Case Study: IGN doubles community with flexible CMS WordPress

Summary

When IGN outgrew its homegrown content management system, they needed a CMS that would support the entire scope of the site and all its content. More importantly the CMS had to make it easy for their users to contribute content and for their editors to publish it. They found that solution in WordPress, and their blog community has doubled because of it.

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Bangor Daily News: A complete publishing system on WordPress

Check out the inspiring and detailed story about Bangor Daily News switching to a publishing system powered by WordPress and Google Docs, on Media Bistro. There’s also a screencast which outlines their new editorial workflow and a list of all the plugins you can install to run your own news site with WordPress (emphasis ours):

The Bangor Daily News announced this week that it completed its full transition to open source blogging software, WordPress. And get this: The workflow integrates seamlessly with InDesign, meaning the paper now has one content management system for both its web and print operations. And if you’re auspicious enough, you can do it too — he’s open-sourced all the code!

Rather than having to pay a licensing fee to a company that runs your content management system, what The BDN has set up is essentially free to run. Of course, there were upfront costs involved with paying freelancers to help write the plugins, and each month the website has to pay hosting fees, but the rest of the tools they use are free for everyone. WordPress is open source software that anyone can download and use. Google Docs is also a free product if your organization is small enough. [Media Bistro]

We also had a chance to speak with William Davis, part of the Bangor Daily News team who led the integration who told us more about their decision to use WordPress:

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Agency uses Windows to run all their clients’ WordPress sites

We’re proud of the fact that WordPress is versatile and can run on many operating systems, once the minimum requirements for the software are met.

We’re going to continue to highlight interesting case studies, and this time we’re pleased to find that Microsoft did a case study with Bella Web Design, a web design and development firm who uses Windows to host all of their clients’ WordPress sites.

Check out Microsoft’s case study about Bella Web Design and how they use both WordPress and Windows to power their business, and check out Microsoft’s dedicated microsite for information about installing WordPress for Windows.

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KQED Publishes at the Speed of News with WordPress

“Usually it takes longer to agree on a logo than it does to make a new WordPress site.” - Kevin Cooke, KQED.org

KQED Public Media, one of the largest PBS and NPR stations in the US, is probably most recognized by its public in the San Francisco Bay area as 88.5FM and by channel 9, the TV station where they watch NOVA and Frontline.

But KQED is working very hard on expanding its ever-growing web presence. In 2007, it was using WordPress for several websites in individual instances. Three years later, KQED.org has more than 15 active WordPress sites, collaborates with other regional public media outlets on WordPress plugin development, and sees a future where WordPress helps them quickly deliver the news their audience wants.

“The WordPress sites have been growing in number mainly because our users like them so much, both our editors and our end-users,” affirms Kevin Cooke, Technologist at KQED, whose first project upon arrival was migrating the single WordPress sites in WordPress MultiUser.

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Mike Pratt on BuddyPress – Social Networking in a Box

At a recent Dallas Fort Worth WordPress meetup, Mike Pratt gave a presentation on how he’s using WordPress and BuddyPress to build his very own social network:

… there are a ton of excellent needs and reasons to use BuddyPress to take your site and turn it into the community it is begging to become. That’s the killer point: there needs to be a community underlying all of this. Maybe your focused on gardeners in Texas or stamp collectors in Des Moines or people around the world dealing with Cystic Fibrosis – if you have a community in mind then BuddyPress is an amazing tool because you can shape the community according to you/its needs. Take that Facebook (or Ning)!

The slides and the full video from the presentation and more of his thoughts are available at mikepratt.tv

PixoPoint: WordPress.com For a Full Site

Really interesting case study posted by Ryan Hellyer of PixoPoint on how his firm, using CSS and a couple of upgrades, built a full site on WordPress.com for the Red Devils of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League:
http://reddevils.co.nz

Ryan described the initial scope:

Their original site consisted of hard coded .html files as a simple static site. Our initial suggestion of a full-custom designed and coded, hosted WordPress installation was beyond their budget, so we suggested an alternative which has slashed their costs considerably yet allowed them to create their own WordPress powered site with a design which matches their branding and includes all of the functionality they requested, including a contact form, email subscriptions for news posts, no commenting functionality (they didn’t want a traditional blog) and the ability to add photo galleries and videos

Conclusion:

Traditionally WordPress.com has only been suggested as a low-budget option for those who can’t afford to upgrade to “proper” hosted setup, however for the Red Devils, we were able to meet all of their requirements without losing anything that they required in their site. We were also able to integrate their teams branding into an existing theme very quickly through some simple CSS upgrades.

[ Read the full case study on PixoPoint.com ]

How-to: Nginx as a front-end proxy cache for WordPress

From Harvard Law’s Dan Collis-Puro, a how-to on optimizing your WordPress MU install, using Nginx as a front-end proxy cache for WordPress:

We put an nginx caching proxy server in front of our wordpress mu install and sped it up dramatically – in some cases a thousandfold. I’ve packaged up a plugin, along with installation instructions here – WordPress Nginx proxy cache integrator.

You can read the full details on Dan’s blog and grab the plugin from the WordPress.org plugin directory.

[ Visit http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/djcp ]

WordPress as a CMS Case Study: WNET.org

Back in July we posted about the remarkable project that WNET (PBS of NYC) put together with Tierra to launch 50 sites in ten months using one CMS, WordPress.

Dan Goldman and Jamie Trowbridge who headed up that project, were kind enough to present a case study of how it was all done, at the recent WordCamp NYC: