Want to see a cool trick? Open up a new browser tab and type “wp.com” into the address bar.
Whoa! It just redirected you to WordPress.com.
I could do that all day.
Yes it’s true, Automattic is now the proud owner of WP.com, which we acquired from our buddies over at Yahoo! We’ve been using WP.com as internal shorthand for this site for years now, and ever since we figured out four or five years ago that Yahoo had that domain (as opposed to the Washington Post or something) we’ve been doing our best to get it, a journey that culminated in ultimate success a few days ago.
WP.com seemed like a great fit: people’s attention spans are getting shorter every day. Wow the weather is great in San Francisco today. Also it’s seven keystrokes shorter to type in, which multiplied by the hundreds of millions of times people visit the site every year will be a huge productivity boost to our troubled economy and prevent RSI in a large percentage of the population.
But beyond just redirecting wp.com to wordpress.com I wanted to throw something out to you guys:
What should we do with WP.com?
Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll put it into the Automattic idea machine and crunch something out at the end.
- Apr 24, 2009 @ 12:12 am
Apr 25th at 7:08 am
…May be you could now try to sell wp.com to ‘Washington Post’ for a million dollars and use the money to provide more goodies to WordPress.com users
Apr 25th at 7:25 am
What should we do with WP.com? Well, maybe use it for featuring blogs with excellent content, design, etc. Or maybe use WP.com as a portal for every link that is WordPress related.
Apr 25th at 7:26 am
Wow! It makes easier to find my blog
Apr 25th at 7:27 am
Apr 25th at 7:37 am
If I am having a good day I would say Thanks for making life more convenient. If I am having a bad day however you don’t really want me to tell you what you can do with it. Lucky for you I am having a good day..so thanks.
Apr 25th at 7:47 am
Use it instead wordpress.com? Like username.wp.com
Apr 25th at 7:47 am
“…people’s attention spans are getting shorter every day. ”
Not, perhaps, a trait to be encouraged…
Apr 25th at 7:48 am
give us another domain myblogatwordpress.wp.com
Apr 25th at 7:49 am
A redirection: blogname.wp.com ==> blogname.wordpress.com
Apr 25th at 7:50 am
cool shortcut, but when I type in simpsonise.wp.com – instead of simpsonise.wordpress.com, I get the wordpress homepgage
Apr 25th at 7:51 am
Apr 25th at 7:53 am
How about to be such service like tiny URL, pretty link ?
Apr 25th at 7:54 am
How about using it just as wordpress.com is used, so instead of having to type blog.wordpress.com, you can type blog.wp.com; either that or charge people a few credits to upgrade from wordpress.com to wp.com??
Apr 25th at 8:14 am
That’s very cool and really handy for those of us browsing on mobiles. Not sure what to use it for other than the redirect but will keep thinking.
Apr 25th at 8:20 am
Cool! What about something like this?: http://username.wp.com
Apr 25th at 8:47 am
At present, jeopardygame.wp.com doesn’t redirect to my site, so it would be nice to fix that!
Apr 25th at 9:05 am
how about being able to use “blogname”.wp.com – (redirecting all accounts to the new shorter name)
Great domain btw!
Apr 25th at 9:07 am
I honestly couldn’t even begin to speculate what you might do with wp.com – long, long week at work – but it is a lot easier to type than before. Every little helps. My fingers and wrists thank you ..
Apr 25th at 9:11 am
I think a good idea is a fast access to all our blog. I’d love to get my blog with myname.wp.com
Apr 25th at 9:17 am
Honestly? I’d say probably leave as is.
Although it’d be nice if subdomain.wp.com redirected to subdomain.wordpress.com rather than the wordpress.com homepage. Handy for things like Twitter or e-mail.
Apr 25th at 9:29 am
I think it’s cool to redirect our blogs (myblog.wordpress.com) into (myblog.wp.com).
Apr 25th at 9:30 am
Have a contest amongst bloggers and give the domain away to the most creative person who can give a response to “WP.Com”
Apr 25th at 9:32 am
we could use something like goosetea.wp.com
Apr 25th at 9:33 am
Why don’t you make it into a “Twitter”-like website, but limited to wordpress.com user? That should be interesting.
Apr 25th at 9:34 am
That’s cool! And easier, of course. I liked, but I don’t have any good idea of what to do with it to share, sorry! =)
Apr 25th at 9:58 am
It would be cool if blogs would redirect too with WP.com.
In fact, maybe blogs should be hosted at the more accessible WP.com rather than wordpress.com. Currently, the name makes WordPress perhaps too dominant. http://blognamegoeshere.wp.com/ looks a lot more…friendly? Tidy? I don’t know, but I like it.
On the negative side, this takes the attention away from your service, which is never a wise idea in marketing. You’d probably need a bit of a rebrand to make people aware of how WP isn’t Wikipedia or Washington Post but WordPress. Ah well, it could be worth it.
Apr 25th at 10:06 am
It would be great to have WP.com work fully
Apr 25th at 10:11 am
URL shortener for WordPress.com posts?
Apr 25th at 10:12 am
What about wp.org?
Apr 25th at 10:14 am
I’m sure your .com users would be thrilled to see their blog addresses shortened by 7 characters from blogname.wordpress.com to blogname.wp.com.
Possibly you could further differentiate between WordPress.org and WordPress.com by re-branding WordPress.com as WP.com and redirecting those visiting WordPress.com to WP.com.
Apr 25th at 10:18 am
it’s a really great news !
i have tried the wp.com, and its redirected to wordpress.com .
maybe you can use the wp.com for aggregator, microblogging, social networking or weekly blogging award.
great job, matt
Apr 25th at 10:18 am
make a new blog portal like wordpress.com
Apr 25th at 10:21 am
Woo! Two letter domain names rule.
