This New York Times article gives some interesting background on The Page, A Time Inc site that’s run by Mark Halperin and provides real-time politics and election coverage. The Page has rapidly gained a very large readership since it’s launch 6 months ago. What’s interesting from a WordPress point of view is that even though The Page is tightly integrated into the main Time.com site, it’s actually 100% WordPress based and hosted as part of the WordPress.com VIP program.
The newly formed Thomson Reuters Corp made its highly anticipated debut this past Thursday. Thomson Reuters is now the largest business focused media company in the world with 50,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $12.5 billion.
To communicate to various groups about the new combined entity, Thomson Reuters selected WordPress.com VIP to host this high-traffic and high-profile site:
The Web Communications team at Thomson Reuters was able to quickly get the site built using a custom theme. Leveraging the WordPress.com grid infrastructure, the team was able to deliver a superior user experience, particularly during the high traffic spikes.
The blog is seeing a high-level of interaction with it’s readers, and is well integrated into the overall People.com site.
Off the Rack also has a unique feature called “Comment of the Day” where editors highlight an interesting comment from one of their readers.
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For publishers looking at dealing with traffic spikes, liveblogs like these are a great example of how our grid platform on WordPress.com scales up incredibly well.
Below is graph from a previous Gizmodo Liveblog that illustrates the amazing rapid spike in traffic which equated to several million pageviews over the course of about an hour:
A big night last night for the movie industry with the 80th annual Academy Awards.
Big publishers in our VIP program also covered the event, including:
- CNN Headline News’ Show Biz Tonight Marquee Blog, which live blogged the event.
- BlogTalk Radio discussed the best and worst dressed, and also has an upcoming show with Oscar-winners Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman of Peter and the Wolf.
- People’s StyleWatch Off-the-Rack blogged about predicting which gowns the star would wear.
You can read the latest and follow the reactions to who won and lost on the “Oscars” tag page.
David Reisner, 360° Digital Producer, posted a note with what to expect from this new blog:
The 360Blog promises to be more interactive and more custom fitted to your daily blog needs. More pictures, more video… we haven’t exactly figure out how it can make you coffee or do your laundry yet (thanks for promising that on-air Anderson… no pressure or anything)
The feedback so far has been very positive with great reader comments such as one from Aruna:
Thank you so much for the blog makeover! It looks wonderful!
It’s clean and sharp, just the way it should be, and congrats on the innovative style!
The second you figure out how to brew coffee through my computer, I’m purchasing stock.
My colleague Lloyd Budd, who headed-up this this project, shares his thoughts on the blog’s new features and Cooper’s unique reporting style.