Born in Texas: South By Southwest 2014 Is Here!
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2014, 3:06 pm
Are you heading to Austin over the next few days? Come say "Howdy" at one of our SXSW events.


Announcing New Embed Support for Getty Images
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2014, 9:00 am
Getty Images' vast library of award-winning professional photographs and illustrations is now at the disposal of every WordPress.com blogger.


New Themes: Sixteen Nine, The Writer, Broadsheet, Wedding
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2014, 12:02 pm
From personal blogs to wedding sites, this week's crop of new themes has something for everyone.


And… Action: Blogs to Visit ahead of the Oscars
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2014, 11:00 am
If you're looking for some movie-inspired blogging ahead of Oscar Night, you've come to the right place.


Planet Automattic: February 2014
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2014, 12:40 pm
From time to time, we check in with Automatticians, the folks who bring you WordPress.com -- and share what they're working on and thinking about, online and off.


New Themes: Tuned Balloon, Yumblog, Lens, Hexa, Singl, MH Magazine
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2014, 9:54 am
Tuned Balloon Tuned Balloon, a new premium theme by new seller Anariel Design, is a music theme designed for bands, featuring a responsive design, widgetized home page, custom widgets, and support for several post formats. Yumblog Yumblog by UpThemes is the perfect premium theme for food bloggers and cooks who want to …


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 …


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