Automattic Raises $160 Million

In an interview, Mullenweg said that he is aiming to use the money for a number of things, including growing the business, expanding its small employee base of 240 and increasing marketing. While Automattic has been run as a break-even business, he noted that it would now begin “leaning in aggressively to take advantage of opportunity, which we all believe is a big one.”

Markdown For WordPress To Write Faster

WordPress

Hurdles

Writing and publishing blog posts are always fun for me but I have some hurdles to overcome. To convert plain text into HTML is one of the hurdles.

WordPress can handle it with a built-in WYSIWYG editor or helper buttons but I need some extra actions to re-format my text. I just wanna focus on writing.

To use Markdown is an option if you’re familiar with it. I’m a big fan of Markdown and I always choose it if I have that option on web apps. So I decided to find a way to handle Markdown even on WordPress.

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Updated my WordPress theme, inspired by the Space theme

Minimalist WordPress Theme — Space

The Space theme is stunning. I can’t stop thinking about better themes for blog sites since I met with the theme. I’m considering to drop sidebars from all sites, and realized how typography is important to improve user experiences.

It’s difficult to make perfect themes like the Space but I updated my own theme a bit. Here are what I did this morning.

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WordPress 3.2 Fullscreen 'Zen' mode is great!

WordPress

WordPress is getting into a true publishing platform. It’s not just a content management system. They finally started to improve writing experience on the platform with the new awesome feature called Fullscreen mode. The feature was known as Distraction-Free mode or Zen mode.

Once you got into the fullscreen mode by clicking a fullscreen button on a toolbar of ‘Add New Post’ page, you can see what it is and how the mode improve your writing experience.

Here are some screen photos of my admin pages.

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Of course not only the feature. According to Matt the author of WordPress, WordPress 3.2 is faster and lighter than before. And I can feel it since I updated.

If you own WordPress sites on your server, it’s a good time to update.

Best Tutorials To Step Into HTML5 And CSS3

Old

New

Here are links which I read to make my WordPress theme which based on HTML5/CSS3. The images are my old theme and new HTML5 based flexible theme.

Let me quote some important part.

Facts

Need to know these facts before dive into it.

There’s also the fact that by using HTML5 code right now your website gets stuck in some kind of “limbo” since even though your browser will render HTML5, it does not understand it as of yet. This may also apply to other software such as screenreaders and search engines.

Lastly you must consider that HTML5 is still under heavy development, and it’s probably the “most open” project the W3C has ever done.

Progressive Enhancement and Graceful Degradation

These concepts made the HTML5 more attractive.

Graceful Degradation is a widely used term which ideology is basically using the latest technologies first, and then fix anything that needs fixing for older browsers. We do this on a daily basis: most of us code for Firefox first, then fix Internet Explorer.

Progressive Enhancement refers to the habit of building first for the less capable, outdated browser and then enhance for the latest technologies. We, too, use this on a daily basis. For example, most of the times we code a website we start with the markup and then apply an external CSS file where we add all the styling.

Framework

To use framework is one option when you start to build a web site. I recommend to use a framework especially for beginners because it’s a faster way to launch and you can learn a lot from the framework. I choose Less Framework to build a flexible layout.

Grid System

This is not related to HTML5/CSS3 but if you wanna make a beautiful web site, 960 grid system may help you.

I made the image for Pixcel Perfect to figure out width etc.

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More Resources

My friend Oli told me these links to learn HTML5. Thanks Oli!

Oli’s intro articles

HTML5 and Firefox

What I’ve Learned From My First HTML5 Based WordPress Theme Development

I made a new theme for my blog and I choose HTML5. Visit here if you are subscribing via email or RSS. Nothing special, it still looks quite simple.

To develop something is always the best way to learn new technologies and that’s the reason why I developed the theme. Here are what I’ve learned from the process.

  1. Framework is important to develop HTML5 base web sites.Productive programmers prefer to use well designed frameworks or modules to develop apps. Same thing is happening. In HTML5 era, writing HTML/CSS is not only for web designers. Programmers will come to write HTML/CSS. It’s going to change the development process. I chooseLess Framework 4 for my blog theme. It helps me to write flexible layout to support various resolutions without writing tons of lines of code.
  2. ‘Progressive enhancement’ helps us to live in the future. In a few years ago, I was always working hard to make pixel perfect web design for all available browsers but it doesn’t make sense anymore. No one want to get it except the author. The most important thing is to make compatible design for all available browsers and devices. Please resize the current window to see what will happen.
  3. HTML5 is fun to use. I know it’s not perfect yet but unlike older version of HTML, I feel philosophy. We always need to focus on content itself while writing code to make sure what kind of content will be displayed there. This is how we can write beautiful code.

My first version is not enough. I need to try more to find out better way to use elements or techniques but I’ve learned a lot from this first version.

Switched to WordPress from MovableType

With Matt at WordPress Kansai

As promised with Matt, I did it finally and I’m testing with this post.

When I joined a WordCamp Kansai, I decided to switch but had to wait until this weekend to set up WordPress on my server.

WordCamp Kansai 2009 « messaliberty

Setting up WordPress itself was really easy and no boring steps. Cool. I’m blogging on WordPress here at messaliberty’s blog but installing and setting up process was very first expedience for me.

Switching was a bit hard. Had to fix some part of code, both of WordPress and MovableType. I wanna blog about how difficult to pull out all data from MovableType, though I’m tired now. Let me have a break.

Anyway, I need to say Thank You for Matt and all of WordPress community!