A big welcome to New York Post, now hosted right here on WordPress.com VIP!
The powerful daily newspaper just launched this morning entirely on WordPress and the WordPress.com VIP Cloud.
When TIME.com started planning their Person of the Year coverage in 2012, they knew the whole world would be watching the announcement. They chose to […]Read more
Earlier this month, hundreds of WordPress developers, content creators, and users gathered in Leiden, The Netherlands, for the first WordPress conference for all of Europe, […]Read more
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 […]Read more
One of the pain points we often see in the development process is getting a development environment set up. Today we’re introducing VIP Quickstart to […]Read more
Attention all VIP editors and writers!
You’re invited to join us for a demo on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:00am EST. We’ll discuss how to speed up your composition with six handy WordPress.com editorial tools you might not know about, including:
The demo will last for about 20 minutes, and we’ll have a question-and-answer session afterward.
With the new Media Explorer plugin, you can now search for tweets and videos on Twitter and YouTube directly from the Add Media screen in WordPress. Media Explorer is a joint project by WordPress.com VIP and Code For The People (a VIP Featured Partner). In this post, CFTP’s John Blackbourn shares the technical and user experience decisions that were made while developing the plugin.
Embedding a YouTube video or a tweet into a WordPress post is powerfully easy.
There’s no HTML, no shortcode, no dialog box or Settings page – just the magic of oEmbed, baked right into WordPress core. But it’s so simple, and so unassuming, that many people just don’t know it’s there; and it’s not something they’d ever go looking for. With Media Explorer, we wanted to expose that magic within the user interface.
The end goal was to make retrieving externally-hosted content as easy as retrieving items from your own site’s Media Library, without even having to open another browser tab.
The initial plan concentrated purely on integration with Twitter with an architecture that would easily allow developers to add support for other web services like Flickr, YouTube, and Scribd.
Once the base of the plugin was completed with the Twitter search functionality, it was exciting to see YouTube support added in double-quick time, with no changes to the core plugin. It’s what WordPress development should be all about.
To commemorate today’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a major milestone of the Civil Rights Movement where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, new WordPress.com VIP client, Comcast has launched His Dream, Our Stories.
The site chronicles the history and impact of the civil rights movement and features more than 80 unique and personal interviews with civic leaders, elders, clergy, and activists.
Through commentary and archived footage, His Dream, Our Stories provides historic context for the March on Washington, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement through interviews from influential leaders, including Rev. Billy Kyles, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, political leaders like Rep. John Lewis and attendees of the March on Washington, the Detroit Walk to Freedom and the Selma-Montgomery March.
On this historic anniversary, please take a few minutes to check out the site and share it with your colleagues, friends and family.
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Update: Future dates for VIP Training Days will be posted on our Training Services page.
After the success of the VIP Workshop, our intensive developer conference for select VIP clients and partners, we consistently heard from our clients that they wanted more VIP training options, and more often.
We’re answering that call by launching WordPress.com VIP Training Days, our one-day intensive courses which will be held in-person and, in the future, also online. These courses will focus on small groups of students with hands-on material led by several Automattic and WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner instructors. The course will be very interactive and full of practical information & exercises, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the course as well.
Read on for more information about our two inaugural courses, which will take place in October in San Francisco.
Special Note: These courses are suitable for both self-hosted and WordPress.com VIP sites/superusers/developers – the large majority of the material will focus on core WordPress functionality/features.
Note: All transportation, transfer, and lodging costs will be the responsibility of each student, as well as any other expenses not explicitly stated. Lunch will be provided. Payment is required to confirm registration.
Register for the Developer Fundamentals I training, or the Superuser training in San Francisco in October, or read on for more information about each course’s curriculum and prerequisites.
If you’re interested in VIP training and can’t make it to the San Francisco dates, you can register your interest and let us know your location preferences (no commitment required). It’s possible we’ll add more dates or locations in the future.
WordPress Fundamentals I is a day-long, intensive course meant to introduce PHP developers to programming for WordPress. Attendees should be familiar with WordPress as a tool, and have a working understanding of its general terminology. Proficiency with PHP is also a must, but no knowledge of the WordPress code itself is expected.
Each student will provide their own computer (laptop) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP. Students should have a local working copy of WordPress trunk installed and tested prior to the training. To download trunk: http://wordpress.org/download/svn/
In this course, you’ll learn how to manage and use the WordPress interface from a site owner’s point of view; as someone who will be managing multiple users, their permissions, and ultimately sharing knowledge with them about how to use WordPress to publish a great site with an active community and/or audience. We like to think of this course as our teachers teaching your teachers – those who will serve as the WordPress expert in an organization.
We’ll also do a deep dive into the publishing process so our superusers can teach their editors, authors, and contributors how to best use the WordPress interface. From creating and publishing posts to managing tags and categories, from mastering multimedia and images in articles, and bulk management of posts and pages, we’ll cover the entire publishing process from draft to done.
Users should have a working (beyond basic) knowledge of the WordPress administration panel / backend. They should be managers, administrators, or editors of an existing or future WordPress site with multiple users.
Each student will provide their own laptop computer (no tablets) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP to all students. For the purposes of the course, students will be given access to a WordPress.com site. Users will be requested to create a WordPress.com username if they don’t have one, and this username will be submitted to the course instructor. To create a WordPress.com username: http://en.wordpress.com/signup/
Register for the Developer Fundamentals I training, or the Superuser training in San Francisco in October!
We’ll provide a full refund if the cancellation is requested within 30 days from the event date, and 50% thereafter. No refunds will be provided for cancellations 5 days before the event.
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.
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.
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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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.
The main reasons he cites are :
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:
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.
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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.
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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