WordPress VIP Services - dummies

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The company behind the Automattic WordPress.com service is owned and operated by the WordPress cofounder, Matt Mullenweg. Although Automattic doesn’t own the WordPress.org software, Automattic is a driving force behind all things WordPress.

As an open-source platform, WordPress.org is owned by the community and hundreds of developers that contribute to the core code.

Have a look at the Automattic website . The folks behind WordPress own and operate several properties and services that can extend the features of your WordPress site, including

  • WordPress.com: A hosted WordPress blogging service.
  • Jetpack: A suite of plugins that can be installed on a WordPress.org self-hosted site.
  • VaultPress: Premium backup and restoration service for your blog.
  • Akismet: Spam protection for your blog. This service comes with every WordPress.org installation, but there are different levels of service.
  • Polldaddy: A polling and survey software that easily plugs into the WordPress platform.
  • VideoPress: Video hosting and sharing application for WordPress.
  • Gravatar: Photos or graphical icons for comment authors.
  • Longreads: Great examples of storytelling on the Internet.
  • Simplenote: An easy way to keep notes across various iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices.
  • WordPress.com VIP: Enterprise-level web hosting and WordPress support starting at $15,000 per year (usually reserved for heavy hitters such as CNN, BBC, and Time magazine, for example).
  • Cloudup: Easy sharing of media including videos, music, photos, and documents.
automattic website
The Automattic website.