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March 24 2017, 8AM

Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store. The apps were originally designed with o... [Admin Bar]

March 23, 9AM

Finding just the right look for your site can be a fun task. If you’re on the Premium plan, it’s about to get a lot more fun: the Premium plan now includes unlimited access to all our premium themes. With over 200 premium themes on W... [Features] [Themes] [premium themes] [WordPress.com Premium]

March 22, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This year’s CMS Africa Summit was my third attendance at t... [Automattic] [Events] [CMS Africa Summit] [Field notes] [Nigeria] [Open Source]

March 21, 8AM

If you’ve ever followed a frequently updating site in Reader, you may have noticed a problem. When one of your followed sites goes on a posting streak, it can easily overwhelm your stream, causing you to miss posts from less frequent sites. Today ... [reading] [combined cards] [reader] [reading experience] [WordPress.com Reader]

March 20, 8AM

We’ve added a new media section to your WordPress.com dashboard, allowing you to bulk upload, edit, and tweak your media files. Let’s look at the changes: Upload Media in Bulk Add new items in bulk by going to Media → Add New to activate the fi... [Admin Bar]

March 13, 11AM

Today we’re proud to unveil some design changes to the WordPress.com editor. It has the same great features you’ve come to expect, but with a cleaner, more refined experience — and a few new improvements, like a distraction-free writing mode... [Design] [editing]

March 7, 12 PM

We are happy to announce WordPress.com for Google Docs, a new add-on that lets you write, edit, and collaborate in Google Docs, then save it as a blog post on any WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected WordPress site. Your images and most formatting will carr... [Admin Bar] [editing] [collaboration] [Google Docs]

March 6, 9AM

Sometimes it’s the little things that count — especially when it comes to your stats. We’ve recently gathered some of your feedback and used it to work through a few renovations. Let’s take a quick tour! Today First: Many of you wan... [Features] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [statistics] [Traffic]

March 2, 12 PM

This Theme Thursday, I’m happy to share Lodestar, our new free theme! Lodestar Designed by Mel Choyce, Lodestar is perfect for your small business or organization’s website. The theme allows you to create a one-page website, showcasing all you... [Themes]

11AM

With the recent news about Medium’s change in business model we’ve been receiving a number of requests from users on how to import their content to a WordPress.com site. We’re excited today to share our new import tool for moving from Me... [Admin Bar] [Import] [Medium]

February 21, 7AM

Sharing your posts on social media is a great way to ensure your site or blog gets traffic. Our Publicize feature makes it easy to automatically share your new posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks. But what about your previously pu... [Social] [Facebook] [Publicize] [social media] [Twitter]

February 2, 1PM

Hello there! Today I’m announcing the latest additions to our free-themes collection: TextBook and Dara. TextBook Designed by Allan Cole, TextBook is aimed at helping schools, colleges, and other non-profit organizations to distribute and archiv... [Themes]

January 12, 8AM

We know a lot of WordPress.com users loving sharing their photos, and we know a lot of you use Adobe’s Lightroom. Now we’ve made it even easier: with our new Lightroom plugin you can export direct from Lightroom to WordPress.com. Just select one or mu... [Admin Bar]

December 16, 8AM

It’s been a year of highs and lows, but one thing is certain: all of us at WordPress.com’s parent company Automattic are proud of what this community has accomplished in the past year. Your work is supported by a company of more than 500 peopl... [Automattic] [Milestone] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [2016] [Best of 2016] [year in review]

December 15, 7AM

Virtual Reality is coming to WordPress.com! As of today, you can create and publish your own VR content on any WordPress.com site, starting with 360° photos and 360° videos (beta), and you can view regular photos and panoramas in VR. Our goal is to mak... [Embeds] [New Features] [Photos]

December 14, 1PM

Reader is WordPress.com’s town square, where you can follow your favorite sites and read them in a distraction-free environment. We’ve been working on a refresh for months, and we’re thrilled to share it with you today. For readers, ... [Features] [reading] [WordPress.com] [reader] [WordPress.com Reader]

December 1, 9AM

Howdy all! Today I’m happy to present a new free theme in our collection: Ixion Designed by Mel Choyce, Ixion is a clean and professional theme for schools, non-profits, and organizations. Put your most exciting news front and center with a custom ... [Themes]

November 25, 8AM

Internationalization is very important to us, and we’re striving to make sites across WordPress.com accessible to all, such as your international followers and multilingual readers. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the Google Translate Widge... [international] [Localization] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [Google translate] [internationalization] [languages] [translation]

November 22, 8AM

The second annual WordCamp US, the biggest WordCamp in North America, is next month! Join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 2-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. WCUS features three tracks. Sessions include “Five Newsroom Tips for Bet... [Community] [Contributor Day] [Open Source] [WCUS] [WordCamp] [WordCamp US]

November 21, 8AM

Today’s the day! Now you can search for the .blog domain of your choice and associate it with your WordPress.com site. As we announced in May, the launch of .blog, a new top-level domain extension, means there are millions of easy-to-remember addresses ... [New Features] [WordPress.com]

November 15, 3PM

Web and marketing designer Matt Sweeny builds websites on WordPress.com for a range of clients, including a landscape and design service, a cheese company at holiday markets, a public relations firm for toy manufacturers and retailers, and an indie folk b... [Community] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [web design] [websites]

November 2, 12 PM

If you’ve ever had a great idea for a name for your blog or website, now’s your chance to snap it up: today marks the start of the “Landrush” phase for the all-new .blog domain names. That means you can apply now to get early access to a .blog web... [Better Blogging]

November 1, 12 PM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, we report back on the exciting things we do when not in front of a computer. I’d like to share some experiences from the Gra... [Events] [GHC] [Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing] [women in tech]

October 14, 7AM

The newest version of iOS for iPhone and iPad includes the ability to send stickers to your friends with the iMessage apps — and now you can share your love of WordPress with them, too! WordPress World is a free iMessage Sticker app for iOS 10, a... [Admin Bar] [Apple] [iOS] [mobile] [stickers]

October 6, 3PM

Earlier this year we were proud to announce that WordPress.com users’s sites would automatically support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) — a new open-source project spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the performance of web pages on mobil... [Admin Bar] [mobile] [AMP] [Open Source] [Pages]

October 5, 1PM

It’s time! As a company whose mission is to democratize publishing, we believe strongly in helping everyone in our community make their voice heard regardless of their political affiliation. So we’ve teamed up with HelloVote to make it easy to reg... [Community] [WordPress.com] [election] [HelloVote]

October 3, 1PM

Today we are adding a new feature to our WordPress.com Business Plan that will make it easier for visitors to discover your site. Our new Advanced SEO tools will help you optimize your site for search engines and social media sharing. Let’s explo... [Social] [upgrade] [WordPress.com]

September 30, 9AM

From September 19 to September 26, we invited members of the WordPress community to join us in one of our favorite yearly traditions: the Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5K (open to runners, walkers, cyclists, and hikers — and any other type of ambul... [Automattic] [Community] [international] [WordPress] [Wrapup] [Diversity] [wwwp5k]

September 26, 10AM

Hi everyone, it’s been a busy few weeks in the world of WordPress, WordPress.com, and Automattic, so I thought I’d share a roundup with all of you! Here’s a rundown: Welcome to WordPress We are proud to host the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s new ... [Automattic] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [Company] [distributed] [news] [publishers] [wordpress.com vip]

September 12, 9AM

The Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k) is back and better than ever! Any time between Monday, September 19th to Sunday, September 25th, lace up your running/walking/hiking/hopping shoes and join us for the 5k blogged about around the world! Automatticians... [Community] [Events] [Fitness] [running] [walking] [wwwp5k]

September 9, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Today I’d like to share some experience... [Community] [Events] [Diversity] [Field notes] [Wonder Women Tech]

August 30, 9AM

We’re excited to announce a newly launched Customizer panel called Content Options. The Content Options section gives you an easy way to make small visual modifications across your site—like hiding the post date or displaying an excerpt instead of... [Customization] [Content Options]

August 29, 8AM

  The Data Team at Automattic is pleased to announce a new blog for everyone who loves data! Data for Breakfast will feature posts about our data stack, trends in WordPress.com usage, and whatever currently tickles our data fancy. We’re data sc... [Automattic] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [blog] [Data] [data.blog]

August 23, 9AM

Thousands of bloggers have used Blogging U’s step-by-step email courses to get started, grow as writers, create beautiful websites, learn the ins and outs of WordPress.com, push their photography skills, and more. There are ten different courses c... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Customization] [Writing] [blogging u.] [Business Sites] [Email] [Photography] [WordPress.com education]

August 18, 8AM

If you’ve been looking for the perfect address for your blog, it’s about to get even easier. Millions of new .blog domain names (like yourname.blog) will be available this November — and starting today, you can apply to secure your own domain na... [Domains] [New Features] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [blog] [custom domains] [dotblog] [names]

August 11, 9AM

Your Instagram account is a great way to share your life, products, and services online. With all that great content, why not showcase your Instagram account on your website or blog? Learn three ways WordPress.com makes it easy and discover other sites th... [Customization] [Embeds] [Features] [howto] [Photos] [Social] [Technical] [Widgets] [Embeds] [How to] [Instagram]

August 10, 9AM

Today we’re launching a feature that will show instant notifications for new comments and likes — even when you are not actively using WordPress.com. Browser notifications give you a real-time sense of your readers’ reactions, allowing you t... [Admin Bar] [New Features] [Notifications] [WordPress.com] [Push Notifications]

July 27, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement ... [Automattic] [Community] [Events] [WordPress.com] [Better Blogging] [Conferences] [podcasting] [podcasts]

July 13, 9AM

As part of our effort to build a localized Spanish-speaking support team, the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic recently had the opportunity to connect with WordPress communities in Argentina and Spain. From speaking engagements to networking events,... [Community] [international] [Localization] [Support] [WordPress.com] [Argentina] [Happiness Hiring] [hiring] [meetups] [recruiting] [Spain] [Spanish]

July 11, 10AM

Lots of us like to share photography on our sites, so we’re excited to add two photography courses to the Blogging U. library! These free 10-day courses help you sharpen your visual eye so you can create a beautiful photoblog, enhance your website w... [Better Blogging] [Photos] [blogging u.] [Guided Courses] [photoblogging] [Photography]

July 7, 9AM

It’s Theme Thursday, and I’m excited to present a new free theme called Karuna! Karuna Karuna, designed by Mel Choyce, is a clean business theme designed with health and wellness-focused sites in mind. With bright, bold colors, prominent feat... [Themes]

July 6, 9AM

Every WordPress.com site displays a footer credit — a line of text at the bottom of the page — which links to our homepage and to the theme you’re currently using. These links help your visitors set up a WordPress site of their own,... [Customization] [Features] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Customizer] [footer] [footer credit] [theme]

June 20, 12 PM

Ready to dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of your WordPress.com site? We’ve got two new Blogging U. courses on demand to help you do just that. Build a Business Site Build a Business Site is a brand-new, ten-day course that helps you plan, buil... [Better Blogging] [Customization] [WordPress.com] [blogging u.] [Business] [Courses]

June 3, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Grow Leadership Ac... [Community] [Events] [international] [Cape Town] [Grow] [Grow Leadership Academy] [RLabs] [South Africa] [Training] [WordPress.com]

June 2, 10AM

WordPress.com has always taken care of your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) behind the scenes. Whether you have a free site or paid plan, we index your posts and pages so that the Googles and Bings of the world can easily find them. Many of ... [Dashboard] [Features] [New Features] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [building traffic] [growth] [SEO] [Traffic]

May 31, 11AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. Last week I attended the first ever SupConf, held at Automat... [Community] [Events] [Automattic] [Conferences] [Field notes] [SupConf]

May 20, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, designers Kjell Reigstad and Mel Choyce and code... [Community] [Events] [An Event Apart] [Conferences] [Design] [Field notes]

May 19, 11AM

It’s Theme Thursday again, and we have a brand new free theme called Rebalance to share with you! Rebalance Rebalance is an elegantly simple portfolio theme for photographers, artists, and graphic designers looking to showcase their work. It was desi... [Themes] [free themes] [WordPress.com]

May 16, 9AM

Over the past two and a half years, thousands of bloggers have used Blogging U. — step-by-step courses with manageable daily assignments and pro tips from WordPress.com staff — to get started with WordPress.com, grow as writers, push their pho... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Support] [blogging] [blogging classes] [blogging u.] [blogging101] [poetry] [Writing]

May 12, 9AM

For more than a decade, the word “blog” has been synonymous with “your home on the web.” And since 2005, WordPress.com has been proud to help you create a unique space that is all yours. Now we’re excited to announce a brand... [Automattic] [Domains] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [blog] [custom domains] [TLD] [TLDs] [top-level domains]

May 11, 9AM

Every day, people from across the globe start their own websites on WordPress.com to share everything from their latest thoughts on current events to family recipes passed down through several generations. Among this group are Grace and Georgie, who start... [Features] [Attempting Vogue] [choosing a theme] [getting started]

May 4, 12 PM

Some of the best blogging advice we hear is from you. On Discover, we publish interviews and profiles of bloggers around the world, who also impart their own tips on how they’ve gotten the most out of WordPress.com. If you’ve missed these ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [discover] [Blogging Tips]

April 28, 9AM

I’m happy to introduce two new themes in our collection: Affinity and Shoreditch. Affinity Affinity, designed by yours truly, is a classic one-page theme designed with weddings and family announcements in mind. Collect everything you need for you... [Themes] [Affinity] [Shoreditch]

April 27, 9AM

Karen Arnold, Deborah Beckett, Erica Varlese, and Pam Kocke work on the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic. They hire new Happiness Engineers who support users on WordPress.com and Automattic products. In May and June, they’ll visit WordPress and W... [Community] [hiring] [international] [Argentina] [Europe] [recruiting] [Spain] [Vienna] [WordCamp] [WordCamp Europe]

April 20, 9AM

We love celebrating the achievements of those who use WordPress to share their talents with the world, so here are three recent success stories we thought you’d enjoy. If you’re thirsty for more in-depth profiles of WordPressers and their ac... [Community] [WordPress.com] [blog to book] [Books] [media] [podcasts]

April 15, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Today I share my experiences meeting and get... [Community] [Events] [Business] [CMS Africa Summit] [Open Source] [Uganda]

April 14, 9AM

It’s Theme Thursday time, which means we have some more awesome themes to share. Rowling Originally designed by Anders Norén, Rowling is a clean, simple, and elegant magazine theme that’s versatile enough for you to use on just about any k... [Themes] [free themes] [responsive themes] [Rowling]

April 13, 8AM

Our users — and your sites’ visitors — share millions of WordPress.com posts every day across social networks, and today we’re excited to announce sharing buttons for three more services: WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype. Here’s h... [settings] [Social] [WordPress.com] [sharing] [Sharing Buttons] [Skype] [social media] [telegram] [Text Messaging] [whatsapp]

April 8, 10AM

Today we are excited to announce free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. This brings the security and performance of modern encryption to every blog and website we host. Best of all, the changes are automatic — you won’t nee... [Features] [security]

March 30, 9AM

A few months ago, we launched a spandy-new post editor, updates to the WordPress.com Reader, and a WordPress.com desktop app. They’re all designed to make publishing and managing your sites easier, from more effective auto-saving to quicker creation... [Better Blogging] [Dashboard] [New Features] [WordPress.com] [hyperlinks] [mobile devices] [Site management] [WordPress.com Reader]

March 29, 9AM

Blogging is a great way to communicate with your customers and reach new ones. Business owner Phoebe Clare blogs at Sage and Clare, where she documents her exotic trips scouting merchandise for her online home decor store she runs with Jemma Sage. Learn... [Better Blogging] [Tags] [blogging] [Business] [Publicize] [SEO] [tagging]

March 23, 9AM

Automatticians, the people behind WordPress.com, can be found in just about every corner of the globe, but it’s not every day that we have the singular opportunity to promote open source software and meet some of the amazing communities that help b... [Community] [Events] [international] [CMS Africa Summit] [Kampala] [Uganda]

March 7, 9AM

Longreads has been connecting readers with quality stories since 2009, and since joining Automattic in 2014, we’ve published more than 100 pieces of original reporting, essays, and book excerpts from talented writers and reporters from across the gl... [reading] [longreads]

February 24, 8AM

Your sites are about to get even faster on mobile devices: starting today, WordPress.com sites support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) – a new initiative spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the speed of your pages loading on phones and tablets... [Admin Bar] [Features] [mobile] [New Features] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [accelerated mobile pages] [AMP] [articles] [publishing]

February 17, 8AM

You wake up one morning, check your phone, and spit out your coffee. You have thousands of likes on Facebook, hundreds of retweets, and an inbox that has exploded. Your little blog — which normally gets a dozen views per day and has an audience of ... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [growth] [viral] [virality]

February 10, 8AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, I share my experience at the Codex Hackathon. We... [Admin Bar] [Community] [Events] [Conferences] [Field notes] [publishing] [reading]

January 28, 9AM

On this Theme Thursday, I’m happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Revelar Designed by Automattic’s own Filipe Varela, Revelar is a single-column blogging theme with a fresh, modern look. Designed to showcase your g... [Themes]

January 27, 11AM

Every year we release an annual flagship theme as a blank canvas for bloggers, artists, professionals, and business owners. This year’s creation, Twenty Sixteen, is a gorgeous theme that celebrates a classic WordPress layout yet injects it w... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [custom design] [Customizing] [layout] [minimalist] [Static Front Page] [Twenty Sixteen]

January 21, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday, everyone! Today we have two new free themes for your perusal. Escutcheon Escutcheon, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce, boasts a smoky color palette and bold typography. It’s a striking theme for writers who want t... [Themes]

January 20, 9AM

Late in 2015, we launched Discover — a site to showcase the people who use WordPress and the amazing things they make and do. There, we publish editors’ picks from across the WordPress landscape as well as in-depth features on WordPressers mak... [Community] [discover] [art] [discover] [Features] [Interviews] [Photography] [WordPress] [Writing]

January 14, 9AM

Special milestones deserve special websites. This Theme Thursday, we’re introducing a fresh take on our classic wedding theme. Toujours Toujours — a refresh of our popular Forever theme — has a simple, elegant design that’s perfect for plan... [Themes]

January 13, 8AM

The new year is a great time to hit refresh and set new goals. If your website looks and feels a little stale, now is the time to make a change! Here are three quick ways to freshen up your personal or business website: Take Inventory Is your content stil... [Customization] [WordPress.com] [blogging] [Business] [Features] [WordPress]

January 7, 9AM

It’s the New Year, and we’re excited to kick it off with a new free theme! Canapé Canapé is a bold and refined theme, designed to help you create a beautiful online presence for your restaurant. Integrated with food menus, testimonials, and the Ope... [Themes]

January 6, 7AM

Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments. That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part ... [Admin Bar] [Community] [hiring] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of 2015] [year in review]

December 23 2015, 9AM

Thinking of starting a blog, or re-committing to an older one? Blogging’s more fun with a little help from your friends: join us in Blogging U. for Blogging 101: Zero to Hero this January, and give your blogging skills a boost. Blogging U. course... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [blogging101]

December 22, 10AM

The last few weeks of the year are the perfect time to look back and reflect on our most memorable work, so we asked a few bloggers to tell us about one blog post they put together in 2015 that they especially liked. Here are their responses. Myfanwy, myf... [Community] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of 2015] [Writing]

December 17, 9AM

Today, we’re welcoming a new free theme to our collection: Pique. Pique Pique is a stylish and modern theme designed as a one-page scrolling site, giving your customers easy access to all your information in one place. Personalize your site by addi... [Themes] [free themes]

December 16, 8AM

You may not bother with resolutions for the new year, but setting goals for your blog helps you to (re)focus and shape your online home. We asked a diverse mix of bloggers: What’s the most important goal you have for your site in 2016? Lisa Jakub L... [Better Blogging] [Community] [WordPress.com] [goals] [resolutions]

December 10, 8AM

We’re pleased to announce that Twenty Sixteen — the new WordPress default theme designed by Takashi Irie — is available to all WordPress.com sites. Twenty Sixteen is a fresh take on the traditional blog format, with great features incl... [Themes]

December 9, 10AM

You asked, and we answered—quickly! Just weeks after unveiling the all-new WordPress.com and desktop app for Mac, we’re thrilled to introduce our new Windows app. Now you can manage your sites, write and publish, and even customize your site and vie... [Admin Bar] [Applications] [Features] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [desktop app] [wordpress.com for windows]

December 7, 8AM

It always makes us happy to hear about the achievements of writers, photographers, and artists who choose WordPress.com as their home on the web. Today, let’s celebrate recent exciting news from Gaia Vince, Max Becherer, and Rolli. A writer with a m... [Community] [WordPress.com] [book award] [Books] [comics] [environment] [flash fiction] [media] [photojournalism] [publishing]

December 4, 8AM

We always strive to make your sites run as quickly and smoothly as possible, both on the front end and under the hood. So we’re happy to announce that the WordPress.com image service, which delivers the beautiful images you use in your posts to ... [Jetpack] [New Features] [Photos] [images] [WebP]

November 27, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Last week, Happiness Engineers Marjorie R. As... [Events] [Field notes]

November 23, 10AM

What if WordPress.com helped you… … update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app? … manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device? … spend less time on administration and uploading and more ... [administration] [Applications] [Better Blogging] [Dashboard] [Features] [Jetpack] [New Features] [WordPress.com] [App] [desktop app] [discover] [Open Source] [wordpress.com app]

November 18, 9AM

Telling stories has power; they connect us, help us work through the raw emotion, and give us a way to make sense of events. After last week’s devastating violence in Paris and Beirut, these nine bloggers shared theirs, helping us do just that.... [Community] [Beirut] [Paris] [terrorism]

November 16, 1PM

From parents and poets to journalists and politicians, WordPress.com’s publishing tools allow people to make their voices heard. We have heard your excellent feedback on our interim editor and today, we’re excited to introduce our new editor: a faster... [editing] [Jetpack] [New Features] [Posting] [Writing] [editor]

November 12, 9AM

This Theme Thursday, we’re introducing a new free theme: Dyad. Dyad pairs text and images in a balanced, dynamic layout, making it perfect for blogs where words and photographs need equal weight. Featured Images are displayed in different size... [Themes]

November 11, 8AM

What makes a great blog post? We all have our pet criteria: sharp prose. Enlightening content. Stunning photos. (“Lots of GIFs?” Sure, why not?) Beyond its style or tone, a standout post invites us to take a peek into another person’s... [Freshly Pressed] [reading] [best of wordpress] [classical music] [College] [history] [pop culture] [Roundup] [Writing]

November 9, 12 PM

We’re less than a month away from the inaugural WordCamp US, the largest WordPress conference in the world. Join us in Philadelphia for two days of informative sessions and stimulating conversations with everyone from blogging newbies to the most ex... [Events] [WordCamp] [Philadelphia] [WordCamp US] [WordPress]

November 6, 8AM

When you create a free website on WordPress.com, your site’s default address will look something like example.wordpress.com. When you’re ready to build your professional presence, buying a custom domain — such as yourgroovydomain.com — is a grea... [Domains] [Business] [custom domains] [Customizing] [Small Business] [website] [WordPress.com] [WordPress.com Business]

November 5, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to present a new free theme in our collection, Button. Button Button is a theme that’s as cute as its name. With detailed accents, featured images, gallery slideshows, and a soft color palette, Butto... [Themes]

November 4, 9AM

Last week we asked the WordPress.com community to join us for 5 km of walking, jogging, running, or hiking as part of our annual Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5K. The response was fabulous — check out some stories and photos from bloggers who parti... [Community] [Fitness] [running] [walking] [WordPress] [wwwp5k]

October 29, 9AM

Building a beautiful website for your business begins with choosing a theme — a design that controls page layout, widget areas, and default style. With more than 350 free and paid themes on WordPress.com, selecting a theme for your business website... [howto] [Themes] [CSS] [Customization] [Design] [theme] [Widgets] [WordPress.com]

October 28, 9AM

Every day, people from all around the world start a site on WordPress.com to share everything from photos from their latest adventures to deeply personal stories from their lives. What motivates them to do so? We asked seven bloggers from the WordPress.co... [Community] [General] [Writing] [blogging] [Busy Mockingbird] [Developing Dad] [Problems With Infinity] [table twenty eight] [Writing]

October 23, 9AM

The 2015 edition of the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k (#WWWP5k) is around the corner! Automatticians already hit the trail at our company meetup last week. It was early — the sun was barely peeking behind the mountains in Park City, Utah — but... [Community] [Events] [Fitness] [running] [wwwp5k]

October 21, 9AM

Looking for more traffic? Social media is your best friend. Every Facebook like and retweet helps you grow your audience and attract more customers. To ace your online strategy, optimize your website for social media. From widgets to share buttons, here ... [Social] [Widgets] [Features] [Publicize] [sharing] [Traffic] [Twitter]

October 9, 9AM

Launching a magazine? At WordPress.com, you can choose from an ever-growing collection of themes. Here are four free and four premium themes to promote a wide variety of content. Canard Launched earlier this year, Canard showcases writing and photo... [Community] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Magazine]

September 30, 9AM

Out-of-the-box, Libre is an understated, reader-friendly theme that’s already become a WordPress.com favorite. As movie review blog Empty Screens demonstrates, it’s both crisp and classic: Head to the Customizer, though, and you can buil... [Customization] [Themes] [custom backgrounds] [custom headers] [Google Fonts] [libre]

September 23, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Earlier this month, Happiness Engineers Kathr... [Community] [Events] [Conferences] [Diversity] [Field notes] [inclusion] [Tech Inclusion]

September 18, 8AM

“At unexpected points in life, everyone gets waylaid by the colossal force of recollection.” –Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir Every day, millions of people share their most intimate thoughts, stories, and memories on a WordPress.com site — an... [Admin Bar] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [Essays] [gendermom] [intimacy] [israel gutierrez] [mary karr] [Memoir] [Personal]

September 17, 8AM

Today, I’ve got a great new theme for you called Sapor. Sapor is a minimal theme that lets you showcase your passion, whether it’s cooking or gardening or healthy living. Whatever you enjoy, Sapor allows you to easily share that passion. Thi... [Themes]

September 10, 9AM

Karen Arnold and Erica Varlese work on the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic, where they hire new Happiness Engineers who support users on WordPress.com and Automattic products. They met with the Brazilian WordPress community last week and wanted to sha... [Events] [hiring] [international] [WordCamp] [Brazil] [Happiness Engineer] [Sao Paulo] [Support] [WordCamp Rio de Janeiro] [WordPress Sampa]

September 7, 8AM

People all over the world were horrified last week when they saw the picture of a dead Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, being picked up from the beach in Turkey. His family’s attempt to escape the brutal civil war in their country had ended in tragedy. ... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [activism] [Human Rights] [refugee crisis] [Roundup]

September 2, 8AM

The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each oth... [Community] [blogging] [Roundup]

August 27, 9AM

On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports fea... [Themes]

August 26, 11AM

We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter wh... [Admin Bar] [Features] [New Features] [WordPress.com] [Action Bar] [mobile] [navigation]

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If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or we... [Resources] [Customization] [quick-start guide] [WordPress.com education]

August 21, 8AM

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Au... [Community] [Events] [Accelerate] [Diversity] [Google] [lgbt]

August 19, 9AM

Our websites are our online homes. It makes sense that we want to give them personality and warmth, just like we do with our physical homes. One of the simplest updates with the biggest impact is a custom header, a completely free feature that’s a... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [Customizing] [Design]

August 13, 9AM

On this Theme Thursday, we’re happy to announce the latest addition to our collection of free themes. Independent Publisher Independent Publisher is a clean and elegant theme by Raam Dev, with a clean and responsive layout ideal for personal blogge... [Themes]

August 12, 7AM

Actor Heather Matarazzo has only published a few posts on her new blog, but each one has stirred up an incredible response from inside and outside the WordPress.com community. Her first essay in February, “What the F— Is F—able,” took direct aim a... [Admin Bar] [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [reading] [WordPress.com] [blog] [blogging] [Essays] [film] [heather matarazzo] [Memoir] [personal stories] [Television] [Writing]

August 6, 8AM

Today I’m happy to introduce Blask, a free portfolio theme designed by Mel Choyce. Blask Blask is a modern portfolio theme that uses a clean, minimal layout to showcase your work. The bold grid design keeps the spotlight on your projects, and s... [Themes] [Blask] [portfolio]

August 5, 8AM

From colorful journal pages to creatures made of salvaged materials, here’s a glimpse at the imaginative worlds of textile and multimedia artists on WordPress.com. The Pale Rook We discovered Glasgow-based textile artist Johanna Flanagan after ... [Community] [art] [artist] [portfolio]

July 31, 8AM

We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone. Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the ... [Customization] [Features] [Google Fonts]

July 29, 9AM

We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, a... [Community] [WordPress.com] [media] [new york times magazine] [publishing] [Slate] [The Atlantic] [The Millions] [The Toast] [writers] [Writing]

July 28, 9AM

Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to suppo... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [blogging101]

July 23, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning ... [Themes]

July 15, 9AM

From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective ... [Community] [dinner parties] [food] [food blogging] [food photography] [illustration]

July 13, 10AM

Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the WordPress.com Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each ... [Features] [reading] [WordPress.com] [reader] [WordPress.com Reader]

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BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, in... [Community] [Events] [BlogHer] [Conferences]

July 9, 10AM

Happy Theme Thursday! Today I’m excited to introduce two new free themes to our collection. Baskerville Baskerville was designed by Anders Norén, and it displays writing, photos, and videos in a dynamic, grid-based la... [Themes]

July 8, 8AM

Some of the best photographers and professional photo organizations maintain their homes on WordPress.com. See the world through their eyes. Paul Zizka at Paul Zizka Photography Paul Zizka is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer b... [Community] [WordPress.com] [photographers] [Photography]

July 2, 10AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while... [Themes]

July 1, 3PM

Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress ... [New Features] [video] [VideoPress] [video post] [videos]

June 30, 10AM

You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marria... [Admin Bar] [Community] [lgbt] [LGBTQ] [love] [pride] [same-sex marriage]

June 29, 10AM

Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [blogging101] [Blogging201]

June 26, 5AM

This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A qu... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [Community] [Milestone] [WordPress.com] [10 years] [birthday] [thank you]

June 24, 9AM

Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish. Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers ... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [Featured content] [Featured Image] [Gazette] [Site Logo] [theme]

June 18, 9AM

Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Argent! Argent Meet Argent, a new addition to our theme collection, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce. Argent’s clean, modern portfolio theme is perfect for creative professionals... [Themes]

June 17, 12 PM

Concerns about online privacy and illicit government snooping are at the top of users’ minds, now more than ever. We appreciate that you trust us to safeguard your sensitive information on WordPress.com, and Automattic has a long-standing commitment to... [Admin Bar]

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Photo by Suki Dhanda We’ve been following writer Jenny Diski for many years at the London Review of Books, and more recently on her WordPress.com blog. Just this past weekend Diski was featured in a profile by Giles Harvey for the New York Times Magazin... [Freshly Pressed] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [author] [Books] [cancer] [Essays] [Jenny Diski] [london review of books] [longreads] [Memoir] [new york times magazine] [writer]

June 11, 9AM

It’s a beautiful day for a new theme! Today, I’m happy to present a free magazine theme, Cerauno. Cerauno Cerauno is a polished, user-friendly theme designed by Mel Choyce. In Mel’s words: I designed Cerauno with subject bloggers in min... [Themes]

June 10, 5AM

Resonar, designed by Automattic’s own Takashi Irie, made its debut in March. Created for food and design bloggers to showcase photography and longform posts, we’ve loved watching how you’ve turned Resonar on its head. Here are five of... [Customization] [Themes] [portfolio] [Resonar]

June 4, 10AM

On this Theme Thursday, I’m happy to introduce two new free themes. Snaps Snaps, by Graph Paper Press, is a portfolio theme designed to showcase portrait-oriented photographs, illustrations, and other works of art. The simple, elegant design keeps... [Themes]

June 3, 9AM

Looking for summer reading suggestions? Or perhaps winter reading suggestions, should your hemisphere be the Southern one? Look no further than these three authors who — like you — make their online home at WordPress.com. Claire Fuller Claire ... [Community] [Claire Fuller] [John Scalzi] [V.E. Schwab]

June 1, 12 PM

Today we’re introducing a new view of your stats. Insights give you instant access to your all-time numbers, including posts, views, and visitors. Dig deeper into your stats to make the most of your site. Have you ever wondered what times of day or ... [Stats] [insights]

May 28, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday! Today, WordPress.com welcomes two new free themes to its collection: Apostrophe and Canard. Apostrophe With a pared-down design and bold images, Apostrophe is ideally suited to magazine-style sites, like travelogues, fashion blogs, ... [Themes]

May 26, 9AM

Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that WordPress... [Community] [international] [Language] [Localization] [New Features] [translation] [internationalization]

May 22, 9AM

It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photog... [Community] [Photos] [Beirut] [Brighton] [Hyderabad] [Malé] [Paris] [Seoul] [Shanghai] [street photography]

May 12, 11AM

We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes t... [New Features] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [Eventbrite] [Events]

May 7, 10AM

It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows y... [Themes]

April 30, 11AM

Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an i... [Themes]

April 27, 12 PM

You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All WordPress.com sites — including WordPress.com VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your WordPress.com sites are protected by the... [security] [XSS] [zero-day vulnerability]

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A few months ago we released a new notifications interface on WordPress.com — we made notifications faster and created a more unified visual experience to match what users see in the iOS and Android apps. Today, we’re releasing filters for not... [Notifications] [Filters] [Notifications]

April 24, 8AM

Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-fa... [security] [security] [Two-factor authentication]

April 23, 9AM

Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for... [Themes]

April 22, 10AM

Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-f... [mobile] [mobile-friendly] [responsive]

April 17, 9AM

Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add ico... [Social] [Widgets] [Facebook] [GitHub] [Instagram] [LinkedIn] [Pinterest] [Twitter] [Vimeo] [YouTube]

April 16, 9AM

It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart fr... [Themes]

April 15, 9AM

We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audien... [Community] [expats] [nomads] [Travel] [travel blogs]

April 10, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arno... [Community] [Events] [Conferences] [Field notes] [Hispanicize]

April 9, 9AM

It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Lingonberry Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted pos... [Themes]

April 8, 8AM

April is National Poetry Month, and we love each day’s flurry of new posts tagged #nationalpoetrymonth in the WordPress.com Reader and across the internet. WordPressers are busy in the #napowrimo tag as well, participating in NaPoWriMo, Maureen ... [Community] [NaPoWriMo] [National Poetry Month] [poems] [poetry]

April 1, 8AM

Here at WordPress.com, we‘re always looking for ways to improve the blogging experience. We pride ourselves on taking your suggestions to heart and work tirelessly to create better tools for you. Today, we’re releasing a game changer. As WordPress.com... [Better Blogging] [Features] [April Fools!]

March 27, 8AM

First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Sim... [Better Blogging] [Community] [reading] [WordPress.com] [blogging] [Books] [Business] [entertainment weekly] [freelancing] [Interview] [jennifer armstrong] [pitching] [pop culture] [Seinfeld] [Television] [writers]

March 26, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typog... [Themes]

March 25, 12 PM

Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on Apri... [Events] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [blogging] [livestream] [Portland] [Press Publish]

March 23, 9AM

This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [Writing] [blogging challenge] [blogging u.] [postaday] [writing101]

March 19, 9AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about... [Themes]

March 17, 9AM

We love blogs, but we love websites, too. Small businesses, personal portfolios, non-profit organizations, government websites — bring ‘em on! These four sites are each beautiful, effective, and built on WordPress.com. Sandyfoot Farm Purple... [Customization] [Themes] [front page] [home page] [non-profits] [static page] [websites]

March 4, 9AM

Maybe you’re working on a 365 project, with a photo for each day of the year. With a couple months under your belt, you might be looking for a new theme to showcase your work. Let’s check out four themes where the typography and color palette... [Customization] [Themes] [photoblogging] [Photography]

February 27, 9AM

We’re excited to offer two Blogging U. courses this March: Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Read on to learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Support] [blogging] [blogging101] [bloggingu] [photo101] [Photography]

February 26, 10AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominentl... [Themes]

February 25, 6PM

WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, li... [Features] [mobile] [iOS] [WordPress] [WordPress for iOS] [WordPress.com]

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Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers... [Customization] [Themes] [Writing] [poetry] [poets] [readability] [reading] [Writing201]

February 20, 8AM

Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year ... [Community] [Profile] [Writing] [blog to book] [book deal] [publishing]

February 19, 9AM

Hew is a personal-blogging theme with a distinct identity and a bright splash of colour. Share your thoughts and experiences with readers while connecting through prominently placed social media links. Hew Designed by yours truly, Hew puts your content... [Themes]

February 17, 9AM

A December 2014 addition to our library of themes, Radcliffe stands out with elegant yet modern fonts, large featured images, and clean navigation that gets out of the way and puts your content front and center. Radcliffe looks great right out of the gat... [Admin Bar] [Customization] [Themes] [featured images] [free themes] [radcliffe]

February 11, 12 PM

In the digital age, it’s very easy to talk at each other through emails, texts, and tweets rather than with each other. Interviews enable us to rekindle the art of conversation. Here are seven interviews we’ve enjoyed reading recently from acr... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of wordpress] [Guernica] [Harper's] [longreads] [Read an Interview] [Rookie] [Splitsider]

February 4, 9AM

In the past, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite themes for longform enthusiasts and bloggers who just want to write. Today, let’s take a look at five free themes, launched in the past several months, that offer a distraction-free writing a... [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [readability] [reading]

January 30, 1PM

It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’v... [Community] [Events] [blogging conferences] [Conferences] [Phoenix] [Portland] [Press Publish]

January 29, 10AM

The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters ... [New Features] [Stats] [Features] [Google Analytics] [Traffic]

