Hosting Live (Virtual!) Events: Lessons from Planning the WordPress.com Growth Summit

Back in January, my team at WordPress.com was busy planning another year of exciting in-person events — community meetups, conference keynotes, booths, and in-person demos — at large exhibit halls and hotels around the world.

Then the world changed overnight, and because of a global pandemic, our Events team — just like many of you running your own businesses — had to rethink everything about how we connect with people. 

So we went back to work. We’ve learned so much in just five months, and it culminates in the upcoming WordPress.com Growth Summit — our first-ever multi-day virtual conference. It’s going to be a jam-packed program full of expert advice from business leaders and entrepreneurs. We’ll also have breakout sessions with our own WordPress experts, the Automattic Happiness Engineers, taking you through everything you need to know about building a powerful, fast website that works great for SEO, eCommerce, and growing your business. 

In the lead-up to the Summit, we wanted to share everything we’ve learned so far about running virtual events, from YouTube to webinars to Facebook Live and ticket sales. There are dozens of great solutions for staying connected to and supporting your audience — here’s what’s been working for us: 

Live webinars 

In April, we launched a series of daily webinars, 30-minute live demos and Q&As direct from our Happiness Engineers, five days a week. These webinars walk people through the basics of getting started with WordPress.com. We also launched a few topical webinars — deeper dives into specific topics: eCommerce 101, growing an audience, using the WordPress app, and podcasting, to name a few.

We chose Zoom to host these because it’s a popular platform that allows for key webinar elements like pre-registration/signups, screen sharing, and Q&A. We pulled these together quickly, so going with a familiar solution was key for us and our audience. 

To expand our reach, we also streamed to our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels. This was a simple integration that Zoom offers already, and we saw our viewership grow exponentially. 

Pre-recorded vs. live instruction 

At virtual events, one question always comes up: pre-recorded or live? We prefer a combination! Live is great when possible; it gives attendees an opportunity to interact with speakers, speakers can personalize the content based on questions being asked, and attendees can interact with one another, forming connections with like-minded content creators and entrepreneurs. 

Live content also has challenges: internet connections can cut out, computers can shut down unexpectedly, and there are more opportunities for interruption (does anyone else’s dog bark the minute you get on a live video?). It also requires all participants to be online at the same time, which can be logistically challenging.

Our advice: Test, test, test! If a speaker isn’t comfortable presenting live, there is the option to do a combination — a pre-recorded session with a live Q&A in the chat. We’ve found it to work really well, and it gives attendees the same access to the presenter.

The Growth Summit 

We helped folks to get online quickly with our daily webinars and dove into deeper topics each month, and now we want to help you grow your site. Enter The Official WordPress.com Growth Summit, happening next week, August 11-13.

We gathered frequently asked questions over the past few months, listened to your requests for live sessions across more time zones, and found inspiration from users that we felt needed to be shared widely.  

The Growth Summit takes a deeper dive into topics and offers hands-on WordPress training for anyone looking to get online. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions live, connect with speakers, visit our virtual Happiness Bar for 1:1 support, and connect with other attendees during the networking breaks. 

Some key highlights from the agenda: 

Using the block editorCustomizing your siteGrowing your audienceImproving your content ranking (SEO)Creating a marketing plan Expanding from blogging to podcasting Making money with your siteAnd so much more… 

We wanted a platform for this event that would act as an immersive event experience. There are many great platforms for this, including Accelevents and Hopin. We’ll be experimenting with many of them in the coming months (Remember: test!). A few key features we looked for: 

Ease of self-productionAbility for simultaneous sessionsOverall user experienceFlow of the event — central location for agenda, speaker bios, networking, and moreNetworking featuresAudience engagement — polling, live chat, and moreAnalyticsRegistration within the platformAccessibilityCustomizationSpeaker (virtual) green rooms

The best part? This event is being offered twice a day so that we cover all time zones. And if you can’t join us live, attendees will have access to all content from all time zones, after the event.

Register for the WordPress.com Growth Summit Today!

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Industry Experts and Pro Bloggers Come Together to Inspire, Teach, and Help You (and Your Site) Succeed

At the Official WordPress.com Growth Summit, the two-day virtual conference running twice from August 11-13, you’ll have access to about 50 speakers and presenters across 90+ breakout sessions and keynote conversations. The varied lineup will appeal to new and established bloggers; professionals in tech, media, and marketing; and anyone ready to build or expand their presence on the web.

Event highlights include a talk from Smitten Kitchen creator and cookbook author Deb Perelman; panels with Newspack founder Kinsey Wilson on the state of independent and local journalism amid a struggling media landscape and in the age of COVID-19; and sessions with founders and representatives from companies and organizations like Xbox, Google, Sandwich, African Queer Youth Initiative, Out in Tech, Looka, and more.

Wondering what to expect? Here are 10 entrepreneurs, founders, bloggers, and developers scheduled to speak at the summit.

