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How does WordPress make money?

By on October 9, 2012

How can a software company like Automattic make money when they are giving away WordPress blogging software for free? WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg shared how WordPress makes money:

  1. Web Hosting – WordPress offers web hosting services to big brands like WSJ’s All Things D, CNN, TechCrunch, Time.com and more. The pricing for WordPress VIP Hosting starts at $15,000 per month.
  2. Google AdSense– Free blogs hosted on WordPress.com may sometimes carry Google AdSense ads and the ad revenue goes to WordPress. The Google ads will only appear if all the following three conditions are met:
    1. The visitor is not using Firefox browser.
    2. He has logged out of his WordPress account, if he has one.
    3. The referring source is not a WordPress powered blog. So if you land on abc.wordpress.com from xyz.wordpress.com, you won’t see any Google Ads.
    4. Even with all these conditions, the revenue generated from serving Google AdSense ads on WordPress.com hosted blog may still be significant as they do around a billion page views per month.
  3. Automattic Kismet – You don’t often see spam in your blog posts because it all gets filtered by Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short), the excellent spam protection plug-in available for WordPress. Now Akismet spam catching technology is free for non-commercial personal blogs but if you maintain a corporate blog or run a network of blogs, you are required to buy a commercial license of Akismet that starts at around $50 per month. Professional bloggers, or anyone who makes more than $500 per month in advertising revenue from a WordPress blog, is also required to pay $5 per month for the Akismet license.
  4. Premium Accounts – While anyone can host a blog on WordPress.com for free, they charge you a fixed fee if you want to buy additional storage space for your multimedia files or if you wish to use custom web domain instead of the default wordpress.com sub-domain. These are premium features. There are unconfirmed reports that WordPress may soon allow users to add AdSense in their free blogs for a subscription fee.
  5. Web Host ReferralsWordPress.org suggests of list of third-party web hosting companies where you may self-host your WordPress blog(s) for a fee. Now all these are referral links so Automattic gets a commission per sale. In fact, this hosting referral system may be extremely profitable for Automattic because if you search for “WordPress Hosting” on Google (a very competitive keyword phrase), the first sponsored link on the Google results page is paid by WordPress itself and it says – “Top 5 WordPress Web Hosts – Chosen by the developers of the WordPress blogging software”.
  6. WordPress Support – If you need help with WordPress (or WordPress MU) but the free support forums aren’t solving the purpose, consider subscribing to the Support Network of Automattic. The WordPress development team will help you solve problems related to your WordPress system and the response time can be as low as 6 hours. This service is primarily for Enterprise users who are willing to shell out a $2.5-5k per year for support.
  7. Poll Daddy – I am not sure if Matt discussed this but Automattic also provides a paid version of Poll Daddy where you can have unlimited number of questions per survey and there’s no Poll Daddy branding in your polls or surveys.
  8. Guided Transfers – If you wish to move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, Automattic offers a service called Guided Transfers to help you with the transfer. They charge a one-time $119 fee for the transfer.
  9. VaultPress – Should you wish to automatically backup your WordPress blog to the cloud, the VaultPress service from Automattic can help. With packages starting at $15 per month, they will backup your WordPress blog in real-time and will also notify you of potential security issues.
  10. VideoPress – The VideoPress plugin for WordPress lets you host videos and audio files on your own website. There are no limits on bandwidth or duration of videos, the videos are served without ads and it supports HD playback as well. Starts at $60 per year.

Wikimapia now on your mobile

By on October 2, 2012

Wikimapia introduced their first mobile version of interface. To use Wikimapia on your mobile phone go to wikimapia.org and the mobile version of the site will open automatically.

The current Wikimapia mobile version is read-only yet, which means you can only browse through Wikimapia data from the map, use search and see places around you. Another useful feature is geolocation, that helps to orientate yourself and shows all places around your location.

Launching the mobile version of Wikimapia is marking the beginning for Wikimapia towards the support of mobile devices and the moment when it will be possible to add and edit places in real time, looking right at them.
I use a lot of wikimapia in the previous day before I bought my first iphone and before I actually know about maps.google.com. Again, with the new mobile version of interface, Wikimapia reach another milestone for their product and we looking forward for more amazing features available in the near future

The Melaka State Government has selected Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to be deployed as the foundation of the state’s cloud computing infrastructure. Also announced was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Melaka State Government and Abyres, one of Red Hat’s partners in Malaysia, making it the first initiative to drive the adoption of open source technologies in the Melaka public sector.

Left to right) Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat; Dr. Mohamed Sulaiman Sultan Suhaibuddeen, Head of ICT, Melaka State Government, and Mohammad Jamal Suleiman, Chief Executive Officer, ABYRES

“Red Hat is very pleased to collaborate with the Melaka State Government to promote open source awareness in Melaka, but also hopes that with the setting up of the Open Source Center of Excellence, we will be able to provide expertise and resources to train current and future IT professionals in Malaysia through this channel,” said DP van Leeuwen , Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat.

The Melaka State Government had chosen to rely on Red Hat technologies due to the reliable Red Hat subscription model and innovative open source development model. Open source technologies, such as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, also offer freedom from vendor lock-in, which is a compelling benefit for building cloud computing infrastructures.

Red Hat has agreed to provide the relevant training and material for the Red Hat Academy curriculum at local education institutions in Melaka. The Open Source Center of Excellence by the Melaka State government will provide the necessary facilities and resources for local students and lecturers to be trained in Linux, middleware and other open source technologies.

 

Facebook is set to unveil a new service named Gifts; a result of the company’s acquisition of Karma, a 16-person start-up based in San Francisco. As the moniker suggests, the service will enable users to send tokens such as chocolates, coffee, and other real-life presents to their loved ones and friends via the social networking channel.