January 27, 9AM

Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be ... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [custom design] [custom menu] [Customizing] [featured images] [twenty fifteen]

January 20, 12 PM

If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifica... [Admin Bar] [Notifications] [Features] [Notifications] [Social] [WordPress.com]

January 15, 8AM

It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design craft... [Themes]

January 13, 9AM

It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the WordPress.com Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos a... [Community] [Australia] [Bangladesh] [Canada] [china] [Cuba] [India] [Indonesia] [Istanbul] [Zambia]

January 8, 10AM

We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk i... [Themes]

January 6, 9AM

Millions of new sites created and posts published later, 2014 is in the books. We could regale you with big numbers, like these… Total New Blogs 18,300,771 That’s 49,997 new blogs per day! Total Posts 555,782,547 Or more than 1.5 million p... [behind the scenes] [Community] [Stats] [2014] [Automattic] [success stories] [WordPress.com] [year in review]

January 5, 4PM

In 2014, we discovered how much WordPress.com bloggers want to connect with each other and do more with their blogs — tens of thousands of you have participated in Blogging U since it began a year ago! This year, we’re starting an in-person ev... [Events] [blogging conferences]

January 2, 9AM

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to start things afresh — why should your blog not benefit as well? Here are six things you can do to start your blogging in 2015 energized, recharged, and focused. Explore your new dashboard We introd... [Better Blogging] [2015] [Blogging Tips] [blogging u.] [Community] [Dashboard] [mobile]

December 29 2014, 8AM

New to blogging? A new session of our introductory blogging course starts on Monday, January 5 — and all bloggers are welcome, whether you blog on WordPress.com, a self-hosted WordPress blog, or somewhere else entirely. Blogging 101 is four weeks ... [Admin Bar]

December 18, 2PM

We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at th... [Themes]

December 17, 10AM

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved —... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [Writing] [Best of 2014] [Editors' Picks]

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great produ... [Automattic] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [BlogHer Pro] [conference] [Event] [networking]

December 15, 5PM

Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This ... [Dashboard] [Features] [Jetpack] [New Features] [WordPress.com] [Pages] [Posts] [update] [WordPress dashboard]

December 12, 10AM

Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class a... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [adult magazine] [best of wordpress] [boogie nights] [grantland] [Howie Kahn] [Indianapolis Monthly] [jake threadgould] [jia tolentino] [larry bird] [longreads] [Mark Wahlberg] [marketplace]

December 10, 12 PM

It’s that time of year again. The snow has started falling in northern countries, friends are gathering together to exchange presents, and it’s time to launch a beautiful new annual theme for WordPress. Hello World, Twenty Fifteen is here. Tw... [Themes]

December 9, 11AM

It’s hard to believe the year is already coming to a close. As 2014 ends, it’s time to celebrate the holiday season with our WordPress.com tradition of teaming up with talented artists to create a cheerful WordPress illustration. This year,... [Themes] [WordPress.com] [desktop wallpaper] [holiday] [Holiday Theme] [together]

December 8, 6PM

We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes. We’ve now introduced some changes to the WordPress.com interface as well, making website, blog, and content creation more intuitive and consistent across devices.... [Admin Bar] [navigation] [Stats]

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We’re excited to introduce Museum, a new free theme! Created by WordPress.com’s own Kelly Dwan and Mel Choyce, Museum is crafted to showcase your best photographs, drawings, or illustrations. Featuring elegant, museum-inspired typography and ample ... [Themes]

December 4, 10AM

We’re excited to introduce two brand new free themes today for your blogging pleasure! Plane Say hello to Plane, the newest addition to our theme collection. Based on the Flato theme by ThemeMeme, Plane combines clean and modern design and a classic t... [Themes]

November 26, 1PM

Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of WordPress.com Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use ... [Events] [upgrade] [black friday] [cyber monday] [premium themes] [WordPress.com Premium]

November 21, 8AM

We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whethe... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [longform] [Writing]

November 10, 9AM

Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses... [Better Blogging] [Resources] [Writing] [blogging u.] [ebook] [ebooks] [Writing 101] [Writing 201]

November 6, 4PM

Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like :), every emoji... [Better Blogging] [Design] [New Features] [emoji] [Smileys]

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Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-bas... [Themes]

November 5, 9AM

We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes abo... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of wordpress] [Boston Magazine] [Ed Odeven Reporting] [Hannah Richell] [longreads] [Shenandoah] [the walrus] [Time Magazine] [Washington Post] [Wired]

November 3, 10PM

Today, across the United States, Americans will go to the polls and vote in the US Midterm Elections. Voting is our most fundamental responsibility as citizens — without it, our American democracy wouldn’t exist. WordPress.com is a platform that g... [Community] [democracy] [US Midterm Elections] [voting]

October 28, 8AM

On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Blogging 101] [blogging u.] [photo101] [photoblogging] [Photography] [postaday]

October 27, 10AM

Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people ha... [Community] [2014 midterm elections] [democracy] [get out the vote] [United States] [vote]

October 24, 8AM

November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great eve... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [NaBloPoMo] [NaNoWriMo]

October 23, 8AM

We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, s... [Themes] [Minnow]

October 22, 10AM

Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. ... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of wordpress] [bklynr] [cincinnati magazine] [grant wiggins] [grantland] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [mehreen kasana] [quartz] [Wired]

October 20, 10PM

My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more vi... [administration] [Dashboard] [Design] [mobile] [Sites]

October 16, 10AM

Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form ... [Themes] [Penscratch]

October 15, 8AM

Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Resources] [Blogging 201] [blogging u.] [branding] [building traffic] [growth] [Traffic]

October 14, 8AM

Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on WordPress.com and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, co... [Community] [street photography]

October 13, 11AM

The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers ... [Dashboard] [Domains] [New Features] [upgrade] [WordPress.com] [custom domain] [Google] [Google Apps] [Google calendar]

October 10, 1AM

Carving out your very own corner on the web is important to you. You may be a brand-new user on WordPress.com — if so, welcome! — or a veteran blogger returning to an old habit. Recently on the Verge, Lockhart Steele, the editorial director o... [Community] [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [Inspiration] [reading] [Writing]

October 9, 12 PM

Today, we have a brand new free theme for you to enjoy! Harmonic is a unique theme that really lets your content sing. Maybe you’re a band looking to make your home on WordPress.com. Perhaps you’re a photographer looking to showcase your work... [Themes] [Harmonic] [Tammie Lister]

October 8, 9AM

Here’s the latest collection of our favorite stories from writers and publishers across all of WordPress. You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Keep these... [Community] [reading] [aeon] [best of wordpress] [Kenyon Review] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [New Yorker] [Road Essays] [School for Birds] [Sportsnet] [Tablet] [The Aerogram] [The American Scholar] [the new yorker]

October 3, 9AM

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a stroke when she was 33, and she has written about her experience in an inspiring personal essay for BuzzFeed. Before that, she was using a pseudonym on WordPress.com to blog about her experiences, share details about he... [Community] [reading] [WordPress.com] [blogging] [Buzzfeed] [christine hyung-oak lee] [health] [MFA] [stroke] [writers] [Writing]

October 2, 10AM

We have a brand new free theme for your blogging pleasure today! Intergalactic Designed by Automattic’s very own Mel Choyce, Intergalactic is a stunning specimen for your personal blog. Bold featured images act as the backdrop to your text, giving ... [Themes]

September 30, 8AM

Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together some... [Automattic] [hiring] [distributed work] [future of work]

September 26, 8AM

A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on the... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [custom menu] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [Eighties] [Featured Image] [featured images] [theme]

September 24, 10AM

We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those... [Community] [reading] [best of wordpress] [beyondthenewyorker] [brain child] [collections] [fivethirtyeight] [fortune] [longreads] [pennsylvania gazette] [TED] [the new yorker] [the walrus]

September 23, 8AM

Join us as we explore the world though the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “s... [Community] [international] [street photography]

September 16, 8AM

We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often s... [Community] [Press] [Writing] [blogging] [Books] [media] [New York Times] [The Guardian]

September 12, 4PM

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPr... [Notifications] [security] [security]

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We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional ... [Community] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Basis] [Business] [Edin] [Forefront] [professional]

September 10, 2PM

You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101... [Better Blogging] [blogging] [Blogging 101] [blogging u.] [Writing 101]

September 9, 1PM

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea c... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Net Neutrality]

September 4, 9AM

Today we’re taking a trip back in time with our latest free theme, Eighties! Eighties Think big hair, mixtapes, and beloved family sitcoms, and you have what is arguably one of the craziest, most colorful periods in recent memory. Eighties chann... [Themes]

September 3, 8AM

It’s time for our latest edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress: below are 10 outstanding stories from across WordPress, published over the past month. You can find Volumes 1, 2 and 3 here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for... [Community] [Writing] [A Little More Sauce] [best of wordpress] [Carrying the Gun] [Gangrey] [grantland] [Indianapolis Monthly] [longreads] [New Inquiry] [pacific standard] [Slice] [The Hairpin] [The Washington Post]

September 2, 9AM

Sketch has barely been available for two weeks, but you’d never know it. This clean, cheerful, portfolio-focused theme is already a favorite — and not just for artists and illustrators. Here are three sites we love: All Cats Have Dutch artist... [Customization] [Themes] [free themes] [portfolios]

August 28, 8AM

We have a new free theme to announce today: Goran! Goran Designed by yours truly, Goran is a functional, responsive, multi-purpose theme that’s a perfect option for your business website. Learn more about the free Goran theme at the theme showcas... [Themes] [Business]

August 26, 8AM

We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe. Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees Image by Russell Ch... [Admin Bar] [activism] [Awareness] [Projects]

August 22, 8AM

Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten pers... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [Ferguson] [media] [racism] [Roundup] [social media]

August 19, 8AM

Whether you’re a personal blogger, a designer, or an artist, Isola gives you a bright, clean space to showcase your work. Its minimalist design stays crisp across devices and screens of all sizes, with generous white space to keep the focus on ... [Customization] [Themes] [custom menu] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [isola] [post formats]

August 15, 8AM

From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on WordPress.com. Brad Young The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to ... [Community] [WordPress.com] [art] [Drawing] [illustration] [illustrator] [visual]

August 14, 10AM

Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Sketch! Sketch Designed by yours truly, Sketch is a clean, modern theme for showcasing your best visual works. Whether you’re a professional illustrator, an aspiring photographer, or a p... [Themes]

August 12, 8AM

We’re back with another edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress: below are 10 outstanding stories from across WordPress, published over the past month. You can find Vol. 1 and 2 here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for all of our... [Community] [Writing] [aeon] [best of wordpress] [brooklyn quarterly] [grantland] [jacobin] [longreads] [pacific standard] [texas observer] [the awl] [the big roundtable] [the billfold] [the new yorker] [Wired]

August 8, 9AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Today, Michelle Weber — one of a group ... [Community] [Events] [BlogHer] [Conferences] [Voices of the Year]

August 7, 10AM

Today I’m happy to announce a new, free theme to spruce up your site! Celsius Celsius provides a pure, white backdrop for your writing, photography, or videography. With a design that looks great on any device, large or small, this theme sup... [Themes]

August 6, 5PM

I’m sure we’ve all experienced this — reading through a comment thread, and seeing a particularly well-written comment, whether it be informative, insightful, or just plain funny. You want to show the commenter that you appreciate their ... [New Features] [Social] [Comment Likes] [likes]

August 5, 8AM

Kelly, which was designed by Automattic’s own Kelly Hoffman, is an inviting, fun theme for bloggers of all stripes. Its clean, one-column layout makes it perfect for text-heavy posts, but can be just as ideal for a tumblelog-like stream of images... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [Featured Image] [Kelly]

August 1, 9AM

Blogs are incredible vehicles for exploring our passions and finding our voices. They can also be powerful tools for healing in the face of trauma; for many of us, the act of writing is a cathartic one. These brave moms are blogging their way through one ... [Community] [reading] [blogging] [grief] [loss]

July 31, 10AM

Check out Edin and Espresso — today’s spiffy new additions to our massive family of themes. Edin Edin is a brand-new, free business theme designed by yours truly. It’s a modern and fully responsive theme that will help you create a s... [Themes] [blog] [Business] [Edin] [Expresso] [PhotoBlog]

July 29, 8AM

As many of you know, we periodically release new features and updates to the software that powers WordPress.com sites. We’re excited to share the freshest crop of improvements with you today, and hope they’ll make great content even easier to ... [Better Blogging] [Features] [Posting] [WordPress.com] [media] [media library] [Post Editor] [update]
Designed by Anariel Design, Bloggy is a stylish, sophisticated, and versatile premium theme that showcases text and photography equally well. What’s more, Bloggy sports Special Elite — a distinctive default font — on the site title, post... [Customization] [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters]

