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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 new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book… Continue reading Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site
Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Newer domains and websites pass older sites all the time. How can an older site maintain its ranking over time? Matt Cutts, of Google answered that question in January 2014. Tune in, listen and learn.
Search engines like optimized content that’s relevant and fresh. The next time you have a slow blogging day and you aren’t truly committed to publishing a post on a new topic why not breathe some freshness into an older post? Continue reading “Refresh Older Blog Content”
In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4 today. Anyone can join in. It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve. So click on over and participate. Continue reading “Blog Challenges for Blog Improvement”
There is an exciting new color palette feature addition that WordPress.com bloggers using eight free themes will enjoy. Eight free themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo, now offer free color palettes you can apply. Read the announcement. Hopefully, more themes will be graced with the same feature soon. Continue reading “Colors! We have colors!”
Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly. Continue reading “Better Blogging by the Numbers”
The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.
Whether you blog to inform, to entertain, to persuade or to provoke controversy, to have a successful blog you must identify your target audience and Let Your Audience’s Interests Guide Your Content Strategy.
Do you want a WordPress.com theme with a magazine style layout that provides your readers with brief front page previews (teasers) of posts to select from and click into without you having to insert the more tag into each post? Continue reading “WordPress.com Themes with Automatic Excerpts”
Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted something perplexing and wonder if my readers have noticed it too.
Have you noticed your page view stats are descending as your mobile and tablet users are increasing in number? Continue reading “WordPress.com Reader, show full text or not?”
Enhancing your WordPress.com blog’s accessibility and share-ability with social networking icons can be a quick coffee break set up or a longer project. It all depends on the theme you use. Continue reading “Social Media Icons for WordPress.com Blogs”
The New WordPress default theme; ‘Twenty Fourteen’ is a dark magazine styled beauty with balanced use of white space that’s absolutely packed useful and eye-popping features. From lovely typography and a prominent featured content area up top to multiple sidebars and post formats, Twenty Fourteen has it all. Continue reading “Twenty Fourteen: Going Further”
In fact, a blog is a website but there’s a strange notion out there that websites and blogs are not both websites. The arrival of custom menus at WordPress.com was very well received as many of us wanted the flexibility to structure a website for a long time. Continue reading “Create a WordPress Website Step By Step”
Between 2011 – 2012 I noted those visiting my blog using mobiles and tablets were on the rise. I also noted the affects the mobile explosion was having on blog design and learned either selecting a mobile friendly theme or responsive width theme was a choice I could make. That’s when I began experimenting with all of the free WordPress.com responsive width themes.
I have now tested all of the free responsive width themes and have used Able, Adelle, Blaskan, Misty Lake Sight, Sundance, Twenty Eleven, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Visual and Yoko on my blogs. Continue reading “WordPress.com Theme Choice: Twenty Eleven”
A personal blog is a weblog where people publish articles related to their daily lives, interests, projects, passions and happenings. Personal blogging is a crème de la crème when it comes to being a creative outlet for self expression and a wonderful way to meet new people online.
Update: October 22, 2014. Changes to the WordPress.com upgrades policies mean accounts registered after September 1st, 2014 cannot purchase individual upgrades other than, domain mapping, premium themes and site redirects. Continue reading “Blogging Improvement: Leveling Up”
Desktop and laptop computers have long been a staple in middle and high schools but that is rapidly changing. Schools across the USA are spending billions on various kinds of technology for the classroom and aren’t investing only in computer stations and keyboards. Continue reading “Mobile Technology in Classrooms”
The growth of mobile use shows no signs of slowing. A new report suggests by the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices on Earth than people.
Mobile data traffic worldwide will increase 13 times by 2017. That’s from the latest Cisco VNI Mobile Data Forecast Update, 2012-2017 released in early February. Continue reading “Mobile Growth and Blogging”
Recent studies indicate we bloggers now have as few as 30 seconds to impress or lose the attention of a visitor. While there is no one correct way to move visitors around your site good web design means easy navigation for all visitors. Continue reading “12 Website Navigation Guidelines”
Most bloggers by now will have heard about claiming authorship for their posts. Possibly many will be wondering how to do this with their WordPress.com blog. The instructions for using the attributes rel=”author” and rel=”me” posted on Google are possibly a bit confusing for bloggers without some HTML background – in fact without some minor changes the markup will not verify!. This article seeks to provide an easy to use solution for bloggers using the WordPress.com platform.