Telegraph blogs look different this morning – really different. Overnight we moved everything to WordPress, the world’s most successful and elegant open-source blogging software. It’s a big change that offers immediate benefits to our readers, with many more to come.
Telegraph Media Group has always been an innovator in the digital space dating back to their early web site efforts in 1994. With their recent award as Digital Publisher of the Year, and now this move to WordPress, they continue to impress !
t5m, The 5th Medium, has launched a new content studio which “co-produces interview-based, factual entertainment content in partnership with events, celebrities, charities, venues and brands.”
Built using WordPress MU, this new video platform service includes all the tools and features needed to deliver and present high quality video content, and customize the offering to suit the needs of the individual brand.
According to t5m, the new platform includes the following offerings:
All content co-produced with a partner (personality, charity, promoter, venue or brand)
Sponsorship sales and product placement
t5m works with partners to find the right sponsors and brands
Interactive video player
t5m’s own video player is a widget and offers users selected quality
Multi-platform syndication network
Video sharing sites, specialised sites, broadcast TV, blogs, print, radio
Custom video platforms
In addition to syndicating the content, larger clients often want to set up their own video platform.
UK startup t5m has today re-launched … by setting up a global network of bureaus to produce and syndicating short-form interactive 3-5 minute HD video, built around brands and distributed via its own custom-built video player.
Right now the portal site is mainly a showcase but next February it will re-launch with personalisation, social networking, shopping, competitions and new video contributors. It’s being built on a customised version of the open-source WordPress platform called WordPress Multi-User… The site now features 300 hours of HD content, 100 in-depth profiles and over 20 events.
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.
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.
Crikey — an independent media, arts, and politics news site in Australia — has launched a new blog network, Crikey Blogs. It’s a kick-arse WordPress MU-based platform, and the start of a new wave of Australian blogs.
Two of Australia’s most popular political bloggers have moved over to Crikey Blogs, as well as former Australian senator Andrew Bartlett, helping to bring blogging into view as a legitimate news form in Australia.
The Inquisitr featured some early coverage, and there’s sure to be more to come.
The installation integrates single sign-ons (SSO) with existing Ekstra Bladet accounts, provides CMS features for the front page and has built into it a range of powerful community features including internal private messaging email features, friend features, comprehensive internal statistics integration and a fair bit more:
Global tag clouds are also created from across the site and the posts displayed on tag and category portals on the front page:
In order to integrate more fully with the newspaper the front page also includes listings of latest videos from the online site nationen.tv as well as full MSS integration, with latest photos taken and sent in by mobile phone being displayed on the front page alongside latest comments, posts and popular content which can also be seen here: http://q.nationenblog.dk/
While the site has only been launched in beta for a month – it already sports over 300 blogs and is a great example of how a major media organization can use WordPress MU to set up their own blog network while keeping a tight integration with their existing site.
MyBabyOurBaby.com is a really impressive site built with WordPress MU and bbPress. The site’s focus is on “saving memories you didn’t even know about” in a very scrapbook-like fashion:
Sure, plenty of other sites allow parents to create online scrapbooks and keepsake photo albums, but no other site makes it easier for busy parents to collect and organize memories from invited family members and friends.
In a post on the WordPress MU forums, co-founder Beau Lebens talks about what it took to build the site and future plans to release some of the custom plugins:
Hi all, I wanted to throw up the site I’ve been working on for a while which uses WPMU as it’s core. It’s *heavily* modified, but there are *no* core hacks (which I’ve quite proud of).
Not modifying/hacking the core means the upgrade path to new versions of WordPress will be a smooth one, and functionality can be shared across different areas of the site.
Beau adds that:
We’ve also got some forums which are powered by bbPress, and that’s completely integrated including avatars, profiles, etc.
In the coming weeks they also hope to give back to the WordPress community:
I’m hoping to release a number of plugins based on the customizations and things that we did for the site, so I’ll be sure to post info on those in the forums here once I get them out.
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.
A blog covering everything you need to know about moms, motherhood, and the state of parenting now.
And covering the intersection of parenting & celebrity culture, the FameBaby blog:
FameBaby covers the world of celebrity pregnancy and parenting in a timely, fast-paced BabyCenter way that’s both friendly, and fun.
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