Blogging, at least blogging platforms, have become a hot topic recently. Medium has sparked a new wave of updates and platforms trying to make blogging easier and more accessible to anyone on the web. Tumblr’s made tweaks to how it works and introduced a new chat service to focus more on the community. WordPress, which powers a large part of the web and blogs, has taken a larger and more ambishes step towards trying to keep their dominance.
The update takes Medium head on with ‘discover’ and ‘recommended’ sections directly borrowed from Medium. The company has also made it completely free to map a domain or get a new domain for your newly minted WordPress.com blog. The company also introduced a new standalone Mac app, which makes starting and writing on a WordPress blog a hundred times easier.
Mullenweg then explains the decision to go open source:
Calypso is a huge step forward after years of WordPress starting to look dated compared to others like Medium. The new interface won’t show up on self hosted WordPress blogs, but if you’re using the Jetpack plugin you’re able to mange the site on WordPress.com or on the Mac app.
Tell us in the comments down below what you think about WordPress.com new tools, and if they’ll make you think about using a WordPress blog for personal or even business use!