Chapter 27. Leveraging Automattic Products


  • Obtaining a API key

  • Using Akismet to kill spam

  • Making use of stats

  • Engaging readers with IntenseDebate

  • Crowdsourcing with PollDaddy

In the blogging world, there are debates and wars over platforms and products. Historically, the WordPress world has been no different, as it has gone toe to toe with advocates and evangelists representing other blogging communities like Drupal and Movable Type. In the end, however, the blogging world is the blogging world and what is good for one platform is often good for everyone.

Such is the case with many of the products released by Automattic. While most of these products are designed to integrate with WordPress directly, they are also Web services that can be used from any platform or cloud-based products that are integrated via JavaScript widgets.

In this final chapter, I look at some of these products and services and how they can be beneficial for any blogger on any platform.


See Chapter 26 for more information about Automattic and a full listing of its product offerings.

Obtaining a API Key

The API (application programming interface) key is essential for almost all of the distributed services. It is a randomly generated string that is unique to a single user account. You can obtain a API key by signing up for free at During the signup process, you can request a user account or ...

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