10up and ESPN launch The Undefeated

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On May 17, 10up launched The Undefeated, the latest project in our longstanding partnership with ESPN. Like Grantland and FiveThirtyEight before it, The Undefeated examines our world through a unique lens, exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture through “innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary.” We’re thrilled to celebrate the release of The Undefeated, which is receiving accolades and high engagement with its community feature, You Got 99 Words.

10up at php[tek] 2016

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Speaking

Join 10up at php[tek] 2016 on May 23-27 in Saint Louis. We are co-sponsoring the event with our cloud infrastructure partner Joyent, and will be demoing our WordPress Docker composition. Plus, team 10up Senior Web Engineer Steve Grunwell will present two sessions.

In Steve’s first talk, “Professional Development for Professional Developers,” he will show how developers can continue to learn new web development skills without being overwhelmed by an industry characterized by new frameworks and tools cropping up weekly. His second talk, “Building for the PHP Command Line Interface,” covers the characteristics of well-written PHP CLI scripts. Steve will also make the case for writing custom commands, and provide an overview of different command line tools, including WP-CLI, Artisan, and Drush.

Helen Hou-Sandi

I am honored to be stepping in for Matt Mullenweg as the WordPress 4.7 release lead, slated to go from mid-August through early December. Being a release lead for such a big and varied project is no small task, especially since it doesn’t mean I stop being a lead developer, core committer, or 10up’s Director of Platform Experience. I previously led the 4.0 release in 2014 and provided the background music for the video – I might make that a tradition, following an upcoming piano performance for my WordCamp Europe 2016 talk in Vienna (a city associated with composers like Mozart and Schoenberg).

Streamline migrating to WordPress Multisite with MU-Migration

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Migrating a standalone WordPress site to a site network (or “multisite”) environment is a tedious and tricky endeavor.

The WordPress Importer works reasonably well for smaller, simpler sites, but leaves room for improvement. It exports content, but not site configuration data such as Widget and Customizer configurations, plugins, and site settings. The Importer also struggles to handle a large amount of content. Third party backup plugins that are compatible with site networks offer another solution, but they often involve slow intermediary “cloud” backup and restore steps, and the reliable solutions are mostly commercial.
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John Eckman

I will be a panelist at Brightcove PLAY 2016 on May 17 in Boston. The panel, CMS Integrations: Best Practices, will discuss integrating the Brightcove Video Cloud with popular CMS platforms like WordPress and Drupal. I will review the Brightcove Video Connect plugin, which we developed as Brightcove’s official WordPress development partner, and present the plugin’s roadmap, which we will advance with the open source community; we opened the Github repo to the public this month.

10up partners with Joyent to bring WordPress to Docker

We’re proud to announce that 10up has partnered with Joyent to bring WordPress to their Docker infrastructure.

Joyent, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS) company providing software to power their—and their clients’—cloud platforms, knows the difficulties in prepackaging software installations that can be readily moved across server environments. To solve this, Joyent uses Docker, a technology which packages an application with all of its dependencies into a standardized unit for software development. In plain terms, it creates a fully assembled, preconfigured, and portable software environment.

Docker offers several practical benefits for teams building websites and applications using repeatable configurations and industry best practices like testing environments. First, as simple as the WordPress famous 5-minute install is, it results in a default, out-of-the-box configuration; Docker helps engineers fast forward past the remaining configuration. Second, it ensures that multiple installations (local, staging, production, separate servers) mirror each other, so as to allow worry-free code deployments. We made inroads in solving this problem with Varying Vagrant Vagrants, and Docker takes that solution a step further.

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10up client projects win 2016 Webby Awards

The 2016 Webby Award winners were announced on Tuesday. Of the four nominated 10up client projects, 10up is proud to announce one winner of the professionally selected Webby Award, and three winners of the People’s Voice Webby, selected by open voting.

AMC.com won both the Webby and People’s Voice awards for Website: Television.Webby_winner_AMC_c

BBCAmerica.com won a People’s Voice Webby for Website: Best Homepage/Welcome Page.Webby_winner_BBC_c

The MotorTrend.com Redesign won a People’s Voice Webby in Websites: Car Site & Car Culture.Webby_winner_motortrend_c

Congratulations to our selected clients!

Adam Silverstein

WordPress 4.5.1 shipped yesterday, an incremental maintenance release. Co-led by me—with commits from our Director of Platform Experience Helen Hou-Sandí—this release fixes 12 bugs found in the last release of WordPress, chief among them a Twenty Eleven theme singular class issue, visual editor incompatibility in certain versions of Chrome, and a media upload issue with the Imagick extension. For more information see the Codex release notes or consult the list of version controlled changes.

10up client projects nominated for “Best of the Internet” awards

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The 20th Annual Webby Awards, the web’s canonical awards program recognizing the best of the internet, presented their nominees last week. Nominees qualify for two awards: The Webby Award selected by a professional judging body, as well as The Webby People’s Voice Award, selected by an open vote that runs through April 21. Among the many WordPress-powered nominees, several 10up projects are in the running.
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WordPress powers 1-in-7 Webby Nominees

WordPress is strongly represented among the 2016 Annual Webby Awards, powering 1 of every 7 nominees in the Website categories. Nominees span 32 of the 48 categories, recognizing websites marketing major financial institutions and web apps, superstar artists and musicians, government projects, and major media and news outlets.

With its intuitive interface, flexible code base, and focus on democratizing content creation, we’re not surprised to see our go-to CMS solution owning such a respectable percentage of the pack. 10up believes in open technology and we’re glad to see platforms such as WordPress in such high use.

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