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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.

WordCamp Europe in Belgrade: bigger, bolder and better than ever

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvi9WcsvvF8 More than 2,000 WordPress users, designers, developers and entrepreneurs, from across Europe and beyond, gathered in the Serbian capital, Belgrade last week for what proved to be the biggest WordPress event in history. WordCamp Europe, now in its sixth year, has become a fixture of the global WordPress calendar. Each event seems a little larger, a little more polished, and a little more mature than the last: and this year was no exception. Few of us knew much about Belgrade before we arrived; but we left with many fond memories of a unique and welcoming city. With two…

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A Command Line Interface (CLI) for your VIP Sites

We’re excited to announce VIP CLI, a new and direct way for developers to interact with applications hosted on VIP. We’re excited! We’re really looking forward to this CLI tool making our workflows much easier. We’re particularly pleased about the flexibility to adapt data sync to our sites, adding our own custom functionality to clean out our specific production credentials, production options, and change things up. – Bob Kirkemo, Lead Software Developer with VIP Client Digital First Media Control vs power We’re creating the preeminent platform to empower WordPress developers and accelerate our client’s business. The faster developers can deliver…

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Jumpstart your Testing and Transition Plans with Gutenberg Ramp

Introducing Gutenberg Ramp, a plugin to help you complete your testing plans ahead of time and transition smoothly to the new editor, code named Gutenberg, coming to WordPress 5.0. Gutenberg itself is available as an actively developed plugin today, and is at version 3.0.1 currently. You can use Ramp along with the Gutenberg plugin to enable the new editor selectively by post ID (load only for specified posts) and post type (load only for specified post types), rather than all at once. We hope this makes it easier for you to get more hands-on experience in your own code base…

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May VIP Roundup

There’s been a lot to celebrate in the enterprise WordPress world this month: WordPress celebrated its 15th birthday, Gutenberg introduced its plugin API, AMP for WordPress introduced Native AMP, and we hosted our seventh annual VIP Workshop! May’s update contains a host of new releases, partner updates, and envy-inducing summer event opportunities. Scroll on down for all that, plus a spotlight on Stand Up To Cancer and exciting news about our participation in WAN-IFRA. Gutenberg News and Notes The latest tools, demos, and updates around the block-based editor coming to WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg plugin v3.0 is out as of this week,…

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Six Questions with rtCamp

This post series profiles each of our featured partner agencies. rtCamp has been a WordPress.com VIP Partner since 2016 and has been building big with WordPress since 2009. They are based in India, with a subsidiary in the US, but work with clients from around the world, like HCL, PMC, NewsUK and IndianExpress. What’s your agency’s origin story? The idea of rtCamp was conceived in 2006. It all started with blogging; Rahul (rtCamp’s founder) loves writing. In 2007, Rahul came across WordPress and immediately fell in love with both the software and the community. The line soon blurred between writing…

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Highlights from the 2018 VIP Workshop

“There’s no path ahead of me, but behind me I can make a path.” -Kōtarō Takamura Last week we at VIP had the distinct pleasure of hosting clients, partners, special guests, and Automatticians from across the company for our seventh annual VIP Workshop. It’s a few days spent focused on connecting with each other and sharing the work we do, with WordPress at the center and the heart. The quote kicking off this post came from advice given to VIP CEO Nick Gernert. It relates to the challenges and triumphs of the enterprise WordPress community, and the way that the…

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April VIP Roundup

When you scroll through the list of updates from April, the projects, tools, and releases just keep coming. To highlight just a handful, there’s Gutenberg development and prep work in progress all over including at rtCamp and 10up, Alley’s new feature rollouts for Kaiser Family Foundation, a new plugin from Human Made, and big updates to our Liveblog and Co-Authors Plus plugins. We also cheered VIP client Explore Parts Unknown for taking home a Webby in a category near and dear to our hearts, Website Best Practices. And we welcomed Yoast as an official VIP technical integration. Read on for…

