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.

Answer the Annual WordPress Survey!

wordpress-logo-hoz-rgbThe third annual WordPress user and developer survey is open!

If you’re a WordPress user, developer, or business, you should definitely submit your feedback as it helps to get a sense for the WordPress community and how they’re using WordPress.

The data will be shared with the world during Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address during WordCamp San Francisco later this month. It’s usually even made available for download for your own data mining and discovery, so add your voice to it!

Answer the annual WordPress survey!

Andrew Nacin: Scaling WordPress & Optimizing Security

Andrew Nacin, WordPress Lead Developer and Tech Ninja at Audrey Capital, presented two topics at the WordPress in Government Workshop: “A Crash Course in Scaling WordPress” and “WordPress.org & Optimizing Security for your WordPress sites.”

A crash course in scaling WordPress

In this talk Andrew explains how WordPress can scale (spoiler: and it’s easy!) by delving into how nginx can play a role in multiple ways, and tips on tweaks to perform at the PHP and WordPress software levels, as well as hardware.

WordPress.org & Optimizing Security for your WordPress sites

In this presentation Andrew walks through the differences between major and minor WordPress releases, the philosophy on backwards compatibility, and a basic crash course in WordPress security. Click through his slides to learn more.

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

State of WordPress in Government

Peter Slutsky, Director of Platform Services at Automattic/WordPress.com presents “State of WordPress in Government” at the recent WordPress in Government workshop.

Peter takes us through the current WordPress ecosystem, and touches on the highlights of the WordPress software when it comes to integration, scalability, security, and mobile.

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

Harvard Gazette launches new responsive design on WordPress

Harvard Gazette, the official newspaper of Harvard University, has launched a new responsive design on WordPress!

Harvard Gazette

The new design is more modern, and is fully responsive to meet the needs of mobile audiences. Their story page is driven increasingly by search and social with a sticky bar for social sharing and sidebar content informed by analytics, and it includes the ability to filter stories by categories like “popular” or “editor’s pick.”

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There’s also an improved ability to integrate multimedia within a story but also to filter content specifically by audio / video formats, like Oprah Winfrey’s commencement speech to Harvard 2013 graduates.

Oprah Winfrey Commencement Speech | Harvard Commencement 2013 | Harvard Gazette

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

2013 VIP Intensive Developer Workshop Recap

One month ago, dozens of WordPress.com VIP clients, partners, and enterprise WordPress users gathered for our second WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop in Napa, California.

WordPress.com VIP Workshop 2013 Group photo

The event was decidedly bigger than the inaugural event and it sold out quickly. We wanted to keep the intimate feeling of the exclusive event so all attendees had a chance to interact and get to know each other during networking breaks and dinners.

We’ve gotten some great feedback from the attendees:
95% of participants surveyed said
they would recommend the conference to their colleagues
97.37% said they would come again! 

This year we added flash talks from select VIP clients including CBS, Simperium, AlleyInteractive/KFF, PMC, Local TV, The Washington Post, Time Inc, Grist, Metro UK, Quartz, The New York Times, and Maker Media, about how they are using WordPress and WordPress.com VIP to power their businesses. We’ll be reposting those presentations right here on WordPress.com VIP News.

Developers from WordPress.com VIP and the extended Automattic team lead hands-on training sessions that covered everything from Security, Advanced Caching Patterns, MySQL Query Optimization, Building JS Apps with WordPress, Front-end performance, Backend optimization, Automated Testing with WP, Building Mobile sites with WP, in-depth looks at WordPress.com functionality, and more.

We also dedicated some time to open discussions on subjects which are dear to VIP clients like development workflow, single sign-on, administrator tools and utilities, and content embeds and integrations. The open format gave everyone a chance to share their ideas, solutions, and for VIPs to learn from each other directly as well as from the WordPress.com VIP team.

A special thanks to Jeff Veen (VP, Adobe) for his insightful welcome speech, and to all the VIP clients and partners who attended! Below are some of our favorite moments from the event.

We’re ready for what’s next, too!

The WordPress.com VIP team is busy planning the next installment of the VIP Workshop, as well as a series of VIP training this fall which should be interesting for both developers and superusers such as site administrators, managers, and editors!

