71Miles is a cool new travel site with a twist PM readers will find interesting — it’s built with WordPress. How? Adam Rugel writes “The nuts and bolts of our site is WordPress, it’s our foundation and content management system. We extended it to manage our content feeds: Google Calendar XML for the events calendar, map, and mobile product and Kayak’s brand new hotel API for the hotel deals. We tricked out the custom fields in WP to do a lot the work for us, and we’ve got the categories set up so that we can scale to roll out dozens of editions (NYC, LA, Chicago…). At any rate we’re loving the platform…” Definitely one of the coolest uses of the WordPress framework I’ve seen in a while.
Jim Amos just wrote in that Campbell-Ewald launched a new WordPress-powered site for the US Postal Service, called Deliver Magazine. Congrats to Jim and Naoko McCracken! Ryan noticed the other day that Nancy Pelosi has a WordPress blog at Speaker.gov called The Gavel. Cool domain name, and good to see WP being used in the political realm, especially since none of the Presidential candidates for 2008 are using WP (yet). If you come across or instigate WordPress being used someplace cool, be sure to write in.
Devin Reams has done the first WordPress fan song, check out the music video on his site. Too cool for words.
How WordPress Spoils Developers, I get the impression Brian is bullish on the future of WP. He’s right that we have a lot left to work on though, after 2.1 is out the door I think there’s going to be a ton more core development. Update: I agree far more with the developer-friendly bits than the “no room for anyone else” bits. If the latter arguments were true, WP itself wouldn’t exist and the fact that it’s never too late for something new is a point I emphasize in my talks a lot.
Some folks are putting on a WordPress Meetup at Moscone Center around MacWorld next week. I’ll be there, you should too.
WordPress Wii Edition Plugin, so you can browse your blog from the Wii browser. I’ve gotten a Wii and it’s definitely the device of the season, it doesn’t do as much as the PS3 or Xbox, but it’s way more fun.
Biggest Community Wins. “I picked, in other words, community over open source. And honestly, I have very few regrets about that decision, despite our pending migration.”
PC World – New Tools Help Take Your Blog to the Next Level. “Top-flight bloggers are increasingly moving to WordPress, Automattic Productions’ no-cost, open-source blogging software. Unlike the basic blogging tools found in Blogger, Microsoft’s Windows Live Spaces, and Yahoo 360, WordPress offers tons of plug-ins and widgets for customizing your blog.”
The French newspaper Le Monde has moved all their blogs from Typepad to WordPress, if only I could read French.
People have been telling me that Business Week named WordPress the top of the best blogging tools of 2006, which is pretty sweet. I haven’t picked up the magazine yet, but this link is the closest thing I can find to the list on their site.
A Tribute to Lonelygirl15, new blog from the creators of the original Lonelygirl15. From Tech Republic,Â “Our entire backend that supports the Web site is free because we use WordPress,” Beckett said. “Five years ago, you would have had to buy UNIX boxes and build a custom content management system.”
Simpler integration with WordPress and bbPress, this is getting really cool.
Robert Accettura writes in that Lenovo, makers of the Thinkpad, is now blogging on WP. (And it’s surprisingly good.) Check out this post on their keyboard drainage system.
Happy Pals is a plugin for WordPress to denote relationships within links.
Jeremy Wright’s Business Cards say “powered by WordPress” on the back.
I’m going to be in Austin this weekend for BarCampTexas. I’ll bring lots of WordPress stickers, so find me if you want one. Anyone else going to be in Austin?
Yodel Anecdotal is the new official Yahoo blog, powered by WordPress.