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Updates and features about our platform, services, and partners, as well as stories and events from across the enterprise WordPress community.

How AccuWeather leverages decoupled WordPress

At BigWP NYC, associate product manager Rachael Trost took the mic to discuss how AccuWeather makes use of decoupled WordPress. Founded in 1962, AccuWeather is recognized as the most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world. These days, AccuWeather serves roughly 1.52 billion people a day with over 50 billion data calls across their product lines. These products include weather forecasts, local media partnerships, enterprise solutions, APIs, videos, podcasts, and more. A small but mighty force Although content forms only a small part of AccuWeather’s traffic, content delivery still adds up to over 75 million data calls…

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Blazing new trails with Salesforce

Salesforce and WordPress VIP share many things in common. For one thing, we’re both market leaders in software technology that brings greater agility to enterprises the world over. More importantly, though, we align on shared values. These values include equality, sustainability, the future of work, and the ethical use of technology. Last year, Salesforce invested $300M in WordPress VIP’s parent company, Automattic — in large part because of our complementary vision and values. As Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic, explained at the time, “This investment represents a tremendous vote of confidence for Automattic and for the open web.” We believe…

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Featured Partner Program expands to MENA with addition of Asquared

Asquared is the newest addition to our Featured Agency Partner program! Asquared is one of only 30 partners in this prestigious group and the first agency in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Asquared is the leading WordPress agency in Turkey serving international clients all over the world. They build award-winning digital platforms using WordPress that are fast, flexible, and scalable thanks to enterprise integrations with excellent user experience. We are great problem solvers, mostly because of our experience with a large number of clients. – Ant Ekşiler, CEO of Asquared Notably, Asquared is also the only featured…

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Evolving the Kaiser Family Foundation from Sitecore to WordPress VIP

DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) had 20 years’ worth of legacy data bottlenecked in Sitecore and Commonspot. WordPress VIP helped KFF unify all their content onto a single, intuitive platform. KFF’s teams are now empowered to advance their mission through beautiful and accessible data. “Other data-heavy organizations like ours, still operate multiple websites with data and CMSes that are not integrated. I think we’re the first in our space to do that—with as much diverse content as we have all in one home.” — David Rousseau, Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President To learn more about our work…

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Webinar recording: Upgrading to Gutenberg

ACCESS WEBINAR Put simply, the new WordPress block editor, known as Gutenberg, makes creating content easier. It might not feel so easy, though, to bring a complex enterprise site over to Gutenberg for the first time. That’s where this free webinar comes in. In this dev-centered presentation, our friends at Reaktiv Studios will walk you through each step of making the transition using real-life examples from Microsoft, Atlassian, and more. In this webinar, you will: Study real-life Gutenberg use cases from Xbox, Atlassian, and others See examples of when to use core blocks, 3rd-party block libraries, or custom blocks Learn…

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Building a B2B membership product with WordPress

What do Dan Entin, Rex Reed, and Carrie Bradshaw have in common? They all share roots in Observer Media, where Dan has been the VP of Product for the last 2 years. Headquartered in New York City’s financial district, Observer Media operates multiple brands including Commercial Observer, the leading commercial real estate media property in the country, which reports on the key trends and leaders defining the global real estate landscape. In an effort to diversify their revenue streams across print advertising, digital advertising, and events, the Commercial Observer decided to create a new product: member subscriptions. After extensive market…

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YIKES, Inc. is now a WordPress VIP featured partner

WordPress VIP has added YIKES, Inc. to our prestigious Featured Agency Partner program. YIKES, Inc. is one of only 30 partners in this group and the first women- and LGBTQ-owned partner agency. Founded in 1996 as a sustainable, ethics-based business, YIKES, Inc. is a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation and a certified B Corporation whose experience includes delivering technology-based solutions for nonprofit and civic organizations such as The City of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in WordPress development and design since 2010, YIKES, Inc. builds robust custom themes and plugins, web-based applications, eCommerce solutions, API integrations,…

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5 keys to build an effective content personalization strategy

As the audience of your website grows, it becomes more challenging to publish content that is relevant to all readers. Personalization gives the ability to profile each user’s behavior and capture their preferences, allowing you to deliver more relevant content to keep them engaged — and ultimately, to increase conversions. Many of our clients are eager to embrace personalization, for good reason. But before diving too far into a personalization strategy, there are a few critical questions to ask. By taking into account the following considerations, a solid cross-functional team (business leaders, marketers, product owners, technologists, legal) can collaborate on…

