2013 WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop

The WordPress.com VIP Workshop is currently in wait list. Click here to add yourself to the wait list.

The 2013 WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop is approaching and filling up fast! 

We’re gathering more than a dozen Automattic engineers to teach at the WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop in May 2013, and many members of the VIP team will be there as well. If you’re a VIP client or partner, you want your developers to be there so they can learn from our extended team here at WordPress.com VIP and Automattic, exchange ideas with other VIP developers, and share what your team is working on, too.

Similar to last year’s event, participants can expect the same great networking lunches and dinners, in-depth WordPress curriculum and conversations, and some surprises, too. We’re also planning some collaborative sessions where WordPress.com VIPs can share their own experiences with building VIP-scale websites using WordPress, their workflows, shortcuts, and best practices, too.

Just a reminder, of those who provided feedback about last year’s event:

  • 100% would recommend the conference to a colleague
  • 96% plan on attending again & 4% will send someone else from their company

The event is almost filled up, and soon we’ll open up the waiting list, so be sure to sign up now! The WordPress.com VIP Workshop is currently in wait list. Click here to add yourself to the wait listPlease note: this event is open to select VIP clients and partners, and to the general public as space permits.

Here are more details about the event and below are some pictures from last year’s event.

  • May 13: Arrival in the afternoon with a special welcome from some special guests, followed by a reception dinner.
  • May 14 & 15: Full days of training with VIP instructors, with special networking dinners for all participants.
  • May 16: Farewell breakfast and morning departures.

Pricing: $3600 per person, excluding airfare. Airport transfers from SFO, meals and lodging (3 nights) included. Here’s more information on the event.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

 

WordPress.com VIP mixes with London VIP clients

In February many members of the WordPress.com VIP team headed to London to meet up with some of our VIP clients and partners. One evening we organized a WordPress.com VIP client and partner meetup and the turnout was great!

There were many conversations about what’s next for the growing WordPress community in the United Kingdom, how UK enterprises, media companies, and large organizations are doing interesting things with WordPress, and what’s coming up in WordPress 3.6.

That week, we were also happy to sponsor the WP Meetup in London and meet some of the WordPress users and developers using and building web applications with WordPress in London. (Are you following us on Twitter? @WordPressVIP)

That weekend, Automattic also sponsored the PHP UK conference and several WordPress.com VIP developers were on hand to interact with the PHP UK community, as well as to share how a PHP application can scale as large as it does on WordPress.com.

We’ll definitely be heading back to London soon and often, so if you’re there or have colleagues there, let us know!

Are you in London or nearby and interested in WordPress.com VIP events? Are you, or an organization you know, doing innovative things with WordPress? Leave a comment below or get in touch.

More than 3,000 auto-deploys in the past 8 months on WordPress.com VIP Hosting

Last June, WordPress.com VIP unveiled automatic deploys for static CSS and images for WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting clients as one of our meetup projects. We’re always looking for ways to make client code changes faster while keeping their sites safe and secure at the same time.

Our WordPress.com VIP clients commit and deploy code daily, and often each team commits several times a day to keep up with their changing site features and improvements. We do several checks on code optimization and security before approving their commit for deployment, and we’re really proud to get 90% of commits deployed within two hours of submission.

Automatic deploys have now made deploying instantaneous for thousands of client code commits. Thanks to the automatic deploys, we’ve now auto-deployed more than 3,400 commits for VIP clients in the last 8 months! We’re averaging between 15-20 auto-deploys a day, and we see that number steadily increasing. Many of our clients are also experimenting with LESS or Sass, and those .less and .sass files are auto-deployed as well.

Watch this space as we continue to make it possible for WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting clients to iterate on their high-performance WordPress sites as securely and quickly as possible.

Auto-deploys on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting

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Case Study: Interactive One Hosts 70 Sites with WordPress.com VIP

Interactive One is the digital link to urban consumers, reaching millions of Black and Latino audiences 24/7.  They are currently #1 in the category with over 60 unique brands on both a national and local level. Their network of 70+ high-traffic websites are all hosted here on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting.

We spoke with Grant Cerny, Senior Vice President Products, Operations & iOne Studios, about their decision to move from a self-hosted WordPress to WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting, and why it was the right choice for their network of sites.

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Getty Images launches blog on WordPress

Famous stock photography agency, Getty Images, has launched its blog on WordPress! The design of course displays the beautiful photos Getty has in its collection to their best advantage and the site highlights content aimed at the Getty Images communities around photography, technology, and music.

Visit the Getty Images blog.

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With Lonely Planet images, photographer adds depth to our world Music | The Getty Images Blog Photography | The Getty Images Blog

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Metro UK migrates to WordPress!

A hearty welcome to Metro.co.uk, home of the UK’s 3rd most-read national newspaper! The site migrated over from a custom CMS into WordPress.com VIP Hosting. The site was also given a design refresh and their mobile experience was created from the ground-up so that readers with any device will get a fluid experience. Pull out your device, and give the site a swipe to move through continually updated stories and images.

Read Metro.co.uk’s announcement about the revamped website running right here on WordPress.com VIP Hosting. Visit Metro.co.uk.

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Los Angeles Times Media Kit on WordPress

The LA Times has just launched a site from their Media Group, Media Kit, aimed towards advertisers. The site, running on WordPress, walks potential advertisers through the process of gathering information and planning an advertisement with the Los Angeles Times.

The LA Times also has two blogs on WordPress.com VIP – their popular Framework and Hero Complex sites.

[Visit the LA Times Media Kit site]

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Etsy’s behind-the-scenes blog, Code as Craft, on WordPress.com VIP

Etsy had a record-breaking weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, and their network continues to grow!

On their site Code as Craft, hosted here at WordPress.com VIP, their engineers take a deeper look at what it takes to run such a successful network and system architecture, and discuss a wide range of topics from performance to user security. [Visit Etsy's Code as Craft] Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

WordPress at LeWeb in Paris, France

Will you be at the LeWeb conference in Paris, France, December 4-6th? 

On December 6th at 14:15 CET, WordPress co-founding developer and Automattic President Matt Mullenweg will be on the main stage with Om Malik from GigaOm interviewing. The talk may be shown in streaming, but that is to be confirmed. You can follow @WordPressVIP to stay updated on the day and let us know your thoughts, too!

If you’re attending LeWeb and will be at Les Docks those days, make sure to stop by the booth where we’ll chat with you about the latest news and developments in the WordPress project and community, and we’ll have some swag to give away, too!

For more info: LeWeb.co

NESN.com launches on WordPress.com VIP

The New England Sports Network has launched right here on WordPress.com VIP! The regional network is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National.

The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports network in the country and was the first regional sports network in the country to originate every game and studio show in high definition. Their site is constantly updated and has a special theme for mobile content access as well.


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