WordPress.com VIP at SXSW

Headed to SXSW? We’d love to see you there.

We’ll be co-hosting a party on Sunday night with Sailthru:

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Party for the People
benefiting charity:water
March 10 at 7pm, Stubb’s BBQ
Event Page

Automattic will also be hosting a Happiness Bar at the SXSW Trade Show. Stop by to pick up some swag, chat about WordPress, get technical support, or meet some of our colleagues.

And finally, members from the WordPress.com VIP team will be there! We’d love to catch up with you in person. If you or your colleagues will be at SXSW, be sure to let us know.

See you there!

WordPress.com Enterprise is Live

Today marks a new era for high-profile websites on WordPress.com.

In a world of social networks and flash hits the compromises of legacy hosting aren’t good enough anymore. You need to be able to create a bespoke site in a day, have it work great on desktop and touch devices, be bullet-proof secure, and scale to the occasion when the world shows up at your door. As the saying used to go: fast, cheap, good — pick two.

“When we created The 4-Hour Chef website, we wanted a custom, mobile-ready design that would be able to handle a lot of traffic,” said Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body.

“With WordPress.com Enterprise and the support of the team at Automattic, we got the site up and running quickly with all of the features we were looking for.”

Now you can pick three. We’re announcing a new platform, WordPress.com Enterprise, that brings the best of WordPress.com: all of our paid upgrades, including premium themes and Custom Design, and the best of all the built-in WordPress.com VIP features such as 70+ vetted plugins which include integrations with top partners such as Flipboard, Chartbeat, and Facebook.

To top it off, you also get our new Javascript customization service that allows you the flexibility to customize your site without needing to touch the underlying PHP code. You can tweak and personalize to your heart’s content.

Sign up and you can launch your site within minutes and scale your traffic on our cloud, which delivers 100s of millions of pageviews/day.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with a few beta customers as we’ve ramped up, and they are great examples of what you can do with Enterprise: Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Chef, ESPN’s Digital and Print Products, Soleil Moon Frye’s Moonfrye.com, and The Crosby Press from JackThreads.

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WordPress.com Enterprise will scale with you as your site goes viral, gets picked up by a big media outlet, or grows in popularity. Enjoy unlimited traffic, bandwidth, and storage, plus top-notch support, all for $500/month per site.

Get started today! Sign up for WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

Take a closer look at WordPress.com Enterprise below.

Getting started with WordPress.com Enterprise:

Sign Up for WordPress.com Enterprise

The WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard:

WordPress.com Enterprise Dashboard

Some of the 70+ WordPress.com VIP Plugins available to WordPress.com Enterprise users:

WordPress.com Enterprise Plugins and Services

Learn more about WordPress.com Enterprise for your next site.

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

Utilizing Spare Legacy Infrastructure

Who’s got Bitcoin Fever? We do!
(photo by PhelanRiessen)

One of the aspects that makes our service “VIP” is that we’re always listening and responding to the needs of you, our customer. A frequent complaint we’ve heard recently is that people are getting flack because tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of capital costs in physical servers in their IT’s datacenter are now sitting idle after adopting VIP.

Let those servers continue unused no longer!

In line with WordPress.com’s recent announcement on accepting Bitcoin, we’re proud to announce that you can now pay your VIP invoices with Bitcoins as well. (Contact us for conversion details, if interested.)

What does this have to do with those old servers, you may ask? Set them up to use their spare CPU cycles to mine Bitcoins which you can then use to pay for your VIP invoice. You can immediately bring your IT utilization to 100% while still retaining the flexibility and power of hosting your best sites with VIP. Man, talk about synergy.

If you’d like to learn more about our announcement or Bitcoin, you can follow the coverage of the announcement on Techmeme.

Until next month, happy mining!

WordPress Powers Politics

WordPress is the most powerful content management system in the world – today it powers just under 17% of the top one million websites in the world. Millions of people from across the globe turn to WordPress to build websites of all shapes and sizes and across all different categories.

Now that the political conventions are over and we have officially turned the corner towards the November election, WordPress.com VIP is proud to release this infographic which clearly shows that WordPress is now the backbone that powers websites from across the political spectrum.

Check it out!

This research project started when we began to notice that more and more political websites were being built on WordPress. We focused on a couple of key categories: state parties, U.S. House races, U.S. Senate races, and Gubernatorial races. We looked at all of the major-party candidates across these categories and manually checked to see what content management system was being used. We were excited by the results and thus, they became the impetus for this lovely infographic.

If you want to learn more about WordPress for your political website, or any other purpose, get in touch with the WordPress.com VIP team here.

Spread the Word

Copy the embed code below to share the infographic on your own site:

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New Liveblog Add-On from WordPress.com VIP

We’re proud of our VIP Clients, many of whom report the latest and most important news as soon as it’s available. It was they who we thought of when we developed the new Liveblog Add-on.

We can’t wait for you to see it in action, either as an author, or a reader! To see what it will look like, take a look at the video we created for the Liveblog Add-on.