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The scale and speed behind iOne Digital’s massive reach

DOWNLOAD PDF iOne needed a seamless way to syndicate content across multiple brands and sites. So WordPress VIP built a platform with the strength and flexibility to power iOne’s viral content. iOne no longer sweats traffic spikes, thanks to the agility, stability, and security of WordPress VIP. “We have huge spikes of traffic as a lot of our content goes viral with our users on social networks, and WordPress VIP’s infrastructure is able to sustain those with no changes on our end; it just works!” — Grant Cerny, Chief Product Officer, iOne Digital To learn more about our work with…

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The anatomy of a WordPress core security update

As both a WordPress VIP Technical Account Manager and a Core Security Release Lead on the WordPress project, I have a rare glimpse into one of the most critical aspects of enterprise WordPress: security. I spoke at BigWP SF this fall to share a behind-the-scenes look at one small slice of what it takes to make WordPress a secure platform for 35% of the internet. In this talk, I cover: Who is in charge of safeguarding WordPress How the team uses HackerOne to identify, disclose, and address vulnerabilities What the security release process looks like from the inside How people…

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Featured partner program expands to France with Be API

WordPress VIP has added Be API to our exclusive Featured Partner program. Be API (as in, don’t worry, Be API) is one of only 30 partners in this group, and the first partner agency in France. Since its creation, the agency has been a pioneer in industrialized WordPress projects and worked hard to democratize the professional use of WordPress in France. As active core contributors, the Be API team has created several plugins (Simple Tags, Simple Image Sizes) and helped co-translate WordPress into French. As developers, technical architects, DevOps, sysadmins, project managers, SEO consultants, web analysts, and UI and UX…

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How to spin up a WordPress-powered React app in 1 step

“People are wrestling with the same issues across the software industry,” declared Gina Trapani, Managing Partner at Postlight, during her talk at BigWP NYC. Postlight is a newly-minted WordPress VIP Silver partner who builds digital experiences for clients like Goldman Sachs, the Obama Foundation, the National Audubon Society, and more. As a premier product, design, and development agency, the Postlight team is exposed to content management challenges across sectors and organizations large and small. So, Gina took to the stage to address one of the questions clients often struggle with. Pattern recognition React is a popular JavaScript framework with more…

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Defining PMC’s digital playbook

DOWNLOAD PDF After multiple acquisitions, including Rolling Stone, PMC needed a streamlined approach to digital content management. Establishing a common framework helped PMC innovate across its entire portfolio. Today, all of PMC’s brands align around a common goal: driving revenue. “They’re able to work across brands a lot better because there’s a common language there. It’s interesting to see how the things we’re streamlining within product and engineering have this knock-on effect across the entire company.” —Gabriel Koen, Penske Media Corporation To learn more about our work with PMC, including detailed results of their successful migration, download the executive summary.…

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10 can’t-miss moments of 2019 from WordPress VIP

As the WordPress VIP team closes out another calendar year, we’d like to reflect on how far our clients, partners, and the broader enterprise WordPress community have come in 2019. So here are 10 highlights to celebrate on the way to an even more fruitful 2020. 1. The crew grew. Our parent company, Automattic, acquired Tumblr! 2. Salesforce took notice. Automattic closed a new $300 million Series D, with Salesforce Ventures taking the entire round. 3. Gutenberg closed in on Phase 2. Since releasing the first phase of Gutenberg last year, over 50 million posts have been made in the…

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Updating the Apple News plugin to be Gutenberg native

WordPress VIP featured partner Alley originally created their Publish to Apple News plugin to help users seamlessly submit and edit their Apple News content straight from the WordPress editor. Version one of the plugin automatically converts HTML content to JSON and sends it to Apple to publish via their API. After the WordPress 5.0 update, which brought the new Gutenberg editing experience to core WordPress software, Alley began developing version two of the plugin, which provides full native support for Gutenberg. Chief plugin contributor and Alley’s director of software development Kevin Fodness recently shared learnings from this project at BigWP…

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The platform of record for USA TODAY’s Sports Media Group