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Six Questions with XWP

This post series profiles each of our featured partner agencies. XWP has been a WordPress.com VIP Partner since 2013 and have been building big with WordPress since 2009. Their earliest at-scale WordPress gig was a 50 brand migration with Rogers Media, followed by 9 more years of leading the industry. What’s your agency’s origin story? In the beginning there was XHTMLized… Some companies are born in a moment, and others emerge over time. XWP is one of the latter. Part of the X Company family, we started as the WordPress team within X-Team, one of our sister companies. 2014 was…

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Free Gutenberg How-To Videos

In our last Gutenberg update, we shared our high level recommendations to help enterprise WordPress users fully embrace the block while planning for WordPress 5.0 and the new Gutenberg editor. That included an initial set of Gutenberg educational videos we’ve developed exclusively for VIP clients and their teams. Today we’re releasing a second set of videos that are available for anyone to use. These are aimed at helping you convert current customizations including things like ACF codes and shortcodes, and build block templates to get your sites running Gutenberg well before WordPress 5.0 ships. Register for free and watch them at:…

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Welcome Yoast!

We’re excited to announce Yoast as a VIP technical partner! Over the last year we’ve been working with the Yoast Premium plugin on our VIP Go platform with a number of our clients with great success, and we are proud to add them to our VIP technical integration program. Yoast is a household name for anyone in the professional and enterprise WordPress community. As one of the most popular plugins perennially in the WordPress.org marketplace, their SEO tools help over 8 million websites to optimize their pages for search engines. With their easy-to-use guidance, you can easily write and maintain…

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March VIP Roundup

If you aren’t yet a part of the wave of activity around Gutenberg development, experimentation, and planning across the WordPress community, now is a great time to join in. We have a slew of March updates and tools to share on that front in this roundup, along with news from across the community, and a run-down of Spring and early Summer events including our own VIP Workshop! Read on for all this, plus a spotlight on TechCrunch’s redesign, rebuild, and relaunch on VIP. Gutenberg News and Notes The latest tools, demos, and updates around the block-based editor coming to WordPress…

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Getting Ready for Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 will bring the biggest and most exciting change to the WordPress editor experience, ever, and we want you to be ready. Much of this post will be useful for anyone running enterprise WordPress applications, anywhere, but it also mentions some things we’re doing specifically on the VIP platform or for our customers. Wherever possible we’re taking the tools we’ve developed for our own systems, and making them available for the community to take advantage of as well. Try out the Gutenberg editor as a front-end experience. At our TestGutenberg.com site, you can easily try out the latest version of the…

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An Amazing Slate of VIP Workshop Speakers

With ticket sales ending on April 13th, you’ll want to register soon for VIP Workshop, our annual enterprise WordPress gathering taking place May 14-17th. This marks the seventh year for a very special event that gets the whole extended VIP family together, including clients, partners, and community. The speaker lineup is nearly complete, and it is shaping up to be a phenomenal three days in Napa, California. Topics run the gamut from big picture thoughts on organizational change, fostering diversity, and the future of digital, to the latest advanced topics with the Gutenberg project, to retrospectives, case studies, and best practices. Throughout…

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Data Sync on VIP Go

Anyone who runs an enterprise WordPress application knows there are significant challenges and considerations to copying production data. No matter that your production data runs to tens or hundreds of thousands of articles, contains sensitive “live” data, and is accompanied by tens of gigabytes of images, often you need a complete copy of that production data to test new functionality or to reproduce a persnickety bug. Today we’re pleased to announce a speedy, streamlined, and structured Data Sync process for VIP clients. This is a step in our larger effort to make copying large amounts of production data entirely self-service, which…

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Six Questions with Human Made

This post series profiles each of our featured partner agencies. Founded in 2010, Human Made has been a VIP Featured Partner since 2013. We asked Commercial Director, Ant Miller, and Communications Manager, Ana Silva, six questions to help you get to know who they are as an agency. What’s your agency’s origin story? Human Made was founded in 2010 by Tom Willmot and Joe Hoyle, who had previously worked as freelancer web developers building WordPress projects for small clients. Eventually, Tom was hired by a large US based organization who had purchased a number of sites and wanted to build…

