Customizing Tumblelog Themes
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2014, 1:00 pm
Tumblelog-style themes need not be completely minimalist. Learn how you can put your own custom touches on Hum, Reddle, and Twenty Ten without spending any money.


New Domains Available to Register
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2014, 1:29 pm
We're excited to announce twelve new top-level domains -- including .info, .biz, .mobi, .fm, and .tv -- that WordPress.com users can register.


Field Notes: Webstock 2014
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2014, 10:00 am
Reporting back from a successful Webstock conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Growth Engineer Dave Martin shares the view from down under.


Show Yourself Off in 2014: Profiles, Portfoilos, and Personal Pages
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2014, 11:00 am
When you refresh your résumé for the new year, why not also refresh (or create!) your online presence? An online portfolio highlights you in a whole new way. Portfolios aren’t just for artists — writers, teachers, architects, graphic designers, and more can use portfolios to share their work. If what you …


Planet Automattic: Bytes from the People who Make WordPress.com
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2013, 11:00 am
WordPress.com is the biggest blogging platform around, and one of the most visited websites in the world. Yet the team that keeps it running is an intimate group of 224 Automatticians (thinking of joining our ranks? We’re always hiring). Among them are the Code Wranglers at work on our great features, the designers who make …


Improved Theme Preview, Widgets Management, and a Responsive Dashboard
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 December 2013, 4:22 pm
We’ve launched a number of updates, from visual enhancements to handy admin tools, to improve your overall WordPress.com experience. Here’s a rundown of what’s new: Improved theme preview: A sleeker preview and selection process for themes. Add widgets with one click: An updated panel makes widget management a snap. Refreshed dashboard: A cleaned-up …


Handwritten Stories in a Digital Age: PostSecret.com and More
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2013, 12:00 pm
In our digital age, we interact with new technologies each day, yet some of us also pine for the past: we cherish handwritten things and value — even fetishize — physical objects. Posts like “Diaries and Connections to the Past” and “Found Objects and Books” reveal a collective nostalgia. Consider a diary hidden …


Nurture: A Funky and Fresh Parenting Theme
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2013, 3:30 pm
We’re happy to announce the birth of our latest theme: a new parenting and tumblelog theme fittingly called Nurture. Nurture is the fourth theme designed by the amazing Denise Chandler, coming after Bon Vivant, A Simpler Time, and Vagabond. Like its siblings, Nurture is lighthearted yet funky — with a fresh, colorful palette and …


WordPress.com News and Numbers: The August 2013 Hot List
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 September 2013, 12:00 pm
Recently, Michelle offered a snapshot of WordPress.com activity in July. The verdict? You’re all busy bees and publish a lot. We’re proud of our community’s accomplishments this past month, too — August certainly sizzled. Here’s a glimpse at what’s been in the works at WordPress.com, through news and numbers. You’re in …


Domains 101: Mapping It Out
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2013, 12:00 pm
A few weeks ago, we whetted your palate with Domains 101: An Introduction to Custom Domains, an introductory post about custom domains. This week, we’re going to delve deeper into the details of domain ownership and hosting your site. Your registrar versus your host Let’s pause the tech-talk for a moment, …


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2013, 12:00 pm
Every post that glides into our Reader offers us a fresh perspective and an opportunity to peer into another blogger’s mind. We’re invited to enter new worlds, and examine the shapes, angles, and textures of the blogging craft itself. This week, once again, the diversity of the WorldPress.com community thrilled us. The three posts we […]


New Theme: Forefront
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2013, 12:07 pm
Today, I’m excited to announce our newest theme. Don’t worry, your calendar is not broken. It’s not Theme Thursday but we just couldn’t hold this theme back any longer! Forefront is a business and corporate theme designed by one of our own, Takashi Irie. The theme is packed with nifty features such as custom page […]


Five Minutes with Philip Arthur Moore
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2013, 12:30 pm
Every few weeks, we’re sitting down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic running, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. This week, we’re very pleased to introduce you to Mr. Philip Arthur Moore: Theme Broker, global nomad, and […]


Meet a Forum Volunteer: Tess Warn
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2013, 11:00 am
If you’ve ever had a question about WordPress.com, chances are you’ve visited our Community Support Forums. Forums are a great place to search for solutions and get answers. While our Happiness Engineers help out in these forums, WordPress.com enthusiasts — people who are passionate about WordPress.com and helping fellow users — provide the majority of [...]