DOWNLOAD PDF The USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s portfolio was splintered across sites, brands, and platforms. So WordPress VIP helped build a common framework for all of its sites. Now, the Sports Media Group can optimize their content delivery without the headache of DevOps. “By  moving to WordPress VIP, we were able to not worry about downtime… Things like security we no longer have to think about. So this allows our team to focus on building awesome stuff.” — David Parsons, Software engineer, USA TODAY To learn more about our work with USA TODAY, including detailed results, download the executive…

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Bringing Xbox to the block editor

The block editor, part of the project known as Gutenberg, is one of the biggest changes to WordPress core software in over a decade and a half. It brings unprecedented agility for enterprises to customize media-rich content directly within the WordPress editor. WordPress VIP featured partner agency Reaktiv recently worked with Xbox to build custom blocks that leverage Xbox’s existing design components to streamline workflows. Together, these new blocks reduce manual effort, speed up time to publish, and deliver a better user experience. The day of BigWP SF, Reaktiv CEO Josh Eaton was celebrating Xbox’s successful launch on Gutenberg. In…

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Solving performance and stability for VentureBeat

DOWNLOAD PDF Rising technical debt was bogging down VentureBeat’s team and performance. So they turned to WordPress VIP to handle updates, maintenance, and support. As a result, response time (and performance) have evolved from problematic to outstanding. “The response time on the site was running 1,500 milliseconds and up. Once we finished the migration it’s down to 200 to 300 milliseconds, and often quite less. So basically it’s a tenth of what it was originally.”  — Steve Tidwell, Director of Technology To learn more about our work with VentureBeat, including detailed results of their successful migration, download the executive summary.…

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How implementing dark mode in WordPress boosted 9to5’s sites

WordPress VIP Gold agency partner 10up recently worked with media company 9to5 to add light and dark mode support to its most popular sites, including 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. Jake Goldman, founder and president of 10up, took the stage at BigWP SF to discuss the project and provide a practical primer on supporting native, OS-level dark and light settings. As of this year, all major operating systems and browsers have begun to support the ability to view different display modes (light and dark), based on user preference. Beyond aesthetics, dark mode is a contributing factor in improving accessibility for users who…

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Remaking the New York Post for the digital age

DOWNLOAD PDF The New York Post struggled to keep pace with the changing world of digital-first content. In critical need of new infrastructure, the Post migrated its proprietary CMS to WordPress VIP. Since then, the Post has enjoyed major gains in every key metric they track. “Whether you wanted to look at it from a performance standpoint or in terms of speed metrics, or you wanted to look at downtime, or the traffic pre- and post-launch, all the data supported the decision that we made.” — Remy Stern, Chief Digital Officer, New York Post   To learn more about our…

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Webinar: Gutenberg for enterprise

VIEW THE RECORDING The new WordPress block editor, known as Gutenberg, is the biggest change to the software in over 15 years. Gutenberg introduces a brand new editorial interface designed to help cross-functional teams publish content better, faster, and leaner than ever before. Yet few enterprises have realized the full extent of its capabilities. Let’s change that. Details: This webinar, led by WordPress VIP featured partner Big Bite, showcases examples of how the block editor can implement design systems in custom blocks that streamline content creation. The presentation is ideal for developers, marketers, project managers, and content creators who want…

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Why Capgemini migrated 38 sites from Drupal to WordPress

  DOWNLOAD PDF   Capgemini is a multi-billion dollar international consultancy focused on leader technology services and digital transformation. Capgemini’s global workforce comprises 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. Capgemini underwent a huge re-platforming project, migrating their network of 38 sites from their legacy Drupal CMS to WordPress VIP. Drupal had become a choke point, causing unnecessary production delays Capgemini’s legacy Drupal CMS was no longer improving workflows or supporting their editorial needs. To make matters worse, Drupal’s lack of backward compatibility made the website increasingly unstable. Finally, the system no longer supported their digital roadmap. To make matters…

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How to scale a development team

We often hear about scaling WordPress sites, but what about scaling your WordPress developers? At BigWP NYC, Aaron Jorbin, Director of Editorial Technology at Penske Media Corp (PMC), shared his approach to growing a successful team. According to Aaron, there are various models for finding the right people for a team, like T-shaped people and tree-shaped people. But what about Rorschach-shaped people? When Aaron conducts job interviews, he prioritizes candidates who value learning. His number one priority? Building a team of people who are able to find creative solutions, rather than clever solutions. To do so, Jorbin has a few…