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February VIP Roundup

If you got through February without stumbling across the word “curling” once or twice, you clearly don’t follow Mr. T on Twitter. Kudos for podium performances from VIP clients Olympic.ca and Pyeongchang OlympicChannel (which also handily delivered content to the main Olympic.org homepage via widget), and to the FiveThirtyEight crew, who scored an Up Close And Personal shot with the victorious US Curling team. Read on for huge news on the AMP Project and WordPress plugin, loads of partner updates, and a special extended spotlight featuring VIP client Harry’s Five O’Clock. News and Releases Updates from around VIP, our clients, and…

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Client Spotlight: Harry’s Five O’Clock

Fresh from the January relaunch of Five O’Clock on VIP, men’s grooming brand Harry’s is in the process of launching a major initiative and set of partnerships that evolves the brand’s mission in culture and sharpens its editorial focus. Last week Harry’s released a new short film emblematic of the new approach, entitled “A Man Like You”: https://youtu.be/jIDLa5zhO8A We caught up with Caitlin Ganswindt, Editor at Harry’s, to hear about what’s in the works and the journey that brought her, and them, here. Ganswindt came to Harry’s in late 2015 after serving as managing editor at Shinola and leading experiments…

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A First Class AMP Experience

We at VIP, as well as Automattic as a whole, joined the AMP project early on in 2015 and took on the challenging task of creating the first platform integration, a foundation to serve the needs of individual WordPress users and enterprise users alike. Why? We want to make it easy for our users to deliver the best experience on the mobile web, and that means, fast. There has been a ton of work going on across the project since its launch, on the core services and on the integration. We’re excited to announce the AMP for WordPress 0.7 beta,…

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What Goes in to a VIP Client Onsite?

WordPress.com VIP provides a wide range of services to our clients beyond managed cloud hosting. Some of those take place behind the scenes or across Slack, video conferencing, and terminals, but one in particular gives us the the opportunity to be in the same rooms with our client teams for an extended period of time. Our onsite visits get us embedded with client developers and users for as much as a whole week for a combination of shared planning, learning, and collaboration. An onsite visit is extremely useful in a number of ways – it gets our teams synced up, provides…

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Interested in joining the team?

VIP is hiring, and we’ve recently expanded the roles we’re looking for! There are a few questions that often come up when we talk to folks about working with VIP. I’ll try to go over some of them now. Is Automattic / WordPress.com VIP a good place to work? Well, we’re clearly biased but if you look at the reviews on Glassdoor we think it’s pretty clear that it’s a great place to work! We’re serious about increasing diversity in the tech industry. We want to build Automattic as an environment where people love their work and show respect and…

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Six Questions with Trew Knowledge

This post series profiles each of our featured partner agencies. Trew Knowledge is an award-winning digital marketing agency located in Toronto. They have been a WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner since 2015. We asked founders Anthony Moore and Shawn Barrans six questions to help you get to know who they are as an agency. What’s your agency’s origin story? Trew Knowledge was founded in 2009 by Anthony Moore and Shawn Barrans. Anthony, with a background in Digital Media Arts focusing on design and programming, and Shawn with a degree in Marketing, were able to mesh their different set of skills to…

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January VIP Roundup

After the briefest of holiday breaks in many places, the new year roared to life across the enterprise WordPress community. Most recently, VIP client USA Today’s Ad Meter launched ahead of the Superb Owl of American sport, and just hours ago crowned Amazon this year’s advertising winner. With Alley Interactive, we completed a successful data migration of Women In The World from WordPress.com to VIP Go, helping to decouple it from The New York Times. The Gutenberg editor plugin reached version 2.1 and gained lots of great enhancements. Featured Partner Human Made implemented it on their site and provided an inside…

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Independent Speed and Performance Analysis Finds VIP Fastest among Top Tier Hosts

WordPress.com VIP has once again been acknowledged as a top-tier provider of enterprise-level WordPress hosting, posting the fastest average response times from a range of global testing locations in independent analysis carried out by Review Signal. Each year Kevin Ohashi at Review Signal evaluates enterprise WordPress hosts, and again in 2018 WordPress.com VIP joins a strong top tier. In the language of the review system, top tier means, “companies who maintain 99.9% uptime throughout the entire testing and show little to no performance degradation during load testing.” After putting up “the absolute fastest scores [I’ve seen] by a wide margin”…

