WordPress.com Enterprise is Live

Today marks a new era for high-profile websites on WordPress.com.

In a world of social networks and flash hits the compromises of legacy hosting aren’t good enough anymore. You need to be able to create a bespoke site in a day, have it work great on desktop and touch devices, be bullet-proof secure, and scale to the occasion when the world shows up at your door. As the saying used to go: fast, cheap, good — pick two.

“When we created The 4-Hour Chef website, we wanted a custom, mobile-ready design that would be able to handle a lot of traffic,” said Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body.

“With WordPress.com Enterprise and the support of the team at Automattic, we got the site up and running quickly with all of the features we were looking for.”

Now you can pick three. We’re announcing a new platform, WordPress.com Enterprise, that brings the best of WordPress.com: all of our paid upgrades, including premium themes and Custom Design, and the best of all the built-in WordPress.com VIP features such as 70+ vetted plugins which include integrations with top partners such as Flipboard, Chartbeat, and Facebook.

To top it off, you also get our new Javascript customization service that allows you the flexibility to customize your site without needing to touch the underlying PHP code. You can tweak and personalize to your heart’s content.

Sign up and you can launch your site within minutes and scale your traffic on our cloud, which delivers 100s of millions of pageviews/day.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with a few beta customers as we’ve ramped up, and they are great examples of what you can do with Enterprise: Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Chef, ESPN’s Digital and Print Products, Soleil Moon Frye’s Moonfrye.com, and The Crosby Press from JackThreads.

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WordPress.com Enterprise will scale with you as your site goes viral, gets picked up by a big media outlet, or grows in popularity. Enjoy unlimited traffic, bandwidth, and storage, plus top-notch support, all for $500/month per site.

Get started today! Sign up for WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

Take a closer look at WordPress.com Enterprise below.

Getting started with WordPress.com Enterprise:

Sign Up for WordPress.com Enterprise

The WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard:

WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard

Some of the 70+ WordPress.com VIP Plugins available to WordPress.com Enterprise users:

WordPress.com Enterprise Plugins and Services

Learn more about WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

Video: Matt Mullenweg | State of the Word 2012

If you missed WordCamp SF this past weekend, or didn’t  catch the live stream, the fine folks who work on WordPress.tv have the keynote by WordPress co-founder and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg ready to go:

The Dream Internship: Work at Automattic this Summer on the VIP Team

Update: Please submit your links by EOD on April 23, 2012. Note that your submission will remain private, but we are receiving them.

Our company Automattic — which runs WordPress.com, Akismet, VaultPress, and many other services — is looking for a few stellar summer student interns, specifically to work with us on the VIP team. The internship runs from June 1st through August 31st of 2012, but we are flexible on the dates.

As a paid intern, you’ll be working on a range of projects depending on your skills & passions — everything from writing case studies to doing development work on plugins that improve WordPress functionality for large media companies.

Where will you be working you may ask ? Anywhere ! We are a distributed company and are happy if you work from wherever you are — including your parent’s summer beach house — as long as you have a good broadband connection.

Interested ? Write up a post on your WordPress.com blog and leave a comment on this post with a link to it telling us what you’d work on — for example, a proposed partnership we should do, a UI improvement to one of our services, a killer plugin, an infographic showing off our latest stats, etc.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

The Official Bruce Springsteen Website Relaunches on WordPress

Great to see that brucespringsteen.net has completed a beautiful redesign and is powered by WordPress:

http://brucespringsteen.net/category/music

The current 2012 tour, “Stay Hard, Stay Hungry, Stay Alive”, is also giving people a behind the scenes look by blogging over on stayhardstayhungry.wordpress.com

[Visit brucespringsteen.net & stayhardstayhungry.wordpress.com]

(h/t Dave Pell)

Are you a publisher working with WordPress? We want to hear from you.
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Scott Taylor on WordPress + Memcached

Scott Taylor, Software Engineer III at eMusic, recently posted a comprehensive article on using WordPress + Memcached.

eMusic relaunched on WordPress a couple of months ago, and it’s great to get Scott’s perspective on a key component of their setup.

Here is a quick blurb, and be sure to go read the full post for all the details:

One of the most bizarre critiques of WordPress that I often hear is “it doesn’t come with caching” – which makes no sense because Cache is one of the best features of WordPress out of the box. That’s kind of like saying: “my iPod sucks because it doesn’t have any songs in it” – when you first buy it. Your iPod can’t predict the future and come pre-loaded with songs you love, and your WordPress environment can’t come already-installed without knowing a minimal number of things. You have to pick a username / password, you have to point at a database, and if you want to cache, you have to pick how you want to cache (you don’t HAVE to cache – but really, you HAVE to cache).

Memcached (pronounced: Mem-cash-dee), or Memcache-daemon, is a process that listens by default on port 11211. Like httpd (H-T-T-P-daemon), it runs in the background, often started automatically on server load. A lot of huge websites use Memcached – at least: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

[Read the full post]

Naked Security Joins WordPress.com VIP

The wildly popular and informative Naked Security blog from the leading IT security firm Sophos, recently launched in our WordPress.com VIP program:
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/

The mission of the blog is to highlight “various news, opinion, advice and research on computer security issues and the latest internet threats.”

Just this past November, the Naked Security team was bestowed with a very prestigious award — crowning them the “Best IT Security Blog” from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards.

[ Visit Naked Security ]

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park on Tour, on SNL, and on WP.com VIP

Many of you I’m sure caught the two performances this past weekend by Linkin Park on Saturday Night Live. The band is also on tour throughout North America right now.

But what you may not have known, is that Mike Shinoda has been blogging some really high quality content for a while now on our WordPress.com VIP platform:
http://mikeshinoda.com

Check out his blog at mikeshinoda.com for really good insights, and special behind the scenes video footage using the VideoPress HD video service.

[ Visit mikeshinoda.com ]

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:
http://blogs.adobe.com/

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 ]