FCC communicates two plugins back to the WordPress community


Just a week ago the Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) became the first government run organization to contribute code back to the WordPress project. Its first contribution was a plugin, and as of this morning their second contribution is another plugin. The two new additions to the WordPress.org plugin directory are:

  • Faceted Search Widget, which allows filtering by built in and custom taxonomies, and now
  • Count Shortcode, which will count up posts given a set criteria and display a link to them.

Benjamin Balter shared the news of both plugins. He is a New Media Fellow at the FCC, and is also currently participating in a Google Summer of Code project for WordPress (Document Revisions, currently in development).

Balter explained why he is excited about the FCC’s move on their blog (which is currently running Drupal):

 In the vein of “open government,” open source and open data provides an additional layer of transparency: transparency of process and when members of the community contribute code back, it truly is governance by the people.

That sounds like something we can all get behind. Are you excited to see a government organization contributing back to WordPress?

Keith Olbermann’s new Countdown site is running on WordPress in 3, 2, 1…


Keith Olbermann is an American political commentator and writer who recently started up a new-yet-old show on Current TV called Countdown with Keith Olbermann. This new show brings with it a fresh website, which just so happens to be running a WordPress theme built on top of Twenty Ten, designed and developed by a shop called Code and Theory.

Aside from Twenty Ten, according to the source code the site is running the Super Cache and Pods plugins as well.

Olberman’s last episode of Countdown on NBC was January 21, 2011. It was soon announced that Olberman would be  taking a position at Current TV, with a show of the same name.

This isn’t the first political commentator we’ve seen using WordPress for their show or promotion. Are there others we’ve missed that you’ve seen?

You betcha, Sarah Palin’s Alaska is running on WordPress


Sarah Palin's Alaska

Sarah Palin, perhaps the most polarizing political figure today, is now on WordPress. Sarah Palin’s Alaska is a new television series to premiere November 14th on TLC. The website for the show, spalaska.com, launched using a customized 2010 theme.

The website appears Multisite enabled, with four blogs and a podcast each using their own subdomains. As far as plugins, Tweet Blender, Share and Follow, and Ultimate Google Analytics all seem to be in use.

Say what you want about Sarah Palin, but online she is a heavyweight. She has more than 2.3 million Facebook fans, and seems to make the news weekly with her provocative posts. This is yet another example of influential political personalities growing their empires with WordPress.

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear site running on WordPress


Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” happened today in Washington, D.C. You can follow the progress on the rally’s website, which just so happens to be running on WordPress.

At first glance the site is using the Flickr Gallery Plugin to pull in photos from the rally’s Flickr gallery. So far we haven’t been able to identify any other Plugins in use on the site.

Still, it’s nice to know that no matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, WordPress is powering you online.

Glenn Beck launches website using WordPress


Conservative radio and television personality Glenn Beck has launched a website built on the WordPress platform. The Blaze covers “news, information and opinion” and is backed by both Beck and a “dedicated team of writers, journalists and video producers.” In a message to its readers, Beck revealed his reasons for launching the site:

“Too many important stories are overlooked. And too many times we see mainstream media outlets distorting facts to fit rigid agendas. Not that you’ve ever heard me complain about the media before. Okay, maybe once or twice.

But there comes a time when you have to stop complaining and do something. And so we decided to hire some actual journalists to launch a new website — The Blaze.”

Video after the break.

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