July 25, 8AM

Adelle is a popular free theme — our 47th most popular, to be exact. You’ve probably seen its familiar pink dots, bold menu bar, and pops of magenta as you catch up with your favorite blogs. Don’t be fooled by Adelle‘s distinct... [Customization] [Themes] [blog design] [Customizing]

July 24, 12 PM

One of the most common requests we’ve received from WordPress.com users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But n... [Customization] [Features]

July 23, 8AM

Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or ... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]

July 18, 8AM

Gabrielle Bell, a cartoonist based in Brooklyn, New York, has published a new book, Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries. Raw, revealing, and sometimes surreal, this comic diary serves up what Gabrielle is known for — her humor and int... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [authors] [Books] [Gabrielle Bell] [Marilyn Gardner] [Writing]

July 16, 8AM

BlogHer 2014, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular women’s blogging network, kicks off next Thursday, July 24th in San Jose, California. There’s still time to register, and we hope you do — we’ll be there, too! This yea... [Community] [Events] [BlogHer] [Conferences] [selfiebration]

July 14, 8AM

Last month, more than 4,000 bloggers joined us for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, where they challenged themselves to carve out time to write regularly, and to experiment with new forms and styles. The result? Thousands of posts, comments, ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Writing] [blogging u.] [The Daily Post] [Writing 201] [Writing challenge] [Writing201]

July 11, 8AM

Whenever I get the chance to travel, I always photograph local street art. The topics, colors, and scenes help me absorb the feel and atmosphere that makes each destination truly unique. Join me for a tour of some amazing street art from around the world,... [Community] [Photos] [murals] [Street art]

July 10, 9AM

This week we’ve got two great free themes designed here at Automattic. How cool is that? Adaption Adaption is a brand new free theme, designed by yours truly. This theme is flexible that adjusts itself for every aspect of your site — your... [Themes] [theme]

July 8, 8AM

At the end of April, we announced three new premium themes, Worldview, Collective, and Alto. As with every theme we add, the real fun happens when you get your hands on them — here are interpretations we’ve loving of each of the three. Kate... [Customization] [Themes] [blogging] [Customizing] [premium themes]

July 4, 8AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. This week, editor Ben Huberman shares his ex... [Community] [Events] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [blogging conferences] [European Beer Bloggers Conference] [Field notes]

July 3, 9AM

Today we’re proud to present a brand new free theme, designed especially for large organizations and government by Automattic’s own Michael Arestad. Big Brother Big Brother offers a clean and traditional design, multiple color schemes, a... [Themes]

July 1, 8AM

Many of the themes in our Theme Showcase are great for writing and reading longer articles and stories, from our classic default themes — including Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Twelve — to popular personal blogging themes like Ryu and Mani... [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [authors] [longform] [longreads] [writers] [Writing]

June 27, 8AM

Here’s the first official edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve scoured 22% of the internet to create a reading list of great storytelling — from publishers you already know and love, to some that you may be discovering for the firs... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]

June 24, 8AM

Bushwick has become the theme of choice for tens of thousands of bloggers since we launched it a few months ago. It’s easy to see why: its typography and layout make posts highly readable, while the vertical custom header image adds a distinct, eas... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [Bushwick] [Customizing] [designs] [Early Theme Adopters] [theme]

June 23, 6AM

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. London-based Davide Casali is a speaker and ... [Automattic] [Community] [Events] [Design] [Field notes] [Kigali] [Rwanda] [UX for Good]

June 20, 6AM

Whether your country is playing in Brazil this year or not, joining in the fun of this monthlong global festivity is hard to resist. Thanks to bloggers and photographers on the ground in Brazil and around the world, we all get to have the best views. Co... [Community] [Wrapup] [Around the World] [football] [photoblogger] [photoblogging] [Photography] [soccer] [world cup]

June 17, 8AM

Launched last month, Pictorico is a free theme that combines a dynamic portfolio-style home page with a simple, single-column layout for posts and pages. It’s great for pro photographers, casual photobloggers, and anyone who wants a sleek space for ... [Community] [Design] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [designs] [Early Theme Adopters] [Pictorico]

June 13, 8AM

Last week was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the Allied landing in Normandy, France, that contributed to the end of World War II. While some marked it with (deserved) pomp and circumstance, we observed it by reading the latest from some of ou... [Community] [reading] [Afghanistan] [Army] [Iraq] [marines] [Military] [PTSD] [Veterans] [vietnam]

June 10, 8AM

No matter whether you use WordPress.com to host your blog or your business website, premium theme Gridiculous Pro is a cool, sophisticated, and versatile theme that showcases your creativity. Firefight Rick Kurelo, CD, is a firefighter and Canadian Force... [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters] [Gridiculous Pro]

June 9, 5AM

The WordPress for Android 2.9 release is now available in the Google Play Store. This release includes some exciting new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. Blog Discovery Blog discovery is a new feature in the Reader that lets you: Find new blogs (ba... [mobile] [New Features] [android] [mobile apps] [wordpress app] [WordPress for Android]

June 5, 2PM

Today we’re excited to launch a new series with Longreads, the storytelling community that recently joined the Automattic and WordPress.com Editorial family. And we need your help. We’re looking for the best long-form stories over 1,500 words, acr... [Admin Bar] [Community] [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [authors] [Essays] [Interviews] [Journalism] [longform] [longreads] [publishers]

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We have a new free theme to announce today: Bosco! Bosco Amid a sea of sliders, sidebars, and huge header images, Bosco stands alone in its refined focus on content. Your story is presented in a centered, single column, with sophisticated typography and... [Themes] [Bosco]

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A year ago today, we joined the world in shock on learning that our governments in the US were spying on internet users around the world. Tapping internet service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally and secretly weakening encryption products,  su... [Community] [government surveillance] [Privacy] [Reset the Net]

June 3, 8AM

From a full-blown professional portfolio to a streamlined homepage, Espied, which was launched a few short weeks ago, gives you a wide variety of options to display your best work. You can tailor the theme to suit your most exacting needs. On top of sta... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [Espied] [featured images] [graphic design] [illustrator] [portfolio] [social links]

May 30, 8AM

GoDaddy’s Quick Blogcast service is being retired, and will shut down permanently on June 25th, 2014. Nobody likes to lose the content they’ve spent time creating, though. If you’re a Quick Blogcast user, we’re happy to offer an e... [Import] [WordPress.com] [Blog import] [GoDaddy] [Quick Blogcast]

May 29, 8AM

We're launching two new themes this week -- one free and one premium -- check them out! [Themes] [Arcade] [Kelly]

May 28, 8AM

Ah, summer! If you're looking for some excellent diversions, WordPress.com is the place to be. [Community] [great reads] [summer]

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Illustratr, a stunning, modern theme perfect for port... [Customization] [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters] [Illustratr] [portfolio] [theme]

May 27, 8AM

Are you an author on WordPress.com looking to promote your books and daily writing? Get inspired by these three websites. [Community] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [authors] [writers]

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Want to flex your blogging muscles? Get ready for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, starting Monday, June 2. [Better Blogging] [Community] [Writing] [blog challenge] [blogging] [blogging u.] [Writing]

May 26, 8AM

Twenty Fourteen is much more than a magazine theme. From blog to small business homepage, Twenty Fourteen does it all -- as these four sites show. [Community] [Design] [Themes] [Twenty Fourteen]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Monday Morning Edition] [Recap]

May 23, 8AM

Looking for a theme that supports custom menus? Take our brief tour of custom menu themes and check out a few samples. [Customization] [Themes] [custom menus]

May 22, 8AM

Today, we have two great themes for you. Chronicle is a premium magazine theme and Sidespied is a portfolio-focused free theme. [Themes]

May 21, 8AM

Writer and superdad Jerry Mahoney chats with us about his new book based on his popular blog, Mommy Man, and his experiences blogging on WordPress.com. [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [blog to book] [book deal] [Jerry Mahoney] [Mommy Man] [publishing]

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Tonal, a versatile, minimalist theme. [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [PhotoBlog] [Tonal]

May 20, 8AM

Whether you're a spreadsheet enthusiast or allergic to numbers, digging into your site's stats can help you better engage with your audience. Let's take a look at three stats that can make a difference beyond page views. [Better Blogging] [Stats] [blogging] [engagement] [statistics] [Traffic]

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Download a free excerpt and test your WordPress trivia knowledge for a chance to win a copy of Scott Berkun's A Year Without Pants. [Community] [contests] [Scott Berkun] [The Year Without Pants]

May 19, 8AM

Blogging is about both publishing and finding a community. These three writers' hubs bring together bloggers from all over the world. [Community] [Events] [Writing] [blog challenges] [blogging] [fiction] [Writing] [writing groups]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [BlogHer] [Books] [geotagging] [Homepage] [Monday Morning Edition] [Recap] [Static Front Page] [Themes] [VoTY]

May 16, 8AM

With International Museum Day approaching on May 18, let's browse the blogs of some museums on WordPress.com -- from premier art institutions to science and natural history organizations. [Community] [WordPress.com] [art] [Museums] [natural history] [science]

May 15, 9AM

Bring a fresh, sophisticated look to your blog with two new themes, Bloggy and Oslo. [Themes] [theme]

May 14, 8AM

Running a website on WordPress.com? Here are three ideas to help you ensure your homepage is doing all the heavy lifting. [Customization] [Homepage] [website]

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Ubud, a striking theme for portfolios and other image... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [PhotoBlog] [portfolio] [theme] [Ubud]

May 13, 8AM

Congrats to all the bloggers nominated as 2014's BlogHer Voices and Photos of the Year -- especially to the 22 of you blogging on WordPress.com. [Community] [Congrats] [BlogHer] [Voices of the Year] [VoTY]

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Wherever you're blogging from, you can now let your readers know your whereabouts with our new geotagging feature. [New Features] [Posting] [Features] [geotagging] [location]

May 12, 8AM

With so many creative (and prolific) voices, it's hard to keep track of all the titles published by our bloggers. Here's another selection of recently published books by WordPressers. [Community] [Congrats] [WordPress.com] [blog to book] [Books]

5AM

In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from community updates to new features. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Event calendar] [Events] [Journalism] [journalists] [Monday Morning Edition] [Recap]

May 9, 8AM

Sara Rosso, our VIP Global Services Manager, shares her input from an eventful conference in Kilkenny, Ireland. [Community] [Events] [international] [Wrapup] [conference] [Event] [game design] [Ireland] [Ull]

May 8, 8AM

We're excited to unveil our new events calendar, letting users around the world find new ways to connect with the WordPress community. [Automattic] [Community] [Events] [WordPress.com] [calendar] [Conferences] [Events Calendar] [Speakers]

May 7, 8AM

From the US to Turkey to Brazil, established journalists are using their blogs to enhance their reporting in traditional media. [Community] [Profile] [WordPress.com] [Journalism] [journalists] [media] [writers]

May 6, 8AM

With the new In-Page Translation tool, you can help translate the WordPress.com interface into your language. [international] [translation] [in-page translation] [internationalization]

May 5, 5AM

In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from community updates to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Books] [Desmond Tutu] [Forgiveness Challenge] [Monday Morning Edition] [Recap] [SEO] [Themes]

May 4, 8AM

Learn about Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Global Forgiveness Challenge and how you can get involved. [Community] [Desmond Tutu] [Forgiveness Challenge] [Mpho Tutu]

May 2, 8AM

Making your site more search engine-friendly will help interested readers find your posts more easily. Here are our tips for making your content more visible. [Better Blogging] [Community] [howto] [SEO] [SEO on WordPress.com] [Traffic] [traffic building]

May 1, 10AM

Showcase your photographic talent with two new themes, Pictorico and Designfolio. [Themes] [theme]

April 30, 8AM

One WordPress.com staffer challenged the others to a month-long blogging challenge... and you'll never guess what happened next! (Spoiler: we blogged a lot.) [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [Community] [blogging] [WordPress]

April 29, 8AM

From novelists to bakers, books by WordPress.com bloggers are popping up on shelves and screens everywhere this spring. [Community] [Congrats] [WordPress.com] [blog to book] [Books]

April 28, 8AM

Personal tumblelogs. Portfolios. Front pages with post sliders. Templates for photographers. So many themes, so many choices. How do people decide on a theme? [Customization] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Gallery] [oxygen] [Twenty Fourteen]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Monday Morning Edition] [photoblogging] [poetry] [Postbot] [Recap] [tagging] [Themes] [Traffic]

April 25, 8AM

WordPress.com photographers across the globe know how to capture the perfect moment at any time of day. [Community] [reading] [Photography]

April 24, 10AM

Whether you're looking for a theme for your blog, online magazine, or collaborative project, this week's crop of new themes comes packed with great features. [Themes] [Alto] [Collective] [theme] [worldview]

