WordPress.com has record pageviews

Yesterday WordPress.com had record pageviews due to breaking news on WordPress.com VIPs CNN, Time, many others, for 105M pageviews in one day.

Below is the Tweet which you can interact with directly to RT or reply to, thanks to WP.com’s Twitter Blackbird Pie feature.

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AARP Blog on WordPress

The AARP has launched their blog on WordPress.com VIP.

To recall the sentiment of Beth Carpenter’s post “Baby Boomers on Twitter? Yep, sure are“, to that we say, Baby Boomers on WordPress? Yep, sure are.

Welcome!

[Visit the official AARP blog]

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RIM’s BlackBerry blogs join WordPress.com VIP Services

We’re excited to share that RIM’s BlackBerry consumer blogs are now on WordPress.com VIP Hosting!

We also had the chance to stop by the BlackBerry PlayBook party at the South by Southwest conference this past week and we know they have big things in store and we’re excited they’re using WordPress as their corporate communication tool.

Welcome to the WordPress family!

If you have a BlackBerry, don’t forget you can use the WordPress for BlackBerry application to post content to your WordPress site from wherever you are.

[Go to the Inside BlackBerry blog]

[Go to the Inside BlackBerry Help blog]

[Go to the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog]

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Naked Security Joins WordPress.com VIP

The wildly popular and informative Naked Security blog from the leading IT security firm Sophos, recently launched in our WordPress.com VIP program:
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/

The mission of the blog is to highlight “various news, opinion, advice and research on computer security issues and the latest internet threats.”

Just this past November, the Naked Security team was bestowed with a very prestigious award — crowning them the “Best IT Security Blog” from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards.

[ Visit Naked Security ]

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MacDailyNews Now a WP.com VIP

Last week MacDailyNews became the newest addition to our WordPress.com VIP Hosting client roster.

With an archive dating back to 2002 and over 750,000 comments, this is the largest Expression Engine migration to date. MacDailyNews brings with them a very active community and an ever-burning desire to publish.

We’re contributing the powerful WordPress.com server grid, and access to the VIP Services team. Code Poet-listed developers Crowd Favorite did an excellent job on all aspects of the theme and plugins, and getting the content into the WordPress format for a speedy launch.

Visit MacDailyNews.com.

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Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park on Tour, on SNL, and on WP.com VIP

Many of you I’m sure caught the two performances this past weekend by Linkin Park on Saturday Night Live. The band is also on tour throughout North America right now.

But what you may not have known, is that Mike Shinoda has been blogging some really high quality content for a while now on our WordPress.com VIP platform:
http://mikeshinoda.com

Check out his blog at mikeshinoda.com for really good insights, and special behind the scenes video footage using the VideoPress HD video service.

[ Visit mikeshinoda.com ]

Cheezburger Network Open Sources Their WordPress Administration Panel

WordPress.com VIP Cheezburger Network, where you get your daily LOLz from one of their 50 popular sites like I Can Haz Cheezburger? and FAIL Blog, have shared the code of their WordPress theme administration panels.

Called CheezCap, it’s a simple library for easily creating custom admin panels.

Screenshot of CheezCap

Cheezburger Network uses a single shared theme across all their sites. In order to avoid having to create conditionals and other per-blog modifications in their theme, they developed CheezCap. Any of the administrators can update the options controlling the layout, design, colors, etc, without having to dig into the theme code.

When asked what motivates his engineering team to participate in the WordPress community, CTO Scott Porad replied:

I can say without hesitation that WordPress has had a hand in the success of Cheezburger. So, to the extent that we can help other people be successful with WordPress, we’re on board!

What I meant to say is… All aboard the WordPress Express! Choo Choo!

Dan Ariely Joins WordPress.com VIP

Delighted to have the insightful and eye-opening author and professor, Dan Ariely, now hosting his relaunched site in our WordPress.com VIP program.
http://danariely.com

Dan is the author of Predictably Irrational, and the recently released The Upside of Irrationality which he talks about in this short video:

[ Visit danariely.com ]

Rosetta Stone Joins WordPress.com VIP

Rosette Stone, the technology-based language learning company, has launched their new blog RVOICE on WordPress.com VIP:
http://blog.rosettastone.com/2010/05/11/welcome/

The new blog, RVoice, will focus on:

… [a] discussion on the role of technology and pedagogy in changing how people learn languages. And we also wanted to provide an opportunity for you to get to know us better and for us to get to know you.

Our intention is not to have a blog just for the sake of being current – no technology for technology’s sake, we like to say. This is about opening up the conversation and providing a focused forum for debate on new ideas and practices in the field of language learning. Clearly, there is lots of soul searching going on out there about tech-enabled language learning – what’s lacking is the participation of leading practitioners and a framework for the debate. We hope to change that.

[ Visit RVOICE ]