WordPress Powers Politics

WordPress is the most powerful content management system in the world – today it powers just under 17% of the top one million websites in the world. Millions of people from across the globe turn to WordPress to build websites of all shapes and sizes and across all different categories.

Now that the political conventions are over and we have officially turned the corner towards the November election, WordPress.com VIP is proud to release this infographic which clearly shows that WordPress is now the backbone that powers websites from across the political spectrum.

Check it out!

This research project started when we began to notice that more and more political websites were being built on WordPress. We focused on a couple of key categories: state parties, U.S. House races, U.S. Senate races, and Gubernatorial races. We looked at all of the major-party candidates across these categories and manually checked to see what content management system was being used. We were excited by the results and thus, they became the impetus for this lovely infographic.

If you want to learn more about WordPress for your political website, or any other purpose, get in touch with the WordPress.com VIP team here.

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72 Hours, 30 Volunteers, 3 Nonprofits = Success!

A few months ago, Ab Emam at the Web Development Group in Washington, DC came to me with a great idea called CreateathonDC: they would select three DC-area nonprofits and, over the course of one weekend, would completely overhaul their web presences using WordPress as the backbone CMS.  I loved the concept and WordPress.com VIP was proud to sponsor the event.  The idea got a great response – more than 40 nonprofits applied.  Three were selected, and this past weekend, Ab’s team, along with 30 volunteers, hunkered down for a 72-hour design marathon.  The fruits of their labor and talents are simply awesome.  Below is the post that Web Development Group just put up recapping their work this past weekend. Be sure to check out the site makeovers – they are beautiful!

72 Hours, 30 Volunteers, 3 Nonprofits = Success!
September 10, 2012 By mMcCarty

CreateathonDC 2012 was a huge success! Our three teams worked late into the night finalizing the development aspects of the websites. The Web Development Group is excited to announce each of the nonprofits’ websites were successfully launched, much to the excitement of CreateathonDC volunteers, sponsors and the nonprofits themselves!

Starting Friday evening and chugging along through the early hours of Monday morning, WDG and Createathon’s volunteers dedicated both their superb talents and time to create and smoothly implement these WordPress-powered websites, from start (think initial client consultations and wireframes) to finish, successfully launching better web experiences for the three nonprofits.

If you missed the updates over the weekend, here’s a quick run down of how CreateathonDC  Weekend went!

The Web Development Group team spent this summer scouring applications for both volunteers and nonprofits. While considering the organizations who applied to be selected for a website makeover, we focused on their financial needs (based on 990), the state of their current site, as well as the opportunities the new WordPress-powered web experience would give the nonprofits in their efforts to further spread their message and engage the community. With nearly 40 organizations applying, the competition was tough.  The chosen organizations for this year’s CreateathonDC event were: Borromeo HousingDC Diaper Bank, and Phoenix Bikes.

On the volunteers side, we had over 70 volunteers who applied to be a part of this spectacular inaugural event.  The 30 individuals chosen came from a wide spectrum of talents and backgrounds within the DC-Metro creative community. The volunteers were broken down into three teams of 10 people strong and were led by WDG’s own senior developers.  The teams quickly identified the strengths of each member and distributed tasks appropriately to successfully strategize, design, develop, and launch three amazingly user-friendly responsive websites within 72 hours.

With dedicated time, talents and effort, we were able to give Phoenix Bikes, DC Diaper Bank, and Borromeo Housing a complete web experience makeover, including services like, consultation, web and graphic design, development, content management, social media strategy, and WordPress content management training!

Check out some of the before and after shots of the sites!

PHOENIX BIKES:

Visit the new site here

The new site incorporates the colors of the logo better, is much less text heavy, and is much more user-friendly. When WDG first started looking at Phoenix Bikes’ site, many of the links were broken, the calendar did not work well, and the whole site was rarely updated. Now that it is on WordPress, updating will be much easier, there is a Facebook feed which will keep it dynamic and changing, and the site itself is also responsive!

BORROMEO HOUSING:

Visit the new site here

Borromeo Housing really wanted to help spread their message to the general population while also adding color, and video to their site. Our designers and developers worked with the nonprofit representatives and even offered them 15 custom-edited videos that can be used for future posts. The slideshow on the homepage helps push out their message, and the donate button is much more prominent. The navigation on the site is much more intuitive .

DC DIAPER BANK:

Visit the new site here

DC Diaper Bank wanted a site that was fun, creative, and also kept the user on the pages longer. This is something The Web Development Group knew they could capitalize on. The awesome design team added infographics, images, and saturated colors. The site gets the message out without being too “baby-focused”, something the nonprofit wanted. This site is also responsive. The organization also received a toolkit (custom-designed hand-out that promotes the organization and can be edited for different functions) and Facebook/Twitter branding!

This event was a huge success and will most definitely become and annual event. We are eager to continue to give back to the local community again in the future. As Darlene Bakke from Borromeo Housing said, “The website is amazing and I know this transformation will make a huge impact on BHI messaging.”

WordPress.com VIP Heading To The Democratic National Convention: See You There?

As many of you know, I recently joined the WordPress.com VIP team to focus on expanding the WordPress footprint in government, politics and in the nonprofit space. Today, WordPress powers hundreds of political websites across the world – I’m coming across new ones every single day. In fact, both the Democratic National Convention, as well as the Republican National Convention are running their websites on WordPress.

I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be heading down to Charlotte during the first week of September for the Democratic National Convention and will be sponsoring StartUp RockOn, a new movement that will officially launch in Charlotte, but will a long-term effort to bring together the enthusiasm and excitement of the start-up community with music and entertainment to create experiences that showcase start-ups and what they bring to our world. You can read more about StartUp RockOn here.

On Monday, September 3rd, StartUp RockOn will officially open the festivities with a concert, featuring one of my all-time favorite bands – The Roots. As a Philly native, I have been listening to these guys since they first got together, so I’m all kinds of fired up for the show.

If you or your team will be in Charlotte and would like to attend any part of the StartUp RockOn festivities, including The Roots concert, please shoot me an email.

Oh, and another quick favor. We are looking for a couple of credentials for the DNC events on Tuesday and Wednesday night. If you or your company have access and can help us out, we’d greatly appreciate it. I’ll continue to post more details about the events as they unfold. If you have leads on great parties, panels, events, etc. or if you have access to some extra credentials – please let us know. Hope to see you all in Charlotte!

House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform

Have you seen the House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform’s new website? It’s built on WordPress and it’s pretty awesome. Here’s what the Committee has to say about the relaunch:

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today launched a reimagined Oversight.House.Gov, built to increase taxpayer access to the Oversight information that supports their participation in the committee’s work securing a government that spends less and serves better.  Oversight.House.Gov is the American people’s primary source for information on the committee, and the new WordPress site is a step towards increasing the accessibility of committee investigations and hearings, while delivering the customer-oriented Internet experience taxpayers should expect.

On Capitol Hill, there is a movement afoot to build websites that are user-friendly for citizens, but also flexible and intutative for staff, many of whom don’t have the technical know-how to manage their web presence. After all, these are policy wonks, not techies. WordPress is a great option because it’s so easy to use, even a Congressman can us it. Don’t believe us? Check out this video:

Interested in learning more about how WordPress can power your Congressional office or political campaign? Drop us a line.