Le Monde moves to WordPress

Le Monde just relaunched their blogging services. Their several thousand blogs are now powered by WordPress (they used to be on TypePad). Lots of new WordPress blogs get created every day, but this installation is significant for a number of reasons. First off, Le Monde is the best known newspaper in France, they are highly respected and we are very happy to have them on our platform. They are also the first major WordPress MU (Multi-User) deployment since MU was officially released last week. In addition to MU, Le Monde is also using our Akismet service to keep spam off their blogs and they are the first licensee of the stats package we developed for WordPress.com.

Le Monde joins an impressive list of media publishers who have chosen WordPress as their blog publishing platform of choice, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and many others.

PS: each Le Monde blog will have a powered by WordPress link that points to fr.wordpress.com, our emerging wordpress.com community for French bloggers.

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37 thoughts on “Le Monde moves to WordPress”

  1. C'est bien, ca!

    When I went to the American College (now University) in Paris in 1975, I discovered the French love of good conversation and useful technology. Their choice of WordPress is a natural.

    They will benefit each other to the greater good of both…the baseline of all good blogs.

  2. This will give a bust to WordPress! Maybe Typepad will realise that their payed features are free with WordPress! Real bloggers use WordPress 🙂

  3. Congrats, WordPress: this is a very good move towards quality blogging. And you convinced me in the same time (not a Le Monde user, but a WordPad-soon-to-be).

    Paul Elosegui,

    While Germany is wiki-maniac, France has been very much at the front-head of the blog revolution, thanks to Skyblogs (think MySpace, but in French) and that platform: however (left-wing) conservative, Le Monde and Libé(ration) have been through vey harsh time, and they tried many things to go through. In both cases, blogs were their best move so far.

    I don't thing being conservative is against blogging anyway: if you speak French, you can check out hautetfort.com, very much a right-wing platform: two most frequent tags? Sarkozy, the right-wing "libéral" (read: Thatcher), and Philippe de Villiers, a far-right, conservative, Christian leader.

  4. This is really great news! It will definitely help when I try to convince clients and media that WPMU is a great choice for a blogging platform.

  5. In addition to the widespread use and acceptance of WordPress, maybe it also had a lot to do with the availability of over 100 already developed and tested Plug-In tools for WordPress.

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