April 23, 8AM

From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other on WordPress.com. [Community] [Wrapup] [group blogs] [NaPoWriMo] [poetry]

5AM

In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both wor... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [Header Image] [Hemingway Rewritten]

April 22, 8AM

Ecologists and entomologists. Natural history buffs. Bloggers with green thumbs. We're among many WordPress.com users focused on nature and the environment. Today, let's celebrate the work of some of these bloggers. [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [Earth Day] [environment] [nature] [outdoors]

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April 21, 8AM

Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow. [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging] [reader] [reading] [tagging]

5AM

In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [heartbleed] [Monday Morning Edition] [post formats] [Recap] [Themes] [Transparency Report]

April 18, 8AM

Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Dashboard] [personalization] [post scheduling]

April 17, 12 PM

Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website. [Themes]

8AM

WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received. [Community] [Transparency]

April 16, 8AM

Meet and get to know former Justice League of America superhero and Happiness Engineer extraordinaire, David Cole. [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [Community] [hiring] [David Cole] [Happiness Engineer] [Support]

April 15, 1PM

WordPress.com has taken steps to deal with the Heartbleed vulnerability. Here's what you need to know. [security] [heartbleed] [ssl]

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Spun, a distinctive, minimalist theme. [Customization] [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [Homepage] [Spun] [theme]

April 14, 8AM

Nearly 150 of the themes available to WordPress.com users support post formats, which means that these themes offer a variety of post types (standard, image, gallery, video, audio, quote, and more) that display your content differently based on the form... [Features] [Posting] [custom post formats] [poetry] [post formats] [quotations] [quote post]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Autism] [Homepages] [longreads] [Monday Morning Edition] [Recap] [The Daily Post]

April 11, 11AM

Our new (free!) Portfolio tools and themes put your creativity front and center. [Themes] [Content Types] [portfolio]

5AM

WordPress.com's resource on the art and craft of blogging got a makeover. We're excited to invite you to the revamped Daily Post! [Better Blogging] [reading] [blogging] [The Daily Post]

April 9, 2PM

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices. Over the last five years, Longreads and its communi... [Automattic] [Community] [Books] [Journalism] [longreads] [magazines] [reading] [storytelling] [wplongform]

8AM

April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, we'd like to introduce you to just some of the many bloggers who write about autism on WordPress.com. [Community] [Autism] [Autism Awareness Month] [Awareness] [family]

5AM

In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using McKinley, a modern, visually striking theme. [Customization] [Themes] [featured images] [Homepage] [McKinley] [slider] [theme]

April 8, 8AM

Your site's front page is like the front door to your home: you want it to look and feel inviting, as well as unmistakably you. Here's a quick list of five things -- big and small -- to consider when building your front page. [Design] [WordPress.com] [front page] [Homepage] [Static Front Page]

April 7, 8AM

WordPress.com bloggers continue to leave their mark both online and off -- here are three notable stories from recent weeks. [Community] [Congrats] [Press] [bloggers] [media] [viral posts]

5AM

In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [humor] [Monday Morning Edition] [Motif] [NaPoWriMo] [poetry] [Themes] [Traffic]

April 4, 8AM

Three things you can do starting now, to grow your audience and attract traffic to your site. [Better Blogging] [Community] [Traffic]

April 3, 9AM

Our three newest themes, Dynamic News, Ubud, and Bridger, let you start an online magazine, showcase your photos, or build a portfolio for your personal or small-business website. [Themes]

April 2, 8AM

Another month is in the books! The WordPress.com community made March a month to remember with an avalanche of great achievements. Here's a look at some of the highlights. [Automattic] [Community] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [Device preview] [Emoticons] [hot list] [statistics] [Themes]

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on users making the most of recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, join us as we take a look at sites using Motif, a free theme you can easily adapt for any need, from your business site to your persona... [Customization] [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters] [Homepage] [Motif] [Static Front Page] [theme]

April 1, 8AM

A roundup of tools in your Post Editor to help with formatting, spacing, and publishing your poems, just in time to begin National Poetry Writing Month. [Better Blogging] [Features] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [NaPoWriMo] [National Poetry Writing Month] [poems] [poetry]

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April is National Poetry Writing Month! To participate in NaPoWriMo 2014, write a poem each day this month. Read on for details. [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [NaPoWriMo] [National Poetry Writing Month] [poems] [poetry]

March 31, 8AM

Group blogs like Long Awkward Pause shine on WordPress.com -- and now you can say you knew the comedic confab before they hit the big time. [Community] [Profile] [collaborative blogs] [humor] [long awkward pause]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Domains] [Embeds] [food blogs] [media] [Monday Morning Edition] [Tumblelog]

March 28, 8AM

Just in time for the weekend, a tasting menu of some of our very best food blogs, from the most decadent burgers ever created to macarons so beautiful you want to bite into your screen. [Community] [Design] [WordPress.com] [food] [food blogs] [Roundup]

March 27, 8AM

From images and animation clips to recipes, savvy bloggers know that adding media to posts makes them much more engaging. Get inspired today with three embed options that add pop to your site. [Embeds] [Features] [Embedding] [Getty Images] [media] [Recipe shortcode] [Shortcodes] [Vine]

March 26, 8AM

With millions of users around the world, we're an international community of writers, photographers, and more. Enjoy these recent snapshots and soundbites, from Moscow to Cairo. [Community] [WordPress.com] [global] [international]

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We release beautiful new themes every week. In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers who are using the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the blogs that are already using Sorbet, a vibrant, inviting t... [Customization] [Themes] [Early Theme Adopters] [Sorbet] [theme] [Tumblelog] [Widgets]

March 25, 10AM

Extra, extra, read all about it: we're thrilled to announce a whole batch of improvements to your blogs, from image editing in the body of your posts to better, sleeker audio playlists -- and more. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Features] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [Plain text] [Playlists] [update] [Visual Editor]

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Young women with high cancer risk and early-onset breast cancer blog their way through diagnosis and treatment with humor, strength, and grace. [Community] [reading] [BRCA] [breast cancer] [health]

March 24, 10AM

We're excited to announce twelve new top-level domains -- including .info, .biz, .mobi, .fm, and .tv -- that WordPress.com users can register. [Domains] [WordPress.com] [custom domain] [domain] [top level domain]
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. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [customize] [Hum] [personalize] [Reddle] [Twenty Ten]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Emoticons] [Spring cleaning] [sxsw] [Themes] [WebCoast]

March 21, 8AM

The Customizer is full of great features to discover, from simulating how your content appears on smartphones and tablets to previewing different background images. Let's take a look at three free features that you'll enjoy tinkering with. [Customization] [Design] [Features] [mobile] [custom background] [custom menus] [Customizer] [mobile devices]

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WordPress.com and the South by Southwest festival -- now there's a potent mix! Take a peek at some of the highlights from a memorable SXSW. [Community] [Events] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Austin] [Event] [festival] [South by Southwest] [sxsw]

March 20, 10AM

Writers, photographers, food lovers: take a look at our two newest themes, Hemingway Rewritten and Sweet Life. [Themes]

March 19, 1PM

We just gave our emoticons a loving redesign. Check them out: they're sure to bring a smile to your face. [Better Blogging] [Design] [Features] [Smileys]

8AM

Reporting back from a unique WebCoast conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, Happiness Engineer Karim Osman shares the view from the North. [Community] [Events] [international] [Wrapup] [Conferences] [Happiness Engineer] [Sweden] [WebCoast]

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We release beautiful new themes every week. In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers who are using the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let's visit some of the blogs that are already using Singl, a minimalist, versatile ... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [Early Theme Adopters] [Front Page template] [Singl] [theme]

March 18, 9AM

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. [Community] [Writing] [chemistry] [neuroscience] [science]

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From your sidebar to your comments section, these tips will help you clean up your blog in just a few minutes. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Features] [comments] [drafts] [Sharing Buttons] [Sidebar] [Tags] [Widgets]

March 17, 9AM

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit! Join us as we delight in Irish blogs and bloggers in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. [Community] [international] [Ireland] [Irish] [Saint Patrick's Day]

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March 14, 8AM

Whether you're planning a trip around the world or just doing some armchair traveling, travel blogs are great for inspiration and recommendations. [Community] [reading] [spring break] [Travel]

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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. [Community] [Features] [mobile] [Profile] [art] [Digital Art] [galleries] [slideshow] [wordpress app] [WordPress for iOS]

March 13, 12 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. [Themes] [Gridiculous Pro] [Mina Olen] [theme] [Tonal]

March 12, 8AM

Create polished, professional galleries with the options in your Media Manager, no matter your theme. Here's a quick look at different gallery styles on three free personal blogging themes. [Features] [Photos] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [Bushwick] [Gallery] [image] [Photography] [Ryu] [Spun] [visual]

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We release beautiful new themes every week. In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers who are using the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let's visit some of the blogs that are already using Suits, an elegant, flexible the... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [Suits] [theme]

March 11, 2AM

Today, let's hear it for the volunteers who translate WordPress.com into dozens of languages. Bonus: if you want to get involved, learn about our new glossary feature! [Community] [international] [Language] [Localization] [translation] [Glossary] [GlotPress] [translators] [volunteers]

March 10, 9AM

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. [Community] [reading] [feminism] [Gender] [women] [women's day]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Getty Images] [Recap] [Themes] [update]

March 7, 9AM

March 6, 10AM

This week we have no less than four new themes on WordPress.com! Sixteen Nine We’re proud to have released Sixteen Nine, a StudioPress creation based on their rock-solid Genesis 2.0 framework. Its strong vertical layout and clean typography make it ... [Admin Bar]

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Getty Images' vast library of award-winning professional photographs and illustrations is now at the disposal of every WordPress.com blogger. [Admin Bar] [embed] [Getty Images]

March 5, 1PM

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From behind the scenes at the TSA, to book deals, to captivating illustrations and fascinating musical analysis, WordPress.com bloggers are making their mark on the world. [Community] [art] [Books] [illustration] [publishing] [tsa] [urban sketchers]

March 4, 6AM

We release beautiful new themes every week. In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers who are using the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let's visit some of the first blogs to have made Syntax, a striking, minimalist them... [Customization] [Themes] [custom header] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [syntax] [theme]

March 3, 9AM

February was another eventful month at WordPress.com. Here's the lowdown on what we've all been up to. [Community] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [hot list] [statistics]

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com. [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Recap] [Themes] [update]

February 28, 9AM

The Academy Awards are just around the corner — millions will tune in this Sunday to watch the annual extravaganza of teary speeches, campy choreography, and Jack Nicholson’s shades. The blogging world is abuzz, too, with predictions, reviews,... [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Academy Awards] [film] [movies] [Oscars] [Roundup]

February 27, 11AM

Today we’re happy to announce two new free themes, Circa and Quadra! If these two look familiar, there’s good reason. Based on Hexa, they share a similar design, but with unique colors and fonts. Both themes work beautifully with Post Formats ... [Themes]

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Every week, Automatticians — the people behind WordPress.com — participate in conferences, WordCamps, and other community events around the world. Today, let’s hear from Growth Engineer Dave Martin, who just returned from Webstock, in ... [Community] [Events] [international] [Wrapup] [conference] [New Zealand] [Webstock]

February 26, 9AM

We’re beyond proud that incredibly talented photographers around the world choose to showcase their photos on WordPress.com. Pack your virtual bags and join us on a turbo trip from Bangkok to Brisbane and from Delhi to Los Angeles (with a few stops ... [Community] [Photos] [Photography] [street photography]

February 25, 11AM

We’re thrilled to announce that, starting today, WordPress.com Business users can connect their sites to their online stores. With three leading ecommerce partners to choose from — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — you can showcase, prom... [New Features] [upgrade] [WordPress.com] [e-commerce] [ecommerce] [Ecwid] [Shopify] [ShopLocket] [WordPress.com Business]

February 24, 9AM

The Twenty Fourteen theme is barely three months old, but it’s already one of the most popular themes on WordPress.com — understandable, since its flexible, magazine-style layout gives you tons of leeway for presenting and highlighting differ... [Customization] [Themes] [minimalist] [Twenty Fourteen]

February 21, 10AM

No matter where you are in the world, you’ll find people working on WordPress.com: Developers deploying lines of code. Designers tinkering with themes. Engineers working one-on-one with users to help make their websites just so. (Want to join in? We... [behind the scenes] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Automattic] [Automatticians] [Company] [hiring]

February 19, 9AM

At WordPress.com our raison d’être is to do everything we can to help you make your blog the very best it can be. Over at The Daily Post we’ve got daily writing prompts to give your muse a friendly nudge, we publish articles on how to grow y... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Blogging Tips] [ebooks] [Growing Traffic] [Photography 101] [The Daily Post] [Writing Prompts]

February 18, 9AM

Every so often, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who 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 movi... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [hiring] [iOS] [mobile]

