Three Ebooks to Spark Creativity and Grow Traffic
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2014, 11:00 am
Our new ebooks offer prompts to get you writing each day, tips and techniques on taking great photos, and help with growing traffic and community on your blog. What's more? They're free.


New Themes: Mayer and Axon
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2014, 2:10 pm
It’s Theme Thursday! Today, we have two new themes by two new WordPress.com theme shops: Mayer by Pressware, and Axon by DesignOrbital. Designed by Tom McFarlin, Mayer is a straight-forward, solid blogging theme, built to get out of the way and get you writing. Mayer‘s authoritative typography and clean layout …


A New Design for Sharing and Reblogging
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 February 2014, 11:55 am
Interaction is integral to the blogging experience. We've just redesigned sharing and reblogging on WordPress.com to make joining the conversation even easier.


WordPress.com: Proud Sponsor of an Event Near You
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 February 2014, 11:00 am
From cutting-edge conferences to local WordCamps, we had an exciting year full of WordPress-sponsored events. Let's take a look at some of the exciting gatherings we participated in in 2013 -- and some of those we look forward to in 2014.


WordPressers Making a Splash: February Edition
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 February 2014, 11:00 am
The year 2014 started off with a bang on WordPress.com. From landing on the front page of The New York Times to riding the viral wave, our writers enjoyed a great month.


New Themes: Outspoken, Studio, Sorbet, Ampersand
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 January 2014, 5:00 pm
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s jump right in and say “Hello!” to four awesome new themes. Outspoken Outspoken, by new seller WPShower, is a premium magazine theme with loads of customizable features. Multiple front page configuration options allow you to tailor the presentation to your liking, while generous featured images let …


The Look: Give Your Site a Retro Vibe
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2014, 11:00 am
I love that our blogs and websites are truly our online homes. My blog is different from yours — with a specific custom background and collection of fonts, hand-picked colors, and other design tweaks. I’m able to make the space my own in the same way I’ve painted my loft’s …


Around the World in Eight Posts (and Four Photos)
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 January 2014, 11:00 am
The WordPress.com community is a truly global phenomenon. With bloggers spread across every corner of the world, the stories we encounter daily in the Reader give us an unfiltered snapshot of the world we share. Today, we offer you a free round-the-world ticket — through the personal perspectives of people …


WordPress.com welcomes The Bloggess (and more!)
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2014, 11:00 am
We’re really proud that so many great writers from all genres call WordPress.com home. Last week, we welcomed one more — Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess, whose site just moved on to WordPress.com’s VIP service. An incredibly popular blogger and now a New York Times bestselling author, Jenny’s blunt, incisive …


Choosing a Blog Name: Two WordPressers Share Their Stories
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2014, 11:01 am
You’ve been thinking about starting a new blog, but you’re just not sure of one thing: what to name it. WordPressers around the world wrestle with this very important question and over at The Daily Post, we’ve been sharing the secrets behind how bloggers choose to name their online home. …


How To Be a WordPress.com Detective
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2014, 11:00 am
Last year, we looked at the art and science of getting good WordPress support. Now, let’s jump into some of the more advanced troubleshooting techniques you can use to tackle the trickier problems you might come up against. Have you heard the old joke: Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I …


One Theme, Two Ways: Customizing Twenty Fourteen
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2014, 11:00 am
In the two months since its release, Twenty Fourteen has already made quite a splash, becoming the theme of choice for almost 200,000 sites. If you’re a new blogger (hello, Zero to Hero participants!), it likely looks familiar. It’s our default theme for 2014, so it was the one that …


Mental Health Bloggers Widen Their Support Systems on WordPress.com
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2014, 11:00 am
When we start a blog instead of simply keeping a private diary, it’s because we want to connect with others. When you start to blog, you join a community. It comes as no surprise that many bloggers are drawn to online communities as a place to work through challenges — …


Publicize Crash Course: LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2014, 11:00 am
Yesterday, we learned the ins and outs of pushing your new posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Today, we continue our tour of the Publicize universe with the three other social networks you can connect to from your WordPress.com account: LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path. The ability to share your content …


Five Minutes with Steve Blythe
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2014, 11:01 am
Every so often, 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 Happiness Engineer, photographer*, and beard enthusiast …


WordPressers Making a Splash: January Edition
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 January 2014, 11:00 am
We were all impressed earlier this week when we reviewed the incredible achievements of the WordPress.com community in 2013. Even as the year drew to a close, though, many of you found the time to win a few more (symbolic) trophies for your collection of blogging accolades. Before we clear the …


New Themes: Motif and Suits
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 January 2014, 11:00 am
It’s the first Theme Thursday of 2014, and we’re kicking the year off with two new free themes. Motif was designed to help you create a beautiful online presence for your business. You can integrate your logo with the custom header image, present your products with the grid page template, …


2013: A Year in Review
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 January 2014, 4:01 pm
With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com. 13,704,819 new blogs in 2013 That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs. 489,281,136 posts in 2013 That’s …


2013 Projects: 365 Days, 52 Weeks
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 December 2013, 11:00 am
Many of you use WordPress.com as a daily or weekly outlet to develop your craft (as seen in our popular writing and photography challenges on The Daily Post), or as a platform to chronicle your own post-a-day and year-long projects. Some projects are ongoing from year to year, while others have defined …


Add That Personal Touch to Your Blog with a Custom Header
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 December 2013, 7:00 am
One of the best free customization tools on WordPress.com is the ability to upload a custom header image. Using a custom header is a great way to showcase your style and personality on your blog. When readers visit your blog, its header is what pops out first and introduces visitors …


Going Viral on WordPress.com: 26 Million Views and Counting — Seth’s Story
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 December 2013, 8:02 am
On November 2, 2013, Seth Smith hit publish on an article entitled Marriage Isn’t For You. Within a few hours, his self-hosted WordPress site couldn’t handle the tens of thousands of visitors reading the post. He moved his article and then his entire site over to WordPress.com, where the WordPress.com team did some …


Editors’ Picks of the Year: The Best of WordPress.com in 2013
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 December 2013, 5:07 pm
This week, our editors dove into the archives to find and rediscover notable posts published this year on WordPress.com, from nonfiction to poetry, and photography to illustration. These posts have been especially resonant to us and the community, and represent the diversity of voices of our users all over the …


New Themes: Photolia, Flounder, Vision, Bexley, and Bromley
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 December 2013, 7:00 am
This week we have a roundup of no less than five new themes now available on WordPress.com. Happy holidays! Photolia Photolia by UpThemes is a responsive, single-column theme perfect for organizing photos, galleries, videos, and much more. The header area supports a widescreen custom header image and offers three default …


New Theme: Awesome
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2013, 9:55 pm
We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Graph Paper Press theme here on WordPress.com, the aptly-titled Awesome. Awesome is a theme that stuns from the start, with full-width images, video, and other post formats; bold yet elegant typography; and a strong visual balance. Necessities like menus and social …


Customizing TheStyle: One Theme, Five Ways
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 December 2013, 1:00 pm
TheStyle is a premium magazine-style theme, great for news sites and sites with multiple contributors (as well as blogs). Thanks to a modular layout and innovative background animation, it can go from sleek modernity to an engaging tangle with a click. These five sites and blogs perfectly illustrate the potential of TheStyle – …


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