WordPress in South Africa

Paul De Sousa writes in: “One of South Africa’s largest media groups, Avusa, which owns most of the countries BIGGEST newspapers is now using WordPress. Here are 2 of their MU installations: The Times is South Africa’s first interactive newspaper, it’s part of The Sunday Times which is the countries largest newspaper. Financial Mail is a largely financial newspaper also owned by Avusa. It’s expected that in the near future more rollouts for other publications, newspapers, and magazines will happen as WordPress is ingrained into our online strategy.”

22 replies on “WordPress in South Africa”

Matt – Does this mean you’re up for WordCamp in South Africa!? I’ve been designing with WP for more than a year now, whilst also running SA’s third most popular blog (according to Technorati, the most popular) and it’d be insane if you could visit SA in the near future…

The South African New Media space might be relatively small, but we’re a close-knit and vibrant community… So WP would do well here… Oh come on! Just visit already! 🙂

WordPress Matt Knows About South Africa!

I was pretty excited to see that WordPress Creator, Matt Mullenwag, recognized some WordPress-based properties from South Africa… And unlike Miss South Carolina, Matt seems to appreciate the credibility of these projects!
That’s a breath of…

Paul: Congrats on converting to WordPress. I am originally from South Africa and still have family there, and the technological shift that is occuring is monumental. You are making part of that happne :).

Even our little italian independent media network – – is powered by WordPress MU, after 5 long years with a custom CMS; we are really proud of it! 🙂

Our install have a notable amount of custom code and plugins, and we are willing to make public some of them soon, because if we can use a nice piece of software like MU, we feel is a good thing share something back to the community.

WordPress is enormously popular in South Africa, Matt.

Thanks for mentioning our country in your blog! 😀

The South African Blogosphere is very active. You can find SA blogs on these two aggregators:

I’m a huge fan of WordPress and I have successfully converted two of my blogging friends from blogspot to WordPress just this last year.

Both of them found converting to WP extremely easy and thoroughly satisfying.

Their blogs are:

I know WordPress is very popular in SA, and not just for blogging.

I’ve used it as a CMS for a couple of sites, and it works like a charm. The thing I like most about it is how easy it is to customise.

Of course, after having used it for over 2 years already, I guess it’s easy because of familiarity…

WordPress is taking off big time in South Africa and the players involved are increaing in number. We organise a regular wordpress meetup in Cape Town and there’s a wordcamp being planned for Johannesburg soon as well. SA loves wordpress … did someone say there are other blogging platforms out there???