Cheezburger Network Open Sources Their WordPress Administration Panel VIP Cheezburger Network, where you get your daily LOLz from one of their 50 popular sites like I Can Haz Cheezburger? and FAIL Blog, have shared the code of their WordPress theme administration panels.

Called CheezCap, it’s a simple library for easily creating custom admin panels.

Screenshot of CheezCap

Cheezburger Network uses a single shared theme across all their sites. In order to avoid having to create conditionals and other per-blog modifications in their theme, they developed CheezCap. Any of the administrators can update the options controlling the layout, design, colors, etc, without having to dig into the theme code.

When asked what motivates his engineering team to participate in the WordPress community, CTO Scott Porad replied:

I can say without hesitation that WordPress has had a hand in the success of Cheezburger. So, to the extent that we can help other people be successful with WordPress, we’re on board!

What I meant to say is… All aboard the WordPress Express! Choo Choo!

Dan Ariely Joins VIP

Delighted to have the insightful and eye-opening author and professor, Dan Ariely, now hosting his relaunched site in our VIP program.

Dan is the author of Predictably Irrational, and the recently released The Upside of Irrationality which he talks about in this short video:

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Rosetta Stone Joins VIP

Rosette Stone, the technology-based language learning company, has launched their new blog RVOICE on VIP:

The new blog, RVoice, will focus on:

… [a] discussion on the role of technology and pedagogy in changing how people learn languages. And we also wanted to provide an opportunity for you to get to know us better and for us to get to know you.

Our intention is not to have a blog just for the sake of being current – no technology for technology’s sake, we like to say. This is about opening up the conversation and providing a focused forum for debate on new ideas and practices in the field of language learning. Clearly, there is lots of soul searching going on out there about tech-enabled language learning – what’s lacking is the participation of leading practitioners and a framework for the debate. We hope to change that.

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Relaunch of 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 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, .

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 VIPs in the coming weeks, with documentation of all the special functions, lots of theme and system info, and best practice coding guidelines for 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.

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The Carter Center Joins VIP Hosting

Exciting to see that former US President Jimmy Carter’s organization, The Carter Center, has just launched their blog, which is part of the VIP Hosting program:

The site will focus on covering:

…updates on the Center’s peace and health efforts around the world. Our blog will feature news and video from the field, photo essays, articles authored by our experts, and more.

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TNT’s Mike Fratello Joins VIP Hosting

Very excited to welcome Mike Fratello to the VIP Hosting program. As many NBA fans know, Mike is the “Czar of the Telestrator” – and works alongside Marv Albert covering TNT’s NBA games. Mike was also previously a top coach in the league:

The site integrates PollDaddy for user polls, as well as Facebook and Twitter in the sidebar.

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UPS Joins VIP Hosting

UPS has announced the launch of their new blog, Upside, which is running on VIP Hosting:

The Upside blog, designed and built by T3 is a “blog created by UPS to share personal insights and perspective about the largest transportation company in the world.”

Some really interesting content posted so far including a video of how UPS and Zappos are working together.

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SEC Launches on VIP

The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) announced the launch today of – a site focused on helping and educating investors:
sec-investor-gov-vip is hosted in the VIP program, and uses a custom theme based on the GPL licensed Vibrant CMS theme.

Be sure to check out the video welcome message from Chairman Mary Schapiro for more details.

[ Visit ] Joins VIP, a daily digest of Mongolian top newspapers, has joined the VIP program:

According to Sansar Jiimen who runs the site, reaches over 100,000 daily visitors – a really impressive achievement given that Mongolia is a country with a population of 2.5 million.

The site was started in early 2004 and has been using WordPress since 2005.  Now that they are on VIP they’ve started to stream popular songs from the former Soviet era days of Mongolia, with plans to bring new video content online soon.

The team at Sonin has also announced that they will be spearheading a new effort to help improve the community-driven translation of Mongolian.

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