WordPress.com Enterprise is Live

Today marks a new era for high-profile websites on WordPress.com.

In a world of social networks and flash hits the compromises of legacy hosting aren’t good enough anymore. You need to be able to create a bespoke site in a day, have it work great on desktop and touch devices, be bullet-proof secure, and scale to the occasion when the world shows up at your door. As the saying used to go: fast, cheap, good — pick two.

“When we created The 4-Hour Chef website, we wanted a custom, mobile-ready design that would be able to handle a lot of traffic,” said Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body.

“With WordPress.com Enterprise and the support of the team at Automattic, we got the site up and running quickly with all of the features we were looking for.”

Now you can pick three. We’re announcing a new platform, WordPress.com Enterprise, that brings the best of WordPress.com: all of our paid upgrades, including premium themes and Custom Design, and the best of all the built-in WordPress.com VIP features such as 70+ vetted plugins which include integrations with top partners such as Flipboard, Chartbeat, and Facebook.

To top it off, you also get our new Javascript customization service that allows you the flexibility to customize your site without needing to touch the underlying PHP code. You can tweak and personalize to your heart’s content.

Sign up and you can launch your site within minutes and scale your traffic on our cloud, which delivers 100s of millions of pageviews/day.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with a few beta customers as we’ve ramped up, and they are great examples of what you can do with Enterprise: Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Chef, ESPN’s Digital and Print Products, Soleil Moon Frye’s Moonfrye.com, and The Crosby Press from JackThreads.

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WordPress.com Enterprise will scale with you as your site goes viral, gets picked up by a big media outlet, or grows in popularity. Enjoy unlimited traffic, bandwidth, and storage, plus top-notch support, all for $500/month per site.

Get started today! Sign up for WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

Take a closer look at WordPress.com Enterprise below.

Getting started with WordPress.com Enterprise:

Sign Up for WordPress.com Enterprise

The WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard:

WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard

Some of the 70+ WordPress.com VIP Plugins available to WordPress.com Enterprise users:

WordPress.com Enterprise Plugins and Services

Learn more about WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

The Dream Internship: Work at Automattic this Summer on the VIP Team

Update: Please submit your links by EOD on April 23, 2012. Note that your submission will remain private, but we are receiving them.

Our company Automattic — which runs WordPress.com, Akismet, VaultPress, and many other services — is looking for a few stellar summer student interns, specifically to work with us on the VIP team. The internship runs from June 1st through August 31st of 2012, but we are flexible on the dates.

As a paid intern, you’ll be working on a range of projects depending on your skills & passions — everything from writing case studies to doing development work on plugins that improve WordPress functionality for large media companies.

Where will you be working you may ask ? Anywhere ! We are a distributed company and are happy if you work from wherever you are — including your parent’s summer beach house — as long as you have a good broadband connection.

Interested ? Write up a post on your WordPress.com blog and leave a comment on this post with a link to it telling us what you’d work on — for example, a proposed partnership we should do, a UI improvement to one of our services, a killer plugin, an infographic showing off our latest stats, etc.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

The Official Bruce Springsteen Website Relaunches on WordPress

Great to see that brucespringsteen.net has completed a beautiful redesign and is powered by WordPress:

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The current 2012 tour, “Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive”, is also giving people a behind the scenes look by blogging over on stayhardstayhungry.wordpress.com

[Visit brucespringsteen.net & stayhardstayhungry.wordpress.com]

(h/t Dave Pell)

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Scott Taylor on WordPress + Memcached

Scott Taylor, Software Engineer III at eMusic, recently posted a comprehensive article on using WordPress + Memcached.

eMusic relaunched on WordPress a couple of months ago, and it’s great to get Scott’s perspective on a key component of their setup.

Here is a quick blurb, and be sure to go read the full post for all the details:

One of the most bizarre critiques of WordPress that I often hear is “it doesn’t come with caching” – which makes no sense because Cache is one of the best features of WordPress out of the box. That’s kind of like saying: “my iPod sucks because it doesn’t have any songs in it” – when you first buy it. Your iPod can’t predict the future and come pre-loaded with songs you love, and your WordPress environment can’t come already-installed without knowing a minimal number of things. You have to pick a username / password, you have to point at a database, and if you want to cache, you have to pick how you want to cache (you don’t HAVE to cache – but really, you HAVE to cache).

