Field Notes: Grow Leadership Academy 2016 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 Academy. On May 24th and 26th, Hugh Lashbrooke (WP community manager), Gareth Allison (WooCommerce marketing designer), and Job Thomas (WooCommerce education ...

Make the Most of Our New SEO Settings Panel 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 you, however, have requested more hands-on control over your site’s SEO — so we’re thrilled to introduce a new ...

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 photography skills, and more. Now, accessing expert support is even easier: Blogging U. courses are available on demand, so you can begin ...

Five Posts that Made Us Think 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 home or field of expertise, and offers a glimpse of that individual’s mind at work. The five recent posts featured here touched a nerve ...

Reader Refresh 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 story at a glance. The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your ...

Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we! 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, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll ...

Our World Through a Lens: Photography Blogs to Follow Now 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 based in Banff, Alberta. His photographs celebrate the power and beauty of the outdoors, from the sprawling backcountry of Canada to hard-to-access locations in the ...

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 quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our ...

Dear Sri Lankans, I want to discuss with you about what we can do to make our country a better one. The new trends in the world, how we can adopt them in order to develop our country. Let us not talk about that fellow of that party or the other. Because the politicians are made of the way we think, argue and eventually vote. Yes my friends, A pig can ...

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