A week in Dublin

Working for Automattic is pretty great. I work from home, and also get to travel from time to time. After Hawaii, India, San Francisco, Spain, and a few other places, we decided to head to Dublin for a week to meet, and work on delivering better support for Jetpack, VaultPress, and Akismet users.

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Doctor Strange

You wonder what I see in your future? Possibility.

Yup, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is coming, and they picked the best actor for the role, Benedict Cumberbatch.

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You want to go see that movie.

For those of you not familiar with Doctor Strange back-story: Stephen Strange is a selfish, arrogant, and super-talented neurosurgeon; his hands are obviously super important to him as a surgeon. One day, he gets into a car accident, his hands are badly damaged, and he can’t perform surgeries anymore. He searches for a cure for a long time, until he finds The Ancient One, one of the most powerful sorcerers there is. The Ancient One becomes his mentor, until one day Strange becomes Sorcerer Supreme. Magic!

Marvel is really killing it lately:

  • Several movies, exploring different heroes and stories of the Marvel universe, including some superheroes that we might not have thought worthy of a movie before (Ant-Man, Vision, …);
  • Movies featuring anti-heroes, like Deadpool or Guardians of the Galaxy;
  • A tie-in show (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) getting popular enough to last for 3 seasons;
  • A tie-in show linked to that tie-in show (Agent Carter);
  • 2 seasons of Daredevil, featuring the Punisher;
  • Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the Iron Fist getting their own shows;
  • The Defenders, bringing them all together;
  • And now, Doctor Strange!

I can’t wait to see that movie.

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Color Posts update for AMP

If you follow the news, you most likely heard about the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project in the past few weeks. This open source initiative, lead by Google and a few big publishing and technology companies, allows you to serve super fast pages to mobile readers, when they come from a Google Search result or from an app using AMP:

How AMP looks like when launching a Google search

Automattic joined the project and released the AMP plugin, so you can enable AMP on your own site with a few clicks.

It’s not super pretty, though. By default, AMP pages sport a standard blue title bar. That’s where Color Posts comes in! 😊  I just updated the plugin, and it will now change the look of the title bar to match the post’s main color.

All you have to do is install the AMP plugin, and update Color Posts!

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Developers: discover Jetpack’s little secrets

You probably already know the Jetpack plugin. But did you know it included developer features you can use when building sites for your clients?

In this article we’ll discover some of Jetpack’s little secrets, and learn how to use them in our projects.

Discover Jetpack’s secrets

Les secrets de Jetpack — WordCamp Paris

Pour ma première participation à WordCamp Paris, j’ai décidé de parler d’un sujet qui me tient à coeur : Jetpack !

Voici donc ma présentation : en attendant que la vidéo soit mise en ligne, vous pouvez parcourir mes notes ci-dessous, jeter un coup d’oeil à mon diaporama, tout en écoutant mes commentaires dans la vidéo au bas de cet article.

Découvrez les secrets de Jetpack pour gagner du temps dans vos projets

Static Site Generators: are we doomed?

I am writing this in response to this post. Start there and come back; I’ll wait!
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Jetpack: add UTM tracking to sharing buttons

After figuring out a nice little challenge in the Jetpack support forums last week, I wanted to share the results with you.

First of all, I need to thank Aquif Shaikh for his question in the original thread. This thread required a bit more digging than usual, and I love a good challenge.

The question was actually quite simple: how to add UTM tracking to the Jetpack sharing buttons. If you’re not familiar with UTM tracking, you’ll want to check this generator. UTM tracking allows you to track specific URLs in Google Analytics.

Let’s get started.

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En route pour la Bretagne !

Journée pleine de découvertes pour Lili: avion, train,… Et pas mal de petites surprises pour la garder occupée pendant le trajet ☺

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Découvrez la face cachée de Jetpack au WordCamp Paris

WordCamp Paris 2016, c’est l’occasion pour tous les fans de WordPress de se rencontrer, le 5 et 6 février, à Paris. Vous y serez ? Moi aussi, il faut qu’on se voit ! 😊

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New theme, new logo, new PHP!

Fresh coat of paint for my blog: new theme, new logo, new version of PHP, and HTTP/2!

Check our the new looks