New Liveblog Features: Editing Posts, “Smart” Updates

Have you seen our liveblog premium add-on? Since we launched it in September, we’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback.

A quick re-introduction: the liveblog plugin allows you to quickly update a post on the fly from the front-end of your website. It’s super simple, no outside embeds necessary. You can even drag-and-drop in photos, and embed tweets by pasting in the tweet URL. Take a look at our full documentation of liveblog features.

Below are the new features we’ve added this week. Download the liveblog plugin here.

Edit Previous Liveblog Posts

The ability to edit posts was the most-requested feature from VIPs. We’re happy to announce that this feature has been added. To edit a previous post, all you need to do is scroll back in time, click “edit” on a post, and you’ll be able to rewrite history.

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“Smart” Updates

This feature makes it easy for your readers to enjoy your liveblog without being overwhelmed with updates.

If the reader’s browser is sitting at the top of the post, new updates will automatically appear, highlighted in yellow.

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However, if your reader has scrolled down the post to catch up on previous updates, liveblog will wait to update with new posts. Instead, a notification bar will appear at the top of the screen. When the reader clicks on the bar, the new updates will resume loading at the top of the page.

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Post times are also now relative, which means it will display as “2 minutes ago,” with the time updating every minute.

Archive Liveblog Posts

Once the event has wrapped up, you can archive your liveblog. This means that visitors will still be able to see the blog, but the editing tools will go away and the post will stop polling for updates.

You can archive and re-enable a liveblog from the Edit Post page.

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When a liveblog is archived, your editors will see a notification that says the liveblog must be enabled to accept new posts.

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We’ve loved watching our VIPs use the liveblog premium add-on. National Post used it to cover Lance Armstrong’s interview last night, and TVLine used it for the Golden Globes on Sunday. Big Ten Network liveblogs games every Wednesday, and Time.com has used it to cover high traffic events like the iPhone 5 announcement.

Special thanks to Matt and Zack at GigaOM for their help with the smart updates feature, and everyone else that has submitted bugs and feedback. You can see GigaOM’s use of the liveblog with the recent Facebook event.

For VIP SaaS Hosting clients, the Liveblog Premium Add-On is $500 USD per month, with an annual subscription. This includes unlimited liveblogs, and an unlimited number of users visiting, viewing, and receiving updates — all powered by our massive WordPress.com cloud infrastructure.

If you’re interested in giving the liveblog a try, please get in touch!

NYC VIP Party – Thank You!

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To those of you who were able to join us last Thursday in NYC for the VIP Happy Hour, I wanted to extend a hearty thank you – we really enjoyed seeing so many of you there! We had about 120 attendees, ate some delicious chocolate fondue and enjoyed the beautiful courtyard space at the Hudson Hotel. We’re really looking forward to our next VIP Happy Hour – in London next February (more details on this soon…).

If you have ideas for future events that you’d like to see us host or sponsor (both social or professional welcome!), please get in touch. We really enjoy bringing everyone together and we’re looking forward to some awesome events in 2013.

Utilizing Spare Legacy Infrastructure

Who’s got Bitcoin Fever? We do!
(photo by PhelanRiessen)

One of the aspects that makes our service “VIP” is that we’re always listening and responding to the needs of you, our customer. A frequent complaint we’ve heard recently is that people are getting flack because tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of capital costs in physical servers in their IT’s datacenter are now sitting idle after adopting VIP.

Let those servers continue unused no longer!

In line with WordPress.com’s recent announcement on accepting Bitcoin, we’re proud to announce that you can now pay your VIP invoices with Bitcoins as well. (Contact us for conversion details, if interested.)

What does this have to do with those old servers, you may ask? Set them up to use their spare CPU cycles to mine Bitcoins which you can then use to pay for your VIP invoice. You can immediately bring your IT utilization to 100% while still retaining the flexibility and power of hosting your best sites with VIP. Man, talk about synergy.

If you’d like to learn more about our announcement or Bitcoin, you can follow the coverage of the announcement on Techmeme.

Until next month, happy mining!

UPS Joins WordPress.com VIP Hosting

UPS has announced the launch of their new blog, Upside, which is running on WordPress.com 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.

[ Visit blog.ups.com ]

Boys’ Life Joins WordPress.com VIP

Boy’s Life earns a badge as a new WordPress.com VIP.

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Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, is a monthly magazine read by nearly nine million readers between the ages of 6 and 17.

The site is used as an interactive extension of the print magazine. Readers are encouraged to submit jokes, ask questions about gear or gadgets, share hobby tips, and participate in other ways. The site provides valuable scouting information for boys, such as merit badge requirements and scout law.

The Boys’ Life theme has numerous category templates for different areas of the site and displays information about reader submissions by using custom fields. Ratings and related posts utilize the Outbrain WordPress plugin.

[ Visit Boy's Life ]

Sci-Fi Novelist John Scalzi Joins WordPress.com VIP

Science fiction writer John Scalzi has joined the ranks of WordPress.com VIPs.

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John is the author of more than a dozen published titles. He has been nominated for five Hugo Awards, winning the 2008 Best Fan Writer Hugo. He also won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006.

As he notes in a recent post, John made the switch because

This backend robustness and knowledge of the WordPress platform appeals to me, especially after a couple of months of banging my head against a wall trying to do things on my own.

[ Visit Whatever ]