 

However, Gifts is strictly for users in the U.S. for the time being, before it trickles down to other regions in the coming months.

 

Unlike conventional shopping and shipping procedures, the service also enables recipients to enter their own shipping info, or swap the gift for a different size, flavor, or style (where applicable) before the gift ships. The Gifts icon will be available on the right side of users’ Facebook pages, and it’ll be visible along with notifications of friends’ birthday, weddings, and other life events. Users may access the icon via friends’ Facebook pages as well.

 

According to The Huffington Post’s article, this service is only accessible to Android-based mobile phone users for the time being. The iPhone and iPad versions will be released later. However, there’s no mention of its availability for other mobile operating systems, such as Windows Phone for instance.

 

Facebook’s Gift service marks the company’s first and “serious” foray into e-commerce, and understandably, they’ll receive an unspecified cut from each gift item sold.

Google Maps Goes Under The Sea

By on September 28, 2012


 

Google Maps is quite a hot topic lately, mostly due to the fact that the application isn’t available on iOS 6 as yet. And now, perhaps to remind Apple on what they’re missing out, Google has introduced their new underwater Street View collection.

 

Not that there are underwater streets at the Great Barrier Reef, but the use of the “Street View” branding means users get a 360-degree panoramic underwater view, just like you would on regular Street View. The panoramic images are of fairly high-resolution as well, and they are taken with an SVII underwater camera.

 

“We’re partnering with The Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world’s reefs, to make these amazing images available to millions of people through the Street View feature of Google Maps. The Catlin Seaview Survey used a specially designed underwater camera, the SVII, to capture these photos”, says Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth (and snorkeling enthusiast).

 

For now, there are only imagery from three of the world’s most popular dive spots found in Australia, Philippines, and Hawaii. But since this is an ongoing project, you can definitely expect more images to appear down the road.

Google Play hit another milestone yesterday when it crossed 25 billion downloads. Considering that it hit 10 billion downloads about 9 months ago, there is every reason for Google to celebrate this joyous moment. Hence, Google will be offering a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers for just 25 cents each. The list for today includes:

  • Angry Birds Space Premium
  • The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss
  • Office Suite 6+ (PDF &HD)
  • Granny Smith
  • runtastic PRO
  • Asphalt 7: Heat
  • Ocean HD
  • Draw Something
  • Clouds & Sheep Premium
  • Let’s Create! Pottery
  • Tasks
  • Sudoku
  • NFL Kicker 13
  • Symphony of Eternity

 

According to Google, top publishers such as Gameloft and Electronic Arts have signed up to participate in this promotion. Therefore, you can expect more attractive apps in the next four days. In addition, Google also mentioned that the Play Store has about 675,000 apps. This is an increase of 275,000 apps from the start of the year.

App discount is nothing new for Google as it has embarked on similar occasions in the past. It hosted a “10 Billion Downloads” promotion last December that offered 10 premium apps at 10 cents each for 10 days, when Android Market crossed 10 billion downloads.

In March 2012, Google replaced Android Market and brought its entertainment services under a single banner, Google Play. It also offered apps for 49 cents each in a “7 Days to Play” sale. When summer season came in June, Google kicked off a one-day summer sale of apps at US$0.99.

As you may already know that the next generation Apple’s mobile operating system, the iOS 6 comes pre-installed in the new iPhone 5. In addition to iPhone 5, iOS 6 will make its way to existing Apple iOS devices on September 19.

iOS 6 brings over 200 new features your iOS devices. Among the notable features include all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook integration, Passbook organization, shared photo streams, camera with panorama feature and even more Siri features and languages. Hop over to this page to learn about iOS 6.

iOS 6 will be available as free update to existing iOS devices and is delivered over-the-air (OTA). The devices that is compatible with iOS 6 include iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, fourth and fifth generation of the iPod touch.

Google Nexus 7 release date in Malaysia has been confirmed by ASUS. 

The event invitation from ASUS Malaysia to the launch of Google Nexus 7 in Malaysia on 21st September 2012 (Friday) had been received by several tech blogger.

It means Malaysians will be able to buy the first Google tablet soonest at the end of September.

 

About Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 is the world’s first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet and it is also the first tablet from Google (manufacture by ASUS). First released in July 2012.

Nexus 7 Specs

  • 7-inch 1280×800 HD IPS display
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 340 grams
  • 8 or 16 GB storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 4325 mAh battery (10 hours web browsing)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS

Price: Nexus 7 is only $199 (8GB) and $245 (16GB) in USA. I expect Nexus 7 price in Malaysia to be RM699 (8GB) and RM849 (16GB), will confirm later.

I will attend the event and bring back more information to you. Meanwhile, ask your Nexus 7 questions in the comment below.

ColdFusion 8 Ajax Features Overview

By on September 14, 2012

Special thanks for Scott Bennett who is the author of this article, in the article he summarize the CF8 ajax features which is pretty easy to understand the full picture of what CFAjax and provide/do for you.

 

Enjoy and happy learning.

 

ColdFusion 8 Ajax Features Overview (449)

Today is a special day for YouTube where Google launch their first standalone apps for iPhone to replace the build in YouTube apps that has been removed from iOS 6 which going to release very soon. Starting from today, you can download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store.

 

Google announced the release on its official blog early Tuesday. The company touted the apps’ channel guide, instant search recommendations and options to share to social networking sites. The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience.

 

The release notes for the app list the following features:

  •  Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
  • Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
  • Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
  • Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more – all while watching
  • Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter
  • The new app comes with a trade-off. Google says tens of thousands of videos, such as music videos from VEVO, are now available that weren’t before, but users will now have to sit through advertising to watch them.

Apple confirmed the move (and Google’s upcoming app) with a statement: “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”

 

The following are the screen shot for the new YouTube apps: