Matt Mullenweg of WordPress: How a Fully Distributed Company Keeps a Team Engaged

If you’ve had to adapt to working from home in the last few months, you could learn a few things from Matt Mullenweg.

Co-founder of website-building platform WordPress and Automattic, its parent company, Mullenweg lives in Houston while overseeing a fully distributed team of about 1,100 employees operating in 77 cities around the world. 

During a Real Talk Business Reboot webinar on Wednesday, Mullenweg told Inc. editor-at-large Tom Foster that any person–or company–can adjust to post-office-life if they try. “It can work for everyone, but I’ve seen people give up before they’re there,” he said. 

Working outside of the office,

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Bing WordPress Plugin Indexes Content Immediately

Bing is launching a new plugin for WordPress that is designed for getting content immediately indexed in search results.

“Who in the SEO community has not dreamed of such ability?,” Bing asks in an announcement.

The whole process is done automatically. All site owners have to do is install the plugin.

Once installed and configured with an API key obtained from Bing Webmaster portal, the plugin detects new pages as well as updates to existing pages.

Here’s how to install and activate the plugin.

Installing the Bing URL Submissions WordPress Plugin

Follow these two steps to install the plugin and

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WordPress 5.5 Gets Native Google Sitemaps Integration

For over a year, Google said it is working with the WordPress team to build in to the core of WordPress the ability to generate XML Sitemaps. Well, now with WordPress 5.5 it is now out. Pascal Birchler from Google announced on WordPress.org “in WordPress 5.5, a new feature is being introduced that adds basic, extensible XML sitemaps functionality into WordPress core.”

With version 5.5 of WordPress your WordPress site will expose a sitemap index at /wp-sitemap.xml. This is the main XML file that contains the listing of all the sitemap pages exposed by a WordPress site, Pascal said. The

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WordPress to get a built-in XML sitemap feature

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WordPress, the content management system running a third of today’s internet sites, is getting built-in support for XML sitemaps.

The feature will go live in WordPress 5.5, scheduled for release later this fall.

XML sitemaps are special files that contain a list of all the site’s pages, blog posts, tags, and other content. Search engines like Google, Bing, and others, use sitemaps to index a site’s content, with XML-based sitemaps being the most widely used format.

Since its launch in 2003, WordPress has not supported sitemap-generation, a function it has left to third-party plugins until now.

Most of today’s WordPress

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Energy Department announces plan to build a quantum Internet

Quantum technology seeks to harness the distinct properties of atoms, photons and electrons to build more powerful computers and other tools for processing information. A quantum Internet relies on photons exhibiting a quantum state known as entanglement, which allows them to share information over long distances without having a physical connection.

David Awschalom, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, called the Internet project a pillar of the nation’s quantum-research program.

“It’s the birth of a new technology. It’s becoming a global competition. Every major country on earth

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Gorilla Glass Victus Will Be a Lot Harder to Scratch

It takes about two years for Corning to develop each new generation of Gorilla Glass, the resilient material that graces a critical mass of smartphones. That process has for several update cycles focused on protecting screens against drops, fending off shatters and cracks by boosting what’s known as compressive strength. The newly announced Gorilla Glass Victus, though, gives equal weight to preventing scratches. That’s harder than it sounds, and more useful than you’d think.

It’s not that Gorilla Glass has dismissed scratches entirely. But the last time Corning prioritized it as a threat was in Gorilla Glass 3, which came

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