If you’d like to receive word of the next WordPress.com VIP training or networking event, sign up for the WordPress.com VIP News & Announcements newsletter to receive the latest, and stay tuned to the VIP News site!

If you have any questions about WordPress.com VIP Services, be sure to get in touch!

Case Study: BBC America runs on WordPress

BBC America content was previously spread across 3-4 different content management systems. They knew they needed a change and wanted to consolidate their support efforts into a single platform.

We spoke with David Anderson, Senior Product Development Manager at BBC Worldwide, about how WordPress powers BBCAmerica.com, starting with their site redesign a year ago.

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Now Hiring: Join the WordPress.com VIP team as a VIP Wrangler!

Automattic is growing, and WordPress.com VIP is growing, too! We’re looking for a few good VIP Wranglers to join our team, and we’d love for you to be a part of what we have planned next.

Through our WordPress.com VIP program, we provide support, hosting, training, and other services to some of the biggest and best WordPress sites on the web. Our VIP Wranglers are responsible for providing support to all of our customers, building and shaping our products, and just generally Making Stuff Go.

On the WordPress.com VIP team, you’ll be a part of a team who has deployed more than 100,000 commits, develops cool products like  Liveblog for WordPress, educates clients and partners through exclusive training, and who gets together several times a year to powwow on our team roadmap and go race car driving.

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Here are some skills that will come in handy for a VIP Wrangler:

  • Advanced proficiency with WordPress. Low-level language or systems experience a plus, but not required.
  • A strong understanding of the Web including HTTP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Must be comfortable working primarily in a customer-facing role, including providing support and training.
  • You enjoy collaborating with other developers, reviewing code, and making recommendations on technique or approach.
  • Great troubleshooting skills. Must be able to take big problems and break them down into manageable pieces with elegant solutions—and importantly, keep our customers apprised of progress throughout.
  • The ability to iterate and ship ideas quickly, with loose (at best) direction.

All jobs at Automattic require:

  • Great communication skills. We’re a distributed team, so frequent and clear written communication is a must.
  • Self-driven work ethic. You need to be a self-starter who loves taking initiative and seeing things through to completion.
  • Curiosity and the desire to learn.Our business is changing and growing fast, who knows what will be the skills of tomorrow? Flexibility is key.

Where in the world are we looking to hire VIP Wranglers? Anywhere! Automattic is a distributed company and that means this job will come to you, wherever you live!

Ready to go VIP? Join our team! If you’d like to be considered for this fulltime position, read more and apply for VIP Wrangler!

VIP Developer Workshop 2013 – Waiting List now open!

The WordPress.com VIP Workshop class of 2012.

The WordPress.com VIP Workshop class of 2012.

Response to the VIP Intensive Developer Workshop has been great, and we’re really excited to welcome such a varied and interesting crowd in May!

We’ve closed down registration for this exclusive event! If you’re still interested in attending, you can sign up for the waiting list here. We can’t guarantee we’ll add more capacity but if a spot does open up you’ll be the first in line!

As always, send us your questions and comments if you have any by commenting below.

Couldn’t make it this time? Don’t worry, we offer developer training, superuser training, user training, and editorial training year-round for VIP clients! 

Featured Partner Demo: Tout – April 18th

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 6.20.43 PMWordPress.com VIP Featured Partner Tout, a real-time information network for up-to-the-minute video updates across news, sports, politics, entertainment, is going to hold a free 30-minute demo for VIP clients and partners to discover how to use this popular network with WordPress.

Capture Touts on your smartphone and publish real-time 15-second videos to your website, app, social network or Tout.com.

The demo will take place on Thursday, April 18th, at 9am PDTFind out what time the demo is in your time zone.

To sign up for the free 30-minute demo, brought to you by WordPress.com VIP and Tout, just RSVP here and insert your email address. You will receive a reminder for the demo and details on how to connect to the demo.

Here’s what you’ll learn about Tout:

  1. What is Tout
  2. How to embed a Tout widget on a WordPress site
  3. Tout’s Premium Partnership Services
  4. Q&A

Check out their popular Tout channels, which include The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ESPN, and the BBC, to see how other enterprise sites are using Tout.

RSVP for the Tout demo!