Elance’s 2010 Q4 Online Employment Report catapults WordPress into the #2 spot for Top Overall Skills in Demand. WordPress has made a steady climb in the Skills in Demand ranking, listed as #13 in May 2009 and #6 in September 2010.
“A number of popular open-source platforms like Drupal and Joomla! are available for online content, but over the course of 2010, WordPress appears to have moved from top contender to top choice: Demand for WordPress experts rose an impressive 15% quarter-over-quarter, moving up three highly coveted spots to #2, trailing only behind PHP programmers. This marks the first time that any content management system has moved into the top three skills in demand by businesses, solidifying it as the undisputed champ of content, for now.”
[Read more in Elance's Online Employment Report]
WordPress was one of three leaders in both rate of adoption and brand strength as measured in the 2009 Open Source Content Management System Market Share Report. The second edition of this report, authored by water&stone and CMSWire, was released today and concludes that three brands – WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal – are dominating today’s market for open source CMS. The report looks at download rates, evaluation and trial usage, and third party support to estimate adoption. Brand strength is evaluated by assessing search engine rankings, Google PageRank, mindshare, social media prominence and reputation.
We’re happy to see WordPress recognized again as a strong CMS option for publishers. The free 96-page report is available at CMSWire.
Source: 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report, water&stone and CMSWire (2009)
We were excited when we found out United Nations University, a think tank for the UN system, had decided to use WordPress to power its OurWorld 2.0 web site. The OurWorld 2.0 site is designed to create a conversation around the question “What can we do when faced with complex, inter-connected and pressing problems like climate change, oil depletion and food security?”
The site uses WordPress to create mini-sites for its three themes (Climate, Oil, Food) as well as to provide more more general navigation and content such as search and the project’s about page. The developers behind the OurWorld 2.0 site use a variety of publicly available and internally developed plugins to get the most out of their WordPress installation.
OurWorld 2.0 is rich in quality, well designed content and serves as a great example of an innovative organization using WordPress in a unique way. The site’s creative director told us, “With more than ten WordPress sites built and run by our team so far, I think that goes a long way to say that we’re more than happy with the platform. And the recent upgrades have only served to make extending WordPress even easier. To make a robust site that just works, I think WordPress is an obvious solution.”
[ Visit OurWorld 2.0 ]
Portland, Oregon has a lot to offer. And with the help of WordPress, Portland.com has had no trouble showcasing some of the many things to see and do in the City of Roses. As Portland.com redeveloped its web site, they decided to use WordPress to power its directory of businesses, events section, and more.
Check out this example of a directory entry powered by WordPress. Without implementing WordPress, Portland.com told us, “we would have had a much more difficult time implementing features and what we wanted to do with the site.”
[ Visit Portland.com ]
oobject is a new innovative site powered by WordPress which is self-described as a “Billboard charts for gadgets”:
Developed by the talented David Galbraith the site uses WordPress in a very CMS like manner, and incorprates the WP Ratings plugin in an elegant way.
[ Visit oobject via Ma.tt ]
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) has selected to blog on WordPress. The foundation raises awareness and funds for the fight against cancer, focusing on cancer prevention, access to screening and care, research and quality of life for cancer survivors.
Champion cyclist and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong founded the LAF in 1997 and it has raised over $250 million to date. The campaign began with the yellow wristbands that had LIVESTRONG imprinted on them and now there are over 60 million LIVESTRONG wristband wearers helping to make cancer a national priority.
[ Visit the LIVESTRONG Blog ]
Discover Magazine, a hub for science and technology news, has selected WordPress for their blogs:
Discover Magazine blog topics range from green tech to science so strange it sounds fictional.
Discover Magazine blogs sport a clean design and encourages cross-blog browsing through sidebar RSS feeds.
[ Visit Discover Magazine ]
Launched at TechCrunch50 this week, Ashton Kutcher’s new site Blah Girls is powered by WordPress:
Billed as a “gossip site that features a group of animated teenage girls who provide opinions on what’s going on in the world of entertainment”, it’s one of the latest video-centric sites to use WordPress in a very innovative way ( see MobLogic.com and Revision3 for two good examples ).
[Visit Blahgirls.com ]
I received a few inquires this week about how to go about paginating a post in WordPress. Turns out it’s super simple and built-in to WordPress core, as detailed below in the Codex article:
Did you know you could split a single post up into different web pages? Using the Next-Page Quicktag from the Write Post Panel, you can break a single post up into different web pages.
Called the Page-link tag, place your cursor in the spot where you want a page break to appear in your post and click the Next-Page Quicktag. You can use it throughout a long post to make two, three, four, or more pages out of the single post.
For more information vist http://codex.wordpress.org/Styling_Page-Links
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 ]