Memcached (pronounced: Mem-cash-dee), or Memcache-daemon, is a process that listens by default on port 11211. Like httpd (H-T-T-P-daemon), it runs in the background, often started automatically on server load. A lot of huge websites use Memcached – at least: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

[Read the full post]

Naked Security Joins WordPress.com VIP

The wildly popular and informative Naked Security blog from the leading IT security firm Sophos, recently launched in our WordPress.com VIP program:
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The mission of the blog is to highlight “various news, opinion, advice and research on computer security issues and the latest internet threats.”

Just this past November, the Naked Security team was bestowed with a very prestigious award — crowning them the “Best IT Security Blog” from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards.

[ Visit Naked Security ]

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park on Tour, on SNL, and on WP.com VIP

Many of you I’m sure caught the two performances this past weekend by Linkin Park on Saturday Night Live. The band is also on tour throughout North America right now.

But what you may not have known, is that Mike Shinoda has been blogging some really high quality content for a while now on our WordPress.com VIP platform:
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Check out his blog at mikeshinoda.com for really good insights, and special behind the scenes video footage using the VideoPress HD video service.

[ Visit mikeshinoda.com ]

Adobe Migrates to WordPress

Thanks to Pavel Ushakov for letting us know that our friends at Adobe have just completed the migration of hundreds of their blogs from Movable Type to WordPress. You can see the collection of blogs over on blogs.adobe.com:
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Pavel’s firm Blog Consulting worked on the migration with Adobe:

In 2010 Adobe contacted Blog Consulting to migrate total of 1200 blogs from Movable Type to WordPress 3.0. The project was successfully completed within 2 months.

Adobe uses Blog Consulting’s Monthly Maintenance and Support package, and outsources all their blog support requests to our consultants, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

[ Visit blogs.adobe.com ]

LA Times Joins WordPress.com VIP

We’d like to welcome the Los Angeles Times to the WordPress.com VIP program. They’ve launched two new exciting blogs — Framework, and Hero Complex:
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Both sites were designed and developed from scratch, and are really impressive in their design & editorial content.

[ Visit Framework, and Hero Complex ]

MediaPost: “The winner will be WordPress”

Interesting post from Philip Leigh of MediaPost this week, titled “The Implications Of Blogging“:

…Similarly, it’s likely that the future of blogging — and the future spread of knowledge — will reflect the characteristics of whatever blog platform achieves dominance. Increasingly it appears that the winner will be WordPress. It first appeared seven years ago as a successor to software typically used for online diaries. Thus, it was originally text-based, but has since evolved to also encompass audio, video, and animation. It has even become a popular platform for entire websites as well as important components of prominent sites such as The New York Times.

(Emphasis mine).

Philip goes on to state:

In short, WordPress is not merely a blogging tool. It’s a platform that can lead to an explosion of new media properties capable of text, video, audio, music, animation, interactivity, online merchandising, podcasting, and even social networking. Successful innovations will rapidly take root and expand while unsuccessful ones will quickly perish or remain marginal.

[ Read the full article on MediaPost.com ]

NOAA Mission Log on WP.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now blogging on WordPress.com, with their new site missionlog.noaa.gov:
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The goal of the site, as articulated in their first post is to provide:

… regular updates to give you an inside look at our vessels and their crews, describe the work on board and the observations being made by the scientific personnel. Beginning today the NOAA Ship Pisces, operated by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations will report from the Gulf of Mexico. Stay tuned!

Recently they’ve been posting updates from the scientists at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. Those scientist are performing subsurface monitoring as part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.

[ Visit missionlog.noaa.gov ]

NPR’s ARGO Network Powered by WordPress

A great idea from NPR:

NPR, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations, announced the launch of a dozen topic-focused news sites today, marking the debut of NPR’s ARGO Network – a new online journalism venture created to produce in-depth, local coverage on subjects critical to communities and the nation.

Structure wise, the sites will be powered by WordPress:

Each ARGO site is anchored by a news-blog that features multiple stories each day, with an accompanying set of community features for audience engagement and curated content. The individual stations will decide how to integrate the ARGO site with their primary station websites.

Full details on npr.org

Computer Courage On Why You Should Use WordPress

Great summary over on computercourage.com, on the “Top 10 Reasons To Use WordPress.org For Your Website”:

4. The Visual Editor and CMS are Outstanding

The intuitive, user-friendly backend of WordPress is probably what made it so famous in the first place. I’ll never remember the relief I felt when I first installed WordPress after a few Drupal experiences. I always tell my clients, “if you can do it in Word, you can do it in WordPress.” In fact, with the Paste From Word tool, that statement is more true than you would imagine (this article was written in Word). WordPress is continually improving its CMS, adding features such as threaded comments, galleries, revision histories, trash, custom post types, and more. If you haven’t maintained a WordPress site yet, give it a look.

