We previously had separate sites for these two services, and recently decided to simplify the sites, and combine them into one, vip.wordpress.com .
For WordPress VIP Support, we also introduced new levels of support based on the feedback we’ve received this past year, including a top tier with a much requested on-site visit option.
We have some exciting plans for the VIP program in 2010. First up, we will introduce a dedicated VIP Hosting portal for WordPress.com VIPs in the coming weeks, with documentation of all the special functions, lots of theme and system info, and best practice coding guidelines for WordPress.com. A bit further out we plan to streamline the support and ticketing system to provide a more complete 360 view of activity across multiple sites.
For VIP Support, expect new features and improvements to the private forum which will make finding answers more efficient and provide our team clearer information that will make the interactions better. And starting this year, we now include support for BuddyPress as part of VIP Support, and we are already seeing that become a bigger part of many of the larger WordPress powered sites.
According to Sansar Jiimen who runs the site, Sonin.mn reaches over 100,000 daily visitors – a really impressive achievement given that Mongolia is a country with a population of 2.5 million.
The Sonin.mn site was started in early 2004 and has been using WordPress since 2005. Now that they are on WordPress.com VIP they’ve started to stream popular songs from the former Soviet era days of Mongolia, with plans to bring new video content online soon.
This innovative site was designed and developed by cnp_studio, and utilizes the new WordPress.com HD video solution. Platinum Games took advantage of the video solution’s age verification feature, which can be seen in action below for their highly anticipated Wii game — MadWorld:
The site showcases what WordPress can do not only for maintaining a blog, but an entire Web site. The management of everything including pages, posts, sidebars and features is handled through the WordPress administration.
Specifically designed for live events, this blog uses an innovative WordPress theme with AJAX updates. Developed by Crowd Favorite, the theme allows for rapid-fire postings by the bloggers with a user-friendly mechanism which alerts readers when new content is live (see screenshot above).
Congrats to Hooshere Bezdikian and the whole team at the People’s Choice Awards for an all around amazing event.
The Boys’ Life theme has numerous category templates for different areas of the site and displays information about reader submissions by using custom fields. Ratings and related posts utilize the Outbrain WordPress plugin.