Metro UK migrates to WordPress!

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.

Read Metro.co.uk’s announcement about the revamped website running right here on WordPress.com VIP Hosting. Visit Metro.co.uk.

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Influential Weekly The New York Observer Migrates from Drupal to WordPress

Last week The New York Observer launched a redesign of Observer.com, and switched from Drupal to WordPress in the process.

The site’s redesign “focused on cleaner presentation that would accommodate more breaking news and higher volume posting”, says Elizabeth Spiers, the paper’s editor-in-chief. [via]

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VentureBeat now on WordPress.com VIP

At the end of last week VentureBeat.com migrated to WordPress.com VIP hosting

Started by award-winning journalist Matt Marshall in 2006, VentureBeat has long been a WordPress showcase site. Today, nearly 30,000 articles have been published on VentureBeat, and the archives dates back to August, 2004. There is a lot of our tech industry history laid out in these articles, and insights throughout.

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While monitoring the import to WordPress.com, it was cool to see the team growth and the breadth of topics covered increase tenfold from its inception.

[Visit VentureBeat.com]

MacDailyNews Now a WP.com VIP

Last week MacDailyNews became the newest addition to our WordPress.com VIP Hosting client roster.

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.

We’re contributing the powerful WordPress.com server grid, and access to the VIP Services team. Code Poet-listed developers Crowd Favorite did an excellent job on all aspects of the theme and plugins, and getting the content into the WordPress format for a speedy launch.

Visit MacDailyNews.com.

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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 ]

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/ ]

Student Life Selects WordPress MU

Sam Guzik over on CoPress.org details the successful relaunch of Student Life, the “independent newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis”, on the WordPress MU platform:
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In their evaluation of various platform choices they concluded:

“Although Drupal is also extremely powerful, we found that WordPress’s interface was better suited to a workflow that would begin to allow non-technical reporters and editors to work within our CMS.”

You can read more details about this project on CoPress.org.

[ Visit Student Life ]

The “Joy of Working with WordPress”

Michael Ashby of Coherent Methods LLC, published a very thoughtful post about his experience so far working with WordPress and BuddyPress:

I switched from MoveableType to WordPress back in September of last year and it’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve made regarding this blog. WordPress is just so much easier and, dare I say, FUN to use. There’s a richer developer community, more templates and generally more help out there than there is for MT. But my joy with working with WP over MT is more than just skin deep.

Michael goes on to talk about the Six Apart Motion component that works with MovableType:

When I first watched the video for Motion, I kept going “Huh? How am I supposed to use this?” If you take a look at the Motion Demo, you’ll see what I mean … After looking at the demo, the only feeling I’m left with is “Why?” Why would someone want this on their site?

In comparison, the BuddyPress platform sparks this reaction:

Then you take a look at the BuddyPress Demo and there’s a remarkable difference. It’s clearly designed to mirror the FaceBook style of community, but it’s cleaner and clearer as to what you can do and how everything works. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that it’s a better design that FaceBook! I’m currently developing a new community web site and I actually had to stop and think about BuddyPress for quite some time. So at the end of the demo, I’m left thinking “How would I use this?” Not, “Why would I use this?”

Looking forward to seeing what Michael and his team put together with WordPress and BuddyPress.

[ visit mashby.com ]

Intruders.tv Web TV Network Chooses WordPress

Intruders.tv, an international web tv network, recently relaunched their globally focused channels, having switched to WordPress MU as their publishing platform of choice.

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Since they started out two years ago, the Intruders team have been bringing high-quality, high-profile tech/Internet interviews to the world with HD video, in a number of languages, from a refreshing breadth of locations. Head of content and Co-Founder Vincent Camara explains:

“Throughout last year, Intruders tv registered over 10 million video plays, conducted over 600 interviews and have a library of over 300 hours of HD content available”

The new, streamlined MU implementation and design (by howard/baines) provides a seamless experience between the growing number of channels Intruders.tv is adding to its rosters.

Retaining a focus on the innovators “creating tomorrow’s business, today“, Intruders is expanding the breadth of its offerings to cover Film, Fashion, Mobile and Cleantech, in addition to partnering with leading technology news site the INQUIRER as a content provider.

Best of luck to the team, and a warm welcome to the WordPress family!

[ Visit Intruders.tv ]

Wired.com Blogs Migrate to WordPress

Wired has completed the transition of all 12 of their blogs to WordPress, migrating them from Six Apart’s TypePad service:
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One of those blogs, GeekDad, announced the switchover earlier today in a post titled “Welcome to GeekDad 2.0“:

We’ve been hinting at this for a couple weeks now, but the mad scientists at Wired HQ finally pulled the switch this weekend, and the monster lurched to life. Welcome to the new look and feel of GeekDad! We’ve switched content platforms to WordPress, which should allow for all kinds of widgety fun and games as we move our stuff into the new place and figure out where to hang things

Congrats Wired on the move to the new platform and we look forward to seeing your team innovate in true Wired style !