[ Read the full post computercourage.com ]

VaultPress: First Golden Tickets

Very exciting news that invites to VaultPress — a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites — are now starting to be sent out.

Over the weekend we started to trickle out the first Golden Ticket invites to VaultPress. This means that if you’re on the list you now have a semi-random chance of being one of the first people who can sleep more soundly at night because of VaultPress.

If you didn’t receive your invite yet, there is a way to possibly get one more quickly:

If you’d like to move ahead in the line, write a blog post about why you want to use VaultPress and link it here, or tweet why you need your site protected by VaultPress and use the hash tag #vaultpress.

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[ Visit VaultPress.com ]

Dan Ariely Joins WordPress.com VIP

Delighted to have the insightful and eye-opening author and professor, Dan Ariely, now hosting his relaunched site in our WordPress.com VIP program.
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Dan is the author of Predictably Irrational, and the recently released The Upside of Irrationality which he talks about in this short video:

[ Visit danariely.com ]

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Available Now

One of the most eagerly anticipated WordPress releases in recent memory is now available for download (or just 1-click upgrade from within your dashboard).

So what’s new ?

Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten.

Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.

As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and blah blah blah just watch the video. (In HD, if you can, so you can catch the Easter eggs.)

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[ official announcement post on wordpress.org ]

Levi’s Selects WordPress for Pioneer Sessions

Exciting news that Levi’s has just launched a new site, Pioneer Sessions, using WordPress to showcase “pioneering musicians from rock, pop, soul, and rap to re-craft the classic songs that inspired their sound”:
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Conceived by Cornerstone and designed by Wieden+Kennedy, this site is definitely worth checking-out.

[ Visit levispioneersessions.com ]

The Independent Switches to WordPress

Great to see that all the blogs on blogs.independent.co.uk are now powered by WordPress:
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In a blog post from Online Editor Martin King, the reasons for the switch from Livejournal included the following:

* to continue pushing forward a site that is ever more social-media-friendly, incorporating our recently improved and well-received comments functionality;

* to enable our posters to add quicker views and analysis more easily.

The last point will be especially beneficial to The Independent’s overseas correspondents, with their busy and occasionally perilous lives. As long as they can send an email, that can be posted immediately, including any image.

Mark wraps up his post with a very insightful point, saying “We are demonstrating that globally standard programs can free mainstream journalism from the complex bespoke set-ups of the past.”

[ Visit http://blogs.independent.co.uk/ ]

Mike Pratt on BuddyPress – Social Networking in a Box

At a recent Dallas Fort Worth WordPress meetup, Mike Pratt gave a presentation on how he’s using WordPress and BuddyPress to build his very own social network:

… there are a ton of excellent needs and reasons to use BuddyPress to take your site and turn it into the community it is begging to become. That’s the killer point: there needs to be a community underlying all of this. Maybe your focused on gardeners in Texas or stamp collectors in Des Moines or people around the world dealing with Cystic Fibrosis – if you have a community in mind then BuddyPress is an amazing tool because you can shape the community according to you/its needs. Take that Facebook (or Ning)!

The slides and the full video from the presentation and more of his thoughts are available at mikepratt.tv

Rosetta Stone Joins WordPress.com VIP

Rosette Stone, the technology-based language learning company, has launched their new blog RVOICE on WordPress.com VIP:
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The new blog, RVoice, will focus on:

… [a] discussion on the role of technology and pedagogy in changing how people learn languages. And we also wanted to provide an opportunity for you to get to know us better and for us to get to know you.

Our intention is not to have a blog just for the sake of being current – no technology for technology’s sake, we like to say. This is about opening up the conversation and providing a focused forum for debate on new ideas and practices in the field of language learning. Clearly, there is lots of soul searching going on out there about tech-enabled language learning – what’s lacking is the participation of leading practitioners and a framework for the debate. We hope to change that.

[ Visit RVOICE ]

Mashable on WordPress 3.0: The 5 Most Important New Features

Good summary post from Brian Casel on Mashable today regarding WordPress 3.0: The 5 Most Important New Features:

WordPress has long been known as a dedicated blogging platform, giving users the tools they need to publish their message and interact with readers. However, with the official release of version 3.0, set to drop this month, the platform will be much closer, if not well within the territory of a content management system (CMS).

