Congratulations to the 2013 EPPY Award Winners

We wanted to take a moment to celebrate teams in the WordPress.com VIP community who have recently been recognized in Editor & Publisher’s 18th Annual EPPY awards.

Best Overall Website Design with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over: GlobalNews.ca

GlobalNews.ca

We’d also like to congratulate our Featured Partner 10up, who completed the development work on GlobalNews.ca.

Best Business/Finance Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over: CNNMoney

CNNMoney

Best Entertainment Blog with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over: CNN – The Marquee Blog

The Marquee Blog

Best Sports Blog with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over: The MMQB

The MMQB
We’re delighted to be working with teams and websites that are being recognized for their excellence in smart design and high-quality content.

Congratulations!

Andrew Nacin: How WordPress Evolves Without Breaking Everything

Andrew Nacin is one of the lead developers of WordPress. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on how WordPress evolves while maintaining backwards compatibility — here’s a video from the event.

Other talks from the event:

Interested in coming to a future event? Be sure to join our Big Media WordPress Meetup group.

Josh Kadis: Building qz.com, a web app powered by WordPress

Josh Kadis is the web applications technologist at Quartz. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on building qz.com on WordPress, which we’ve shared here. Quartz just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and you can learn more about it by reading our case study here.

See Josh’s slides here.

Other talks from the event:

Interested in coming to a future event? Be sure to join our Big Media WordPress Meetup group.

Austin Smith: Elastic Search on WordPress.com in Action

Austin Smith is a managing partner at Alley Interactive, a VIP Featured Partner Agency. At our August Big Media Meetup, he gave a short “flash talk” on Elastic Search on WordPress.com, which we’ve shared here. You can read more about the VIP Search Add-On here, and see it in action at KFF.org.

Other talks from the event:

Interested in coming to a future event? Be sure to join our Big Media WordPress Meetup group.

Big Media Meetup Recap and Scott Taylor on The Future of Blogs Development at the NYT

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the Big Media WordPress Meetup at The New York Times Building in August! It was a huge success.

The event featured 10-minute “flash talks” by Scott Taylor (The New York Times), Austin Smith (Alley Interactive), Josh Kadis (Quartz), and Andrew Nacin (WordPress), followed by breakout discussion groups.

If you’re interested in coming to future events, be sure to join our “Big Media” WordPress Meetup Group.

In the next few days we’ll be sharing video from each of these talks. Today, here’s Scott Taylor’s presentation on “The Future of Blogs Development at The New York Times,” where he discusses how the NYT’s WordPress blogs fit in with the larger site-wide redesign.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Bringing 20 years of data into WordPress

kaiser_family_foundation_66933The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently relaunched their data-heavy site on WordPress.com VIP, bringing multiple websites and content management systems under one roof: KFF.org. The new site combines disparate databases into one state and global data table, and features fact sheets, reports, polls, and slides, all of which can be searched and filtered inside WordPress with the new faceted VIP Search.

We spoke with David Rousseau, Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President and  Executive Director, Health Policy Media and Technology, and Robin Sidel, Associate Director, New Media and Marketing to learn more about the foundation’s innovative redesign, which was built by VIP Featured Partner Alley Interactive.

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Global News Q&A: The Technology Behind Their Responsive Redesign

news_2xGlobalNews.ca is the online news hub for the Global Television Network, a large Canadian broadcasting network with 12 owned-and-operated stations across the country. In March this year, they launched a massive redesign of their site, built on WordPress by 10up and hosted by WordPress.com VIP. The new site consolidated their many local and national sites into one responsively designed site that displays relevant content based on a user’s location. We chatted with Keith Robinson, the manager of digital products at Global News, to learn more about the vision and technology behind this redesign.

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New Editorial Features in WordPress 3.6

We’ve been posting about the development of WordPress 3.6 over the past few months, and while the target launch is coming up later this month, many of these features are already available to WordPress.com users. Here’s a quick overview of the new editorial features.

Post Locking

Working in a multi-author environment? Post Locking lets you see at a glance who’s editing a post, and prevents authors from overwriting each other.

See Who Is Editing What Post
If you navigate to All Posts in your dashboard, you will be able to see who is editing what post.

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Prevent Editors from Overwriting Each Other
If you click on a post that another editor is working on, you will have three options to choose from: Go backPreview, and Take over.

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Know If Someone Else Is In Your Post
If you are working on a post and someone takes over, this screen will prevent you from continuing to work on the post.

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Log Out Notification

If for some reason you are logged out of WordPress while still in the dashboard (or editing a post), a pop-up notification will appear and allow you to log in right on the page, so that you won’t lose any work. Once you’ve logged back in, the pop-up will disappear and you will be right back where you left off.

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Better Autosave

The newly revamped Autosave takes advantage of your web browser’s storage to ensure that you never lose your work again, despite a wonky internet connection. If you are editing a post and suddenly get disconnected from the internet, you won’t lose your work. When you get reconnected, you’ll be able to restore the backup and the browser-stored content will simply pop up into your text editor.

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Revised Revisions

WordPress 3.6 gives revisions an update, making it easy to scan through previous revisions and see edits or updates.

Avatars with Revisions
See at a quick glance on your “Edit Post” page who has previously edited a post.
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See Changes Easily
The new revisions page includes a slider that lets you move forward or backward through revisions, and colors additions in green and deletions in red.

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Compare Revisions
The “Compare Revisions” tool allows you to drag the slider to two different revisions and compare the differences.

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New Look for Post Formats

Note: This feature is still in development. Post Formats got an updated look, which allows you to quickly toggle between different formats (i.e. quote, video, image) using a new bar at the top of “Edit Post.”

To switch to a different post format, simply click the icon at the top.


Manage Menus with Ease

If your theme supports Custom Menus, the interface to create anad manage these menus has been updated. Now, “Edit Menus” and “Manage Locations” are split into separate tabs. Step-by-step instructions on how to use Custom Menus can be found here.

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Want more? To see the many updates that went into 3.6, follow the open-source WordPress development here.

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