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New Relic Application Monitoring Now Available on VIP Go

We’re pleased to announce that our New Relic offering is now out of beta and is available to all clients running on our VIP Go platform. New Relic Application Monitoring watches your WordPress application to help identify and solve performance issues. Performance data is displayed in an extensive series of charts, and alerting can be configured to surface any issues as they arise. The new New Relic package also includes: Synthetics Lite, allowing you to monitor availability and uptime Browser Lite, providing visibility and insight into how your users are interacting with the front end of your application Insights Lite, allowing you to…

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Liveblog 1.7 Brings a React Front End and More

We’re pleased to announce the release of Liveblog v1.7, which introduces a completely new React-powered front end, adds new features and provides improved support for liveblogging from mobile devices. Our Liveblog plugin offers a powerful and easy to use way to cover high profile events on an owned channel. With it you can host frequently updated real time event coverage pages, drawing in collaboration from multiple contributors who may be in multiple places. Many of our clients use Liveblog in their newsrooms to cover awards shows, big sporting events, and breaking news. The new front end, rebuilt from the ground…

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Announcing the 2018 VIP Workshop

May 14th-May 17th, 2018 @ The Carneros Resort We are excited to open up ticketing for this year’s WordPress.com VIP Workshop! As the leading provider of enterprise WordPress solutions, we’re proud to host the premier event focused on the needs of enterprise WordPress users. For the past couple of years, the Workshop has had two tracks, one focused on the interests of VIP product owners and the other on developers. In 2018 we’ll continue to follow that format and add additional refinements to make this year’s Workshop the best yet. Register now The VIP Workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn…

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December VIP Roundup

For many, December was a frenzy of activity kicking off with WordCamp US (more in last month’s special edition roundup) and continuing from there, followed by a good chunk of quiet heading in to 2018. As the year turns, once again we share a look back at news and updates from across the enterprise WordPress ecosystem. News and Releases Updates from around VIP, our clients, and our agency and technical partners. There has been a flurry of Gutenberg-related activity across the community since the exciting updates and live demo at the State of the Word, including new resources, demos, and…

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Sailthru VIP Plugin Updated with Finer Controls

VIP technology partner Sailthru is a consumer interest based personalization platform purpose-built for publishers and retailers. It brings powerful capabilities to WordPress, like high-performance email, onsite personalization, and mobile marketing automation. The WordPress integration brings it into the WordPress dashboard to seamlessly surface Sailthru and its insights within team workflow.  Site editors can also personalize onsite experiences by using Sailthru insight to post content that is most relevant to their users. The newly updated plugin, version 3.1, brings more powerful and fine grained controls to the dashboard: Streamlined setup Deploy Sailthru’s latest JavaScript Tag easily to give you greater flexibility on…

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The WordPress Tool Set Powering the Lions Tour

Note: This is part of a series of posts highlighting talks from the BigWP London meetup at Twitter HQ on the evening of December 7.  Sotic are a digital agency focused solely on sport, who recently adopted WordPress as their strategic development platform of choice. Senior front-end developer Dan Drave peeled back the curtain on the specialized knowledge and experience they have gained in building digital platforms for some of the biggest brands and governing bodies in European sport. Specifically, Dan’s talk shared the approaches and tools they used to support the British and Irish Lions as they faced the…

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Capgemini’s Move from Drupal to WordPress

Note: This is part of a series of posts highlighting talks from the BigWP London meetup at Twitter HQ on the evening of December 7.  Earlier this year, global consulting and technology leader Capgemini completed an impressive replatforming from Drupal to WordPress and to WordPress.com VIP, supported by agency partner Human Made. Parker Ward, global head of digital and content at Capgemini, took to the BigWP podium last week to share highlights of the case study. The initiative successfully addressed a number of shortcomings of the previous system, from administrative bottlenecks in making changes to a challenging and unfriendly interface…

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