We’re excited to share that RIM’s BlackBerry consumer blogs are now on WordPress.com VIP Hosting!
We also had the chance to stop by the BlackBerry PlayBook party at the South by Southwest conference this past week and we know they have big things in store and we’re excited they’re using WordPress as their corporate communication tool.
With an archive dating back to 2002 and over 750,000 comments, this is the largest Expression Engine migration to date. MacDailyNews brings with them a very active community and an ever-burning desire to publish.
Called CheezCap, it’s a simple library for easily creating custom admin panels.
Cheezburger Network uses a single shared theme across all their sites. In order to avoid having to create conditionals and other per-blog modifications in their theme, they developed CheezCap. Any of the administrators can update the options controlling the layout, design, colors, etc, without having to dig into the theme code.
When asked what motivates his engineering team to participate in the WordPress community, CTO Scott Porad replied:
I can say without hesitation that WordPress has had a hand in the success of Cheezburger. So, to the extent that we can help other people be successful with WordPress, we’re on board!
What I meant to say is… All aboard the WordPress Express! Choo Choo!
… [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.
The PGA Tour just launched their latest site, Live Report. With beautiful photos, videos, and a running stream of updates, this is a great site for golf lovers to check-out. This site is also hosted in the WordPress.com VIP program:
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.
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.
According to Sansar Jiimen who runs the site, Sonin.mn reaches over 100,000 daily visitors – a really impressive achievement given that Mongolia is a country with a population of 2.5 million.
The Sonin.mn site was started in early 2004 and has been using WordPress since 2005. Now that they are on WordPress.com VIP they’ve started to stream popular songs from the former Soviet era days of Mongolia, with plans to bring new video content online soon.
This innovative site was designed and developed by cnp_studio, and utilizes the new WordPress.com HD video solution. Platinum Games took advantage of the video solution’s age verification feature, which can be seen in action below for their highly anticipated Wii game — MadWorld:
The site showcases what WordPress can do not only for maintaining a blog, but an entire Web site. The management of everything including pages, posts, sidebars and features is handled through the WordPress administration.
Specifically designed for live events, this blog uses an innovative WordPress theme with AJAX updates. Developed by Crowd Favorite, the theme allows for rapid-fire postings by the bloggers with a user-friendly mechanism which alerts readers when new content is live (see screenshot above).
Congrats to Hooshere Bezdikian and the whole team at the People’s Choice Awards for an all around amazing event.
The Boys’ Life theme has numerous category templates for different areas of the site and displays information about reader submissions by using custom fields. Ratings and related posts utilize the Outbrain WordPress plugin.
John is the author of more than a dozen published titles. He has been nominated for five Hugo Awards, winning the 2008 Best Fan Writer Hugo. He also won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.
The NFL has partnered with WordPress.com VIP for both a rapid-fire news blog at blogs.nfl.com, as well as an expert commentary / user feedback set of blogs which are incorporated into the NFL’s exciting new web video application Sunday Night Football Extra:
We created RealDanLyons.com for Dan to promote not only his blog, but his speaking engagements, books and articles. The site pulls inspiration from his new employer, Newsweek and in the interest of keeping things light and personal, Dan provided us images to use that were not the typical headshot (big thanks to Jeremy for those design skills).
Nick Gernert @ cnp discussed the benefits of WordPress.com VIP for a high-profile site such as this:
A first for us with this project was using WordPress.com’s VIP Hosting to host the site. This didn’t mean much difference for us in the development of the site except we know we don’t have to worry about high traffic days on the site, they do. We still developed the site in a local staging environment running a standard install of WordPress. They assisted in taking things from staging to production and now future updates to the site are a matter of committing updates to a SVN repository
We launched BlogTalkRadio almost two years ago as an idea that we thought had some legs. As has been well-documented in the past, our theory was quite simple: Would bloggers, or in fact anyone, be interested in creating audio content using a phone? Would it be possible to create a new distribution platform and medium, where anyone with a phone and something to say could establish and build an audience? If this is such a good idea, why is no one else doing it? We had many more questions than answers.
Levy offers details on where BlogTalkRadio is today:
Fast forward from the fall of 2006 and we have broadcast close to 100,000 shows. We have had Academy Award winners, Presidential candidates, best-selling authors and many other notables. We have thousands of active hosts talking about the things that interest them and their audience. Our content is listened to more than 3 million times a month and as new content is created and added to the long tail, the number of listeners continues to grow rapidly.
“… we do like to blog. We do like to present diverse voices talking about human issues”.
The the rest of the article continues to focus on their opportunity to use their expertise as journalists and editors to create a web site helping “make lives easier, healthier, and more interconnected”.
In my small role helping with the migration, and as a new parent, I found myself reading a lot of the articles and watching the videos. They are successful at “answering the questions you really want answered”.
The Health.com team chose WordPress.com VIP Hosting because WordPress provides the setting for people connecting, allowing Health.com to stay focused on their writing (using our intuitive interface), while we provide the flexible environment to integrate their blogs into the Health.com experience, and the performance, maintenance, and stability to give them the piece of mind that their audience and participants will always have a great experience.
This New York Times article gives some interesting background on The Page, A Time Inc site that’s run by Mark Halperin and provides real-time politics and election coverage. The Page has rapidly gained a very large readership since it’s launch 6 months ago. What’s interesting from a WordPress point of view is that even though The Page is tightly integrated into the main Time.com site, it’s actually 100% WordPress based and hosted as part of the WordPress.com VIP program.
The newly formed Thomson Reuters Corp made its highly anticipated debut this past Thursday. Thomson Reuters is now the largest business focused media company in the world with 50,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $12.5 billion.
To communicate to various groups about the new combined entity, Thomson Reuters selected WordPress.com VIP to host this high-traffic and high-profile site:
The Web Communications team at Thomson Reuters was able to quickly get the site built using a custom theme. Leveraging the WordPress.com grid infrastructure, the team was able to deliver a superior user experience, particularly during the high traffic spikes.
As with other large traffic spike sites on WordPress.com VIP such as Gizmodo’s Live Blog – it’s good to know that when the world shows up at your door step, it’s an opportunity, not a problem.
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