Here’s what makes the Liveblog Add-on special:

  • Post updates right from the front-end of your site (no need to use the /wp-admin dashboard)
  • Viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser.
  • Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.
  • There’s no need for a separate site dedicated to liveblogging: every post can be a liveblog, even existing ones.

If you’re interested in using the Liveblog Add-on as a WordPress.com VIP Hosting client, get in touch!

If that’s not enough, we’ve also completely open-sourced the Liveblog code for self-hosted WordPress! You can find it in the WordPress.org plugin repository and on github.

Take a closer look:

Thanks to VIPs GigaOM and Local TV for their feedback and contributions during the beta testing phase for the plugin.

WordPress.com VIP Heading To The Democratic National Convention: See You There?

As many of you know, I recently joined the WordPress.com VIP team to focus on expanding the WordPress footprint in government, politics and in the nonprofit space. Today, WordPress powers hundreds of political websites across the world – I’m coming across new ones every single day. In fact, both the Democratic National Convention, as well as the Republican National Convention are running their websites on WordPress.

I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be heading down to Charlotte during the first week of September for the Democratic National Convention and will be sponsoring StartUp RockOn, a new movement that will officially launch in Charlotte, but will a long-term effort to bring together the enthusiasm and excitement of the start-up community with music and entertainment to create experiences that showcase start-ups and what they bring to our world. You can read more about StartUp RockOn here.

On Monday, September 3rd, StartUp RockOn will officially open the festivities with a concert, featuring one of my all-time favorite bands – The Roots. As a Philly native, I have been listening to these guys since they first got together, so I’m all kinds of fired up for the show.

If you or your team will be in Charlotte and would like to attend any part of the StartUp RockOn festivities, including The Roots concert, please shoot me an email.

Oh, and another quick favor. We are looking for a couple of credentials for the DNC events on Tuesday and Wednesday night. If you or your company have access and can help us out, we’d greatly appreciate it. I’ll continue to post more details about the events as they unfold. If you have leads on great parties, panels, events, etc. or if you have access to some extra credentials – please let us know. Hope to see you all in Charlotte!

Expanding the WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner Program

Earlier this year, we introduced a new partnership program where we’re working with technology platforms to integrate their services into our WordPress.com VIP platform, connect them with our VIPs, and collaborate to support the integration and provide a seamless experience for our users.

Some of the world’s biggest brands and publishers rely on WordPress.com VIP, and every day we connect our VIPs with top service providers for their WordPress development and design needs.

That’s why today we’re announcing the expansion of the Featured Partner Program to include interactive agency partners as well: 10up, Alley Interactive, Code for the People, Doejo, Human Made, inSourceCode, Oomph, Range, and Voce Communications are all joining as partners.

In addition to our agency partners, Facebook, Flipboard, PostRelease, Tinypass, and Zemanta are now a part of the program as well.

“As a team that relies heavily on WordPress, we have worked closely with Automattic and the WordPress.com VIP team to leverage their SaaS Hosting solution for the most demanding publishers in the world,” said Nick Gernert, SVP of Platforms for Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli company.

“We’re fortunate to be a part of a program that highlights consultants who are focused on world-class development, as well as user experience and client service.”

If you’re an interactive agency or technology platform and would like to apply for our Featured Partner Program, please get in touch.

House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform

Have you seen the House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform’s new website? It’s built on WordPress and it’s pretty awesome. Here’s what the Committee has to say about the relaunch:

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today launched a reimagined Oversight.House.Gov, built to increase taxpayer access to the Oversight information that supports their participation in the committee’s work securing a government that spends less and serves better.  Oversight.House.Gov is the American people’s primary source for information on the committee, and the new WordPress site is a step towards increasing the accessibility of committee investigations and hearings, while delivering the customer-oriented Internet experience taxpayers should expect.

On Capitol Hill, there is a movement afoot to build websites that are user-friendly for citizens, but also flexible and intutative for staff, many of whom don’t have the technical know-how to manage their web presence. After all, these are policy wonks, not techies. WordPress is a great option because it’s so easy to use, even a Congressman can us it. Don’t believe us? Check out this video:

Interested in learning more about how WordPress can power your Congressional office or political campaign? Drop us a line.

Developer Plugin v1.0: Helping WordPress developers develop

One of the great things about developing for WordPress is the number of tools available for developers. WordPress core ships with a bunch of useful features (e.g. WP_DEBUG) with many more built by the community (like our own Rewrite Rules Inspector and VIP Scanner) that make development and debugging a breeze. The hardest part is getting your environment set up just right: knowing what constants to set, what plugins to install, and so on.

That’s why we built-in the Developer plugin. It’s your one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available.

If you’re a WordPress developer, we highly recommend installing this plugin in your development environment. You can download the plugin from the WordPress.org Plugins Directory or directly from your WordPress Dashboard (Plugins > Add New).

Here’s a quick walk-through:

If you’d like to check out the code and contribute, join us on Github; pull requests are more than welcome.

Are there any tools, tips, and tricks that you’re using that we’ve missed? We’d love to add them to the plugin. Let us know in the comments.