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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Influential Weekly The New York Observer Migrates from Drupal to WordPress

Last week The New York Observer launched a redesign of Observer.com, and switched from Drupal to WordPress in the process.

The site’s redesign “focused on cleaner presentation that would accommodate more breaking news and higher volume posting”, says Elizabeth Spiers, the paper’s editor-in-chief. [via]

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VentureBeat now on WordPress.com VIP

At the end of last week VentureBeat.com migrated to WordPress.com VIP hosting

Started by award-winning journalist Matt Marshall in 2006, VentureBeat has long been a WordPress showcase site. Today, nearly 30,000 articles have been published on VentureBeat, and the archives dates back to August, 2004. There is a lot of our tech industry history laid out in these articles, and insights throughout.

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While monitoring the import to WordPress.com, it was cool to see the team growth and the breadth of topics covered increase tenfold from its inception.

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Major League Baseball MLBlogs migrates to WordPress

MLBlogs has migrated to WordPress.com – not only will all their users now be blogging on WordPress.com, there are 3 new themes for any user on WordPress.com to join in the fun. Welcome to WordPress!

Check out the announcement on WordPress.com News.

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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.

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Adobe Migrates to WordPress

Thanks to Pavel Ushakov for letting us know that our friends at Adobe have just completed the migration of hundreds of their blogs from Movable Type to WordPress. You can see the collection of blogs over on blogs.adobe.com:
http://blogs.adobe.com/

Pavel’s firm Blog Consulting worked on the migration with Adobe:

In 2010 Adobe contacted Blog Consulting to migrate total of 1200 blogs from Movable Type to WordPress 3.0. The project was successfully completed within 2 months.

Adobe uses Blog Consulting’s Monthly Maintenance and Support package, and outsources all their blog support requests to our consultants, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Independent Switches to WordPress

Great to see that all the blogs on blogs.independent.co.uk are now powered by WordPress:
http://blogs.independent.co.uk/

In a blog post from Online Editor Martin King, the reasons for the switch from Livejournal included the following:

* to continue pushing forward a site that is ever more social-media-friendly, incorporating our recently improved and well-received comments functionality;

* to enable our posters to add quicker views and analysis more easily.

The last point will be especially beneficial to The Independent’s overseas correspondents, with their busy and occasionally perilous lives. As long as they can send an email, that can be posted immediately, including any image.

Mark wraps up his post with a very insightful point, saying “We are demonstrating that globally standard programs can free mainstream journalism from the complex bespoke set-ups of the past.”

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