Sam Guzik over on CoPress.org details the successful relaunch of Student Life, the “independent newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis”, on the WordPress MU platform:
In their evaluation of various platform choices they concluded:
“Although Drupal is also extremely powerful, we found that WordPress’s interface was better suited to a workflow that would begin to allow non-technical reporters and editors to work within our CMS.”
You can read more details about this project on CoPress.org.
[ Visit Student Life ]
Great to see thefader.com, has relaunched using WordPress. The FADER, or just FADER as we call it in NY, is a magazine that covers music & fashion with lots of hip-hop, dance, rock, and reggae coverage:
The FADER was previously on a custom Ruby on Rails CMS that was built in-house.
[ Visit TheFader.com ]
Michael Ashby of Coherent Methods LLC, published a very thoughtful post about his experience so far working with WordPress and BuddyPress:
I switched from MoveableType to WordPress back in September of last year and it’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve made regarding this blog. WordPress is just so much easier and, dare I say, FUN to use. There’s a richer developer community, more templates and generally more help out there than there is for MT. But my joy with working with WP over MT is more than just skin deep.
Michael goes on to talk about the Six Apart Motion component that works with MovableType:
When I first watched the video for Motion, I kept going “Huh? How am I supposed to use this?” If you take a look at the Motion Demo, you’ll see what I mean … After looking at the demo, the only feeling I’m left with is “Why?” Why would someone want this on their site?
In comparison, the BuddyPress platform sparks this reaction:
Then you take a look at the BuddyPress Demo and there’s a remarkable difference. It’s clearly designed to mirror the FaceBook style of community, but it’s cleaner and clearer as to what you can do and how everything works. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that it’s a better design that FaceBook! I’m currently developing a new community web site and I actually had to stop and think about BuddyPress for quite some time. So at the end of the demo, I’m left thinking “How would I use this?” Not, “Why would I use this?”
Looking forward to seeing what Michael and his team put together with WordPress and BuddyPress.
[ visit mashby.com ]
Intruders.tv, an international web tv network, recently relaunched their globally focused channels, having switched to WordPress MU as their publishing platform of choice.
Since they started out two years ago, the Intruders team have been bringing high-quality, high-profile tech/Internet interviews to the world with HD video, in a number of languages, from a refreshing breadth of locations. Head of content and Co-Founder Vincent Camara explains:
“Throughout last year, Intruders tv registered over 10 million video plays, conducted over 600 interviews and have a library of over 300 hours of HD content available”
The new, streamlined MU implementation and design (by howard/baines) provides a seamless experience between the growing number of channels Intruders.tv is adding to its rosters.
Retaining a focus on the innovators “creating tomorrow’s business, today“, Intruders is expanding the breadth of its offerings to cover Film, Fashion, Mobile and Cleantech, in addition to partnering with leading technology news site the INQUIRER as a content provider.
Best of luck to the team, and a warm welcome to the WordPress family!
[ Visit Intruders.tv ]
Wired has completed the transition of all 12 of their blogs to WordPress, migrating them from Six Apart’s TypePad service:
One of those blogs, GeekDad, announced the switchover earlier today in a post titled “Welcome to GeekDad 2.0“:
We’ve been hinting at this for a couple weeks now, but the mad scientists at Wired HQ finally pulled the switch this weekend, and the monster lurched to life. Welcome to the new look and feel of GeekDad! We’ve switched content platforms to WordPress, which should allow for all kinds of widgety fun and games as we move our stuff into the new place and figure out where to hang things
Congrats Wired on the move to the new platform and we look forward to seeing your team innovate in true Wired style !
[ Visit wired.com/blogs ]
Great write-up from the folks at E. Webscapes Design Studio on their work migrating the popular Colorburned.com site from MovableType to WordPress:
Back in 2008, I worked with Grant Friedman from Colorburned to implement his design ideas into a custom theme for his Movable Type powered site. Recently, Grant approached me again with his desire to convert his MT blog over to WordPress – including a brand new theme design with several innovative features, to boot! He brought his design ideas and specifications and I was up for the challenge…
There are a ton of good tips and reviews of various plugins and methods used to redirect the MovableType links to the new WordPress site. The post concludes with a great summary:
I launched Grant’s new design on the WordPress platform this week and he’s gotten rave reviews so far – and is pretty happy, himself. He’s finding that he is appreciating the WordPress platform, over Movable Type, mostly because it saves time in his, already busy, blogging schedule.
Grant of Colorburned also offers his thoughts on the new design and move to WordPress.
[ Visit Colorburned.com ]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has relaunched their very popular suite of blogs on WordPress MU. They were previously powered by Six Apart’s Movable Type :
AJC’s blogs such as the Junkyward Blawg announced to their readers the move:
The Junkyard Blawg has moved!
Along with the other ajc.com blogs, the Junkyard Blawg has moved over to WordPress, where the blogging and commenting experience promises to be better …
[ Visit Atlanta Journal-Constitution Blogs ]
Very exciting news that Friendster, a popular social networking service with over 90 million global members, has relaunched their blog offering and selected WordPress MU. These member blogs, which are used by millions of Friendster members, were previously powered by Six Apart’s Typepad service.
For Friendster members with existing blogs, all the content was seamlessly transitioned into the new WordPress powered blog. In addition, according to Friendster:
Users can also embed into their blog photos directly from their Friendster photo albums and videos from popular video sites such as YouTube.
Friendster blogs are built on WordPress, an Open Source publishing platform used by millions – including many global top-tier news sites and publishers.
Congrats to Ross and the team over at Friendster for pulling off this massively succesful project – the feedback I’m seeing from Friendster members has been very positive.
You can read more details about this new offering on the Friendster news blog.
[ Visit Friendster.com ]
Three exciting blogs have launched in the WordPress.com VIP program: Hack a Day, Blog Maverick, and Calacanis.com.
Hackaday.com “… serves up fresh hacks each day, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week.” It’s a must-read site with a very strong following and very compelling content.
BlogMaverick.com, Mark Cuban’s personal blog, is always topical and controversial, and a great read. Mark Founded MicroSolutions, AudioNet/Broadcast.com and is currently the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and chairman of HDNet. You may have also seen him on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Calacanis.com is Jason Calacanis’s blog – and while he’s technically retired from blogging (for now) – his site serves as his personal hub and an archive of previous blog posts. Jason founded Weblogs, Inc and is the founder of Mahalo.com a “human-powered search engine”.
As many of you know, all three blogs were previously hosted with Blogsmith, and each of these blogs routinely receives massive traffic spikes which the WordPress.com grid is ideally suited to handle.
[ Visit Hack a Day, Blog Maverick, and Calacanis.com ]
The high-profile Martha Stewart blog, The Martha Blog, has switched from Six Apart’s Typepad service to using WordPress.
On her blog, Martha explains her decision:
In order to have a blog, you need to enlist a blogging platform, which supplies all the necessary tools for getting your photos and text onto the Internet. As my blog has grown in popularity, we realized we were ready to switch to a platform offering more programming options. After careful research, that new platform will be WordPress
Of note, Martha’s former colleague, Margaret Roach, also launched her very successful blog on WordPress, A Way to Garden.
[Visit The Martha Blog ]