NASA launches two more sites on WordPress

In addition to the NASA Open Government Initiative Websites powered by WordPress, NASA recently launched two more sites on WordPress.

The Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) contributes to NASA’s mission by promoting individual and team excellence in program/project management and engineering through the application of learning strategies, methods, models, and tools.

APPEL – Academy of Program:Project & Engineering Leadership

Visit http://appel.nasa.gov/

Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer — their Chief Knowledge Officer has two important advocacy roles: facilitator and champion. The CKO leverages, nurtures, and highlights formal and informal work happening across the agency and serves as a conduit between the workforce and leadership to ensure the workforce has the tools and resources necessary to meet NASA’s most pressing knowledge challenges.

NASA Chief Knowledge Officer | Share. Connect. Engage.

Visit http://km.nasa.gov/

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Canadian Olympic Committee launches Winter 2014 Games site on WordPress.com VIP

Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) officially re-launched Olympic.ca, marking the 3-month countdown to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Derek Kent, CMO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, remarked on the site’s redesign: “Our vision is to create a website that is best-in-class among National Olympic Committees. We know our fans, athletes and our partners are hungry for Canadian Olympic team content. This and the next generation of the website will ensure our athletes’ stories are told, and shared in more compelling ways with fans at home and around the world.”

We spoke with Todd Denis, Director, Brand Connections of the Canadian Olympic Committee, about the decisions made regarding the Olympic.ca redesign, which is hosted on WordPress.com VIP Cloud Hosting.

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Q: How is the website different from previous Olympic Games?

We wanted to make sure that the entire digital experience was driven by a ‘fans first’ approach. We’ve seen mobile traffic on Olympic.ca go from 15% in 2012, to 30% in the first half of 2013, and as of October, 2013 it was at 40%. So, in addition to the more obvious social hooks, we knew that re-designing around fans meant meant we needed to be ‘mobile first’.

We had our design partner Zync focus on how things would actually behave as mobile content and navigation – on function, then form – making it easy to share articles, photographs and videos, with a content and menu system built specifically for those smaller screens.

And the site lives within a responsive grid, as we felt this provided our best immediate mobile product, while putting us in a great long-term position to benefit from the constant evolution in responsive design.

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“WordPress.com VIP allowed us to focus on the fan experience and front-facing content, instead of the servers powering it.” — Todd Denis, Director, Brand Connections, Olympic.ca.

Q: Why did your team choose WordPress.com VIP as the platform for the Olympic.ca website?

We had to ensure that the site would be ready for any traffic and performance load that the massive Olympic Games audience could throw at it, but we also had to be aware of the limited internal resources we could expend on site administration. We were already running a self-hosted WordPress site, but it was in serious need of a technology and stability update. WordPress.com VIP allowed us to focus on the fan experience and front-facing content, instead of the servers powering it.

Q: How long did it take to put the project together, from start to finish?

From initial RFP to final launch was more than six months, but it was approximately 16 weeks as a pure timeline around UX, wires, content migration and development. We worked with Toronto based brand and marketing agency Zync, and their programming partner Trew Knowledge, to design, develop and support the site.

Q: How will your team use social media to complement the Canadian Olympic Committee website, and to drive traffic to it?

The site is social from top to bottom, with best practices in place for social sharing and channel promotion. But we’ve also got widgets that pull in context specific content from our social channels. For example, while the universal footer across the site is a direct pull in from Instagram, many of the Twitter feeds are grabbed based on the context specifics of the athlete or sport tags on the page. It’s these small things that help build to a more engaged fan-to-athlete experience.

We will also be launching a Canadian Olympic I.D. in the coming months, which will initially behave as a sort of registration system on the site to help streamline saving and sharing of content – and the I.D. will be powered by social registration to help us better understand who our fans are and what type of content they enjoy.

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Visit Olympic.ca and see for yourself the new site!

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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

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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!

Recent Enterprise WordPress Launches & Redesigns: HBR Blogs, Know More from Washington Post, NYT Corporate, TechCrunch

There have been lots of exciting launches and redesigns happening lately with WordPress sites — here are just a few which caught our eye.

The New York Times has launched their corporate site, nytco.com, on WordPress:

The New York Times Company Corporate Site

Washington Post launched their new ‘viral’ site, Know More.

Know More (a Wonkblog joint) is a site for people who like learning stuff. Not sitting-in-front-of-a-textbook-for-hours learning, but getting-sucked-into-a-Wikipedia-hole-for-hours learning. The kind where you just can’t stop tunneling deeper and deeper until you know the name of every Brigadier General in the Union army and what campaigns they participated in, or can list every item in Grace Jones’s discography, or exactly who was going to get what job in the cabinet of a hypothetical Reagan-Ford co-presidency.

