Customizing Modularity Lite: Girls of Summer
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2013, 12:00 pm
Today’s featured blog, Girls of Summer, demonstrates a crucial point: the default look of a theme shouldn’t deter you from choosing it if its features are the right match for your needs. Instead, tweaking and personalizing your theme will bring together its strengths and your vision.  Let’s take a closer look at the striking transformation […]


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2013, 12:00 pm
This week’s three posts all explore a similar topic — being comfortable in one’s own body — yet diverge on that theme in markedly different ways. Bikini Body This, friends, is a cultural phenomenon that confounds me. In Los Angeles specifically, and the whole of America more generally, we are confronted again and again with [...]


A Story for Generations: Home Front Girl
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2013, 12:00 pm
Imagine this: you have access to the diaries of your mother or father: Windows into your family’s past. Snapshots of moments of history. What would this process be like? To sift through documents, to piece together a life — and, ultimately, your own family history? Susan Morrison, the blogger and author at Home Front Girl [...]


Customizing Forever: Prada for Breakfast
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 April 2013, 11:07 am
Think you need to be a graphic designer or buy a bunch of upgrades to make a sweet-looking, custom blog? Think again: Prada for Breakfast stands out from the other 214,699 blogs using the Forever theme with creative use of text and simple tweaks that are accessible to any blogger: Forever was originally designed as a [...]


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2013, 4:00 pm
WordPressers, day in and day out, you entertain us, you make us think, you make us laugh, and you make us grateful to be exposed to so many voices all over the world. It’s a pleasure to read what you’re writing. Like everyone in the community, we value that feeling of connection that comes from [...]


Hit It Out of the Park with MLB Themes
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2013, 4:00 pm
You know what I love? The sound of the first pitch on Opening Day. As a huge baseball fan, I’m thrilled about the start of the season, and as a WordPresser, I love the Major League Baseball themes — Fan, Modern, and Retro — that you can activate on your own blog to get you in [...]


Mobile theme gets a facelift
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2013, 4:00 pm
If you use our default mobile theme, you’ve noticed that we recently gave it a new design. We’ve also added two new options to the theme to give you more control over your mobile site’s appearance. (Not using the mobile theme yet? To activate it go to Appearance → Mobile and select “Enable mobile theme.”) [...]


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 March 2013, 6:00 pm
As always, the editors at Freshly Pressed Towers have enjoyed the sheer range and breadth of thoughtful, entertaining, or just plain challenging content you’ve been publishing to WordPress.com. Our Readers have seen everything from Cthulhu cookery to to grimdark feminism passing through, and as always, we’ve been more than impressed by the results. If you’re looking for three [...]


A Look at Painters with Portfolios
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 February 2013, 11:00 am
Recently, Michelle announced the launch of WordPress.com/portfolios. If you take photographs, record music and video, illustrate and paint, or design things, you can build a portfolio here on WordPress.com, using one of our portfolio themes. I was curious to see how painters use WordPress.com as an ultimate canvas to compile and display their masterpieces. If you’re a [...]


A Look at Wedding Sites on WordPress.com
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2013, 11:00 am
We’ve launched themes especially for people planning and documenting their weddings, like the elegant themes Forever and Ever After, and the charming, playful Lovebirds and Blissful Blog themes. Here, we’ll take a quick look at how brides-to-be gather inspiration, how couples can share event details with their guests, and how folks in the industry — like wedding planners and photographers — showcase [...]


Personalize Your Site with Custom Fonts
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2013, 12:10 pm
Last month, we shared tips from WordPress.com users who use Custom Colors to spice up their sites. You can also personalize your online home with Custom Fonts, which is another feature of the Custom Design upgrade. For inspiration, let’s take a quick peek at four blogs using Custom Fonts. Then, we’ll show you how to try out and preview fonts — right [...]


WordPress.com: Our Labor of Love — 2012 in Review
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 January 2013, 12:40 pm
For us, WordPress.com is our labor of love — we’re continually releasing new themes, upgrades, and features to help you create the best website and/or blog you can. In addition to great tools, we publish articles, prompts, and writing and photo challenges to inspire you to start posting and keep posting. While we’re never, ever [...]


