Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2014, 4:10 pm
We just gave our emoticons a loving redesign. Check them out: they're sure to bring a smile to your face.


On the World Around Us: A Sampling of Science Blogs
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2014, 12:08 pm
From thoughtful commentary on the history of science to an entertaining blend of science and humor, these blogs have very distinct approaches to science but have one thing in common: a driving curiosity about the world around us.


A Feminist Mix for International Women’s Day
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 March 2014, 12:00 pm
This Saturday was International Women's Day! To keep the celebration going, here are a few of the outstanding WordPress.com blogs by, for, and about women.


The Day We Fight Back: Protest NSA Surveillance on Your Blog
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 February 2014, 1:02 pm
Want to take a stand against NSA surveillance and show your support for privacy? Here's how you can enable the "Stop NSA Surveillance" banner on your WordPress.com site.


WordPress.com by the Numbers: The January Hot List
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 February 2014, 11:00 am
First off, welcome to the 1,321,980 new sites and blogs that decided to fly with WordPress.com this month! We’re glad to have you aboard, and beverage service will begin shortly. Wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into? Here are some January highlights: Taking the 35,000-foot view All across WordPress.com, your blogs racked …


New Themes: Bushwick, Syntax, McKinley, Moka, Gallery
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2014, 5:00 pm
This week we have another roundup of five new themes now available on WordPress.com. Enjoy! Bushwick Bushwick is a fresh, free, and responsive theme designed by James Dinsdale, perfect for blogging. The custom header image has been given a unique vertical treatment, while excerpts are presented in an original tl;dr …


Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2014, 1:42 pm
Write more. Paint more. Photograph more.  Do something amazing. Go down a different path. Challenge myself.  New year’s resolutions — you might make ‘em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring WordPress.com, contemplating your next blog post, and …


Celebrate the Season with this Year’s Holiday Theme and Desktop Background
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 December 2013, 5:00 pm
It’s that time of the year again: every holiday season, we collaborate with wonderful artists to create a festive WordPress illustration. I recently had the pleasure to work with Jacqui Oakley on this year’s version. I think you’ll agree that this frosty, shimmering image is a perfect representation of the season. Holiday Theme …


30 Days, 30 Posts: Wrapping Up NaBloPoMo
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2013, 12:00 pm
For many of you, November was a blur: a crazy, beautiful, writing-filled blur. We encouraged WordPress.com users to participate in BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and post something every day in November. Participants had a lot of fun this month: we discovered great posts in the NaBloPoMo tag page and enjoyed pieces …


Black Friday Special: Try All Our Upgrades for Free
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2013, 11:00 am
This year’s Black Friday special on WordPress.com is our biggest yet. Today you can add any upgrade to your blog for a free 14-day trial. The special sale covers all of Friday, November 29, for all US time zones. Sale started midnight today, and ends on 12:00AM PST on Saturday, …


New Theme: Twenty Fourteen
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 November 2013, 10:07 am
For the first time ever, the yearly default theme for WordPress is ready to go before its namesake year begins. Consider it an early holiday gift from the WordPress community to you, a tradition we hope to continue for many years to come. Say hello to the default theme for …


Tools to Promote Your Events
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 November 2013, 12:00 pm
Party planning for the holidays? Scheming up a New Year’s Eve 2013 bash? Or, maybe you host regular gatherings, like a weekly book-swap-and-wine-tasting night, or are planning “NaNoWriMoNowWhat?” writing support sessions in November and beyond. No matter your type of event, we hope you’re using the tools available to promote …


New Theme: Delight
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 November 2013, 11:58 am
I’m delighted to announce that we have a new theme for you today, and it’s called…Delight. Designed by CyberChimps, Delight is a clean mobile-friendly premium theme that should suit many types of blogs. It offers a number of customization options, including the ability to choose either a left or right …


