On being an Automattician

One of my teammate’s thought on working for Automattic.

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I started working full time at Automattic in May 2013. When I see the date written down, it doesn’t seem like a long time. Yet I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I often get questions about what exactly I do. Or what it’s like working for Automattic in general. Some questions are easier to answer than others. But perhaps sharing my own personal experience will shed some light on some of the most common ones.

I’m part of the Aurora Team. Most of the work that we do is with the Jetpack plugin. The work itself can vary quite a bit depending upon the day. But the endgame is always the same – try our best to make sure our users are happy.

Just yesterday, I wrote a small plugin to help someone customize Jetpack for their site. I found and reported a bug. I answered support questions…

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Jetpack 3.3: A Single Home for all your WordPress Sites

Jetpack for WordPress

With the release of Jetpack 3.3 this week, we bring you a new centralized dashboard from which you can manage all your WordPress sites — both your WordPress.com and your Jetpack-connected sites, regardless of where they’re hosted.

All Your Sites. One Dashboard.

From day one, Jetpack’s mission has been to bring feature parity between WordPress sites hosted on WordPress.com and those hosted elsewhere. With this release, your Jetpack sites appear alongside those hosted on WordPress.com and enjoy the same user interface, management, and posting functionality.


Site Picker
See all your sites on a single page and know at a glance if Jetpack or another plugin requires an update. Search through multiple sites to easily identify the one you’re after.
Simple plugin management
Turn plugins on or off with one click — per site or in bulk.
Initiate plugin updates
Initiate plugin updates for a single site or for all your…

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A few coworkers are writing about a life in their day over at #a8cday. Today, I’m linking back to a post written near the beginning of the year shortly after I moved to the Jetpack squad.

Coming soon, I’m going to revisit the topic now that I’m on a rotation as a VIP Wrangler working with Automattic’s clients on WordPress.com VIP.

Automattic Acquires BruteProtect

Welcome BruteProtect!

Jetpack for WordPress

I’m excited to announce that Automattic has acquired BruteProtect, a plugin and service that protects your sites from malicious logins, saves server resources so your site runs faster, and keeps all your sites on the latest and greatest versions of WordPress core, plugins, and themes.

The plugin and service are currently available, but over the coming months we’re going to build their functionality into Jetpack and retire BruteProtect as a standalone thing.

BruteProtect also has a premium service that starts at $5 a month per site — effective immediately, that will be free for every BruteProtect user and Jetpack-enabled site. If you’re already a BruteProtect subscriber we’ll be in touch soon to send you a surprise thank you for your early support. You can download and get started with Jetpack here.

The BruteProtect team is based in Portland, Maine and they’re long-time contributors to the WordPress community. We’re excited…

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5 years at Automattic!

From one of my coworkers reflecting on five years working for Automattic. It is a constant joy working with people who are so passionate about democratizing publishing and making the web a better place.

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On August, 24th, 2009, I posted the following on this very site:

Today is the most beautiful of days. I’m not talking about the weather, but about a feeling that is currently impregnating every single fiber of my professional being. See, today marks the beginning of my trial phase (contractor) as Automattic‘s newest full-time systems wrangler.

I became employee #40-something (of now 259) as of September 21st that year, and in that span, I was part of the following teams (listing employees still with us today):

  • Systems, with Barry, DemitriousPyry.
  • Short stint as the “special projects” guy, before we started being big enough to have teams.
  • NUX (WordPress.com signup, new users experience, domains, etc), with Nikolay.
  • Janitorial (internal tools), with Andy, Matt, MT, Nick & Rose.
  • Triton (WordPress.com UX), with Andy (again), Bob, Greg & Payton.
  • Team I/O (APIs…

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Something funny happened

Gravatar Blog

On the way to building a Gravatar app, we noticed that taking pictures of ourselves to update our Gravatars was something we only wanted to do every month or so, but then we started taking selfies and sharing them with each other and that became a daily and very fun habit. So our Gravatar app morphed into a Selfies app, and it’s now ready for the world to play with! You can read more about the app here. We hope you become one of the first brave souls to try it out, and let us know what you think.

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Top 5 Best Practices when using Jetpack on client websites

My first Jetpack blog post 🙂

Jetpack for WordPress

If you’re creating WordPress websites for clients, Jetpack is for you. Jetpack easily adds a great number of features to your client’s websites without the need for a dozen different plugins, reducing the technical debt that you or your client will need to maintain over time.

We recommend these best practices when using Jetpack for a client site that will keep things running smoothly and help you provide a great service to your clients.

This article covers:

  1. Use Jetpack’s Development Mode
  2. Invite your client to connect to WordPress.com
  3. Activate Jetpack only on the live domain
  4. Use your account when a connection is required
  5. Work with staging sites
  6. How to install Jetpack

1. Use Development Mode

Jetpack offers a Development Mode that is enabled when using Jetpack on a localhost. If you’re developing on a development server, you can manually enable development mode.

You can enable this as constant in…

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Planet Automattic: April 2014

Automatticans are fun people. Read about some of our postings (including my friendship with Kraft Cheese) on today’s en.blog post!

The WordPress.com Blog

At Automattic, we don’t just make WordPress.com — we use it. A lot. All of us have at least one blog on WordPress.com (even if it’s just a test blog), and many have more than one, where we write and publish photos regularly. Even Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, has an active blog on WordPress.com.

This month, our colleague Justin, a developer from Ohio, decided to post every single day in April — and challenged his friends to do the same. More than a dozen Automatticians picked up the gauntlet he threw down, publishing posts on everything from cheese to school picture day to the importance of glue.

Justin led the charge on his blog, BinarySmash:

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He’s in the midst of a cross-country move, and Binary Smash gives him a place to mull over the changes. In “The Journey is Usually Worth It

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