Q&A: How National Post Liveblogs the News

Since launching our Liveblog add-on here at WordPress.com VIP, we’ve been impressed again and again by how fully the National Post newsroom has embraced the tool as a way to cover live events and breaking news.

They’ve used Liveblog to cover everything, from the Grammy Awards, to Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, to the Newtown shooting, to Stephen Harper tweeting his entire day. And the results are visually stunning, with a heavy emphasis on story telling through photographs, videos, tweets, commentary, and even gifs.

We chatted with James Martin, Digital Managing Editor, to learn more about how they integrated Liveblog into their newsroom, how they prepare for big live events, and what his favorite Liveblog has been to date.

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Two Cities, Two Launches: #MadeInNYC & #WhereTheWorldChanges

There is no greater rivalry than #TeamNYC vs. #TeamSanFran. Both cities have launched high-profile initiatives to highlight their technology and startup communities and while they’ll continue to angle for prominence in this all-important race to the top, there is one thing that they share… Both of their websites, Where The World Changes and WeAreMadeInNY are built on one of our newest products, WordPress.com Enterprise. Check them out and while you’re at it, check out WordPress.com Enterprise and we’ll even hook you up with a 1-month free trial. You can find out more here:

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New on WordPress.com VIP: The Dish

Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish announced last year that they were going independent, and now they’ve successfully launched their new site on WordPress.com VIP with the help of our Featured Partners10up and TinyPass.

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The new site created by 10up is beautiful and fast, featuring responsive design and infinite scroll. Using TinyPass, readers can purchase a subscription (or make a donation) to The Dish, or simply log in if they are already a paid subscriber.

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A big thank you to The Dish team as well as 10up and TinyPass, who helped make the entire site migration and launch happen in just four short weeks.

Check out The Dish at http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/

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Recent Mobile Launches on WordPress.com VIP

We’ve been really impressed with the mobile sites that have launched on VIP recently, many of which are responsive websites. Here’s a quick roundup of recent mobile launches on WordPress.com VIP.


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Quartz’s fully responsive theme is blindingly fast, and scales whether you’re looking at it on a phone, tablet or laptop. The site looks and feels like an application. You can read more about Quartz’s innovative design here and here.


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LocalTV’s mobile app (available in both the iTunes and Android stores), is powered by a custom mobile theme that is wrapped into an app. It also receives “rich” push notifications, meaning they can push HTML updates.


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TIME.com’s Person of the Year site was launched in just two weeks using a responsive theme.

Our Q&A with TIME.com Managing Editor Cathy Sharick

Time.com’s responsive redesign announcement

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Neil Leifer on WordPress.com VIP

Photos by Neil Leifer on WordPress.com VIP

You may not recognize the name, but you’ve seen his photos.

Neil Leifer, iconic staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, Time, and LIFE magazines (and one of Matt’s favourite photographers), now has a beautiful new home on WordPress.com VIP.

Here’s a snippet from Neil’s bio:

Leifer eventually became a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated before leaving in 1978 to become a staffer for Time magazine. In 1988 he was made a contributing photographer at LIFE magazine and spent the next two years dividing his time between Time and LIFE. When Leifer left Time Inc. in 1990, his photographs had appeared on over 200 Sports Illustrated, Time, and People covers—at that point, the most ever published of one photographer’s work in Time Inc. history.

Want to see his most memorable photos? Head on over to http://neilleifer.com.

Getty Images launches blog on WordPress

Famous stock photography agency, Getty Images, has launched its blog on WordPress! The design of course displays the beautiful photos Getty has in its collection to their best advantage and the site highlights content aimed at the Getty Images communities around photography, technology, and music.

Visit the Getty Images blog.

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Metro UK migrates to WordPress!

A hearty welcome to Metro.co.uk, home of the UK’s 3rd most-read national newspaper! The site migrated over from a custom CMS into WordPress.com VIP Hosting. The site was also given a design refresh and their mobile experience was created from the ground-up so that readers with any device will get a fluid experience. Pull out your device, and give the site a swipe to move through continually updated stories and images.

Read Metro.co.uk’s announcement about the revamped website running right here on WordPress.com VIP Hosting. Visit Metro.co.uk.

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Los Angeles Times Media Kit on WordPress

The LA Times has just launched a site from their Media Group, Media Kit, aimed towards advertisers. The site, running on WordPress, walks potential advertisers through the process of gathering information and planning an advertisement with the Los Angeles Times.

The LA Times also has two blogs on WordPress.com VIP – their popular Framework and Hero Complex sites.

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Etsy’s behind-the-scenes blog, Code as Craft, on WordPress.com VIP

Etsy had a record-breaking weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, and their network continues to grow!

On their site Code as Craft, hosted here at WordPress.com VIP, their engineers take a deeper look at what it takes to run such a successful network and system architecture, and discuss a wide range of topics from performance to user security. [Visit Etsy's Code as Craft] Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

NESN.com launches on WordPress.com VIP

The New England Sports Network has launched right here on WordPress.com VIP! The regional network is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National.

The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports network in the country and was the first regional sports network in the country to originate every game and studio show in high definition. Their site is constantly updated and has a special theme for mobile content access as well.


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