Well it would seem that everyone is getting themselves a WordPress.com invite. Now as much as I like to spread the good word of WordPress, I like to first point out a couple of things to make sure that it doesn’t just operate on a hype but a functional working blog for everyone. So first off, even though I have mentioned it several times before, here are a few interesting facts about WordPress.com.
- WordPress.com is still in Alpha-Soon-To-Be-Beta stages which means that if you get an invite and log on into it, you’ll find that there are still a lot of things you can’t do. There may be bugs, but as far as I know, there aren’t any obvious ones and new features are still being added as the developers are working towards officially launching it.
- WordPress.com runs on the upcoming WordPress Version 1.6…which incidentally is STILL in alpha stages and explains the first point and has a lot of new features that WordPress 1.5+ doesn’t have.
- WordPress.com also runs on WPMU which also powers Blogsome.
- WordPress.com is self hosted like blogger and you don’t need to have your own domain or server to run it (because if you do, you’d already have a WordPress blog).
- WordPress runs on the Bad Behavior plugin which means if you have spam broadcasting from your system, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to be reading WordPress.com blogs.
- WordPress is by invite only. The main reason for this is because they want to make sure that people who do blog will blog and not turn it into a spam machine like what happened to blogger. That and the fact they want WordPress.com to be a place where you can keep a close community like family, close friends and significant others.
- I still have my invite.
I guess that’s the general lowdown of WordPress.com. They are really trying to make this work for the general public and bring the most important part of blogging to everyone. I’ve been trying it out for a while and it’s really sweeter than our current WordPress powered blogs thanks to the new 1.6 interfaces.
So over the next few days I’ll just breakdown a list of what WordPress.com has to offer and what I think of it in a nutshell and maybe it’ll give some of you an idea of what would be coming in the new WordPress 1.6.
Then we’ll see where we go from there.