Exploring Your Dashboard: Four of Our Favorite Tools 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 of image galleries. Have you discovered everything the new and improved WordPress.com can do? Here are four of our favorite tricks. Preview your ...

Customizing Twenty Sixteen: Four Takes on Our Annual Theme 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 with new energy and precise, minimalist flare. Twenty Sixteen‘s customization options allow it to support any type of site — from a traditional blog to a professional web page. Here are four sites ...

Engineering Happiness in Brazil: WordCamp Rio de Janeiro and beyond 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 share their experiences. On August 29th, 2015, we traveled to Brazil to attend WordCamp Rio de Janeiro and meet the Brazilian ...

New theme: Harmonic 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. You may be a blogger who just wants a theme that looks a bit distinctive. Harmonic has ...

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 stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. * ...

New Theme: Intergalactic 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 you a high-contrast, readable theme that’s perfect for making your content pop. The one-column layout provides a distraction-free environment for ...

If you had already seen Tim Burton’s latest animated flick, Frankenweenie then you would understand how someone like Skylar Grey could end up on the soundtrack to the movie. After her amazing solo effort “Invisible” this song, “Building a Monster” can be deemed Skylar’s best work up-to date. Produced by Alex Da Kid, “Building a [...]

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