The Art of the Slideshow
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 March 2014, 8:00 am
We visit hundreds of blogs every day, and are often struck by bloggers' creativity. Today, let's take a look at how one blogger has been using slideshow galleries to produce on-the-go animated art projects.


New themes: Tonal, Gridiculous Pro and Mina Olen
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2014, 3:00 pm
Whether it's a business-friendly design or a minimalist look you're after, this week's crop of new themes delivers the goods.


Around the World in 12 Photos
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 February 2014, 11:01 am
Join us on a short but amazingly diverse and colorful tour of the world in photos, courtesy of the amazing photographers on WordPress.com.


WordPress.com Business Users: eCommerce Has Arrived!
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2014, 1:00 pm
Are you looking to build an online storefront for your business? A new ecommerce feature from WordPress.com Business can make this happen -- quickly and easily.


Twenty Fourteen, Unplugged
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2014, 11:00 am
Love the key features of the Twenty Fourteen theme but prefer a more minimalist look? Take a look at how three bloggers reimagined -- and stripped down -- this popular new theme.


Two Tools to Make Your Blog a Supportive, Safe Space
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2014, 11:00 am
Want to connect with others and create a supportive blog community that protects your -- and your readers' -- privacy? Try these tools.


Not Running on Empty, Running On Sober: A Blogger Profile
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 January 2014, 11:02 am
We first met Christy after reading her post, My Grace is Gone (A Climb Out of Alcoholism). The sheer honesty and emotional intensity of the piece resonated with us — so much so — we not only bumped it to Freshly Pressed, we included it in our year-end Editors’ Picks …


The New iOS and Android Apps Have Arrived!
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 January 2014, 2:00 pm
More and more of us are blogging from our mobile devices. Today, we’re thrilled to announce new versions of the WordPress mobile apps for Android and iOS. Here are some of the new versions’ highlights. WordPress for iOS 3.9 The latest WordPress for iOS update is one of our largest …


Starting 2014 Off Right: Blogs on Fitness and Healthy Eating
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2014, 11:15 am
One of the strengths of WordPress.com is the community — a global network of users, learning from one another and supporting each other. Earlier this month, Michelle shared blogs within the mental health community, and we’ll continue to highlight blogs that promote health and wellness. Today, let’s take a look …


Single, Divorced, but Plenty Tall Enough to Ride: A Blogger Profile
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2014, 3:01 pm
There are 47 million blogs at WordPress.com and every single one has a unique story to tell. Today, we’re proud to introduce you to WordPress.com blogger Matt, the man behind Must Be This Tall To Ride, a hilarious and often poignant chronicle of his life as a single divorced father. …


Get your new blog off to a great start (Hint: we can help!)
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 January 2014, 11:00 am
Publishing a blog can be tons of fun, and a great way to make friends and create opportunities. Starting one couldn’t be easier: sign up, pick a theme, and off you go. But maintaining one and building an audience? That takes a little more work — publishing regularly and engaging …


Digging In the Dashboard, Part III: Features for Images
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 November 2013, 11:00 am
So far in our series of lesser-known WordPress.com features, we’ve discussed handy editing tools and neat ways to split up longer posts. This time, let’s leave text behind and talk about three image presentation tools you might have missed. If you’ve been blogging at WordPress.com, you’ve likely figured out how to upload …


WordPress.com News and Numbers: The October Hot List
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 November 2013, 11:00 am
With October in the books, it’s time to take a look at the incredible accomplishments of the WordPress.com community over the past month. Coming in the wake of an impressive September, you raised the bar once again. You’re a (blogging) force to be reckoned with. You published 36,311,289 posts, with a …


Five Minutes with Alison Barrett
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2013, 5:00 pm
Every once in a while, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic’s wheels turning, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. In this installment, we’re delighted to introduce you to code wrangler, video game …


One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Pilcrow
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2013, 12:00 pm
Some themes are so ubiquitous it’s easy to forget their eye-candy potential. Pilcrow, a popular workhorse of a theme, is a case in point. Used by almost half a million blogs, it’s near-impossible to miss its out-of-the-box look: Dig deeper into the theme’s many customization options — both free features …


Your Voice, Live from the Scene: WPrightnow
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 October 2013, 12:12 pm
Do you regularly write about events that affect you, but find it hard to connect with interested readers? Have you wondered where to look for on-the-ground, personal stories on the topics that dominate the news? Today, we announce a new current events tag, WPrightnow, to help strong writers find new readers (and …


Digging In the Dashboard, Part II: Features for Longform Posts
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 September 2013, 12:00 pm
As we discussed in the first installment of Digging in the Dashboard, WordPress.com has so many great features that it’s tough to be familiar with them all. I’m still discovering new ones myself! Let’s keep the discovery going with three more features that might be new to you. This time, …


Blogging on the go just got easier and more fun: Introducing WordPress for iOS 7
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 September 2013, 12:00 pm
Apple just released the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, with a new user interface that streamlines both form and function — it’s colorful and intuitive, but stripped-down and clean. Apple fans have been abuzz since they announced the update a few months ago, and we started …


Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2013, 4:02 pm
The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2013! Set your timers for September 29th! At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really …


Embed Facebook Posts on Your WordPress.com Site
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 September 2013, 10:00 am
Using your WordPress.com site as your digital hub on the web just got a bit easier. We’re delighted to let you know that you can embed Facebook posts directly into your blog. Here’s how. First, click on the date stamp under any post to grab the post’s URL: You’ll be …


New Theme: Personal
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 August 2013, 1:06 pm
Today I’m thrilled to announce that another beautiful theme which offers a more personal touch has been added to our ever-expanding showcase of premium upgrades. Personal is a customizable, content-first theme tailored for writers, journalists, and bloggers. One of the cleanest and most minimal themes in the Obox Themes collection, …


Embed Tweets and YouTube Videos with the Media Explorer
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2013, 12:00 pm
It’s easier than ever to add another dimension to your posts with embedded videos or tweets: announcing the Media Explorer, a new media curation tool that lets you add trending content from Twitter and YouTube without ever leaving your post editor! To access the Media Explorer, simply click “Add Media” …


One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Coraline
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 August 2013, 12:00 pm
There are more than 200 themes to choose from in the Theme Showcase: themes with sleek magazine-style front pages (like Oxygen and Watson), static business and profile sites (like Forefront and Profile), and portfolio designs (like Gridspace). Within this mix are free themes that act as blank canvases for your …


New Theme: Fontfolio
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2013, 1:00 pm
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m excited to share our latest free theme, Fontfolio. Fontfolio is a clean, grid-style portfolio theme originally designed by Marios Lublinski. It includes bold featured images, support for multiple post formats, a responsive design, two custom menu areas, and a convenient search bar in the …


New Themes: Inspiration Laboratory, Nexus, and Fiore
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2013, 1:04 pm
Happy Threeme Thursday! Today, we have three exciting new themes to offer you. Two premium themes, Inspiration Laboratory and Nexus, are perfect for showcasing your creativity, while a new free theme, Fiore, is ideal for any blog. Inspiration Laboratory First up, we have Inspiration Laboratory — a quirky, playful theme designed by Dima Je. …


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