Intensive WordPress.com VIP Developer Training Workshop: March 2012

We offer WordPress developer training to VIPs year-round. Read on for more information.

Do you run a large-scale WordPress site with millions of pageviews per month? Are you interested in optimizing and scaling up your enterprise site and utilizing the latest WordPress features for your content?

The WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop will take place in March 2012, and this three-day event will include a packed curriculum for VIP developers with some special guests, like Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, and Barry Abrahamson, Systems Team Lead for WordPress.com.

The training will be very hands-on and topics will include: WordPress coding standards, security, caching, optimizing themes and plugins, implementing new core WordPress features, and we’ll be further tailoring the curriculum based on registered participants’ input for their preferred sessions.

We’re going to keep the event small, with preference being given to VIP developers and select VIP partners, but if you’d like to attend the event, please fill out this form and we’ll put you on the waiting list if any spots open up.

Here are more details about the event:
March 26: Arrival in the afternoon with a special keynote from Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, on the future of WordPress for developers. Reception & dinner.
March 27 & 28: Full days of training with VIP instructors.
March 29: Wrap-up, farewell breakfast and morning departures.
Pricing: $3250 per person, excluding airfare. Airport transfers, meals and lodging (3 nights) included.
Location: The Carneros Inn, Napa, California

Elance: WordPress #2 for Top Overall Skills in Demand

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 Top Demanded Skill on Elance

Since last year when we wrote about “WordPress in Demand on Elance“, WordPress has surged into the top ten, and now is the sixth most in demand skill on Elance!

Elance Top Overall Skills in Demand Q2 2010

Online publishing dominates this list. It’s exciting that the ever evolving WordPress, built on it’s PHP, MySQL, and CSS stack, continues to be the web development platform in demand.

Elance’s 2010 Q2 Online Employment Report also includes a single profile, that of Ron Z Zvagelsky, highlighting his success as a WordPress Expert on Elance.  Represent!

VaultPress: First Golden Tickets

Very exciting news that invites to VaultPress — a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites — are now starting to be sent out.

Over the weekend we started to trickle out the first Golden Ticket invites to VaultPress. This means that if you’re on the list you now have a semi-random chance of being one of the first people who can sleep more soundly at night because of VaultPress.

If you didn’t receive your invite yet, there is a way to possibly get one more quickly:

If you’d like to move ahead in the line, write a blog post about why you want to use VaultPress and link it here, or tweet why you need your site protected by VaultPress and use the hash tag #vaultpress.

[ Visit VaultPress.com ]

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Available Now

One of the most eagerly anticipated WordPress releases in recent memory is now available for download (or just 1-click upgrade from within your dashboard).

So what’s new ?

Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten.

Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.

As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and blah blah blah just watch the video. (In HD, if you can, so you can catch the Easter eggs.)

[ official announcement post on wordpress.org ]

Levi’s Selects WordPress for Pioneer Sessions

Exciting news that Levi’s has just launched a new site, Pioneer Sessions, using WordPress to showcase “pioneering musicians from rock, pop, soul, and rap to re-craft the classic songs that inspired their sound”:
http://www.levispioneersessions.com/

Conceived by Cornerstone and designed by Wieden+Kennedy, this site is definitely worth checking-out.

[ Visit levispioneersessions.com ]

Mashable on WordPress 3.0: The 5 Most Important New Features

Good summary post from Brian Casel on Mashable today regarding WordPress 3.0: The 5 Most Important New Features:

WordPress has long been known as a dedicated blogging platform, giving users the tools they need to publish their message and interact with readers. However, with the official release of version 3.0, set to drop this month, the platform will be much closer, if not well within the territory of a content management system (CMS).

The list of new features in WordPress 3.0 isn’t very long in comparison to previous releases. However, the changes that are coming will certainly have a significant impact, particularly if you use WordPress as a CMS. Here is a rundown of the most important new features arriving in version 3.0.

Continue reading the full article.

Introducing VaultPress

We’re excited to announce the beta program for VaultPress, Automattic’s new service for protecting your WordPress-powered blogs and sites. Learn more about VaultPress and apply for the private beta at VaultPress.com.

Here’s more about the vision behind VaultPress from Matt Mullenweg’s announcement post:

The vision of VaultPress is to ensure that blogs and sites under its care are always completely secure, regardless of what happens. Today, this means every bit of content will be safe, from plugins and themes to the smallest comment or post revision, with WordPress-aware, real-time, multi-cloud backups. This is some of the most advanced technology I’ve seen interact with WordPress.

In the future, if your site is tampered with in any way, we’ll know within minutes and can take appropriate steps. The VaultPress core engine will be able to protect you against zero-day security vulnerabilities by updating your blog with hot-fixes, even while you sleep.

We built VaultPress to take the worry out of managing WordPress. We hope you’ll check out the beta and let us know what you think.

Relaunch of WordPress.com VIP Site and new VIP Support Options

As many of you know, the VIP program that we run provides two services. The first is exclusive bullet-proof hosting on our WordPress.com grid for high-profile and high-traffic sites. And the second is a program open to all where we provide developer-to-developer support on scaling and development projects for self-hosted WordPress sites.

Here’s a short video explaining the program:

We previously had separate sites for these two services, and recently decided to simplify the sites, and combine them into one, vip.wordpress.com .

For WordPress VIP Support, we also introduced new levels of support based on the feedback we’ve received this past year, including a top tier with a much requested on-site visit option.

What’s Next:
We have some exciting plans for the VIP program in 2010. First up, we will introduce a dedicated VIP Hosting portal for WordPress.com VIPs in the coming weeks, with documentation of all the special functions, lots of theme and system info, and best practice coding guidelines for WordPress.com. A bit further out we plan to streamline the support and ticketing system to provide a more complete 360 view of activity across multiple sites.

For VIP Support, expect new features and improvements to the private forum which will make finding answers more efficient and provide our team clearer information that will make the interactions better. And starting this year, we now include support for BuddyPress as part of VIP Support, and we are already seeing that become a bigger part of many of the larger WordPress powered sites.

[ For more information, please visit vip.wordpress.com ]