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.

VIP Intensive Developer Workshop Recap

A little more than a week ago, the VIP Services team hosted the 1st VIP Intensive Developer Workshop in Napa, California.

We wanted a small, intimate event, and it sold out quickly with a healthy waiting list of hopeful attendees! The intensive workshop mixed in-depth developer topics & discussion with lively onsite and offsite dinners in the beautiful setting of Napa, California.

We’ve gotten some great feedback from the attendees, but what was absolutely encouraging was this:

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

If you’d like to be notified when the next VIP Event (partner meetups, networking events, training, and conferences) is announced, insert your email address below – we’ll send out event announcements and give you the first opportunity to sign up for the next one!

If instead you’d like the VIP Services team to do private training for your developer or editorial teams, get in touch by filling out our Contact form.

For occasional announcements about upcoming VIP Events, insert your email address below.
Below are some photos from the event – we hope you’ll be there next time!

Drinks in Miami Beach with the WordPress.com VIP Team

Do you run a large-scale WordPress site, or make your living using & building with WordPress?

Come join the WordPress.com VIP team for a drink and an informal chat on Thursday, February 2nd in Miami Beach!!

The VIP team will be joined by special guests, WordPress.com Systems Team Lead, Barry Abrahamson and WordPress.com Social Team Lead Michael Adams!

The event is free to attend but please sign up so we can get an approximate head count.

Register here for the event!!

Intensive WordPress.com VIP Developer Training Workshop: March 2012

We offer WordPress developer training to VIPs year-round. Read on for more information.

Do you run a large-scale WordPress site with millions of pageviews per month? Are you interested in optimizing and scaling up your enterprise site and utilizing the latest WordPress features for your content?

The WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop will take place in March 2012, and this three-day event will include a packed curriculum for VIP developers with some special guests, like Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, and Barry Abrahamson, Systems Team Lead for WordPress.com.

The training will be very hands-on and topics will include: WordPress coding standards, security, caching, optimizing themes and plugins, implementing new core WordPress features, and we’ll be further tailoring the curriculum based on registered participants’ input for their preferred sessions.

We’re going to keep the event small, with preference being given to VIP developers and select VIP partners, but if you’d like to attend the event, please fill out this form and we’ll put you on the waiting list if any spots open up.

Here are more details about the event:
March 26: Arrival in the afternoon with a special keynote from Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, on the future of WordPress for developers. Reception & dinner.
March 27 & 28: Full days of training with VIP instructors.
March 29: Wrap-up, farewell breakfast and morning departures.
Pricing: $3250 per person, excluding airfare. Airport transfers, meals and lodging (3 nights) included.
Location: The Carneros Inn, Napa, California

Elance: WordPress #2 for Top Overall Skills in Demand

Elance’s 2010 Q4 Online Employment Report catapults WordPress into the #2 spot for Top Overall Skills in Demand. WordPress has made a steady climb in the Skills in Demand ranking, listed as #13 in May 2009 and #6 in September 2010.

“A number of popular open-source platforms like Drupal and Joomla! are available for online content, but over the course of 2010, WordPress appears to have moved from top contender to top choice: Demand for WordPress experts rose an impressive 15% quarter-over-quarter, moving up three highly coveted spots to #2, trailing only behind PHP programmers. This marks the first time that any content management system has moved into the top three skills in demand by businesses, solidifying it as the undisputed champ of content, for now.”


[Read more in Elance’s Online Employment Report]

WordPress Top Demanded Skill on Elance

Since last year when we wrote about “WordPress in Demand on Elance“, WordPress has surged into the top ten, and now is the sixth most in demand skill on Elance!

Elance Top Overall Skills in Demand Q2 2010

Online publishing dominates this list. It’s exciting that the ever evolving WordPress, built on it’s PHP, MySQL, and CSS stack, continues to be the web development platform in demand.

Elance’s 2010 Q2 Online Employment Report also includes a single profile, that of Ron Z Zvagelsky, highlighting his success as a WordPress Expert on Elance.  Represent!