WordPressers in the Press
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2013, 11:00 am
Last week, Ben offered a snapshot of another great month on WordPress.com. Our bloggers continue to bask in the spotlight, with viral hits and cross-platform success. Here’s a glimpse at what your fellow WordPressers are doing on the web. Parenting blogger hits the New York Times  Parenting blogger and writer Kristen Hansen …


New Theme: Kent
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 November 2013, 11:45 am
It’s the first Thursday in November, and with NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo kicking into gear, isn’t it fitting that our first new theme of the month, Kent, is especially for writers? Crafted by Pro Theme Design, Kent is a premium theme with a clean and simple layout that directs a reader’s …


What a Difference a Header Makes! Three Theme Transformations
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 September 2013, 12:00 pm
WordPress.com bloggers create some truly bespoke sites using our 200+ themes as a starting point — the possibilities are endless, especially if you’re willing to give CSS a try. What if you want something that’s more off-the-shelf, but still feels like you? Using a custom header and background — options that …


From Proofs to Prime Numbers: Math Blogs on WordPress.com
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 August 2013, 12:00 pm
WordPress.com supports LaTeX, a document markup language for the TeX typesetting system, which is used widely in academia as a way to format mathematical formulas and equations. LaTeX makes it easier for math and computer science bloggers and other academics in our community to publish their work and write about topics they care …


Create Presentations Easily on WordPress.com with Shortcodes
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2013, 12:00 pm
On WordPress.com, you can use a number of shortcodes to embed features and create objects with little effort, and make your site look just the way you want. We’re excited to announce new shortcodes you can use to whip up a slideshow presentation — and display it on your WordPress.com …


New for Publicize: Share Your Path Moments
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 August 2013, 1:09 pm
Our Publicize feature, which we recently highlighted, is a quick, simple way to build your readership and share your latest content automatically on other social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. Working with our good friends at Path, we’re excited to announce that you can now connect your WordPress.com …


Digging In the Dashboard: Three Features to Discover
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2013, 12:00 pm
Features abound in the WordPress.com dashboard. When you first got started at WordPress.com, you likely identified a handful of tools that you used every time you posted and then ignored the rest. But after you’ve been blogging for awhile, you might discover some parts of the dashboard you’ve ignored have …


Come Together: A Guide for Group Blogs
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 July 2013, 12:30 pm
Many of the blogs and websites we discover are fertile ground for a mix of voices and perspectives, and for some of you, blogging is a collaborative effort. On WordPress.com, you’ll stumble upon pockets of micro-communities on every subject, from the author-illustrators writing about illustration and design at Illustration Age to the political science PhD students […]


The Art and Science of Getting Good WordPress Support
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2013, 12:00 pm
Imagine this: it’s been a productive WordPress weekend. You’ve been busy puttering away on the new website you put together for your cat-lovers’ club and you’re pleased with the progress so far. You found an adorable kitty-friendly theme, snagged a memorable site address, added some snazzy widgets in all the right places, and you’re finally […]


The WordPress.com Dashboard Gets a Beautiful Makeover
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2013, 12:03 pm
Each day, you blog, you create, and you make things with your WordPress.com site. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the code that runs WordPress.com gets updated dozens of times a day, as we deploy improvements. While you can’t see the vast majority of those changes, there is one improvement we can’t wait for you to see: […]


War and Life Afterwards: An Interview with Brian Castner
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2013, 11:15 am
We’re honored that Brian Castner, Iraq War veteran and author of The Long Walk, makes his official online home right here at WordPress.com. Brian’s history and work are fascinating, as are the writing and photographs he shares on his blog. We asked Brian a few questions about his background, his book, his blogging philosophy, and […]


New Theme: Snap
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 May 2013, 1:00 pm
Happy Theme Thursday! Sharing and managing your work online should be easy, and today I’m thrilled to announce a new theme from our friends at The Theme Foundry that helps you do just that! Snap is a responsive, lightweight, and minimalist theme that makes it easy to feature your projects. Snap’s clean grid based blog […]


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