Jason Snell

Jason is the founder and editor-in-chief of Six Colors, a site that covers Apple, technology, and the intersection of tech and culture. Previously, as the lead editor for Macworld, he covered every major Apple product release for more than a decade.

In a breakout session on content and community with web designer and A List Apart founder Jeffrey Zeldman, they’ll share blogging and podcasting tips, advice on growing your audience, and making money with paywalls, stores, advertising, and more. “Membership programs can build loyalty and provide the most enthusiastic portions of your audience with more of what they love,” says Jason. “I switched to WordPress in order to build a richer — and more marketable — membership program, and the results have been excellent.”

Tina Wells

“The 4Ps of marketing — product, place, promotion, and price — have changed dramatically,” says Tina Wells, the founder of Elevation Tribe, a community and lifestyle publication focused on helping women of color launch, grow, and lead their businesses. In her breakout session, Tina will talk about creating a marketing plan for beginners and small businesses. “We’ll go back to basics and discover how we can make the right changes to help your business not only survive, but thrive.”

A business strategist and passionate entrepreneur, Tina believes in the power of an effective online presence. “Your website is your first storefront, and it tells the story of your brand,” she says, noting that a strong visual identity and fresh design are critical. You can see both in action at Elevation Tribe and on Tina’s website.

Kristin Smith

“My authenticity is what allows me to share my brand with others. Being yourself — and transparent — is what people see and keeps them coming back. There’s only one of you, and that alone is enough,” says Kristin Smith, food blogger at Krisp X Kristin and podcast co-host of At the Bar.

In Kristin’s breakout session, you’ll find out how she turned her passion for cooking into a popular blog and podcast. She’ll share what she’s learned, giving you a set of actionable steps to inspire you to overcome your fears and get started on your website.

“Sometimes in the beginning it’s hard to see a finish line. But, keep your head down and keep working. Throw yourself into it, network with other likeminded people, and continue to learn,” says Kristin. “It all will pay off in the end.”

Paul Bakaus

“The web used to be the best platform for content creation, distribution, and consumption,” says Paul Bakaus, a senior staff development advocate at Google. “But today the walled garden — closed social apps and platforms — are drinking our milkshake. I say it’s time we stop letting them! We need to, as a community, work on making the web more visual, frictionless, and bite-sized. Web Stories are our approach to help with that, and we can’t wait for you to join us.”

In his breakout session, Telling Web Stories with WordPress, Paul will introduce you to Web Stories — a mobile-first tool that allows storytellers to create visual narratives with engaging animations and tappable interactions — and show how you can use them on your website with the Web Stories for WordPress plugin.

Anton Diaz

“We want to contribute to an awesome post-COVID-19 world,” says Anton Diaz, traveler, founder, and creator of Our Awesome Planet. “We’re helping food businesses to connect with foodies and travel destinations to engage with travelers.”

In his breakout session, Anton will share the principles that have guided his food and travel blog for 15 years. “There are core beliefs that have helped Our Awesome Planet stand out,” says Anton. “We make sure that all the food and travel experiences we feature are based on first-hand experience, grounded on our original vision: documenting the food and travel adventures of our family as our four sons — Aidan, Joshua, Raphael, and Yugi — have grown.”

Deb Perelman

Deb Perelman, the longtime food blogger at Smitten Kitchen, is a WordPress.com community favorite. What started as a food blog and side project in her tiny New York City kitchen has grown into one of the most popular food blogs on the internet, as well as a series of best-selling cookbooks.

“I just really, really enjoy blogging,” Deb said in an interview with WordPress.com several years ago. “I love having a place where I can share what I’m working on in an immediate way and have a conversation with people who are equally excited about it, and who encourage me to try more stuff that scares me in the kitchen.” At the conference, Deb will share her story and the journey of Smitten Kitchen, from start to present.

Kim Newton

Kim Newton, a global marketing executive with over 20 years of experience working with corporations and brands, is the creator of The Intentional Pause, a project that empowers women to follow their dreams using the power of pause. “I give every woman permission — yes permission — to just stop and think,” she writes on her website. “I want to help women to embrace pausing as a powerful way forward, with intention, to achieve their dreams.”

Kim has had many successes in consumer marketing, corporate strategy, and business development, and will share her insights on marketing and PR at the summit.

Chris Coyier

Chris Coyier, the co-founder of CodePen, is a front-end developer and designer. He’s also the creator of CSS-Tricks, a resource that’s all about building websites, mostly from a front-end perspective, and was built on WordPress since day one. “I’m a solo developer for the most part on CSS-Tricks. Just me over here. I don’t have the budget for a fancy development team. But I still want to feel powerful and productive. That’s one of the things that WordPress has given to me. I feel like I can build just about anything on WordPress, and do it in a way that doesn’t feel like a mountain of technical debt that I would struggle to maintain.”

In his breakout session — Putting WordPress to Work — Chris will take us behind the scenes at CSS-Tricks, sharing “just how powerful WordPress can be as a platform to run a publishing business on.”

