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’s fully responsive theme is blindingly fast, and scales whether you’re looking at it on a phone, tablet or laptop. The site looks and feels like an application. You can read more about Quartz’s innovative design here and here.
LocalTV’s mobile app (available in both the iTunes and Android stores), is powered by a custom mobile theme that is wrapped into an app. It also receives “rich” push notifications, meaning they can push HTML updates.
Leifer eventually became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated before leaving in 1978 to become a staffer for Time magazine. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE magazine and spent the next two years dividing his time between Time and LIFE. When Leifer left Time Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on over 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers—at that point, the most ever published of one photographer’s work in Time Inc. history.
Famous stock photography agency, Getty Images, has launched its blog on WordPress! The design of course displays the beautiful photos Getty has in its collection to their best advantage and the site highlights content aimed at the Getty Images communities around photography, technology, and music.
A hearty welcome to Metro.co.uk, home of the UK’s 3rd most-read national newspaper! The site migrated over from a custom CMS into WordPress.com VIP Hosting. The site was also given a design refresh and their mobile experience was created from the ground-up so that readers with any device will get a fluid experience. Pull out your device, and give the site a swipe to move through continually updated stories and images.
The LA Times has just launched a site from their Media Group, Media Kit, aimed towards advertisers. The site, running on WordPress, walks potential advertisers through the process of gathering information and planning an advertisement with the Los Angeles Times.
The New England Sports Network has launched right here on WordPress.com VIP! The regional network is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National.
The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports network in the country and was the first regional sports network in the country to originate every game and studio show in high definition. Their site is constantly updated and has a special theme for mobile content access as well.
This week the next installment of the James Bond movies, Skyfall, will debut. The official James Bond site, 007.com, is on WordPress and is full of features, videos, and media from the James Bond film series over the past 50 years.
MSNBC has launched their TV news portal, tv.msnbc.com, right here on WordPress.com VIP hosting. Being billed as “The Digital Place for Politics,” the central site is the place to get all the latest news from MSNBC news shows. Besides following a particular show’s news, you can follow “Issues” like Politics, Health, or Education across all their shows, or access “Voices” which groups all their opinion articles in one place.
The site also integrates social media components into the WordPress site, like the MSNBC Facebook page and a Twitter stream consisting of Tweets from all the MSNBC show Twitter accounts.
You can see the site for yourself by going to m.si.com, but to really appreciate and access all of the content and features, check it out from your smart phone. Stay up to date with the latest game scores, follow your favorite SI.com writers, read the latest stories by sport, and even dive into the numerous SI.com blogs from your mobile.
Today Atlantic Media launched their new digital-only business publication—Quartz—right here on WordPress.com VIP.
The site is designed with mobility in mind, and to that end, features a responsive and mobile-first approach that is easily accessible from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone — all delivered by a single WordPress site, no app required.
WordPress is the most powerful content management system in the world – today it powers just under 17% of the top one million websites in the world. Millions of people from across the globe turn to WordPress to build websites of all shapes and sizes and across all different categories.
Now that the political conventions are over and we have officially turned the corner towards the November election, WordPress.com VIP is proud to release this infographic which clearly shows that WordPress is now the backbone that powers websites from across the political spectrum.
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This research project started when we began to notice that more and more political websites were being built on WordPress. We focused on a couple of key categories: state parties, U.S. House races, U.S. Senate races, and Gubernatorial races. We looked at all of the major-party candidates across these categories and manually checked to see what content management system was being used. We were excited by the results and thus, they became the impetus for this lovely infographic.
If you want to learn more about WordPress for your political website, or any other purpose, get in touch with the WordPress.com VIP team here.
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A few months ago, Ab Emam at the Web Development Group in Washington, DC came to me with a great idea called CreateathonDC: they would select three DC-area nonprofits and, over the course of one weekend, would completely overhaul their web presences using WordPress as the backbone CMS. I loved the concept and WordPress.com VIP was proud to sponsor the event. The idea got a great response – more than 40 nonprofits applied. Three were selected, and this past weekend, Ab’s team, along with 30 volunteers, hunkered down for a 72-hour design marathon. The fruits of their labor and talents are simply awesome. Below is the post that Web Development Group just put up recapping their work this past weekend. Be sure to check out the site makeovers – they are beautiful!
