

6. Twordder – A simple Twitter inspired theme.

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7. Fresh Tweets – A Twitter clone Wordpress theme

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8. Prologue – A Twitter inspired theme from Automattic

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9. Red Trafik – A grunge style Twitter ready Wordpress theme

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10. Intaglio – Twitter integrated WordPress theme

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Bonus – Twitter – WordPress integration Tutorials

1. Twitter – Wordpress Integration guide

2. Twittersuite – Twitter and Wordpress Integrated

3. Integrating Twitter to WordPress – Lorelle

How to add Twitter to Wordpress – Video Tutorials


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Here is a nice list I found the other day. W-Shadow has put up a top 10 list of the best Wordpress plugin developers of 2008, based on plugin popularity and number of plugins developed. I think it’s a very apt and true list. Check out the plugins from these authors, they’re all cool.

  1. Michael Torbert
    961 306 downloads. Co-author of All In One SEO Pack (originally created by Uberdose).
  2. Matt Mullenweg
    921 827 downloads. Everybody knows Matt, the main WP dev and author of Akismet.
  3. Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
    775 220 downloads. Author of WP-Polls and other cool plugins.
  4. Arne Brachhold
    628 350 downloads. Author of Google XML Sitemaps, etc.
  5. Andy Skelton
    449 345 downloads. Author of WordPress.com Stats. Another dedicated hacker.
  6. Alex Rabe
    429 705 downloads. Author of NextGEN Gallery, etc.
  7. Oliver Seidel
    361 918 downloads. Author of cforms II.
  8. Joost de Valk
    328 036 downloads. Author of Sociable, Google Analytics for WP and numerous other tools.
  9. Donncha O Caoimh
    246 752 downloads. Author of WP Super Cache and other assorted plugins.
  10. Vladimir Prelovac
    244 963 downloads. Author of Smart YouTube, various SEO plugins, and more.


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