IN THIS CHAPTER
Obtaining a WordPress.com API key
Using Akismet to kill spam
Making use of WordPress.com 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 good for everyone.
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.
The WordPress.com API (application programming interface) key is essential for almost all of the WordPress.com distributed services. It is a randomly generated string that is unique to a single user account. You can obtain a WordPress.com API key by signing up for free at WordPress.com. During the signup process, you can request a user account or a blog. ...