Amy Chan

For Amy Chan, blogging provided the path to a publishing career. Amy is the founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, the world’s first breakup bootcamp, and the author of Breakup Bootcamp: The Science of Rewiring Your Heart. “Heartbreak is something that affects everyone, so people were able to connect quickly with the company’s offering,” says Amy.

In Amy’s breakout session — How I Accidentally Became a Thought Leader By Blogging — she shares her own story, and how you can transform your side gig into something bigger. To start, Amy says to just do it: “Stop hiding. Stop waiting. Stop perfecting. Perfection is procrastination in disguise,” she says. “Start the blog, launch the event, put your creation out in the world. Whatever it is, just get in a mindset of taking action. Create as a way of being. Launch it now and develop it later.”

Danica Kombol

Danica Kombol founded Everywhere Agency to help brands tell better stories through social media and influencer marketing. As CEO, she leads a team that works with brands to launch content-driven campaigns and to create meaningful conversations with followers in powerful, measurable ways.

Danica also launched Everywhere Society, a network of about 5,000 established influencers and bloggers, which powers the agency’s influencer campaigns and brand ambassadorships. Her session will cover blogging for purpose and profit.

Browse the agenda for all sessions, demos, and talks. Buy your ticket now for early bird pricing of $79, which expires after July 31!

Explore all speakers and sessions

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Does Your Project Need a Great Name? Try Our New Business Name Generator

Are you starting a new online store? A brick-and-mortar salon? A freelance consultation service? The new business name generator by WordPress.com is a one-stop tool to get you started with your next big idea.

Choosing a compelling, catchy name is a crucial step in any new project. That’s why we’ve launched a powerful tool that generates dozens of creative options for your business, store, or any other venture.

The business name generator is free and easy to use. Just enter one or more keywords, and it will generate dozens of potential names for you. 

When you find a name you like, you can instantly take the next step and buy a custom domain — a web address — that uses it. Ready to start a shiny new website for your business? You can do that with a few clicks, all without leaving WordPress.com.

Ready to take the business name generator for a spin?

Give it a try today

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The First-Ever WordPress.com Growth Summit Is Coming, and You Won’t Want to Miss It

Join us for The Official WordPress.com Growth Summit on August 11-13! At our first-ever virtual conference you will learn how to build and grow your site, from start to scale. Are you a blogger looking for ways to drive traffic and get more visitors? Are you a small business that would like to start selling more products and services on your site? Are you an artist or creator who would like to learn how to share your work? The WordPress.com Growth Summit will cover these topics (and many more) and provide indispensable advice to help you succeed.

The goal of this event is to inspire, connect you with the tools you need, and help you build your community. Sessions will take place across three tracks: blogging, business, and creative. You can take sessions on any or all tracks, and they’ll focus on four main topic areas: 

Site Structure & Design: Make your website look its best.Content: Create great content to help your website grow.Marketing: Grow your audience and reach.Making Money: Monetize and scale your website.

Each day includes sessions with industry and business leaders, successful bloggers, and creatives, who will join WordPress.com experts for engaging talks and hands-on demonstrations to help your site grow. Hear from speakers like…

Deb Perelman, creator of Smitten Kitchen.Business strategist Tina Wells.Chris Coyier, web developer and CSS expert.Amy Chan, founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp.Industry experts from companies including Google, Sandwich, Looka, ShipBob, and WordPress.com.

You’ll also have the opportunity to connect directly with our Happiness Engineers to ask your most pressing support questions. 

To stay accessible to a global audience, we’ll hold the event twice, with live sessions in all regions:

Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa — August 11-12, 2020

15:00 – 20:00 UTC

Asia Pacific — August 12-13, 2020

02:00 – 07:00 UTC

Want to learn more about the event and to take advantage of the early-bird pricing (available through July 31)?

Take me to The WordPress.com Growth Summit!

 
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Preparing Kubernetes for the Real World – Q&A

