How-to: Nginx as a front-end proxy cache for WordPress

From Harvard Law’s Dan Collis-Puro, a how-to on optimizing your WordPress MU install, using Nginx as a front-end proxy cache for WordPress:

We put an nginx caching proxy server in front of our wordpress mu install and sped it up dramatically – in some cases a thousandfold. I’ve packaged up a plugin, along with installation instructions here – WordPress Nginx proxy cache integrator.

You can read the full details on Dan’s blog and grab the plugin from the WordPress.org plugin directory.

[ Visit http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/djcp ]

WordPress as a CMS Case Study: WNET.org

Back in July we posted about the remarkable project that WNET (PBS of NYC) put together with Tierra to launch 50 sites in ten months using one CMS, WordPress.

Dan Goldman and Jamie Trowbridge who headed up that project, were kind enough to present a case study of how it was all done, at the recent WordCamp NYC:

TNT’s Mike Fratello Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

Very excited to welcome Mike Fratello to the WordPress.com VIP Hosting program. As many NBA fans know, Mike is the “Czar of the Telestrator” – and works alongside Marv Albert covering TNT’s NBA games. Mike was also previously a top coach in the league:

The site integrates PollDaddy for user polls, as well as Facebook and Twitter in the sidebar.

[ Visit MikeFratello.com ]

UPS Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

UPS has announced the launch of their new blog, Upside, which is running on WordPress.com VIP Hosting:

The Upside blog, designed and built by T3 is a “blog created by UPS to share personal insights and perspective about the largest transportation company in the world.”

Some really interesting content posted so far including a video of how UPS and Zappos are working together.

[ Visit blog.ups.com ]

WordCamp NYC 2009

WordCamp NYC will be held this weekend, November 14th and 15th. It’s a great get together for the New York, and the extended, community of WordPress-loving bloggers and developers:
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With an amazing lineup of speakers, over 525 people already registered, and 8 session tracks – there is something for everyone.

Myself and several colleagues from Automattic are flying in for this event, and I’m personally excited to see the track devoted to CMS use featuring case studies of current publishers.

If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s $45 for both days, or just $25 for Sunday. More details available on 2009.newyork.wordcamp.org.

[ Visit WordCamp NYC 2009 and WordCamp.org for other WordCamps happening all over the world ]

SEC Launches Investor.gov on WordPress.com VIP

The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) announced the launch today of Investor.gov – a site focused on helping and educating investors:
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Investor.gov is hosted in the WordPress.com VIP program, and uses a custom theme based on the GPL licensed Vibrant CMS theme.

Be sure to check out the video welcome message from Chairman Mary Schapiro for more details.

[ Visit Investor.gov ]

NASA Glenn Research Center WordPress Users Guide

NASA has been using WordPress for a few years now, and recently the NASA Glenn Research Center launched a resource guide for WordPress development:
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The site’s goal is to be “the guide to implementing and using the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) with the NASA Web Accessible (CSS) template design on Glenn Research Center websites.”

With a strong emphasis on 508 accessibility compliance, it’s very impressive to see how NASA has built its own custom theme, and is successfully empowering its team to build feature-rich, accessible, and easy-to-maintain sites.

[Visit wordpress.grc.nasa.gov]

University of British Columbia Selects WordPress

Thanks to Brad Tousenard for letting us know about a new site he’s developed for the University of British Columbia, A Place of Mind:
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“A Place of Mind is a web site created for the University of British Columbia to aggregate their content from a variety of online sources like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and blogs. The site is configured to pull feeds from these sources and import specially tagged posts”

The design and creative work was produced by Fjord Interactive and development work done by Brad Touesnard.

[ Visit A Place of Mind ]

Ann Arbor Chronicle Selects WordPress

Great piece in the The Nieman Journalism Lab about how the Ann Arbor Chronicle is able to produce a top notch on-line only publication using WordPress as it’s publishing platform:

And this is what it feels like: 15 hours a day, seven days a week, from the 7 a.m. check-in with your spouse-turned-business-partner to the midnight bookkeeping.

No kids, no vacations, no car. No office; your only away-from-home base is a former Main Street antique shop that sells shared-workspace memberships to freelance software developers and the like for $100 a month. No novels before bed; there’s no time. If it’s a Saturday and the Michigan team is playing, you can watch the game, but run back to your keyboard during the commercials, okay?

As part of the morning routine, they check their WordPress dashboard for vital stats:

3. Inbound links checked daily. The day before I visited, logs for the Chronicle’s WordPress site reported that it had drawn 277 visitors from a local sports blog, 28 from a local school blog and 23 from annarbor.com, the reincarnated Ann Arbor News.

[ Visit Ann Arbor Chronicle ]