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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 ... [Themes]

February 17, 9AM

Last month, we highlighted bloggers writing about mental health issues — and it struck a chord with many of you. Lots of you commented that you also write about struggles with mental health, and were hoping your blogs would be a medium to help you c... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging] [Support]

February 14, 9AM

Love…it comes in different shapes and sizes, and means so many things to so many people. On this auspicious day we wanted to show our love for the myriad ways you express love on WordPress.com. Versed in love We were struck by littlepeace’s ha... [Community] [WordPress.com] [love] [poetry] [Valentine's Day]

February 13, 12 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... [Themes]

February 12, 9AM

Most bloggers display their latest posts first — reverse chronological order is the classic blog format, after all. Many WordPress.com users, however, choose to build a static front page — a homepage — that creates a website feel and bri... [Better Blogging] [Customization] [howto] [Homepage] [Static Front Page] [website]

February 11, 11AM

Today, a broad coalition of interest groups, websites, and people around the world are joining together to fight back against government surveillance. We’re supporting the “Day We Fight Back” on WordPress.com and have created a banner th... [Community] [Privacy] [NSA] [NSA protest] [Privacy] [Protest] [surveillance]

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Russ Crandall established his blog, The Domestic Man, to chronicle his culinary and gardening adventures and a lifestyle modeled after the Paleo diet, which focuses on natural, unprocessed foods. Over the years, his recipes have evolved to focus on fund... [Community] [Profile] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [blog to book] [blogger profile] [book deal] [food blogging] [Russ Crandall] [The Domestic Plan]

February 10, 9AM

Today, we’re launching a refreshed sharing and reblogging experience. We’re bringing both visual and functional improvements to how reblogging, sharing, and liking posts on WordPress.com works. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we... [Social] [likes] [Reblogging] [reblogs] [sharing]

February 7, 9AM

While millions turn their eyes to the Russian resort town for today’s opening ceremony, the Sochi Olympics have been on the minds of many for months — especially those competing for a spot on a national team. We’re thrilled that so many ... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [olympics] [Roundup] [Sochi] [Sochi 2014]

February 5, 9AM

We kicked off 2013 with a mission to sponsor, attend, and speak at some of the world’s most exciting blogging and technology conferences. We wanted to connect with you — our users — by making our team available for live questions and support... [Community] [Events] [international] [WordCamp] [WordPress]

February 4, 9AM

A sampling of writers on WordPress.com who made some noise last month: Bloggers in the press, from the New York Times to Politico Jack Monroe, the single mother blogging at A Girl Called Jack, has become an activist and voice on poverty in England. The Ne... [Community] [Congrats] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [Editors' Picks] [Freshly Pressed] [media] [Press] [virality]

February 3, 9AM

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 Janua... [Community] [Stats] [WordPress.com]

January 31, 9AM

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 ... [Community] [awesome] [recovery] [sobriety]

January 30, 3PM

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... [Themes]

12 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 f... [mobile] [New Features] [android] [iOS] [mobile apps] [wordpress app]

January 29, 9AM

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 s... [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [Design] [Retro] [vintage]

January 28, 9AM

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 ... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [international] [WordPress.com] [Photography] [Roundup] [Travel] [WPrightnow]

January 27, 9AM

What blogger doesn’t feel a twinge of envy reading a runaway viral success story like Seth’s — 26 million views? Whoa! We may not all be viral sensations, but we can make sure our posts are primed for sharing. Shareable content is about... [Better Blogging] [Social] [Stats] [blogging] [sharing] [Traffic]

January 24, 9AM

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 highli... [Admin Bar] [Community] [WordPress.com] [exercise] [Fitness] [food] [health] [recipe] [Shortcode]

January 23, 3PM

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 vertica... [Themes]

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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 blogg... [Community] [VIP] [WordPress.com] [Jenny Lawson] [The Bloggess]

January 22, 1PM

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... [Community] [blogger profile]

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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 be... [Better Blogging] [Customization] [blog naming] [blogging] [naming your blog]

January 21, 9AM

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:... [Support] [Technical] [troubleshooting]

January 20, 9AM

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 defaul... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [Customizing] [Twenty Fourteen]

January 17, 9AM

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 ... [Community] [reading] [blogging] [Mental Health] [mental illness]

January 16, 10AM

It’s Theme Thursday! We’re happy to introduce an amazing new premium theme: Poly. Poly: Homepage Designed by the talented Justin Carroll, Poly is a colorful theme that features a dynamic grid layout perfect for artists, photographers, and anyone w... [Themes] [Poly]

January 15, 9AM

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, Tu... [Better Blogging] [Features] [Social] [LinkedIn] [Path] [Publicize] [sharing] [social media] [Tumblr]

January 14, 10AM

“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?” While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? H... [Better Blogging] [Features] [Social] [Facebook] [Google] [Publicize] [sharing] [Twitter]

January 13, 9AM

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... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [hiring] [Steve Blythe]

January 10, 9AM

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... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [bloggers] [media] [viral] [writers]

January 9, 9AM

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, pre... [Themes] [Motif] [responsive] [Suits]

January 8, 11AM

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&... [Better Blogging] [WordPress.com] [2014] [Ideas] [Inspiration] [Posting] [publishing]

January 7, 9AM

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 design... [Themes] [blogging] [portfolio] [Profile] [resume]

January 6, 2PM

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 crea... [Community] [hiring] [New Features] [Stats] [Themes] [WordPress.com] [awesome] [blogs] [comments] [likes] [Posts]

January 1, 9AM

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 ̵... [Better Blogging] [Milestone] [Writing] [blogging] [resolutions]

December 31, 9AM

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 on... [Better Blogging] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [365 days] [52 weeks] [postaday]

December 24, 5AM

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 f... [Customization] [Features] [Custom Colors] [custom header]

December 23, 6AM

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 en... [Community] [WordAds] [WordPress.com] [growth] [Seth Adam Smith] [Traffic] [viral] [WordAds]

December 20, 3PM

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 rep... [Community] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [2013] [best of] [Editors' Picks] [Freshly Pressed]

December 19, 5AM

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... [Themes]

December 18, 9AM

Last week, we shared a few facts and figures on your prolific posting tendencies and a bit about some of the posts that recently grabbed your attention. Let’s take a look at one comedienne who’s gone viral since then and some great reading mat... [Community] [Congrats] [Press] [Slate] [The Huffington Post] [The Nerds of Color] [The Ugly Volvo]

December 17, 9AM

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 ... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Automatticians] [WordPress]

December 16, 11AM

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. T... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [blogging] [Customizing]

December 13, 7PM

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;... [Themes]

10AM

It’s easy to get a little frazzled in December — for many of us, it’s the perfect storm of holidays, family, travel, and work. Luckily, following the sage advice of some insightful WordPress.com bloggers can pave the way for a fun, relax... [Community] [Christmas] [Holidays] [Santa Claus]

December 12, 11AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m proud to introduce two new free themes to the WordPress.com theme family. Spirit Spirit is a festive treat for your personal blog, complete with softly falling snow and a wintry color palette. Share past holiday... [Themes]

December 10, 11PM

Back in September we announced some cool new ways to connect your WordPress.com site to your Google+ account. One major improvement was the ability to bring your WordPress.com and Google+ profiles closer together by sharing your content via Publicize. Ma... [Features] [Social] [WordPress.com] [Google] [Google+ Pages] [Publicize] [sharing] [Social]

10AM

Last month, Matt Wiebe announced a collection of new fonts for users with the Custom Design upgrade. In the past, we’ve highlighted blogs using fonts in creative, effective ways, so we wanted to dive into the pool of customized sites again to fin... [Community] [Customization] [Design] [upgrade] [WordPress.com] [custom design] [custom fonts] [fonts] [upgrade]

December 9, 9AM

WP Photos is a nifty new photoblogging app for Firefox OS that works with your WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress blog. Photo sharing made simple WP Photos is a straightforward, no-nonsense photoblogging app that streamlines your photo sharing experi... [Applications] [mobile] [Photos] [Posting] [App] [Firefox OS] [photo blogging] [WP Photos]

7AM

Now that November’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is a fond memory and your blogging habit is firmly entrenched, it’s time to take a peek back at November by the numbers on WordPress.com. Posts that grabbed your attention In November... [behind the scenes] [blogging] [comments] [likes] [November] [Traffic] [viral posts]

December 6, 9AM

A few days ago on this blog, Cheri took a look at this year’s successful National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), the month-long event during which bloggers write a new post every day. The end of November also signaled the finish line of the the gra... [Community] [Events] [Wrapup] [blogging] [fiction] [NaNoWriMo] [novels]

December 5, 3PM

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 agr... [Themes] [WordPress.com] [desktop wallpaper] [holiday] [Holiday Theme]

11AM

It’s the first Theme Thursday in December, and we have exciting news to share — Elmastudio has become one of our newest premium theme partners. We’ve been fans of their designs for a long time, and we’re thrilled to announce the launch... [Themes]

December 4, 8AM

Did you know, that of the 217 themes available on WordPress.com, 64 offer free options such as custom headers, colors schemes and palettes, and customizable layouts? There are plenty of ways to make your blog your own without spending any money. Here̵... [Customization] [Design] [Themes] [free]

December 3, 10AM

Image by Jonathan Reyes (CC BY-NC 2.0) 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 ... [Better Blogging] [Community] [WordPress.com] [Wrapup] [Writing] [NaBloPoMo] [National Blog Posting Month] [postaday] [Posting] [publishing] [Writing]

December 2, 2PM

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 th... [Dashboard] [Design] [New Features] [WordPress.com] [3.8] [admin] [color scheme] [Theme Preview] [Themes] [Widgets]

10AM

Your WordPress.com site is your home on the web. It only makes sense, then, to spruce it up for the holidays as you would your brick-and-mortar address. With the ideas we include here, you’ll be able to give your blog a festive look with just a few ... [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Design] [custom background] [Holiday Snow] [Holidays] [SoundCloud] [Themes] [Widgets]

November 29, 9AM

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 sale covers all of Friday, November 29, for all US time zones. Sale started midnight today, and ends on 12:... [Community] [Events] [upgrade] [black friday] [Free Trial] [upgrade] [WordPress.com Business] [WordPress.com Enterprise] [WordPress.com Premium]

November 27, 9AM

The holiday season is officially upon us: that special time of the year dedicated to friends, family, red-nosed reindeer, and— Who are we kidding? It’s all about food! Glorious, comforting, yummy food. As millions of Americans are busy prepari... [Community] [WordPress.com] [food] [food blogging] [food blogs] [food studies] [recipes]

November 26, 10AM

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” a... [Admin Bar] [Community] [VIP] [WordPress.com] [analog] [handwritten] [PostSecret]

November 25, 9AM

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. ... [Features] [howto] [Photos] [WordPress.com] [featured images] [Flickr] [galleries] [images] [Slideshows]

November 22, 9AM

Parenting blogs flourish on WordPress.com, and today, we’re pleased to introduce you to Gendermom, whose site tagline, A chronicle of fun and fear, or, daily life with my young trans daughter, says it all. Gendermom’s daughter M. was born a ... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [blogging] [transgender]

November 21, 10AM

The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users. O... [Community] [Terms of Service]

November 20, 11AM

We have a special treat this Two Theme Thursday: new premium themes from two of our most popular sellers, Organic Themes and The Theme Foundry. Do you have stories to share from a trip to timeless Angkor Wat, or a camera full of images from the surreal l... [Themes]

10AM

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 ... [Community] [Events] [Features] [Themes] [Widgets] [WordPress.com] [calendar]

8AM

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... [Themes]

November 19, 4PM

Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with “Finally!” Others might be asking, “what’s that?” Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML. Let’s take a closer loo... [Writing] [markdown] [markup] [Writing]

9AM

I’m delighted to announce that we have a new theme for you today, and it’s called…Delight. The Delight Theme Designed by CyberChimps, Delight is a clean mobile-friendly premium theme that should suit many types of blogs. It offers a numb... [Themes]

November 18, 9AM

If you haven’t checked out the WordPress.com forums lately, you should! The forums offer an active community of fellow WordPress.com users, and they’re a great place to get help with support issues and share tips and tricks about how you’... [Community] [Resources] [Support] [Forums]

November 14, 10AM

Today we have a shiny new theme for your blogging pleasure! Introducing Typo by Okay Themes: With clean typography, an inky color palette, and lots of subtle textures, Typo has all the charm and style of an old-fashioned typewriter. The responsive... [Themes]

November 13, 2AM

You already know WordPress.com as the best platform to start a personal blog, but did you know WordPress.com makes creating a website for your business a breeze? We have all you need to establish a professional web presence with minimal effort, and suppor... [Support] [Small Business] [WordPress.com Business]

November 12, 9AM

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... [Community] [Congrats] [WordPress.com] [Awards] [bloggers] [publishing] [writers] [Writing]