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Last month we held a webinar where Mirantis and Tigera discussed some of the considerations that arise with regard to networking when you take your Kubernetes cluster out of the lab and into production.  Here we have the questions and answers, but we’d love for you to view the whole webinar!
How do the Tigera and Docker Enterprise solutions integrate?
Docker Enterprise has what we call a “batteries included but swappable” model. With Calico, our customers get out-of-the-box networking for Windows and Linux workloads and a policy-driven security model and other features that Docker Enterprise doesn’t provide by itself.
Is it possible to configure Calico policies with Cisco infrastructure?
With the increasing adoption of container technologies and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) as a pervasive data-center fabric technology, it is only natural to see customers trying to integrate these two solutions. There are best practices for integrating Calico with Cisco ACI-based top of rack (ToR) routers in a robust dual ToR architecture. The result is a high performance non-overlay Calico network, with Calico network policy enforcement, where pods are first class citizens within the underlying fabric.
Cisco has developed a white paper that lays out detailed instructions for the required ACI configurations, plus associated Calico configuration to make the two work together seamlessly. You can read the full white paper here: Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure Calico Design White Paper
How do I upgrade Calico OSS to Calico Enterprise?
Tigera provides a phased approach to moving from the open source to the enterprise version of Calico. If you’re using the open source version of Calico we would recommend that you migrate to Calico Essentials, which provides support capabilities from the Tigera team to help you prepare for that migration.
We would also recommend that you take a look at a trial version of Calico Enterprise, which is available on the Tigera website, just to familiarize yourself with it, so that you’re aware of how the environment is going to change when you migrate from the OSS version to the enterprise version. Tigera’s customer success team can help you make a smooth transition from open source Calico to the Enterprise version.
What does “defend against lateral movement” refer to?
“Detect and defend against lateral movement” refers to the ability to detect when traffic is coming from a compromised container that may be scanning for other weaknesses or accessing other containers on the same network. Calico Enterprise provides this capability. Check out this Tigera blog that discusses lateral movement detection and defence in more detail, along with an associated webinar.
Egress access control can be achieved by using network policies in Kubernetes. How is Calico Enterprise different?
We’ve actually gone beyond what network policies can do in open source Kubernetes to provide customers with a couple of different options in terms of managing egress access control. We talked about the ability to control egress access on a per-app basis to any external endpoint, whether it’s a database or cloud service, and make that very granular. The other solution that we have, which is certainly unique to Calico Enterprise, is our ability to actually use external endpoints or control points as a way to manage egress access in the Kubernetes environment.
We can work with external firewalls and use the firewall as a control point. What we do is assign a pod inside a namespace as an egress access pod, and we use that pod that has access, with an IP address assigned to it, to connect to a control point like a firewall. It could be an API as well.  So somebody who’s using any kind of Fortinet or Palo Alto Networks firewall, for example, can then use that firewall as a control point for those pods, with the IP egress access that are destined for an external endpoint outside of the cluster. With that IP address attached to that egress pod, it means that if you have a monitoring system outside of Kubernetes that’s tracking network traffic, you’ll be able to see that pod and you’ll be able to track that pod as part of a workload. So those are some additional capabilities that we provide beyond network policies.
Check out this Tigera blog that discusses egress access control using Calico Enterprise.
How is monitoring different from SignalFX and Prometheus?
This is a really important topic. There are lots of ways to do monitoring, and there’s really no one-size-fits-all method. 
SignalFx is a Splunk-owned tool, so it’s licensed and has many important features for monitoring, many of which are centered around performance monitoring. For example, how is your Kubernetes performing? Where are there issues, and why? It taps into the intelligence that you get from having access to logs, events, and so on.
Prometheus, on the other hand, is a great open source tool. In fact, our solution within Mirantis, called Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP), is based on the Prometheus monitoring tool. But one thing to note about Prometheus is that it’s not natively aware of all of the nuances of a container environment. Over time, we’ve “trained” our implementation of Prometheus to be opinionated about IaaS and container environments.
So those are two different approaches. You’re going to need to have a team with Prometheus, for example, that will know what to look for in a container environment and then how to translate that in terms of your data collection. How you store it, how you prune and rotate the data, how will you expose it, what visual interfaces are you going to use? We use Grafana as a front end to our Prometheus solution.
So the question being how monitoring is different from SignalFx and Prometheus, it’s not so much different, it’s just the big topic, and it has to be very carefully approached. We’ve had customers that have tried to roll their own in terms of even a Prometheus-based example, and one challenge that some customers have is that the data that’s been collected, to be done correctly, has to push meaningful alerts. If you’re collecting a bunch of data but you don’t know what the context is for that data, you’re not going to be able to produce the right alerts. If you can’t produce the right alerts, you’re going to struggle with your operations. You’re going to struggle knowing where and why some issues are happening, and what to do about it. So those are some of the cautions I would have about that.
Is Calico Enterprise included with Docker Enterprise?
Calico Enterprise is a separate, complementary solution that provides additional Kubernetes network and security capabilities for Docker Enterprise users.
