Integrate Cool Applications with WordPress.com

We are happy to announce our new REST Application Programming Interface (API) that lets developers explore, interact, and create great new content with the vast community of sites on the WordPress.com network and, in the near future, Jetpack -enabled sites. The API gives developers access to posts and comments, as well as the ability to  Follow , Like , or Reblog content for users. Other features from WordPress.com, like the daily handpicked content on Freshly Pressed , are also available through the API. An excellent example of an application that uses the new API is the Windows 8 WordPress.com app, available now . Our goal with the new API is to simplify the experience of using and adding to the data available on WordPress.com. To do this, we now use the OAuth2 protocol to authenticate requests for data. To retrieve public data, you can make unauthenticated requests. To perform actions, such as making new posts or comments, you would need to make authenticated requests. When the API returns data, we now return a standardized JSON object for ease-of-use. The REST API also self-documents itself; as we add new endpoints, the documentation on our  Developer Resources blog will auto-update to provide you with the latest information. In addition, you’ll also have access to a Developer Console, which will allow you to run real REST API queries and see real JSON data directly in your web browser. You can read more about the Console here . Ready to build an app and integrate it with WordPress.com? Great! You can now sign up for and manage your OAuth2 tokens without waiting through an approval cycle. If you have any questions or feedback on the API, please  get in touch with us . Make sure to follow the  Developer Resources blog  for news, updates, and documentation about the REST API and other awesome services we are making available to developers seeking to integrate with WordPress.com.

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Posterous Joins Twitter

It’s been just over two years since we first launched our Posterous importer and I never could have predicted how the blogging space would evolve so quickly in that time. As you may have seen in the news today, the Posterous team is joining Twitter , which we know will be exciting for our friends at Twitter and well-earned for Posterous co-founder Sachin Agarwal . We’ve had an over 250% spike in the number of imports the past few hours, so it seems timely to recap how the importer works: Sign up for a new WordPress.com blog . In your dashboard, go to Tools → Import and click on “Posterous.” Enter your Posterous login details, and we’ll email you when the import completes! Take the time while it’s running to have a sarsaparilla, then explore some of the great designs available for WordPress.com , and start following your favorite blogs from your WordPress.com account so that you can read them all in one place . Once you’re all set up, you can easily create new posts with the New Post button at the top of your screen, and you can also publish posts by email. If you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to contact our 24/7 support staff for help.

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New Themes: Currents and Debut

Today, I’m excited to introduce the latest additions to our collection of premium themes. Designed by Andy Rutledge , Currents , is a responsive, minimal yet attractive premium theme from WooThemes . Currents is perfect for news driven sites. The phrase, “less is more” couldn’t be more true. This clean and minimal design maximises your reader’s focus on the content. Having said that, the theme is packed with many customization options — a wide featured post slider, custom news areas, six alternative color styles, and more. Together, all of these features help you to control how to present current events you want to share with your readers. Think your readers might check your site on a mobile device? No problem! Currents makes your site look great on an iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device. This is not all about this great theme, Currents — so be sure to read about it on the Theme Showcase. Next up is Debut – a beautifully designed theme by Luke McDonald of Press75 . Debut is a mobile-ready theme custom tailored to present your content in a professional and eye-catching manner. Five beautifully designed post formats provide you the flexibility needed to display media of all types. Musicians may be specially interested in the audio post format which expands into a multi-track playlist. Highlighting specific content couldn’t be easier with Debut’s Home page template which includes an innovative, customizable content slider as well as a featured area that can display in both grid and list styles. Read about its features in detail in the Theme Showcase !

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