November 11, 2PM

WordPress.com users show their creativity not only in the content they publish, but also in how they design their sites. We always enjoy seeing how bloggers transform popular themes like Oxygen, Pilcrow, or Imbalance2 to create sleek, tailor-made sites. T... [Customization] [Features] [Themes] [Custom Colors] [custom css] [custom design] [custom fonts] [Customizer] [Site Title] [Snapshots] [Theme Customizer]

10AM

Do you ever wonder what happens when your readers reach the end of your posts? What do they click on? Where do they go next? What if you’ve piqued a reader’s interest and left them wanting more, but don’t give them the option to do so? T... [New Features] [reading] [related] [related posts]

November 8, 9AM

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 t... [Automattic] [Community] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [hot list] [Numbers] [October 2013]

November 7, 3PM

Using the perfect font gives your blog personality — and just might be the design element that inspires you to find your own voice. We’ve added a bunch of terrific new fonts for users of our Custom Design upgrade from our partners at Typekit. Inf... [Customization] [custom design] [custom fonts] [fonts] [upgrade]

9AM

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... [Themes]

November 6, 1PM

When we launched a makeover of the dashboard, one of the features you requested the most was the ability to shake up its color scheme. Starting today, you can do just that. You can now choose between eight different color settings: To switch color schemes... [Dashboard] [Design] [WordPress.com] [Open Source] [usability]

November 5, 9AM

Out with the Halloween candy, in with the ballot boxes: today is election day across 50 states! All over the world, in fact, falling leaves seem to inspire the urge to cast votes. From Norway in September to Tajikistan later this week, this is the season ... [Admin Bar] [Community] [howto] [debate] [discussion] [politics] [polls] [Widgets]

November 1, 9AM

There’s a lot of buzz each November around NaNoWriMo — you may notice some of your favorite blogs dedicating themselves to churning out 50,000 words this month. If 50,000 words seem like 49,000 too many or you’re more interested in blog... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [Social] [Writing] [blogging] [BlogHer] [NaBloMoPo] [NaNoWriMo] [NaPoWriMo]

October 31, 10AM

Happy Halloween! It’s Theme Thursday and we are excited to announce Writr, a free content-oriented tumblelog theme. Writr‘s modern look and attention to crisp typography let your readers focus on the content. As a responsive theme, Writr wi... [Themes]

6AM

Unfortunately, My Opera blogs are shutting down. Fear not — you’ll be able to export your content into a new or existing WordPress.com site. First, you’ll download an export file from My Opera, and then, you’ll import that file int... [howto] [Import] [My Opera]

October 30, 7AM

Today, we’re excited to introduce a new way for people to engage with your WordPress.com blogs: an embeddable version of the Follow Button that you’ve seen in your toolbar for some time now. Like similar buttons you’ve seen for other soc... [Embeds] [Features] [Social] [WordPress.com] [about.me] [embed] [follow button] [followers]

October 29, 9AM

Every blogger wants to find an audience. While we each have different ideas about the definition of great content, it’s clear that making informed, data-backed decisions can help us connect with our potential readers. Today, we’ll conclude our... [Admin Bar] [Stats] [Categories] [SEO] [Stats tab] [Tags]

October 28, 9AM

It’s just a few days until November, and you know what that means: National Novel Writing Month, better known ’round these parts as NaNoWriMo, is near. Have you always wanted to write a novel? We know some of you have been waiting all year for... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Writing] [NaNoWriMo] [National Novel Writing Month] [novel writing] [Writing]

October 26, 9AM

We started getting into the Halloween spirit yesterday, with Halloween craft and costume blogs and a look at some of the real-life witches on WordPress.com. Today we continue the Halloween Spooktacular with some less Halloween-y but no less creepy conten... [Community] [reading] [halloween] [HORROR] [spooky]

October 25, 9AM

All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead are nearly upon us. What better time to take a look at the darker side of WordPress.com? Our bloggers cover the spooky spectrum, from horror film reviewers to Wiccans to Halloween crafter... [Community] [reading] [halloween] [HORROR] [spooky] [witchcraft]

October 24, 10AM

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today we have a brand new theme to share with you: The Parisian. The Parisian is a premium theme designed by Allen Tan. A large recent-posts slider, minimalist layout, responsive design, and support for post formats wrapped in a... [Themes]

October 23, 2PM

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 de... [behind the scenes] [Community] [Profile] [WordPress.com] [Aliso the Geek] [Alison Barrett] [Automattic] [hiring] [jobs]

9AM

The World Series kicks off tonight, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox to decide baseball supremacy for the year 2013. No matter whether you’re a Cards or Red Sox fan, or just waiting to see some home run fireworks, our Major Lea... [Themes]

October 22, 9AM

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 int... [Customization] [howto] [Themes] [background] [Customizing] [Pilcrow]

October 18, 9AM

Book lovers, lock your libraries: a voracious reader is among us. We recently chatted with Edwin Turner, the mastermind behind Biblioklept, a popular literary blog dedicated to books, art, and the ways in which the two shape our world. Join us for a conve... [Community] [Profile] [Writing] [art] [blogger profile] [blogging] [Books] [literature]

October 17, 10AM

Happy Thursday! I’m pleased to announce our newest theme, Massive Press. Designed by Press75, it’s a great choice for news and magazine websites. A premium upgrade for your blog, Massive Press sports a clean, grid-based layout. Among its most ... [Themes]

October 15, 9AM

Lots of bloggers add a custom domain to their WordPress.com sites to simplify their URLs. But what happens if the one you want isn’t available, or you want an address that’s a bit . . . different? Enter the offbeat domain. You’ve seen th... [Domains] [howto] [upgrade] [blog names] [custom domains] [Domains]

October 11, 9AM

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 t... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Resources] [Writing] [Current Events] [news] [WPrightnow]

October 10, 1PM

Attending the Digital Family Summit this coming weekend in Baltimore Maryland? Our own Karen Arnold will lead a workshop to teach kids and their families how to get started blogging on WordPress.com. Karen, along with Velda Christensen, Alx Block, and Jen... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [WordPress.com] [Blogging workshop] [Digital Family Summit] [Kids] [teens] [tweens]

10AM

We are extremely proud and excited today to announce the availability of our newest theme on WordPress.com: Collections. This past August, The Theme Foundry caused a stir in the WordPress community when it released Collections to the public, a project alm... [Themes]

October 9, 9AM

After a red-hot August of publishing news and impressive numbers, we wondered what was next for the WordPress.com community. Here’s a snapshot of September: You blew up the internet. Again. Month after month, we’re blown away by what you publi... [Automattic] [Community] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [Numbers] [publishing] [September 2013]

October 8, 3AM

Blogger Jon Negroni’s viral post, “The Pixar Theory,” was so big that it was republished on Mashable and Slate.  To date, the post has accumulated 4.4 million views on Negroni’s site. Many of us think about readership growth as a ... [Better Blogging] [WordAds] [WordPress.com] [Stats] [viral]

September 30, 5AM

One of the main reasons bloggers stop blogging is lack of traffic: at some point, they get tired of being the proverbial tree in the forest, making sounds nobody hears. We’re here to help. No list of advice can guarantee your blog’s success, b... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Resources] [Writing] [Traffic] [traffic building]

September 27, 9AM

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... [Features] [howto] [Posting] [WordPress.com] [Writing] [excerpts] [page jumps] [pagination] [splitting content] [the more tag]

September 25, 12 PM

Uploading media and sharing content are at the core of the WordPress publishing experience, and that experience is something we obsess about. Today we’re delighted to announce we’re acquiring Cloudup, a company that’s as fanatical about ... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [Community] [Congrats] [Jetpack] [acquistion] [Cloudup]

9AM

This summer, we provided a bird’s-eye view of your Stats panel and have taken tours of various modules (Days, Weeks, and Months and Top Posts and Pages) that offer data about your site’s visitors and your most popular content. Today, let&#... [Better Blogging] [Stats] [WordPress.com] [clicks] [Data] [referrers]

September 24, 9AM

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 s... [Customization] [howto] [Themes] [custom background] [custom header]

September 23, 12 PM

Working with our pals at Pocket — a service that lets you save articles, longreads, and other media like videos that you find on the web — we’re happy to announce you can easily save content on WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered self-hos... [mobile] [Social] [WordPress.com] [App] [Pocket] [reading] [sharing] [Social]

September 20, 9AM

From painting and photography to performance art, the art scene on WordPress.com is thriving. Practitioners of every imaginable art form are inspiring visitors with their creativity, using striking themes and neat features like custom galleries to show... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Themes] [art] [Art Blogs] [Photography] [portfolio]

September 19, 7AM

It’s another Two Theme Thursday here on WordPress.com, with Traveler and InfoWay taking the spotlight. Traveler is a full-screen, flexible, and highly visual theme, built by Pro Theme Design for documenting your travel adventures. It features a huge... [Themes]

September 18, 9AM

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 an... [mobile] [App] [Apple] [iOS] [iOS7] [WordPress Mobile]

September 17, 1PM

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... [Automattic] [Community] [wwwp5k]

9AM

Scott Berkun is the author of four previous books and a sought-after speaker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, National Public Radio, and The Hu... [Automattic] [behind the scenes] [WordPress.com] [distributed work] [Scott Berkun] [Team Social]

September 16, 8AM

Do you regularly host events as part of your work and/or play? Do you run a venue or plan events regularly? Are you an Eventbrite user? If so, we have some exciting news for you — we’ve teamed up with Eventbrite to bring you two new WordPress... [Events] [New Features] [Themes] [Eventbrite] [venues] [Voce Communications]

January 10, 3PM

The Cambridge Digital Library has digitized the Nash Papyrus, which contains part of the Decalogue. You can access it here for free. Cambridge digitizes ancient Hebrew text Copy of Ten Commandments from Torah, dating back 2,000 years, is now available to ... [Hebrew Bible] [Media Source]

January 6, 11PM

Carta Publishers in Jerusalem are specialists in all matters on historical geography and cartography of the Holy Land. Check out their Interactive Pilgrim Map here. Tagged: The Holy Land [Uncategorized] [The Holy Land]

January 4, 9PM

If the Temple Mounting Sifting Project has proven anything its that the Temple Mount grounds preserve what are archaeologically and historically sacred artifacts. Seven years ago the Sifting Project commenced after students of archaeologist Gaby Barkay no... [Archaeology] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Jerusalem] [Media Source] [Modern Day Israel] [Second Temple Period]

December 18 2012, 12 PM

Today the IAA, in collaboration with Google, launched the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library which will allow viewers to search and read high resolution images of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here is a statement according to IAA director Shuka Do... [Archaeology] [DSS] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Jerusalem] [Mss.] [New Testament] [Second Temple Period] [Early Judaism] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Judaism] [Media Source]

December 16, 3PM

The IAA has sent out an invitation to a press conference on Tuesday (Dec 18th) regarding advances that Google has attained and will implement with their digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The invitation reads as follows: Invitation to a Press Conferenc... [Archaeology] [DSS] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Jerusalem] [Modern Day Israel] [Second Temple Period] [conference] [Early Judaism] [Israel Antiquities Authority]

November 2, 2PM

JSJ 43:4-5 (2012) Preface pp. 453-454(2) Authors: Najman, Hindy; Tigchelaar, Eibert The Transformation of the Torah in Second Temple Judaism pp. 455-474(20) Author: Collins, John J. The Riverrun of Rewriting Scripture: From Textual Cannibalism to Scriptur... [Journals] [Early Judaism] [Judaism] [Second Temple Period]

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  Al Jazeera has posted 15 pics from a monthly Palestinian-led tour (offered by the Centre for Jerusalem Studies) through the Western Wall tunnels. In Pictures: Exploring the Western Wall HT: J Lauer! Tagged: Archaeology, Jerusalem, Media Source, Mod... [Archaeology] [Jerusalem] [Media Source] [Modern Day Israel] [Roman Era] [Second Temple Period]

October 29, 2PM

Some new posts from Dr. Schiffman’s blog: DISCOVERY TIMES SQUARE INTERVIEW ERUV AND SECTARIANISM IN ANCIENT JUDAISM [DSS] [Second Temple Period]

October 14, 6PM

In the most recent BAR (Nov/Dec 2012) Geza Vermes attempts to address “How the Jesus Movement Became Christianity”. It is an article that is described by BAR’s Managing Editor, Dorothy Resig, as answering the question, “When were non-Jews first ac... [BAR] [Jerusalem] [New Testament] [Rabbinic Era] [Second Temple Period] [DSS]

October 12, 5PM

One of the more fascinating collection of texts that exist is the Septuagint. This is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible created at some point in the 3rd century BCE. Among many thing it informs us how the ancients interpreted biblical passages. My... [Uncategorized]