Is Calico Enterprise available for doing a Proof of Concept in our own environment?
Yes, absolutely. If you go to the Tigera website on the homepage, you’ll find in the upper right hand corner an icon for a free trial. Anyone who’s interested in experiencing Calico Enterprise can access that. What we do is we set you up in an existing Kubernetes environment that’s already up and running, so you don’t have to invest any effort in getting infrastructure set up in your own environment. We take care of that for you, and you have access to that environment, so you can experiment and try out a full version of Calico Enterprise and see if it’s something that you think will fit in with your plans to expand your Kubernetes environment.
Where do developers get source images for use as inputs into the secure supply chain?
I’ll just use Docker Hub as an example. Docker Hub has certified images that are provided by various vendors. So if you’re looking to build a specific application using images that run specific vendor services, you might look at where those certified images can be found and Docker Hub is a great resource. It’s not just Docker related images if you will, but a variety of different images. It’s a good source for images that other groups have provided, and again, you can take into consideration the organization’s “certification label” however you want. You might still want to look at what’s in it and/or create your own. So you don’t always have to go get images for everything that you’re doing from somewhere else. You can compose your own and have more control over how it’s composed using what inputs.
Once you start building in your environment, you’ll have your known collection of trusted images. That’s where a tool like Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) comes in. DTR gives you a common, trusted place that you can go to for all of your image inputs. You can replicate it across sites so that your global team is able to reuse common certified images that also align with some of the features I was describing earlier. Things like signing the images, promoting them… I didn’t mention any of the other tags and characteristics of an image that can be used but with DTR, but you can promote only images that don’t exceed a certain age for example, or that have certain tags. There’s a very granular way of managing those images within DTR, but it requires either building your own images, signing them, and hosting them in your own registry, or acquiring certified images that come from outside your organization.
One feature I mentioned about DTR that’s important to keep in mind is the vulnerability scanning. The engine behind the DTR vulnerability scanning is the CVE database, and if you’ve been working in security you’ll know what CVE means — the industry source, if you will, of signatures that you want to know about. You want to be able to scan your images against those known industry signatures and make corrections.
What are key things to keep in mind when preparing to migrate a Kubernetes cluster from pilot to production?
Do you have the necessary tools to provide visibility into cluster activity, such as traffic flows?
Do you have troubleshooting tools that understand the Kubernetes context, such as  namespace and pod?
Are you able to securely connect the cluster to external resources such as databases and APIs?
Does your Kubernetes toolbox provide ways to protect against cyber-threats?
Are Dev, Ops, Network and Security teams in alignment with the plan to move to production?
Take a look at NIST’s 800-190 publication covering containers for a really good set of security best practices to start with.
Do you have an example of a typical compliance requirement that cannot be met with Kubernetes alone, and would require third party software?
I’m answering that one with a smile on my face, because it accurately describes most of Kubernetes. As I mentioned earlier, Kubernetes on its own has no inherent security capabilities. All pods are exposed and accessible. For a compliance requirement of only allowing access only from known origins. Kubernetes provides ways of implementing that. Doing network policy of course, there are ways of satisfying that compliance requirement with Kubernetes, but to do it at scale in a visual way, the visualization is really not what native Kubernetes has.
If you had to prove to an auditor that you have a way of detecting a rogue traffic flow and identifying where that is and correcting that, that’s not something that native Kubernetes is going to provide. You’re going to need a solution like Calico Enterprise to provide that information and visualization. Lateral movement is another good example. Lateral movement means you’ve got a container that’s been compromised, for example, and that compromised container is looking at neighboring containers on the same network in an effort to gain access to sensitive resources, such as mail systems, shared folders, and legitimate credentials. You need to have a way of detecting and defending against threats like that. That cyber-defense capability is not something that’s natively part of Kubernetes, but it is part of the Calico Enterprise solution.
Can multiple Calico instances be tied together or sent to a northbound interface?
The short answer is “yes”. You assign a workload/app/instance to a namespace, designate one pod in that namespace as the egress pod, then assign a routable IP address to that pod. You can do that with multiple namespaces, each with a different workload/app/instance.
Using this approach, egress access for northbound traffic can be managed from an external control such as a firewall or API, and can be also managed using policy controls. Another advantage of this approach is that because you only need to assign one routable IP per namespace, you are able to preserve the limited number of routable IPs in your IP pool.
You mentioned NIST guidelines. In specific audits, are those enumerated if/when compliant?
Each audit is different, but your own security organization will typically have already defined a system security plan detailing what security compliance looks like for your environment. Your security and IT team will then have to show the auditor that you do in fact have all the processes, methods and configurations in place to implement the plan. An auditor will document any deviation from the plan. You may or may not have a list of NIST controls. That will be up to your team to define whether controls come from NIST or some other set of standards.
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The WordPress.com Referral Program: Encourage Others to Start a Website

