Oh hai, I can haz WerdCampz? Jeremy Wright, CEO, b5media.com T:  @jeremywright   /  E:  [email_address] C: 416 726 3602  /...
10 Things You (Hopefully) Don’t Know About Me 7 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About b5media
<ul><li>I was a…   youth pastor </li></ul>
<ul><li>I was a… </li></ul><ul><li>professional drummer </li></ul>
<ul><li>I ride a…  (it’s outside) </li></ul><ul><li>motorcycle </li></ul>
<ul><li>I rank higher than Ron Jeremy </li></ul><ul><li>on Google… </li></ul>
<ul><li>I require 3 pillows to fall asleep …  </li></ul><ul><li>(head, knees, 1 to cuddle with) </li></ul>
<ul><li>I didn’t go to college </li></ul><ul><li>or university… </li></ul>
<ul><li>I recently lost 45 pounds… </li></ul><ul><li>( MEOWWW!!! ) </li></ul>
<ul><li>I’m a semi-pro </li></ul><ul><li>blackjack player </li></ul>
<ul><li>I’m an  introvert </li></ul>Oh hai!
7 Things You (Maybe?) Didn’t Know About b5media <ul><li>b5media was named for having 5 bloggers as founders. We were going...
Evolution of a blog network Diz is teh histry of b5… srsly…
Evolution of b5media
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Evolution of b5media
Evolution of b5media
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Evolution of b5media
Evolution of b5media
Evolution of b5media
Evolution of b5media
How We Used to Use WordPress Cause kittehs DO NOT WANT be n00bz! Iz good.
Straight WordPress, 300+ installations of it
Widgetized Template, Couple of Interesting Tools
Discovery Zone to Tie Network Together
So Basically… <ul><li>Impossible to maintain independent WordPress installs </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to update template...
How We Use WordPress NOW We maeded lotsa teh bebehs… kthnxbai!
How Things Have Changed <ul><li>From 350 to 1 WordPress installations </li></ul><ul><li>Single WordPress Multi-User instal...
DEMO  TIME!
 
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Jeremy Wright's presentation at WordCamp on pillows, pastors and plugins that power b5media's WPMU install.

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WordCamp Chicago - Jeremy Wright - Building a Blog Network on WordPress MU

  1. 1. Oh hai, I can haz WerdCampz? Jeremy Wright, CEO, b5media.com T: @jeremywright / E: [email_address] C: 416 726 3602 / B: www.ensight.org
  2. 2. 10 Things You (Hopefully) Don’t Know About Me 7 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About b5media
  3. 3. <ul><li>I was a… youth pastor </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>I was a… </li></ul><ul><li>professional drummer </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>I ride a… (it’s outside) </li></ul><ul><li>motorcycle </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>I rank higher than Ron Jeremy </li></ul><ul><li>on Google… </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>I require 3 pillows to fall asleep … </li></ul><ul><li>(head, knees, 1 to cuddle with) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>I didn’t go to college </li></ul><ul><li>or university… </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>I recently lost 45 pounds… </li></ul><ul><li>( MEOWWW!!! ) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>I’m a semi-pro </li></ul><ul><li>blackjack player </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I’m an introvert </li></ul>Oh hai!
  12. 12. 7 Things You (Maybe?) Didn’t Know About b5media <ul><li>b5media was named for having 5 bloggers as founders. We were going to start an ad network, but never got around to it </li></ul><ul><li>We drink a tonne of Red Bull </li></ul><ul><li>b5media is the second largest blog network in the world, 5 th largest ad supported blog company and the 10 th largest “anything blog related” (including WordPress/Blogger/etc) property (comScore) </li></ul><ul><li>We have a mannequin named Ed, who’s our VP of Social Engineering & Development </li></ul><ul><li>We have a company shot, called a Cold War </li></ul><ul><li>The sales team once sold a sponsorship for my desktop, just to piss me off </li></ul><ul><li>We couldn’t do any of it without our bloggers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Evolution of a blog network Diz is teh histry of b5… srsly…
  14. 14. Evolution of b5media
  15. 15. Evolution of b5media
  16. 16. Evolution of b5media
  17. 17. Evolution of b5media
  18. 18. Evolution of b5media
  19. 19. Evolution of b5media
  20. 20. Evolution of b5media
  21. 21. Evolution of b5media
  22. 22. Evolution of b5media
  23. 23. Evolution of b5media
  24. 24. Evolution of b5media
  25. 25. Evolution of b5media
  26. 26. How We Used to Use WordPress Cause kittehs DO NOT WANT be n00bz! Iz good.
  27. 27. Straight WordPress, 300+ installations of it
  28. 28. Widgetized Template, Couple of Interesting Tools
  29. 29. Discovery Zone to Tie Network Together
  30. 30. So Basically… <ul><li>Impossible to maintain independent WordPress installs </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to update templates </li></ul><ul><li>No real interaction between blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of community features </li></ul><ul><li>Simple user experience </li></ul>
  31. 31. How We Use WordPress NOW We maeded lotsa teh bebehs… kthnxbai!
  32. 32. How Things Have Changed <ul><li>From 350 to 1 WordPress installations </li></ul><ul><li>Single WordPress Multi-User install </li></ul><ul><li>Individual sites for each vertical </li></ul><ul><li>Featured Blogs for properties that maintain branding </li></ul><ul><li>Easier for authors </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are more tied together </li></ul><ul><li>Real community features </li></ul><ul><li>Real galleries (coming soon!) </li></ul><ul><li>Much easier to roll out changes, tweaks, services, etc. </li></ul>
  33. 33. DEMO TIME!

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