New Theme: Widely
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2012, 4:00 pm
Say hello to Widely, the newest theme to launch on WordPress.com. This modern and elegant theme showcases your content with a design that will give your site a classy, contemporary feel. Make it yours with a custom background, custom menu, and optional custom header image. Promote posts in the content slider on a static front page [...]


New Themes: Watson, Simfo, and Publish
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2012, 1:03 pm
Brace yourselves, new themes are coming. Today I’m pleased to announce the latest three additions to the ever-growing collection of themes here at WordPress.com. First up is Watson, by The Theme Foundry. Inspired by the clean lines and bold strokes of a classic newspaper, Watson boasts a neatly organized front page layout and a pleasurable [...]


Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for October 2012
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 November 2012, 11:56 am
Narrowing down all the fantastic posts featured on Freshly Pressed in a month to just ten is a challenge, but one that we relish — it reminds us of how much great content you’ve published, and of the depth and diversity of the WordPress.com community. Here are some of October’s standouts: Silk Road Ramblings: Lost [...]


New Themes: Something Fishy and Blissful Blog
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 October 2012, 2:17 pm
Another Thursday, another theme day! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to our two newest themes: Something Fishy and Blissful Blog! From the depths of the creative mind of our very own, wickedly-talented Caroline Moore, Something Fishy is an adventure-rich, fun and fanciful animated theme. Full of subtle details that respond as users [...]


New Themes: Gridspace and Ascetica
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 September 2012, 12:03 pm
Happy Themeday, all! Today we have two brand-spankin’-new themes for your visual enjoyment. First up is Gridspace, a classic, elegant premium theme by Graph Paper Press. Gridspace lets you show your work in style. Designed as a portfolio for photographers, its slick features include light and dark color schemes, multiple thumbnail sizes, a responsive design, [...]


New Theme: Twenty Twelve
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 August 2012, 1:50 pm
Every year the WordPress team proudly unveils a new default theme, increasing by one the collection now known affectionately as the Twenty Somethings. Serving as the flagship theme for a year, it has big shoes to fill. The theme should work well for a blog or a website, be carefully crafted under-the-hood to support essential [...]


New Theme: Avid
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2012, 2:00 pm
Looking for a new and exciting way to share your images with the world? Well, look no further! Avid is an innovative WordPress theme for photographers designed by Dave Ruiz of Foundation Six. With a unique photoblog layout, beautiful gallery, and retina-optimized interface, Avid makes it easy to share all of your snapshots, photographs, and [...]


Do More Faster
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2012, 9:31 am
We’ve just released two improvements that will make WordPress.com even more efficient for you, leaving you more time to create content. Site Stats If you get a lot of traffic to your blog, your stats were sometimes slow to load.  We know you like to look at your stats often, think about how all those [...]


Go Ahead—Add a Splash of Color
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 July 2012, 1:13 am
Adding Custom Colors to your blog just got simpler than ever! Now you can change your entire color scheme with the single click of a button. Color has impact: it sets context and should complement your message. You’ll find the most popular palettes and patterns from COLOURlovers are sure to delight whether you want to [...]


New Themes: Mixfolio and Yoko
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 June 2012, 1:33 pm
I’m pleased to announce the latest two additions to the ever-growing collection of free themes here at WordPress.com. First up is Mixfolio, a responsive, post format-packed, photographer-loving portfolio theme. Designed by Graph Paper Press, Mixfolio looks great on all screens, large and small, and comes delivered with a Theme Options panel that will give your [...]


New Themes: Blog Simple and Skylark
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2012, 12:10 pm
In the mood to simply showcase your words or your work? The two newest themes in our collection allow you to do just that! First, let’s say hello to Blog Simple, an inventive premium theme for bloggers designed by Mike Kus. Its vibrant, two-tone color scheme and bold typography will definitely set your blog apart [...]


New Theme: Ideation & Intent
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 May 2012, 1:35 pm
It’s almost June and warm weather is spreading across many parts of the world like wildfire! What better time to get out of the house and explore new places? Before you leave, though, it would be a great idea to take your camera along to document the experience. When you return and get the urge [...]


More Likes in More Places
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 April 2012, 4:28 pm
Back in 2010 we introduced the exciting new ability to Like the individual posts you’ve read all around WordPress.com. It’s been one of our most popular features since then, as evidenced by the chart below that goes up-and-to-the-right as an indication of great success and achievement. Today I’m happy to announce a few enhancements to the [...]


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