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WordPress VIP welcomes Skylab as a Silver Agency Partner

Today, WordPress VIP welcomes a new addition to our exclusive Featured Agency Partner program: Skylab. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Skylab specializes in creating innovative digital products and services for some of the biggest names in sport. Leading the pack in digital transformation Skylab’s approach centers on collaborating with clients on their long-term digital transformations and evolutions. Their team has devised strategies and solutions for sports clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City. Their Formula 1 client roster includes Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. They’ve also worked with national associations such as England Athletics, Swim…

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Data visualization using custom map types

WordPress VIP collaborates with our featured partners to deliver unparalleled digital experiences for our clients. A recent interactive mapping project with Alley and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates what’s possible when we collaborate on forward-thinking implementations of enterprise WordPress. The initial migration The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is a non-profit which focuses on delivering free, trustworthy, non-partisan content relating to national health issues. They are a leading source of data and analysis that a wide array of publications and researchers use to inform their own reporting. WordPress VIP first teamed up with Alley in 2012 to help KFF…

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Disrupting the Enterprise: Notes from WCUS 2019

This post shares video and key takeaways from WordPress VIP CEO Nick Gernert’s talk at WordCamp US in St. Louis on November 1, 2019. https://videopress.com/v/fARseOov Right now, the opportunity at the high end of the market is as big–if not bigger–than any other opportunity for WordPress. Depending on which reports you read, we’re competing in a $10B market that’s growing 18% annually. However, there’s a disconnect between the demonstrated success of WordPress in the enterprise, and the market’s perception of its capabilities. So let’s celebrate what has already been accomplished in enterprise WordPress, and consider how we can realize the…

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Ecommerce expert Saucal is VIP’s newest agency partner

At VIP, we strive to connect our clients with the best design and development talent on the planet. Today, we welcome Saucal as our newest Silver Agency Partner! Saucal: experts in enterprise ecommerce Saucal is a certified WooExpert digital agency and a WooCommerce preferred vendor. The agency is 100% remote and primarily serves the Americas and Europe. As a result, “communication is key,” said Mitchell Callahan, CEO. Saucal’s founders learned early on what kind of digital agency they wanted to be. At the time, they struggled to find a company capable of delivering the site they needed to achieve business…

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How TechCrunch built a subscription tier on WordPress

Recently, TechCrunch leveraged WordPress architecture to launch a subscription tier paywall, Extra Crunch. Sam Singer, Lead Software Engineer at TechCrunch, delivered a talk at BigWP SF that gave an overview of the project’s process, architecture, and challenges. TechCrunch wanted to make the product experience better for its core audience. Additionally, they wanted to give this audience a chance to support high-quality journalism. To that end, Extra Crunch subscribers have ad-free access to premium content, as well as the ability to get in touch with writers directly. Extra Crunch’s launch followed one year after TechCrunch’s major redesign, which saw the launch…

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WordPress VIP welcomes Rareview as a Silver Agency Partner

We are pleased to welcome Rareview to our Featured Agency Partner program! Rareview is 1 of only 19 partners in this prestigious group and the only Silver agency on the West Coast of the United States. Rareview is an award-winning digital design and marketing agency. Under leadership from brothers Chuck and Rob Pearson, the agency takes an intentionally different approach to building brands and products. In short, they design digital experiences that cultivate relationships. The team believes exceptional results lie at the intersection of great design and marketing — which is a delicate balance. So, at Rareview, design and marketing…

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How Credit Karma leveraged WordPress to jump start a secure testing strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YlegOgEisc Credit Karma is a financial tech brand championing financial progress for all. For them, security is an important consideration. This summer, April Aaronson, Growth Technology Manager at Credit Karma, took the stage at BigWP SF to talk about how they keep security in mind without sacrificing growth. Credit Karma has scaled its business by expanding beyond free credit scores: they demystify finances for their members. To accomplish this, they provide financial calculators, editorial content, and other tools to help consumers better understand their financial standing. In the financial technology industry, trust is critical. As a result, Credit Karma takes…

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