In addition to WordPress.com, Automattic provides a range of related products and services for self-hosted WordPress sites.
Back in the day, WordPress.com blogs had lots of nifty features that were only available to self-hosted sites through a complicated system of pulleys and levers. Tricking out a self-hosted site with all the features of WordPress.com meant installing and maintaining dozens of individual plugins. Not anymore! Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.
An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites. A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service, automatically included in every WordPress.com account.
If your site is self-hosted, security and backups are something you probably worry about. VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and real time syncing of all your WordPress content. To ensure your site stays safe, VaultPress performs security scans daily and makes it easy to review and fix threats.
Founded in 2009, Longreads is dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world. Longreads features nonfiction and fiction over 1,500 words, and many of the stories come from their community’s recommendations.
You have better things to do than to deal with spam. Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day.
Interacting with your readers with a poll or survey can be a great way to target your posts and build a following. With Polldaddy, you can create surveys and polls that match your brand, budget, and vision.
Not all the writing you do is on your blog, right? Simplenote is the simplest way to keep notes — light, clean, and free — it’s now available for iOS, Android, Mac, and the web.
If you use WordPress to build things for other people, Code Poet wants to make your life easier. They have lots of great articles, checklists, and ebooks on being a great web designer or developer, and they’re all free!