MacDailyNews is the largest Expression Engine migration to WordPress.com VIP ever

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macdailynews switched to WordPress VIP

The WordPress Publisher Blog, an Automattic resource, posted yesterday that MacDailyNews migrated from Expression Engine to WordPress.com VIP Hosting. According to the post, it is the largest migration ever to WordPress VIP from Expression Engine.

MacDailyNews is joining a prestigious list of VIP clients with the move. Brands like CNN, Dow Jones, NBC Sports, Gigaom, TechCrunch, and many others use the service. WordPress VIP Hosting prides itself in its ability to handle, well, anything. Their confidence is probably justified, considering the massive reach of Automattic sites.

According to BuiltWith, 327 websites now use WordPress VIP, compared to just over 36,000 that use Expression Engine. Of course, WordPress as a whole dominates the CMS market with a 45% marketshare, and probably powers 8-12% of all websites.

As you may have seen in a recent article called How Did WordPress Win?, by former SixApart employee Byrne Reese, Automattic is no stranger to actively, and quietly, encouraging prominent brands and websites to make the switch to WordPress. This is certainly a win for WordPress.

Crowd Favorite is responsible for the move itself and the new look. This switch is yet another example of WordPress’ strength in the market as a complete solution for any site’s online presence.

5 thoughts on “MacDailyNews is the largest Expression Engine migration to WordPress.com VIP ever

  1. No offense to MacDailyNews, which i’m sure has some good content… but I don’t exactly look at them as some sort of prestigious brands. Lots of posts and comments doesn’t mean it’s a prestigious site. I definitely don’t think of them when I think of sites like CNN, Dow Jones, NBC Sports or even GigaOm and TechCrunch. Honestly I don’t think of them at all and I have a bunch of Apple related sites that I visit regularly.

    • Hey George,

      I know what you mean, but I do still think it’s significant that a fairly popular site made the switch. But yes, I don’t think there is any reason to believe it’s in the realm of CNN or TechCrunch or any of those… I was just referencing big names that use WordPress VIP hosting. While it doesn’t compare to those as far as VIP customers, a large site switching from Expression Engine (a paid-only service) is cool, to me at least.

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