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Quick and simple blogging for following fast-paced events.

Your readers want your updates as quickly as possible, and we think we provide the easiest and the most flexible publishing environment to make that happen. Sometimes though, that’s just not enough.

When you’re covering a fast-paced event — the latest Apple unveiling, an F1 Grand Prix, or the Super Bowl — a full blog post for each individual update is a poor experience for your authors and your audience.

The VIP Liveblog Add-On was purpose-built to address these issues specifically.

Here’s what makes it special:

  • Post updates right from the front-end of your site (no need to use the /wp-admin dashboard)
  • Viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser.
  • Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.
  • There’s no need for a separate site dedicated to liveblogging: every post can be a liveblog, even existing ones.

Check out our in-depth documentation.

If you'd like to check out the code and contribute, join us on github, pull requests are more than welcome.

Author VIP, Automattic
Contributors automattic, nbachiyski, batmoo, johnjamesjacoby
Tags liveblog
  1. liveblog screenshot 1

    The entry form is the simplest possible

  2. liveblog screenshot 2

    Writers can preview before posting

  3. liveblog screenshot 4

    Adding images is a matter of just drag-and-drop

  4. liveblog screenshot 5

    Dragged photos are automatically inserted

  5. liveblog screenshot 6

    Typical liveblog view

  1. Upload the liveblog folder to your plugins directory (e.g. /wp-content/plugins/)
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. You can enable the liveblog on any post's edit page


  • Fix for duplicate entries with lazyloading (props potatomaster)
  • Fix for formatting tweets with lazyloading (props potatomaster)
  • Restore relative date in entries (props davidbinda)
  • Allow template overrides from child themes (props davidbinda)
  • Fix issue with plupload container (props davidbinda)
  • Fix for broken oEmbeds in Liveblog entries (props philipjohn)


  • New "Key Events" feature
  • New "Lazyloading" feature
  • Improved escaping

People who helped make this happen: Jason Agnew, Josh Betz, Sarah Blackstock, Stephane Boisvert, Ian Dunn, Scott Evans, Thorsten Frommen, Mark Goodyear, Chris Hardie, Philip John, Paul Kevan, Connor Parks


  • Rich-text editing!
  • Archived liveblogs now display in chronological order (live ones show reverse chron)
  • New and udpated translations
  • Bump to fix SVN sync issues (thanks @kevinlisota)


  • Fixed a bug where liveblog would show up in secondary loops


The liveblog plugin now requires WordPress 3.5.

New functionality:

  • Liveblog archiving
  • Shows automatically new entries, with a slick notification bar if we have scrolled out of view. With the help of @borkweb and @zbtirrell
  • Front-end editing
  • Pasting an image URL embeds the image


Also a lot of internal improvements and bug fixes. See the full list of closed issues.


New functionality:

  • Introduce many new hooks and filters, which help customization without changing the plugin code.
  • Allow shortcodes and OEmbed in liveblog entries
  • Translations:
  • Add github-friendly version of readme.txt
  • Optimize PNG files

Fixed problems:

  • Fix JavaScript errors on IE8, props @pippercameron
  • Fix preview tab
  • Compatibility with plupload 1.5.4, props @borkweb


  • Backwards compatibility for 3.4
  • Support for non-pretty permalinks
  • Support for permalinks without trailing slashes
  • Fix preview tab


  • Initial release
Version 1.5.2

Requires WordPress version: 3.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 24 Jan 2017

Date Added: 24 Aug 2012

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