Big moves are coming to WordPress.com as the CEO responsible for powering 25 percent of the world’s websites unveils an open sourcing of the company’s code and API endpoints.
The new WordPress.com back-end interface looks to be taking Medium head-on, with new ‘discover’ and ‘recommended’ sections that pretty much directly borrow from the newer platform’s structure. The company has also launched a standalone Mac desktop app to help people get started more quickly with the new WordPress.
Mullenweg then explains the decision to go open source:
Calypso looks like a huge leap forward for a project that seemed to stagnate for many years, no doubt spurred on by recent efforts made by Medium.
A spokesperson from Automattic told The Next Web that these new tools are also available to sites that use the open source Wordpress.org platform, but you’ll need to install the company’s Jetpack plugin in order for Calypso to work.