[ Visit wired.com/blogs ]

E. Webscapes Design Studio Migrates Colorburned

Great write-up from the folks at E. Webscapes Design Studio on their work migrating the popular Colorburned.com site from MovableType to WordPress:

Back in 2008, I worked with Grant Friedman from Colorburned to implement his design ideas into a custom theme for his Movable Type powered site. Recently, Grant approached me again with his desire to convert his MT blog over to WordPress – including a brand new theme design with several innovative features, to boot! He brought his design ideas and specifications and I was up for the challenge…

There are a ton of good tips and reviews of various plugins and methods used to redirect the MovableType links to the new WordPress site. The post concludes with a great summary:

I launched Grant’s new design on the WordPress platform this week and he’s gotten rave reviews so far – and is pretty happy, himself. He’s finding that he is appreciating the WordPress platform, over Movable Type, mostly because it saves time in his, already busy, blogging schedule.

Grant of Colorburned also offers his thoughts on the new design and move to WordPress.

[ Visit Colorburned.com ]

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Switches to WordPress MU

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has relaunched their very popular suite of blogs on WordPress MU.  They were previously powered by Six Apart’s Movable Type :

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AJC’s blogs such as the Junkyward Blawg announced to their readers the move:

The Junkyard Blawg has moved!

Along with the other ajc.com blogs, the Junkyard Blawg has moved over to WordPress, where the blogging and commenting experience promises to be better …

[ Visit Atlanta Journal-Constitution Blogs ]

Friendster Relaunches Blogs, Switches to WordPress MU

Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU.  These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members,  were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.

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For Friendster members with existing blogs, all the content was seamlessly transitioned into the new WordPress powered blog.  In addition, according to Friendster:

Users can also embed into their blog photos directly from their Friendster photo albums and videos from popular video sites such as YouTube.

Friendster blogs are built on WordPress, an Open Source publishing platform used by millions – including many global top-tier news sites and publishers.

Congrats to Ross and the team over at Friendster for pulling off this massively succesful project – the feedback I’m seeing from Friendster members has been very positive.

You can read more details about this new offering on the Friendster news blog.

[ Visit Friendster.com ]

Hack a Day, Mark Cuban, and Jason Calacanis Join WordPress.com VIP

Three exciting blogs have launched in the WordPress.com VIP program: Hack a Day, Blog Maverick, and Calacanis.com.

Hackaday.com “… serves up fresh hacks each day, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week.”  It’s a must-read site with a very strong following and very compelling content.

BlogMaverick.com, Mark Cuban’s personal blog, is always topical and controversial, and a great read.  Mark Founded MicroSolutions, AudioNet/Broadcast.com and is currently the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and chairman of HDNet.  You may have also seen him on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Calacanis.com is Jason Calacanis’s blog – and while he’s technically retired from blogging (for now) – his site serves as his personal hub and an archive of previous blog posts.  Jason founded Weblogs, Inc and is the founder of Mahalo.com a “human-powered search engine”.

As many of you know, all three blogs were previously hosted with Blogsmith, and each of these blogs routinely receives massive traffic spikes which the WordPress.com grid is ideally suited to handle.

[ Visit Hack a Day, Blog Maverick, and Calacanis.com ]

Martha Stewart Selects WordPress

The high-profile Martha Stewart blog, The Martha Blog, has switched from Six Apart’s Typepad service to using WordPress.

On her blog, Martha explains her decision:

In order to have a blog, you need to enlist a blogging platform, which supplies all the necessary tools for getting your photos and text onto the Internet.   As my blog has grown in popularity, we realized we were ready to switch to a platform offering more programming options.  After careful research, that new platform will be WordPress

Of note, Martha’s former colleague, Margaret Roach,  also launched her very successful blog on WordPress, A Way to Garden.

[Visit The Martha Blog ]

Metblogs Now Powered by WordPress MU

Matt blogged today about the very innovative and fast growing Metblogs. The site and the Metblogs cities were previously running one of the largest installations of Moveable Type and are now all powered by WordPress MU.

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What is Metblogs ?

Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web…

This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

[ Visit Metblogs.com ]

China Digital Times Migrates To WordPress

A detailed and excellent post by Scot Hacker about moving the China Digital Times site from Movable Type to WordPress.

Some choice quotes:

we’ve reduced the time it takes to publish a new article from almost 15 minutes to a few seconds by moving from Movable Type to WordPress

I’ve found again and again that WP is not only up to the task of serving as far more than a blogging platform, it’s a great content management system for many types of sites, once you learn a few tricks

In the case of CDT, publishing times were a nightmare with Movable Type. Search performance was horrible, and the comment spam problem caused such a drag on the server that we’d had to disable commenting altogether. Now, with the site fully tag-enabled, searchable and comment-able, loads are down dramatically and publishing times have dropped dramatically.

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