All of us know interesting people with unique talents. Some have business ideas. Others write beautiful poetry. Some are inspired to make the world a better place. 

If they’re not online, they should be. If you’ve ever encouraged a friend or family member to create a blog, launch a podcast, or sell what they make online, the WordPress.com Refer-a-Friend program is your chance to help them get started.

How the referral program works

With the Refer-a-Friend program, you and people in your network can earn credits for your WordPress.com websites. When you invite friends, family, and colleagues — or even your own site visitors — to build a website, they’ll receive a US$25 credit toward a WordPress.com plan. (Note: referrals need to be new WordPress.com customers.)

Every time someone you refer purchases a plan, you receive a US$25 credit, too! The credit will be applied within two months after your referral signs up and makes an eligible purchase.

Under current pricing, a $25 credit offers more than 50% off the first year of a Personal plan and more than 25% off the cost of a Premium plan. Plus, your referrals also receive a free custom domain name for their first year.

Here’s how to start:

Log in to your WordPress.com account and go to Tools → Earn.Locate your unique referral link in the Refer-a-Friend section.Copy the link and share it via email, social media, or text message.

Not sure what to say? When reaching out to a referral, tell them why you use WordPress.com and how you believe it will help them, too.

Want to send along some inspiration? Check out the websites and customer stories featured on Discover!
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Unroll Your Twitter Threads Into WordPress

Have you ever written a Twitter thread, and then wished you could turn it into a blog post? You can now do it in seconds.

Writing Twitter threads, also known as tweetstorms, can be a great way to clarify your thoughts: keeping each paragraph under 280 characters forces you to focus on your message.

Threads are great for engagement and sudden bursts of inspiration. But when the thread is done, wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick way to capture the full conversation in one place — one page to read, one link to share, all your thoughts captured on a website you own?

Now, when you embed a tweet that’s part of a larger thread, you’ll see a new “Unroll” button on the block toolbar. Click or tap it to import the entire thread into your post.

Publish the whole thread as one easy-to-read post — and since WordPress has no character limit, add any extra thoughts that have popped up in the meantime!

Originally tweeted by WordPress.com (@wordpressdotcom) on July 17, 2020.

We hope you enjoy this new way to make your WordPress site the canonical place for everything you publish — leave a comment if you have any questions, suggestions for how we can make it easier for you to share content between your site and other platforms, or if you’d like to share a link to a post that started as a Twitter thread!
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Expert Advice: Learn How to Podcast on WordPress.com

Podcasting isn’t just for professional broadcasters or celebrities. If you have a passion for a topic — no matter how niche — and want to explore your options beyond blogging and tweeting, consider launching a podcast! All you need to get started is a decent microphone and headset, an internet connection — and our next free webinar to learn the basics.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020Cost: FREETime: 8:00 am PDT | 9:00 am MDT | 10:00 am CDT | 11:00 am EDT | 15:00 UTCRegistration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5115944218471/WN_DEIBungPRlSs4hIKhN6ezAWho’s invited: Bloggers, business owners, and anyone else interested in starting a podcast.

Your hosts, expert podcasters and Happiness Engineers Richard and Damianne, have years of experience in podcasting, radio journalism, and of course, helping our users get the most out of their WordPress.com sites. They’ll walk you through the basics of hosting your podcast on WordPress.com and adding it to the most popular podcast directories. They’ll also share some tips and best practices on crafting a successful podcast.

Please note that to host audio files on a WordPress.com site, your site must be on the Premium, Business, or eCommerce plan.

The one-hour webinar will include a 45-minute presentation and 15 minutes of live Q&A. Dustin, one of our veteran Happiness Engineers and another longtime podcaster, will also be on hand to answer questions over Zoom chat during the webinar.

Seats are limited, so register now to save your seat. We look forward to seeing you then!
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Is Rancher going in the SUSE Box?

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SUSE’s $600 million (USD) acquisition of Rancher Labs means that the Kubernetes market is heading towards a major decision-point between freedom of choice and solutions tied to an enterprise Linux distribution and its agenda.
For a long time, Rancher has been telling customers that they’re committed to open source, and has claimed freedom of choice as a core part of their value proposition. But in hitching their steers to an OS-maker’s wagon, will they be turning their back on these principles? We think there’s ample reason for Rancher customers to be concerned, and for those evaluating and comparing enterprise Kubernetes solutions to be cautious.
SUSE’s CaaS and App platforms, after all, both ran only on SUSE products. Their strategy — just like Red Hat’s with OpenShift — seems pretty clear: build a tall Kubernetes enterprise application stack — each layer locked into the one below it, all grounded on an enterprise Linux spin that they control.
Now, the risk to Rancher users is that SUSE will double down on this strategy, copying Red Hat, Canonical, and other Linux providers in closely coupling Kubernetes offerings to their core OS platform. Cloud-hosted Kubernetes service providers have done this too, of course, though in different ways.
(In fact, this leaves Mirantis as the only leading enterprise Kubernetes solution provider still unambiguously committed to providing a zero lock-in platform and empowering customer freedom of choice.)
How’s this likely to roll out?
For a while, current Rancher users will be unaffected: they’ll keep running the platform on any OS Rancher currently supports. Gradually, though, economics and profit motives will likely urge creation of hard dependencies between Rancher and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, gradually limiting customer choice and promoting lock-in.
How could this look? Lots of small changes, with valuable bits moving around from place to place. Red Hat does this a lot: for example, they implemented FIPS 140-2 compliance (use of NIST-certified ciphers for traffic encryption within nodes) in RHEL, rather than OpenShift, locking platform and OS tighter than ever together for users who need this level of encryption.
What will it mean for Rancher users, if it happens? First, there’s cost. They’ll need to pay for the OS their platform runs on, just like you can’t run OpenShift without running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Every new node adds a fixed (or, on cloud platforms, recurring) charge, plus maybe the additional cost of skilling-up to support a new flavor of Linux. This may not sit well with top developers and IT ops talent, who tend to want control over the operating systems they work with and depend on.
Then there are roadblocks. For example, you might be barred from deploying Kubernetes on certain platform footprints, simply because they can’t run the required host OS. 
Will all this happen to Rancher users? Only time will tell — for now, though, we know for sure that lock-in is profitable for (some) vendors, and that others are strongly compelled to try to duplicate that success. We saw this with OS-vendor-driven OpenStack distributions, for example, which became more and more dependent on proprietary OS features and associated services. We see it now with Kubernetes offerings from Red Hat, Canonical, and similar quasi-proprietary spins from every cloud provider.
If this concerns you, please get in touch, and let’s discuss the cost and productivity benefits of opting for Kubernetes freedom of choice.
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New in Docker Enterprise 3.1: Making Kubernetes on Windows, GPU Orchestration and Istio Ingress Easier