Our job is to give you a place to start. Each post is a picture, chart, video, or quote that, we hope, will fascinate you, or fascinate a friend who shares it with you. But at the bottom of every post is the option to really “Know More”. Click on that button and we’ll take you deeper. Much deeper. It’s the red pill — you take it, and we’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Know More by the Washington Post

The Harvard Business Review Blog Network has recently migrated from Movable Type to WordPress.com VIP! Same great content, awesome new platform.

Harvard Business Review Blog Network
TechCrunch did a redesign of their popular tech site which is hosted on WordPress.com VIP — read more about the redesign details on their site.

TechCrunch - The latest technology news and information on startups

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WordPress Powers Health Care Reform

In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed landmark comprehensive health care reform known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and also known as ‘ObamaCare’.

Yesterday, a critical component of the legislation rolled out, giving American consumers the chance to purchase health policies on the open market by joining a pool of other buyers, which legislators and policy analysts believe will ultimately drive down the cost of health care for everyone. In some instances, these exchanges are being run by the states and in other cases, the federal government is administering the marketplace.

We were very excited to see that WordPress is the dominant content management system being used to power these exchange websites and as a result of this powerful platform, yesterday, millions of Americans from coast to coast researched their heath care options and began the open enrollment process.

Here are some great examples of WordPress being put to work behind large, enterprise-level websites who are dealing with complicated data structures, high traffic demands and of course, sensitive security.

Get Covered America

http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/

Get Covered Illinois

http://getcoveredillinois.gov/

HealthSource RI

http://www.healthsourceri.com/

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

http://www.nmhix.com/

Connect For Health Colorado

http://connectforhealthco.com/

Hawaiʻi Health Connector

http://www.hawaiihealthconnector.com/

Massachusetts Health Connector

https://bettermahealthconnector.org/

Maryland Health Connection

http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/

Hungry for more information? The Kaiser Family Foundation (powered by WordPress.com VIP) has a great resource on their new website. If you’d like to get in touch to find out more about hosting your website on WordPress.com VIP, you can contact us here!

Comcast Commemorates The March On Washington with New WordPress Site

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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Katie Couric launches on WordPress.com VIP

Katie Couric‘s site, home of her popular talk show, Katie, has relaunched here on WordPress.com VIP.

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The site focuses heavily on content revolving around her daytime talk show videos, images, and other behind-the-scenes looks.
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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.

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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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The White House launches Next.Data.Gov on WordPress

The White House just announced that they are launching a new generation of Data.gov, moving to a WordPress / CKAN based approach with their newest iteration called: Next.Data.Gov. Here’s a quick look at the new site:

Next.Data.Gov

Here’s more from the White House’s blog:

Last week, President Obama talked about the importance of opening government data to the American people, so entrepreneurs and business owners can use those troves of information to create jobs and solve problems that government can’t solve by itself. In remarks last Monday, he noted many examples of the Administration’s progress toward making that happen, saying:

“At Data.gov, you can search through and download more than 75,000 data sets – data on everything from what different hospitals charge for different procedures, to credit card complaints, to weather and climate measurements.”

And:

Scalable and Open Source: Next.Data.Gov was built using new tools. This project tapped into two very active open source projects: WordPress and CKAN. The content and community sections of Next.Data.Gov are powered by WordPress. The data catalog is powered by CKAN.

Building Next.Data.Gov Together: The Next.Data.gov interface launching today is an early peek at the future Data.gov experience. Because many of you depend on Data.gov for critical functions, Data.gov will be maintained in its current form and will remain fully accessible while the Data.gov team continues to iterate and improve upon Next.Data.Gov. Going forward, expect regular design and software updates.

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There is a ton of interesting data (the site notes 75,714 datasets) being ported into this site from across many key government agencies, including the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, whose website is also powered by WordPress. Visitors can also get access to data on education, energy, finance, global development, health, research and safety. As the White House’s blog post notes:

The team studied the usage patterns on Data.gov and found that visitors were hungry for examples of how data are used. The team also noticed many sources, such as tweets and articles outside of Data.gov featuring Federal datasets in action. So Next.Data.gov includes a rich stream that enables each data community to communicate how its datasets are impacting companies and the public.

Similar to NASA’s Data.NASA.gov project, WordPress is instrumental in bringing data closer to the public, and making it useful and beautiful, too.

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Harvard Gazette launches new responsive design on WordPress

Harvard Gazette, the official newspaper of Harvard University, has launched a new responsive design on WordPress!

Harvard Gazette

The new design is more modern, and is fully responsive to meet the needs of mobile audiences. Their story page is driven increasingly by search and social with a sticky bar for social sharing and sidebar content informed by analytics, and it includes the ability to filter stories by categories like “popular” or “editor’s pick.”

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There’s also an improved ability to integrate multimedia within a story but also to filter content specifically by audio / video formats, like Oprah Winfrey’s commencement speech to Harvard 2013 graduates.

Oprah Winfrey Commencement Speech | Harvard Commencement 2013 | Harvard Gazette

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