Headed to SxSW this week? So are we — don’t be a stranger!
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2013, 11:00 am
South by Southwest Interactive kicks off this Friday, March 8, and you know Automattic will be there! Whether you need some help with your site, want to learn about the future of blogging, or just want to boogie down with a beer and some barbeque, we’ve got you covered — come say hello, because we’d [...]


Meet a Forum Volunteer: Mike Brough
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2013, 3:00 am
If you’ve ever had a question about WordPress.com, chances are you’ve visited our Community Support Forums. Forums are a great place to search for solutions and get answers. While our Happiness Engineers help out in these forums, WordPress.com enthusiasts — people who are passionate about WordPress.com and helping fellow users — provide the majority of [...]


365 Days, 52 Weeks: A Look at Blogging in 2012
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 December 2012, 11:00 am
At the end of November, we gave shout-outs to bloggers and artists who participated in month-long projects like NaBloPoMo and NaNoDrawMo. As 2012 comes to a close, we also want to highlight writers and photographers who challenged themselves all year — who posted each day or each week, or have established an ongoing project on their sites. These [...]


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 December 2012, 4:00 pm
We’re continually blown away by the posts published on WordPress.com. Week after week, we discover content that’s original. Bold. Honest. The most notable posts make us stop and think. Looking for something to read? Consider these recent posts: Today We Mourn Last night I got an email informing me, “you lost a follower.” That’s when [...]


Musicians Find a Home on WordPress.com
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 December 2012, 10:00 am
If you had any doubt that WordPress.com makes a great online home for your band, the range of artists who are now using it to promote their work and grow their fan base should put that to rest.  New musicians are signing on every day, making WordPress.com the go-to for artists who want sleek, functional, [...]


Manage Slideshows and Galleries — All in One Place
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2012, 10:30 am
We’re excited to announce more updates to the Media Manager, which makes it even easier to upload and manage media on your site. Insert a Slideshow in the Media Manager You can now enable a slideshow in the Media Manager. In Edit Gallery mode, you’ll see a list of options on the right under “Gallery Settings.” Click [...]


Freshly Pressed: Four Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2012, 12:59 pm
No more of this “waiting until the end of the month” nonsense to see what was hot on Freshly Pressed! To keep our Freshly Pressed editors’ picks, um, fresh, we’ll highlight a few of our (and your) favorite posts here every Friday. If One More Woman Complains About the Size of Her Body . . [...]


Introducing WordPress.com Enterprise
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2012, 11:39 am
Today we are happy to announce a new tier, WordPress.com Enterprise, that brings the best of WordPress.com: all of our paid upgrades, including premium themes and Custom Design, and the best of all the built-in WordPress.com VIP features such as 70+ approved plugins which include integrations with top partners such as Flipboard, Chartbeat, and Facebook, [...]


Iconic Photographer Steve McCurry Talks Blogging and WordPress
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 December 2012, 1:00 pm
Steve McCurry, a professional photographer and author of several photography books, shares his reasons for why he blogs on WordPress.com. His iconic photo, Afghan Girl, graced the cover of National Geographic and was named one of the 100 Best Pictures of the magazine. McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the [...]


Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for November, Part I
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2012, 3:50 pm
Smart and timely commentaries from events in the Middle East to Hurricane Sandy. Honest, beautifully written reflections on life, culture, and one’s place within it. Original photography and stunning photo essays, from one’s neighborhood to another’s faraway travels. Simply put, November’s Freshly Pressed posts impressed us. Here are some standouts: Okay, so I noticed the [...]


Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for November, Part I
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2012, 3:50 pm
Smart and timely commentaries from events in the Middle East to Hurricane Sandy. Honest, beautifully written reflections on life, culture, and one’s place within it. Original photography and stunning photo essays, from one’s neighborhood to another’s faraway travels. Simply put, November’s Freshly Pressed posts impressed us. Here are some standouts: Okay, so I noticed the [...]


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