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.

Screenshot of VentureBeat.com Home page

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.

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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.

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WordPress Top Demanded Skill on Elance

Since last year when we wrote about “WordPress in Demand on Elance“, WordPress has surged into the top ten, and now is the sixth most in demand skill on Elance!

Elance Top Overall Skills in Demand Q2 2010

Online publishing dominates this list. It’s exciting that the ever evolving WordPress, built on it’s PHP, MySQL, and CSS stack, continues to be the web development platform in demand.

Elance’s 2010 Q2 Online Employment Report also includes a single profile, that of Ron Z Zvagelsky, highlighting his success as a WordPress Expert on Elance.  Represent!

Healthier Health.com

Yesterday, Health.com launched a complete site redesign, and I’m excited that WordPress.com VIP Hosting is part of it. Their main blog Poked and Prodded has been migrated from TypePad, and we are also hosting their two new blogs Healthy Living and Healthy Eating.

All of the old links to Poked and Prodded continue to work, and the newer articles now have the more readable and better search engine optimized WordPress style of permanent links.

One thing I really like about their themes is the use of avatars for each contributor both in the sidebar and on their individual author bios. It really personalizes the experience.

Health.com Editorial Director Scott Mowbray wrote in the article about the relaunch:

“… 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.

More Than Blogging Software

As well as all the excitement about us backing BuddyPress, I’ve seen quite a few interesting articles this past week about WordPress being used as more than blogging software. As well as there being great example of WordPress being used as a full Content Management System (CMS), WordPress is being used in a lot of creative ways.

Raanan recently wrote about WordPress being used for contact management, this week we have Chris Cagle’s “How to Use WordPress as a Membership Directory“, “TDO Forum WordPress Theme“which I read about in Scott Gilbertson’s “Turn Your WordPress Blog into a Forum“, and Raj Dash’s “48 Unique Ways To Use WordPress“.

Podcasts About WordPress

Raanan wrote an excellent article about podcasting with WordPress using PodPress. Here I’m going to flip it around and discuss podcasts about WordPress.

The first is The WordPress Podcast hosted by Charles Stricklin and a rotation of co-hosts. Started in July of 2006, this is the most popular and longest running podcast dedicated to WordPress news. Charles is also one of the organizers of WordCamp Dallas at the end of March. Recently the frequency of shows has greatly increased.

Maybe influencing the regularity of The WordPress Podcast is a little friendly competition from the new WordPress Weekly. Started the beginning of this year, it is hosted by regular Weblog Tools Collection blogger Jeff Chandler (Jeffro2pt0) and is a live weekly call in show on Talkshoe.com.

They compliment my other sources of WordPress news, and even when I don’t have time to listen to the podcast right away, each provide excellent show notes.