What’s on the horizon?

It’s year two of the seemingly never ending WordPress.com new user interface changes. If you are up for it there are upcoming editor changes. You can register to be a BETA tester in response to the Call for Testing: Editor, and provide feedback before this iteration is finalized. Or you can just follow  Horizon Feedback: (Horizon is WordPress.com’s public test environment) and read what’s happening … Continue reading What’s on the horizon?

Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
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

Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered. Feel free to retake them, but be aware that we will cover the same topics. New blogging courses on intermediate/advanced customization are coming later this year. July’s Blogging U. courses kick off on Monday, with the start of Blogging 101. Still mulling it over? Registration is open… Continue reading Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Black Friday special: a year of unlimited premium themes

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
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 any theme at no extra cost. The special sale starts just after… Continue reading Black Friday special: a year of unlimited premium themes

WordPress.com (Automattic) Transparency Report

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Here’s a link to some very interesting reading, The WordPress.com Transparency Report encourages me to believe some are aware of how important and issue transparency is.

Automattic plans to publish bi-annual transparency reports, summarizing the government information requests and takedown demands Staff have received.   Continue reading “WordPress.com (Automattic) Transparency Report”

Gmail Password Leak Update

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
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 WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared… Continue reading Gmail Password Leak Update

WordPress.com Video Tutorial Collection

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I love WordPress

My introduction to the open source community and WordPress software became a love affair that’s ongoing. Eight years ago I received an invitation to become a WordPress.com blogger.  I accepted and discovered WordPress software and the community are the perfect fit for me. Continue reading “WordPress.com Video Tutorial Collection”

Blog Abandonment is not your only Choice

peopleYesterday was the day I reserved  for my bi-annual Blogs I Follow clean-up. I’m sad that I found so many abandoned blogs that I had to unfollow. Do you know “Why Do 95% Of Bloggers Give Up? Most bloggers – maybe even 95% of bloggers – have no idea what they’re doing.”
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The Importance of Links to Related Sites

linkIn past years blogrolls comprised of links to directly related sites were useful traffic driving tools. Then each blogroll your blog was listed in increased  the possibility that readers of blogs with similar content would click in and and visit your blog too. Continue reading “The Importance of Links to Related Sites”

Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address

domain word cloudYour blog/website URL (web address), the site title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Unique names and URLs for blogs and websites are highly valued for establishing individual brand identity and are specifically aimed at standing out from the crowd. Continue reading “Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address”

Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?

skyscraperThe new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading “Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?”

Gravatars as Branding Tools

A Gravatar image is universally associated with your web presence and it’s a very powerful branding tool. Register a Gravatar and add links to your Gravatar profile page that describe your brand and where you can be found in the digital world so your brand is easy to follow. Continue reading “Gravatars as Branding Tools”

Automattic Is Raising $160M in New Funding

This morning Automattic’s founder, Matt Mullenweg, announced that the company is raising $160M in new funding. After taking the helm as CEO earlier this year, Mullenweg said that he set out on a 100-day plan to pursue new funding and find a set of partners who share Automattic’s vision of an open web. – Read the full article  Automattic Is Raising $160M in New Funding … Continue reading Automattic Is Raising $160M in New Funding

Adware, Malware and Your Computer

red question markWe frequently experience bloggers posting to the WordPress.com support forums angrily reporting that there is advertising displaying on their blogs, despite the fact they have purchased No-Ads upgrades. Well, consider this post to be a wake-up call please, because what’s being reported is not advertising placed by WordPress.com; it’s adware that you need to remove. Continue reading “Adware, Malware and Your Computer”