Austin Smith: Elastic Search on WordPress.com in Action

Austin Smith is a managing partner at Alley Interactive, a VIP Featured Partner Agency. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on Elastic Search on WordPress.com, which we’ve shared here. You can read more about the VIP Search Add-On here, and see it in action at KFF.org. Other talks from […]

New York Post is now on WordPress.com VIP

A big welcome to New York Post, now hosted right here on WordPress.com VIP! The powerful daily newspaper just launched this morning entirely on WordPress and the WordPress.com VIP Cloud.

Andrew Nacin: How WordPress Evolves Without Breaking Everything

Andrew Nacin is one of the lead developers of WordPress. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on how WordPress evolves while maintaining backwards compatibility — here’s a video from the event. Other talks from the event: Scott Taylor: The Future of Blogs Development at The New York Times Austin Smith: Elastic […]

Josh Kadis: Building qz.com, a web app powered by WordPress

Josh Kadis is the web applications technologist at Quartz. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on building qz.com on WordPress, which we’ve shared here. Quartz just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and you can learn more about it by reading our case study here. See Josh’s slides here. Other talks […]

wpcom_search_api_query

A wrapper for es_api_search_index() that accepts WP-style args

es_api_search_index

Executes an elasticsearch query via our REST API.

Code For The People: How Media Explorer Was Made

With the new Media Explorer plugin, you can now search for tweets and videos on Twitter and YouTube directly from the Add Media screen in WordPress. Media Explorer is a joint project by WordPress.com VIP and Code For The People (a VIP Featured Partner). In this post, CFTP’s John Blackbourn shares the technical and user experience decisions that […]

Extending Media Explorer

The recommended way to extend Media Explorer is to create a new plugin that extends the MEXP_Service class. Start by adding the following to your plugin: new being the name of your service and MEXP_New_Service, the class name of the new service. If you look in the core Media Explorer files, you’ll notice that there are two […]

Now live: WordPress.com VIP Search

WordPress’s standard search features are capable and easy to use, but when you’re developing search-driven web applications with WordPress, you need a tool ready-made for that purpose. That’s why today we’re introducing our new WordPress.com VIP Search add-on, and are excited to debut it as part of the relaunch of the Kaiser Family Foundation here on […]

Kaiser Family Foundation: Bringing 20 years of data into WordPress

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently relaunched their data-heavy site on WordPress.com VIP, bringing multiple websites and content management systems under one roof: KFF.org. The new site combines disparate databases into one state and global data table, and features fact sheets, reports, polls, and slides, all of which can be searched and filtered inside WordPress with […]

New Plugin: Comprehensive Sitemaps

We’re excited to announce the availability of a new plugin for WordPress.com VIPs: Comprehensive Sitemaps. All WordPress.com sites come with XML sitemaps built-in. These files are automatically generated, cached for a 24-hour period, and updated whenever a post is published, updated, or deleted—however, they are also limited to the 1,000 most recent posts. With Comprehensive […]

Harvard Gazette launches new responsive design on WordPress

Harvard Gazette, the official newspaper of Harvard University, has launched a new responsive design on WordPress! The new design is more modern, and is fully responsive to meet the needs of mobile audiences. Their story page is driven increasingly by search and social with a sticky bar for social sharing and sidebar content informed by analytics, […]

All About SEO on WordPress.com

On the WordPress.com Blog, we recently published a post on Search Engine Optimization for WordPress.com. It has a ton of great information relevant to authors on WordPress.com VIP, so please check it out and feel free to forward it to your colleagues. All About SEO on WordPress.com, by Elizabeth Urello Excerpts: Common Myths about SEO Myth: I […]

The White House launches Next.Data.Gov on WordPress

The White House just announced that they are launching a new generation of Data.gov, moving to a WordPress / CKAN based approach with their newest iteration called: Next.Data.Gov. Here’s a quick look at the new site: Here’s more from the White House’s blog: Last week, President Obama talked about the importance of opening government data to the American people, […]

Recent Launches on VIP: Global News, TIME 100, Wired TV

We’ve had a lot of fantastic sites debut on WordPress.com VIP lately. Here’s a quick look at some of our latest launches. Welcome to the WordPress family! Last Monday was a big day, when we launched Global News, a Canadian broadcasting network. The site was developed by our Featured Partner 10up. Stay tuned for an […]

Showcase: Responsive Sites on WordPress.com VIP

Over the last 12 months here at WordPress.com VIP, we’ve seen a lot of innovative, smart redesigns from our clients. The majority of them have chosen to make their sites responsive, meaning that the site and content scales dynamically for desktop, mobile or tablet. Today we thought we’d showcase some of these examples. Many of […]

Only 5% Of Publishers Use The Google News Keywords Meta Tag

Danny Sullivan reports on Search Engine Land that only 5% of news publishers are using the Google News Keywords tag, which Google introduced back in September—are you one of them? If not, it may interest you to know that WordPress.com VIP comes with support for the news_keywords tag built-in, via the Add Meta Tags plugin available […]

A Behind The Scenes Look at Atlantic Media’s Quartz

Quartz, the business news publication of Atlantic Media, launched in September 2012 on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting. The site had been in the works for about a year prior to that and development started in earnest over the summer, a rather short window. The Quartz team agreed pretty quickly that they didn’t want a custom-built CMS […]

Recent Mobile Launches on WordPress.com VIP

We’ve been really impressed with the mobile sites that have launched on VIP recently, many of which are responsive websites. Here’s a quick roundup of recent mobile launches on WordPress.com VIP. Quartz Quartz’s fully responsive theme is blindingly fast, and scales whether you’re looking at it on a phone, tablet or laptop. The site looks […]

Case Study: Interactive One Hosts 70 Sites with WordPress.com VIP

Interactive One is the digital link to urban consumers, reaching millions of Black and Latino audiences 24/7.  They are currently #1 in the category with over 60 unique brands on both a national and local level. Their network of 70+ high-traffic websites are all hosted here on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting. We spoke with Grant […]

Global News Q&A: The Technology Behind Their Responsive Redesign

GlobalNews.ca is the online news hub for the Global Television Network, a large Canadian broadcasting network with 12 owned-and-operated stations across the country. In March this year, they launched a massive redesign of their site, built on WordPress by 10up and hosted by WordPress.com VIP. The new site consolidated their many local and national sites […]

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