WordPress integrates ActivityPub to allow followership

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

WordPress, a platform for creating websites, has made it possible for users to follow the platform on services like Mastodon and among other users in the fediverse thanks to ActivityPub 1.0.0.

Automattic, the parent company of WordPress demonstrated its commitment to the fediverse in March when it purchased an ActivityPub plug-in that enables WordPress blogs to be viewed by readers on other federated platforms, including Twitter rival Mastodon and others.

Since the acquisition, the platform has made a number of upgrades to the original platform, including making it possible to add blog-wide catchall accounts rather than just per-author ones.

According to Automattic design developer Matt Wiebe in a post on X, it also introduced the capability to include a “follow me” block to allow visitors follow your profile and a “followers” block to showcase your following.

Given the open-source nature of its decentralised, networked server software, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg has been confident in the fediverse’s potential.

Following a number of initiatives by other publishers to embrace the fediverse, WordPress now supports ActivityPub.

Earlier this year, Medium declared it will introduce ActivityPub integration and start its own Mastodon server. Flipboard, a magazine app, recently revealed that it was building its own instance on flipboard.social and integrating with Mastodon so that users could follow developments from that platform inside the Flipboard app.

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