My first suggestion would be to let blog authors decide which domain they wanted their blog to appear under. I for one would be happy to have my blog be known as wirespeed.wp.com. This could be done via a dashboard setting.
Apr 25th at 10:34 am
Free subdomains would be great.
Apr 25th at 10:48 am
Brand WP.com as a competitor to WordPress through a different company owned by WordPress and get more market share.
Apr 25th at 10:54 am
Maybe we could choose to use WP.com instead of WordPress.com upon blog creation.
Apr 25th at 10:59 am
I think it would be a waste if you just redirect it to wordpress.com. I dont know how but maybe you can use it as a short link service and integrate it to wordpress blogs.
Apr 25th at 11:19 am
Why not use it to create a tinurl.com style short post for everyone’s wordpress.com posts?
Apr 25th at 11:46 am
Just one more question…
will userblog.wp.com also work in the future?
Apr 25th at 11:51 am
hmm… what about using it as a TLD for accessing any wordpress.com blog, only with a mobile-friendly theme?
Apr 25th at 11:55 am
Let existing users switch to wp.com if they want, and then have their old wordpress.com address redirect to the new wp.com one indefinitely. Then, let new users choose if they want abc.wordpress.com or abc.wp.com.
Apr 25th at 11:58 am
Apr 25th at 12:01 pm
Redirect xxx.wp.com to xxx.wordpress.com. That would be nice :D.
Apr 25th at 12:05 pm
Naturally the first idea that springs to mind is a URL shortening service. Not very original or exciting though.
Any plans to try and secure wp.org?
Apr 25th at 12:19 pm
How about you make that also a sub domain! That way our domain names won’t be as long. FOR EXAMPLE
Apr 25th at 12:22 pm
Yeah this one is a cool trick! Thanks!
Apr 25th at 12:22 pm
Now if only my Blogs would get redirected, too!
Apr 25th at 12:33 pm
how about making our blog available like username.wp.com
Apr 25th at 12:34 pm
The most obvious application I can think of would be a short url service. You may even be able to monetize it if it had a preview mode of the page you are about to visit.
Apr 25th at 12:35 pm
Very nice! Now we can access the site faster.
I’d make it a page where people can choose between a self hosted blog or a blog hosted by WP since there are alot of posts on the WordPress.com forums that needs to be on the WordPress.org forum and vice versa.
Apr 25th at 12:39 pm
Apr 25th at 12:41 pm
That short little domain name is sweet. Why not share it with us users? username.wp.com has a nice ring to it.
Apr 25th at 12:42 pm
Share the wealth! I just tried “seedlings.wp.com” and failed to reach my blog.
Apr 25th at 12:44 pm
I have a great idea!! Instead of using “yourblogname.wordpress.com”, it should be converted to “yourblogname.wp.com”.
Apr 25th at 12:45 pm
Would be cooler if could redirect to the wordpress.com blog
Y’know what would be coolest? Allow users to pick two-lettered initials of their own and when appended to WP.com, would lead to their blogs. [e.g. YC.WP.com would lead to my blog ]
Apr 25th at 12:57 pm
I love u, wordpress…
Apr 25th at 1:18 pm
Probably not an exciting answer, but it makes sense to me that wp.com would continue to redirect to wordpress.com.
Apr 25th at 1:20 pm
First off, make blog adresses redirect from there too, as in: username.wp.com
Make it something cool. A different portal.
Great news guys, congrats!
Apr 25th at 1:44 pm
Could you make it so that we just need to type blog_name.wp.com instead of the usual blog_name.wordpress.com? The longhand typing is prone to typos.
Apr 25th at 1:45 pm
I think you should make anything @ wp.com redirect to wordpress.com, ex:
Of course, everything here is on subdomains, so you would have to implement that as well (could be very hard to implement)
Just an idea!!
Apr 25th at 1:59 pm
What about putting our blogs at this domain? Such as: example.wp.com
I think it’s a great thing that you did! Congratulations, WordPress team
Apr 25th at 2:00 pm
You should make it the same as wordpress.com but make it so ads are allowed on it without having to have a self hosted blog!
Apr 25th at 2:01 pm
What a good news!
Well, I think you should use the wp.com to host our blogs too. So now, people can choose whether to use wordpress.com or wp.com as their blog domain.
Apr 25th at 2:17 pm
obviously, blogname.wp.com should redirect to blogname.wordpress.com
Apr 25th at 2:29 pm
Simple. Rebrand wordpress.com as wp.com. Existing urls would still work, obviously, but new users would be issued a wp.com subdomain and everyone else would soon pick up and start using the shorter version (like googlemail v. gmail). I’m sure you could resolve the inevitable duplicate content and pagerank issues with those nice people at Google.
The fact that this site shares a name with wordpress.org has been a major source of confusion since day one, and the sooner it’s fixed the better.
Apr 25th at 2:41 pm
Well now let’s see…..
You could make a special dyslexic-friendly blogging service with it. WordPress is a bit of a mouthful for some people. [NB- you may need to acquire PW.com as well.]
Or you could do what I do and just keep it inert for several ages, looking at it and thinking, wow, that’s mine. I wish I hadn’t paid so much money for it.
Apr 25th at 2:44 pm
aww… can’t do:
just redirects me to wordpress.com
cool trick though!
Apr 25th at 2:48 pm
That is pretty cool. I don’t know how useful it will be, but I like how it worked.
Apr 25th at 3:07 pm
Great to see that wp.com is here! Just a thought… is it possible to make [my_blog_name].wp.com redirect to [my_blog_name].wordpress.com ?
Apr 25th at 3:14 pm
Do the same thing as SF.net, so http://en.blog.wp.com/wpcom would redirect to this post!