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To celebrate the release of the latest version of Docker Enterprise, Principal Solutions Engineer David Kramer talked to John Jainschigg about some of the new features. You can see the entire webinar here, but we also wanted to bring you the answers to your questions, including those we didn’t have time to cover live.
Can you please post the link for the github repo?
You can find the code for these demo projects here:

Folding@Home: https://github.com/mirantis-field/k8s-fah
Pac-Man: https://github.com/mirantis-field/pacman-nodejs/tree/launch
Retro Store: https://github.com/mirantis-field/retro-store

Is it possible to get a document that gives us an overview of infrastructure components in terms of setting up a production Docker Enterprise cluster?
You can find host requirements for each component, as well as reference architectures and best practices on docs.mirantis.com.
Are older nVidia GPUs such as Tesla k80 supported?
The platform supports most GPUs that support the NVIDIA CUDA drivers.
Can Swarm L7 Interlock work together with K8s ingress?
Yes, L7 and Kubernetes Ingress can run in the same cluster. 
Do you plan to support the full Istio service mesh?
In this release, we’ve just started with the ingress portion of Istio, as it’s the biggest ask from our customers, but in a subsequent release later this year, we plan to have full Istio service mesh support.
Do you support Istio Ingress on public cloud infra as well?
The Istio ingress gateway in this offering will be on all of our supported infrastructures. Any certified infrastructure that’s listed in our documentation will be fully supported.
Can you talk more about how to implement canary/blue/green deployment? How can we manage those in istio?
All of the canary and blue/green deployment strategies that are available in Istio are also available in Docker Enterprise 3.1. We are really just taking the upstream conformant Istio ingress gateway and making it available. So via your YAML you can specify various deployment approaches and strategies, such as the percentage of nodes you want to be healthy. You can even do A/B testing where you send some of your traffic to one version of your application and some to the other. We have some examples in our documentation, and we are continuing to build out examples and additional GitHub repos to really highlight this functionality. All of the demos we did in this presentation are available on public GitHub repos, and we’ll work on trying to clean that up and make those available so people can go and try out some of the demos that people saw here today.
In the future, will the Istio implementation in Docker Enterprise have the monitoring tools that are used in the open source version, such as Prometheus, Grafana, Kaila, or Jaeger?
Currently we don’t package those tools, but they can be installed and used on our platform. We’re currently working on a product within Mirantis that will bring a best-in-breed approach to monitoring that we’ll offer as either an additional side project or as part of our OpsCare and other componentry that will expose the Prometheus, Grafana, Elastic stack that will have all this available. We do run the Istio telemetry within our platform, so it is all available and it can be sent off to an existing Prometheus stack within your environment, or we’ll be providing that functionality at a future date.
How is your Kubernetes different from upstream Kubernetes?
Our Kubernetes distribution, which is rolled into our Docker Enterprise platform, is a fully conformant Kubernetes offering. We don’t deviate or heavily customize that. All we really do is wrap that into our Docker Enterprise platform and bootstrap it. We also apply a lot of configuration to the default Kubernetes cluster to make it more secure and more enterprise-ready.
Is Kubernetes an integral part of Docker Enterprise?
Kubernetes is installed and bootstrapped as part of the Docker Enterprise platform.
Can you talk a little more about the CLI tool to install and upgrade Docker Enterprise?
If you go to the https://docs.mirantis.com website and go through the instructions for installing UCP or DTR, it walks you through using a docker command. It’s a docker/ucp container that you pull down. It’s tagged with the version of UCP that you’re installing, and you pass a parameter. You can run in interactive mode. It supports a lot of different ways of running UCP, including install, update, and various setup commands as well. There’s also one available for DTR that does exactly the same thing. It provides the ability to join DTR replicas, update them, back them up and do all of those various things. While you can look at it as a CLI, it’s actually more of a container that you just run using Docker commands.
I want to give Launchpad a try. I remember it works only in Windows Professional. Any plans to release for Windows Home Edition?
Launchpad is distributed as a cross-platform binary. While I have not personally tried Launchpad with the Windows 10 platform, I have tried it on Windows 10 Professional. I do not anticipate any specific platform SKU-related features inside Windows Home that may be an issue. I do know that historically the Docker runtime did have issues based on some of the Hyper-V components that are not in Windows 10 Home. However because we distribute Launchpad as a binary, not as a container, that should not be a problem. I also believe that Docker Inc with Docker Desktop Community has very recently increased support for the Docker Engine on Windows 10 Home, so if we did do it, it should work either way. So I have not tried it, but I don’t anticipate that there would be any issues with Windows 10 Home.
Where can I download the kubernetes IDE from?
Lens was mentioned at the beginning of the webinar, but VSCode was used during the demos.  You can download Lens from https://k8slens.dev/.
What Lens UI is Aaron referring to?
