Upcoming Demo: How Parade.com uses the WordPress Theme Customizer

Have you been curious about the WordPress Theme Customizer?

It’s used by many theme designers to allow users to quickly preview and customize themes from the admin interface, but many VIPs are using it as a way to give editors and content owners more control of the site’s appearance without having to delve into the code. The Theme Customizer can allow them to preview and publish significant personalizations or changes to a site’s home page (or other page) with just a few clicks, allowing for the editorial team to react quickly to the latest news stories.

Parade.com's Demo of the Theme Customizer

The WordPress.com VIP team is featuring a deeper look at the Theme Customizer with the help of the Parade.com team.

During the free 30-minute demo, we’ll take a deeper look at the Theme Customization API and why it’s interesting, how it works from a technical standpoint, and we’ll see some examples from Parade of what it can do, as well as how these customizations were enabled at the code level. The demo will be led by Parade.com’s Senior Developer, Taylor Buley (Twitter / Github), and he’ll cover both technical & non-technical information so all participants are welcome to attend. A brief Q&A will follow the demo.

Time & Date: Wednesday, August 28th, at 10am PT. Find what time the demo is in your timezone.

Want to attend this free demo? Register here

Check out the teaser video below to get a taste of what’s in store during the Theme Customizer demo.

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A Behind The Scenes Look at Atlantic Media’s Quartz

Quartz, the business news publication of Atlantic Media, launched in September 2012 on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting.

The site had been in the works for about a year prior to that and development started in earnest over the summer, a rather short window. The Quartz team agreed pretty quickly that they didn’t want a custom-built CMS and the problems that come with it, and instead felt like WordPress was the best CMS that suited their needs.

We spoke with Josh Kadis, Web Applications Technologist at Quartz, about the site and its incarnation on WordPress.

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Why The Washington Post Uses WordPress

Yuri Victor from The Washington Post gave this flash talk about “Why The Washington Post Uses WordPress” at the VIP Workshop in May 2013.

The main reasons he cites are :

  • Tests well with bloggers
  • Tests well with audience
  • Allows fast development
  • Allows us to ABC (Always Be Changing)

They started with just one blog and moved on to other Washington Post properties:

We did a test with Ezra Klein’s blog by converting it to WordPress. He loved it and the blog has seen such a massive increase in pageviews we’re now moving all our blogs to WordPress and we’re launching new blogs every week.

and are big proponents of iteration and prototyping, which they did with their mobile site:

When we wanted to redesign our mobile site we started doing rapid prototypes with foundation and WordPress. Rather than building a Washington Post mobile site with articles, we wanted to build a mobile site with a great reading experience that happened to be by The Washington Post. This was obviously going to be a radical departure from most mobile news sites so to get buy in we had to have real prototypes management could use and approve.

Click through his slides (below) to see the full presentation deck, and delve into their meaning further in this post on Yuri’s blog.

Want more information about WordPress for media or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

Yuri also presented a version of this talk at the annual WordPress conference, WordCamp San Francisco:

How Maker Faire is using WordPress

Jake Spurlock from Maker Media gave the flash talk “How Maker Faire is using WordPress” to attendees at the VIP Workshop in May 2013.

Over the last few months, they built a fairly robust tool for generating applications, scheduling events, and managing all of the data for the Maker Faire app, all using WordPress.

Want more information about WordPress for community or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

Katie Couric launches on WordPress.com VIP

Katie Couric‘s site, home of her popular talk show, Katie, has relaunched here on WordPress.com VIP.

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The site focuses heavily on content revolving around her daytime talk show videos, images, and other behind-the-scenes looks.
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Katie also shares the behind-the-scenes of her own life by embedding images via her Instagram account, and her Tweets, too.

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Video plays a significant role in the site’s content and multiple videos are uploaded daily from her show, as well as some web exclusives!

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Want more information about WordPress for entertainment or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

Metro.co.uk is Changing the Paradigm with Swipe

David Jensen from Metro UK gave the flash talk “Changing the Paradigm with Swipe” to attendees at the VIP Workshop in May 2013.

Metro UK, the UK’s 3rd-largest daily newspaper, is on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting. Their website has an innovative design which mimics the swiping through content as is found in many mobile & tablet applications. In fact, their tablet readers were so engaged, 53% of those who swiped past the 3rd story read the whole edition!

They decided to bring that functionality to their website and once they did, they saw some great results – average page views / visit is 200% higher for swipe users!

Click through his slides below, and head over to his blog post to read more about how they built Swipe and what challenges they faced.

Want more information about WordPress for publishing or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

WordPress Powers the News – Publishing Inside The Washington Post

Melissa Bell, Director of Blog Engagement at The Washington Post presented “WordPress Powers the News – Publishing Inside The Washington Post” at the recent WordPress in Government Workshop.

Melissa walks through how The Washington Post uses WordPress to power their numerous news sites, break news to and interact with their users, and their transition from print to digital.

Want more information about WordPress for government or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

The StartUp Government Agency – A Case Study on Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Dan Munz, Product Director at consumerfinance.gov, CFPB; Greg Boone, WordPress Developer at Excella Consulting & David Kennedy, Interactive Designer at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing present “The StartUp Government Agency – A Case Study on CFPB” at the recent WordPress in Government workshop.

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, consumerfinance.gov, was created a few years ago by the U.S. government, and they chose WordPress to run their popular consumer-facing site. The team explains the decisions they went through before choosing WordPress, how they use behavior-driven WordPress development, and the lessons they learned along the way.

Want more information about WordPress for government or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

Redesigning KFF.org & Battle Entropy

Robin Sidel, Associate Director, New Media and Marketing, Kaiser Family Foundation & Evonne Young, Associate Director, Web Development and Production, Kaiser Family Foundation presented “From Legacy to the Future – Moving Technology Mountains” at the recent WordPress in Government Workshop.

The Kaiser Family Foundation migrated from a legacy platform to WordPress — learn from their challenges, new opportunities, and best practices as they successfully went from old to new without leaving any data or content behind.

Want more information about WordPress for government or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.

WordPress Powers Sites.usa.gov

James Mathieson, Product Manager from Sites.USA.gov, General Services Administration, presented “WordPress Powers Sites.usa.gov” at the recent WordPress in Government Workshop.

Sites.USA.gov is a shared service to help government agencies focus on creating content rather than building systems to deliver that content. James’ presentation is an introduction to the platform, how it was built on WordPress and who should use it, and why WordPress is the solution for an open content management system when it comes the federal digital strategy.

Want more information about WordPress for government or enterprise sites? Contact WordPress.com VIP Services.