LA Times Joins WordPress.com VIP

We’d like to welcome the Los Angeles Times to the WordPress.com VIP program. They’ve launched two new exciting blogs — Framework, and Hero Complex:
http://framework.latimes.com
http://herocomplex.latimes.com

Both sites were designed and developed from scratch, and are really impressive in their design & editorial content.

[ Visit Framework, and Hero Complex ]

MediaPost: “The winner will be WordPress”

Interesting post from Philip Leigh of MediaPost this week, titled “The Implications Of Blogging“:

…Similarly, it’s likely that the future of blogging — and the future spread of knowledge — will reflect the characteristics of whatever blog platform achieves dominance. Increasingly it appears that the winner will be WordPress. It first appeared seven years ago as a successor to software typically used for online diaries. Thus, it was originally text-based, but has since evolved to also encompass audio, video, and animation. It has even become a popular platform for entire websites as well as important components of prominent sites such as The New York Times.

(Emphasis mine).

Philip goes on to state:

In short, WordPress is not merely a blogging tool. It’s a platform that can lead to an explosion of new media properties capable of text, video, audio, music, animation, interactivity, online merchandising, podcasting, and even social networking. Successful innovations will rapidly take root and expand while unsuccessful ones will quickly perish or remain marginal.

[ Read the full article on MediaPost.com ]

NOAA Mission Log on WP.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now blogging on WordPress.com, with their new site missionlog.noaa.gov:
http://missionlog.noaa.gov

The goal of the site, as articulated in their first post is to provide:

… regular updates to give you an inside look at our vessels and their crews, describe the work on board and the observations being made by the scientific personnel. Beginning today the NOAA Ship Pisces, operated by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations will report from the Gulf of Mexico. Stay tuned!

Recently they’ve been posting updates from the scientists at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. Those scientist are performing subsurface monitoring as part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.

[ Visit missionlog.noaa.gov ]

NPR’s ARGO Network Powered by WordPress

A great idea from NPR:

NPR, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations, announced the launch of a dozen topic-focused news sites today, marking the debut of NPR’s ARGO Network – a new online journalism venture created to produce in-depth, local coverage on subjects critical to communities and the nation.

Structure wise, the sites will be powered by WordPress:

Each ARGO site is anchored by a news-blog that features multiple stories each day, with an accompanying set of community features for audience engagement and curated content. The individual stations will decide how to integrate the ARGO site with their primary station websites.

Full details on npr.org

Computer Courage On Why You Should Use WordPress

Great summary over on computercourage.com, on the “Top 10 Reasons To Use WordPress.org For Your Website”:

4. The Visual Editor and CMS are Outstanding

The intuitive, user-friendly backend of WordPress is probably what made it so famous in the first place. I’ll never remember the relief I felt when I first installed WordPress after a few Drupal experiences. I always tell my clients, “if you can do it in Word, you can do it in WordPress.” In fact, with the Paste From Word tool, that statement is more true than you would imagine (this article was written in Word). WordPress is continually improving its CMS, adding features such as threaded comments, galleries, revision histories, trash, custom post types, and more. If you haven’t maintained a WordPress site yet, give it a look.

[ Read the full post computercourage.com ]

VaultPress: First Golden Tickets

Very exciting news that invites to VaultPress — a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites — are now starting to be sent out.

Over the weekend we started to trickle out the first Golden Ticket invites to VaultPress. This means that if you’re on the list you now have a semi-random chance of being one of the first people who can sleep more soundly at night because of VaultPress.

If you didn’t receive your invite yet, there is a way to possibly get one more quickly:

If you’d like to move ahead in the line, write a blog post about why you want to use VaultPress and link it here, or tweet why you need your site protected by VaultPress and use the hash tag #vaultpress.

[ Visit VaultPress.com ]

Dan Ariely Joins WordPress.com VIP

Delighted to have the insightful and eye-opening author and professor, Dan Ariely, now hosting his relaunched site in our WordPress.com VIP program.
http://danariely.com

Dan is the author of Predictably Irrational, and the recently released The Upside of Irrationality which he talks about in this short video:

[ Visit danariely.com ]

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Available Now

One of the most eagerly anticipated WordPress releases in recent memory is now available for download (or just 1-click upgrade from within your dashboard).

So what’s new ?

Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten.

Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.

As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and blah blah blah just watch the video. (In HD, if you can, so you can catch the Easter eggs.)

[ official announcement post on wordpress.org ]

Levi’s Selects WordPress for Pioneer Sessions

Exciting news that Levi’s has just launched a new site, Pioneer Sessions, using WordPress to showcase “pioneering musicians from rock, pop, soul, and rap to re-craft the classic songs that inspired their sound”:
http://www.levispioneersessions.com/

Conceived by Cornerstone and designed by Wieden+Kennedy, this site is definitely worth checking-out.

[ Visit levispioneersessions.com ]