Mac Miller : WordPress Publisher Spotlight

Joel  – 6Degrees Social LLC, Project Leader, answered a few questions about Mac Miller’s site and WordPress.

Tell us about the site:
Mac Miller is yet another successful artist hailing from Pittsburgh’s Rostrum Records.  Rostrum chose 6Degrees to build a community site that would be a great destination for fans interested in staying up on news, tour, photos, videos and much more.

What were the reasons you chose WordPress to build the site?
Mac’s fan base is huge but also active.  We needed an established content management system that would be able to handle the traffic while also having the functionality a music artist requires.  After we discovered BuddyPress there was no question that the WordPress / BuddyPress combination was the right direction to go.  We’re also pleased with WordPress’s admin system as we find it very user-friendly for any content managers that me assisting the site.  Bottom line, WordPress is stable, user-friendly and has an incredible developer community supporting it.  All these resources made WordPress the answer.

What are your team’s favorite WordPress features?

Custom post types are very impressive and flexible, and the huge library of plugins for almost any feature you could want.

Are you a publisher working with WordPress? We want to hear from you

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Upcoming WordCamps

WordCamp logoOn the WordPress.org News blog, Jane has highlighted some upcoming WordCamps:

Looking for something fun to do during your summer vacation? Why not check out a WordCamp! WordCamps are locally-organized casual conferences of, by, and for WordPress users, developers, and enthusiasts just like you. The focus of a WordCamp is to foster face-to-face connections and collaboration among the local WordPress crowd, but there are usually some out-of-towners there as well.

Click through to see the latest approved WordCamps for this summer, and visit WordCamp Central for all upcoming WordCamps, and information on how to help organize or participate in one.

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]

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

How to Evaluate Your Comment System Needs

We’re always looking for ways to improve your comments and help make your site more social.  If you run an active site, you’ve probably dealt with your fair share of commenting challenges: moderating large queues, filtering spam, and most importantly keeping your community engaged.  These days, there are several commenting solutions available to publishers.  Here’s our perspective on how to choose the one that’s best for you.

How easy is it to use?

Find the good stuff. There are tons of insightful comments that get lost in a sea of white-noise. You can help your readers find valuable comments with a rating mechanism like comment voting to sort the good stuff to the top. Anything that can help you determine the commenter’s reputation and credibility will help you get a quick overview of which comments are worth your time.

Stay organized and involved. Organization makes for better debates. With comment threading your replies will appear in just the right spot instead of at the bottom of a long, long list of comments. Email notifications for new comments and the ability to respond to comments via email, keep your commenters involved and they won’t miss a beat.

Are your comments social?

Know who you’re talking with. When your readers know their fellow commenters, they will automatically become more engaged.  Profiles, avatars, user descriptions, comment history, and Twitter integration makes it easy to get to know one-another.  Here’s an excellent example of a commenter profile.

Lower the barrier to participation. Tie in their existing profiles from WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook, so all they have to do is type their comment and hit submit. And it’s all about sharing, so you should also give your commenters a way to share their comments on Twitter and Facebook.

How easy is it to manage?

Moderation, moderation, moderation! A commenting solution with hardcore spam and moderation filters will help you manage your comments easily and keep it all in good order. Different admin privileges are helpful for assigning additional moderators to help manage your account.

Crowdsource it! Give your readers the ability to report abusive comments. Having the option to set filters to automatically remove problematic posts will let your readers help you keep the conversation classy.

Performance is key! Managing high comment volume can be a burden on your servers, especially if your traffic and comments are just starting to take off.  Hosted commenting solutions are a great way to alleviate the pain, so you can focus on more important things like your next post.

We offer a super-charged comment system called IntenseDebate that can be used on any website. We’ve identified and developed loads of features to increase comment activity, along with new ways to efficiently manage your comments. As a hosted commenting solution, IntenseDebate can help you optimize your site’s performance so your servers don’t have to do any heavy lifting when it comes to your comments. The features described above are just a few of the ways IntenseDebate can improve the discussion on your site, and we’re constantly working to bring more features into the mix.

To learn more about IntenseDebate have a look at the video below, check out IntenseDebate.com, or email me at michael@intensedebate.com.

Microsoft Partner Network Installs IntenseDebate

Excited to see that Microsoft installed IntenseDebate on the Microsoft Partner Network to power comments and develop their community.

IntenseDebate, as many of you know, is a distributed commenting platform from Automattic aimed at publishers looking to super-charge community engagement and is available for all content management systems out there including WordPress.

About Microsoft Partner Network

Community is the Foundation of the Microsoft Partner Network
With our more than 640,000 partner organizations worldwide, the network offers real-time connection and support through communities that spark innovation and help you discover opportunities. You can build the relationships that best serve your business and customer needs. Connect and collaborate with other great minds to deliver innovative solutions.

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9rules Community Site Powered by WordPress and bbPress

When publishers ask me for a great example of a community site built with WordPress, I always mention 9rules.com, a site where you can “Share. Learn. Discover” :
9rules screenshot

Built with WordPress and seamlessly integrated with our discussion forum software bbPress the site includes member profiles, streams, private messages, twitter and flickr integration, and much more.

As 9rules wrote on their blog a few months ago:

When it comes to coding up this site we have three options:

1. Do it ourselves.
2. Put a blindfold over Tyme’s eyes and four keyboards and hope that after a week of solitude she pushed out something cool.
3. Get someone else to do it.

We went with 1 and 3, but not in the way you might be thinking. The core of 9rules is powered by WordPress, bbPress and simplepie. Now you can’t get both of those packages, install them and all of a sudden have another 9rules. We customized them a ton to fit our needs, but without them as the foundation we wouldn’t be close to where we are now.

(emphasis mine)

[ Visit 9rules.com ]