72 Hours, 30 Volunteers, 3 Nonprofits = Success! September 10, 2012 By mMcCarty
CreateathonDC 2012 was a huge success! Our three teams worked late into the night finalizing the development aspects of the websites. The Web Development Group is excited to announce each of the nonprofits’ websites were successfully launched, much to the excitement of CreateathonDC volunteers, sponsors and the nonprofits themselves!
Starting Friday evening and chugging along through the early hours of Monday morning, WDG and Createathon’s volunteers dedicated both their superb talents and time to create and smoothly implement these WordPress-powered websites, from start (think initial client consultations and wireframes) to finish, successfully launching better web experiences for the three nonprofits.
If you missed the updates over the weekend, here’s a quick run down of how CreateathonDC Weekend went!
The Web Development Group team spent this summer scouring applications for both volunteers and nonprofits. While considering the organizations who applied to be selected for a website makeover, we focused on their financial needs (based on 990), the state of their current site, as well as the opportunities the new WordPress-powered web experience would give the nonprofits in their efforts to further spread their message and engage the community. With nearly 40 organizations applying, the competition was tough. The chosen organizations for this year’s CreateathonDC event were: Borromeo Housing, DC Diaper Bank, and Phoenix Bikes.
On the volunteers side, we had over 70 volunteers who applied to be a part of this spectacular inaugural event. The 30 individuals chosen came from a wide spectrum of talents and backgrounds within the DC-Metro creative community. The volunteers were broken down into three teams of 10 people strong and were led by WDG’s own senior developers. The teams quickly identified the strengths of each member and distributed tasks appropriately to successfully strategize, design, develop, and launch three amazingly user-friendly responsive websites within 72 hours.
With dedicated time, talents and effort, we were able to give Phoenix Bikes, DC Diaper Bank, and Borromeo Housing a complete web experience makeover, including services like, consultation, web and graphic design, development, content management, social media strategy, and WordPress content management training!
Check out some of the before and after shots of the sites!
The new site incorporates the colors of the logo better, is much less text heavy, and is much more user-friendly. When WDG first started looking at Phoenix Bikes’ site, many of the links were broken, the calendar did not work well, and the whole site was rarely updated. Now that it is on WordPress, updating will be much easier, there is a Facebook feed which will keep it dynamic and changing, and the site itself is also responsive!
Borromeo Housing really wanted to help spread their message to the general population while also adding color, and video to their site. Our designers and developers worked with the nonprofit representatives and even offered them 15 custom-edited videos that can be used for future posts. The slideshow on the homepage helps push out their message, and the donate button is much more prominent. The navigation on the site is much more intuitive .
DC Diaper Bank wanted a site that was fun, creative, and also kept the user on the pages longer. This is something The Web Development Group knew they could capitalize on. The awesome design team added infographics, images, and saturated colors. The site gets the message out without being too “baby-focused”, something the nonprofit wanted. This site is also responsive. The organization also received a toolkit (custom-designed hand-out that promotes the organization and can be edited for different functions) and Facebook/Twitter branding!
This event was a huge success and will most definitely become and annual event. We are eager to continue to give back to the local community again in the future. As Darlene Bakke from Borromeo Housing said, “The website is amazing and I know this transformation will make a huge impact on BHI messaging.”
Vespa has just launched “La Vespa Vita” (The Vespa Life, for those who aren’t fluent in Italian) – a site which is largely powered by WordPress and the Vespa community through user-submitted blog posts, photos of their Vespas, and style inspired by their Vespas.
By the appearance of their stylish WordPress site, we judge The Vespa Life to be very beautiful, indeed.
The Juicy, a new site by retailer Juicy Couture, has just joined the WordPress family, and is running right here on WordPress.com VIP. The site shares tips and tricks for the fashion-conscious with their Juicy Life, Juicy Loves, Juicy Studio, and of course, Juicy Style.
Olympic fever will be heating up later this month as the games get underway in London. In the meantime, you can start to track all the Olympic news with Time’s new site, Olympics.Time.com. In preparation for the events, they’re posting a lot of athlete interviews, photos, and even a look at how Time actually covered the Olympics in the past with their Olympic cover gallery.
Man Meets Scale, site of Weight Watchers International’s CEO, David Kirchhoff, has launched on WordPress.com VIP. Kirchhoff recently launched a book, Weight Loss Boss, about his experience losing weight.
Canada has just launched Olympic.ca, the official site for the Canadian Olympic team, on WordPress. As the London 2012 games approach, they’ll be updating with their official athletes’ profiles and other news.
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