Lens is a Kubernetes IDE to which Mirantis is contributing.
Do different licensing models exist for non-production environments?
This is something you would typically work on with your account team to figure out what the best options are for you. We have quite a few different offerings, from basic support all the way to fully managed service support. The licensing model for the paid product is core-based licensing, and also based on the level of support that you want. So we do have an offering of ProdCare vs. LabCare vs. OpsCare. Those all are priced at a different point. 
Usually a non-production environment would be licensed under a LabCare model, which is slightly cheaper than a ProdCare model, but it doesn’t provide 24×7 support. So typically we work with our customers to really understand what that environment is being used for, then we can offer them the best options for licensing that. For example, some companies have clusters that they don’t deem production, that maybe their developers are using to build and test their applications, but if that cluster goes down, you’re basically out of service. While some people may not deem it a production cluster, you may want production support on that cluster. 
Can Docker Enterprise manage multiple K8s clusters?
David: In accordance to our product roadmap, we are now actually building out a multicluster UCP tooling. With 3.1, it is single cluster focused. As we move to the next release, it will be multicluster focused. We are actually going through quite a bit of customer conversations just to understand the various use cases out there. So if anyone is interested that we haven’t already talked to, and you would like to give some feedback, we would welcome that.
John: It strikes me that maybe some further clarification is called for. There’s no problem managing multiple clusters now with Docker Enterprise. You and I have certainly done it on numerous infrastructures simultaneously. Docker Enterprise and the various deployers that Mirantis puts in place bring information back from new cluster deployments to a deployer machine to your laptop. They make it very easy to download individual authentication bundles and other stuff from clusters under management. You can very quickly organize yourself to log into nodes, to access kubectl on 50 different clusters if you want to. The question is, can you do it within in web UI, and the answer for that is “soon,” but there’s a lot going in the platform that assumes that probably many more than one cluster is going to be operated on.
David: To further clarify, we previewed Lens, and that does have context to multiple Kubernetes clusters, and John just talked through and very much used Docker Enterprise to manage multiple clusters, essentially my control plane from the UCP standpoint in today’s release will be singular in focus. As we move forward, we’re going to add configuration management as well as multi cluster provisioning in a Unified Control Plane experience.
What are your plans for Swarm?
We will continue to support Swarm for the foreseeable future. Mirantis recently added Jobs functionality to Swarm, and we are working on adding support for using Kubernetes CSIs.
Are docs available on migration paths from Swarm to Kubernetes on the platform? What if we have Swarm services running today?
Our services team is working on several campaigns around Swarm to Kubernetes migrations, as well as tooling to be able to do that. Right now we’re not 100% sure how much of that will be publicly available or how much of that will be behind our subscription for the Docker Enterprise platform, but it’s definitely something that a lot of our customers are coming up against right now. We’re working to try to create webinars and white papers around that, as well as offer services to help our customers move from Swarm to Kubernetes if that’s what they want to do.
I saw you join the node into Docker Swarm. How do they become available in the Kubernetes cluster?
The whole Docker platform is built on top of a Swarm bootstrapper. When you add a node — this is one of it’s most powerful features — you can choose whether it is a Swarm or a Kubernetes node. Actually UCP will spin up a reconciler and a bootstrapper on that node and install the required Kubernetes or Swarm components on that node. So you join a node to the Swarm cluster, and you can designate Kubernetes and it will install the kubelet, KubeAPI, proxies and all the different componentry that is required automatically. You don’t need to go through and manually configure that host in any way, shape, or form. You install the Docker Engine. You do a Docker Swarm join to UCP. Everything can be configured and changed via UCP from that point on.
How do I upgrade from Docker Enterprise 3.0 to 3.1?
It’s a standard upgrade process similar to a patch release:

Upgrade the engine
Upgrade UCP – https://docs.mirantis.com/docker-enterprise/v3.1/dockeree-products/ucp/install-ucp.html#upgrade-ucp
Upgrade DTR – https://docs.mirantis.com/docker-enterprise/v3.1/dockeree-products/dtr/install-dtr.html#upgrading-dtr

There are some caveats around Calico and IPinIP vs VXLAN.
The upgrade from Docker Enterprise 3.0 to 3.1 is very similar to a patch update if you’ve used the Docker Enterprise platform before. Once you have the system installed, it’s a matter of updating the engine on all of your machines and then running through the interactive UCP installer, which is a containerized installer that you just run from the command line. It walks you through updating your entire system. It even gives you the ability to do a blue/green update, so if you wanted to add additional nodes, and only update specific worker nodes at a time, it provides that ability, as well as updating the DTR component of the platform to the latest and greatest version. Even though it is a major version upgrade, the update process is very similar to patch releases.
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