A lot has been going on this week, despite it being short because of the holidays.
First, around the beginning of the week we participated in the 2-day WordPress bug hunt which tracked down and cleaned up dozens and dozens of bugs. All of these fixes were made available on WordPress.com shortly thereafter. Some you might notice are fixes for the anonymous pingback bug and the widgets pallete. Also when I write an entry here, it no longer says it’s from “Super Admin”. Not that I minded the title, but most people just call me Matt.
Speaking of widgets, you may have noticed the new layout we’ve been playing around with lately. This had some bugs at first, but they’re being worked out and the new layout should allow for us to incorporate more widgets without things getting too crowded.
Behind the scenes, there was quite a bit of work on internationalization, as we prepare for both themes and the admin to be available in different languages. We also found a bug with signups where are the language choices you made during signup weren’t being saved. You may have also noticed that the top posts and blogs on you dashboard will be from blogs in the language you chose on your General Options page. Language stuff can be very tricky, but we really want to give a cool experience for our many international users for whom English is not their preferred language.
When you comment here on the main WordPress.com blog, you shouldn’t get security certificate warnings anymore. Due to the weird way SSL certificates work, you actually need a separate one for *.wordpress.com and wordpress.com, and we had to change the way we balance some traffic. Making the forum logins secure is still on its way, but not quite ready yet. (However we’ve made a lot of changes to the underlying bbPress forum software lately to help things along.)
You guys got an average of about 900,000 public pageviews a day last week.
Finally, tonight I put in a new theme called “Light” which is pretty clean and has a nice page navigation system.