The list of new features in WordPress 3.0 isn’t very long in comparison to previous releases. However, the changes that are coming will certainly have a significant impact, particularly if you use WordPress as a CMS. Here is a rundown of the most important new features arriving in version 3.0.

Continue reading the full article.

Upcoming WordCamps

Lots of WordCamps coming up, which are great events for publishers to learn more about WordPress and meet the WordPress community:
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This weekend, WordCamp Orange County will be held on Saturday April 24th on the UC Irvine campus.

The following weekend, WordCamp San Francisco will be held on Saturday May 1st, 2010 with a developer day on Sunday May 2nd. There will also be a party on Saturday night. If you haven’t registered yet and are interested in attending, please head over to the WordCamp SF site and register now, as these tickets tend to sell out pretty quickly.

The following weekend on May 8th, 2010 there are three amazing WordCamps happening all over the globe: WordCamp Paris, WordCamp Argentina, and WordCamp Chile.

For more information and a full listing of scheduled WordCamps, head over to WordCamp.org .

PixoPoint: WordPress.com For a Full Site

Really interesting case study posted by Ryan Hellyer of PixoPoint on how his firm, using CSS and a couple of upgrades, built a full site on WordPress.com for the Red Devils of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League:
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Ryan described the initial scope:

Their original site consisted of hard coded .html files as a simple static site. Our initial suggestion of a full-custom designed and coded, hosted WordPress installation was beyond their budget, so we suggested an alternative which has slashed their costs considerably yet allowed them to create their own WordPress powered site with a design which matches their branding and includes all of the functionality they requested, including a contact form, email subscriptions for news posts, no commenting functionality (they didn’t want a traditional blog) and the ability to add photo galleries and videos

Conclusion:

Traditionally WordPress.com has only been suggested as a low-budget option for those who can’t afford to upgrade to “proper” hosted setup, however for the Red Devils, we were able to meet all of their requirements without losing anything that they required in their site. We were also able to integrate their teams branding into an existing theme very quickly through some simple CSS upgrades.

[ Read the full case study on PixoPoint.com ]

Harvard Gazette Selects WordPress

The Harvard Gazette, which is Harvard’s official newspaper, has recently relaunched their site, and is now powered by WordPress:

Highlighting faculty research, administrative staff, students, and events – this is a great example of a complete site that you can build with WordPress. Congrats to the team at Harvard for building such as great site.

It’s also exactly in sync with the feedback we are hearing from the publishing community. Many of you have shared with us your exciting plans to take advantage of the flexibility and power of WordPress to build your next-generation full sites on this platform. It’s going to make for a very exciting next few months !

[ visit Harvard Gazette ]

Relaunch of WordPress.com VIP Site and new VIP Support Options

As many of you know, the VIP program that we run provides two services. The first is exclusive bullet-proof hosting on our WordPress.com grid for high-profile and high-traffic sites. And the second is a program open to all where we provide developer-to-developer support on scaling and development projects for self-hosted WordPress sites.

Here’s a short video explaining the program:
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We previously had separate sites for these two services, and recently decided to simplify the sites, and combine them into one, wpvip.com .

For WordPress VIP Support, we also introduced new levels of support based on the feedback we’ve received this past year, including a top tier with a much requested on-site visit option.

What’s Next:
We have some exciting plans for the VIP program in 2010. First up, we will introduce a dedicated VIP Hosting portal for WordPress.com VIPs in the coming weeks, with documentation of all the special functions, lots of theme and system info, and best practice coding guidelines for WordPress.com. A bit further out we plan to streamline the support and ticketing system to provide a more complete 360 view of activity across multiple sites.

For VIP Support, expect new features and improvements to the private forum which will make finding answers more efficient and provide our team clearer information that will make the interactions better. And starting this year, we now include support for BuddyPress as part of VIP Support, and we are already seeing that become a bigger part of many of the larger WordPress powered sites.

[ For more information, please visit wpvip.com ]

The Carter Center Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

Exciting to see that former US President Jimmy Carter’s organization, The Carter Center, has just launched their blog, which is part of the WordPress.com VIP Hosting program:

The site will focus on covering:

…updates on the Center’s peace and health efforts around the world. Our blog will feature news and video from the field, photo essays, articles authored by our experts, and more.

[ Visit The Carter Center Blog ]

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