Automattic Becomes Title Sponsor for CMS Africa Summit

After being a title sponsor for the CMS Africa Summit for the last four years, Automattic (the company behind WordPress) has furthered their partnership with the summit and will now be heavily involved at the Cape Town event.  The company has sponsored the Nairobi (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda), and will now bring a team of experienced speakers and businessmen to Cape Town.

Automattic are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Crowdsignal, Cloudup, and more. They believe in making the web a better place.

They have a distributed company with 843 Automatticians in 68 countries speaking 84 different languages. Automattic’s common goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.

Just as CMS Africa, they believe in Open Source and the vast majority of their work is available under the GPL.

Automattic well-known product is WordPress.

WordPress started as a simple blogging platform back in 2003. Since then it has evolved to become a content management system and an application development framework. In simple words, you can easily build any type of website using WordPress.

WordPress is an open source software which means it is free for everyone and anyone can download and install it. Now you may be thinking, why is WordPress free? What’s the catch?

It is free as in freedom. You can use it for any purpose, and no one can suspend your website due to censorship or terms of service violation. You also have the freedom to customize WordPress to your needs without any restriction.