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The Trouble with Widgets

Back in mid-August, WordPress switched to a Block interface for adding and updating widgets. The announcement was made on August 10th on the WordPress.com News blog, which has 87M followers, but it still came as a surprise for most. “Widget” is a fancy word for “doodad,” which is itself a fancy word for “small tools…

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What The Heck is going on with Themes?

Frankly speaking, there’s so much to cover here, let’s just dive in and see where it takes us. Please keep your Best Speculation monitors activated. The WordPress.com Great Premium Theme Cull of 2021 WordPress.com has retired all remaining Premium themes. This means they are not included in the Premium or Business upgrade plans and, indeed,…

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Refreshed!

Cooler weather arrived here almost exactly at the same time as our fall holidays and the change in weather was a blessing all by itself. (I don’t do well in hot weather, having grown up in a place where it definitely is not hot most of the year.) We even had a few minutes of…

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Fifteen Years-A Brief Retrospective

WordPress.com reminded me yesterday that 15 years ago, on September 10th, I signed up for my WordPress.com account and started a blog (not this one). It’s hard for me to grok that a decade and a half have whizzed by and that I’m still here, and trying to remember what this platform was like 15…

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The Doldrums

Welcome to the hottest part of our year, August and September. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. No, it’s the heat and humidity! During this time I’ll be rotating my older posts to the top of this site on a weekly basis and adding new information to them. These “new” posts probably won’t ping…

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Hi there, I’m Jen T.

Welcome! After 4 years hand-coding websites, 2 years setting up and running WordPress sites, I launched my first website on WordPress.com back in 2006 and never looked back. Since then, I’ve helped other WordPress.com site owners safely navigate through the ins and outs of the ever-changing WordPress.com ecosystem. All this gives me a unique perspective on helping you get the most from your free WordPress.com website. Ping me and let’s see how we can work together!

When not helping WordPress.com users, you might find me out and about with my camera, slogging through cow pies or a stream in search of wildflowers, in a cafe drinking a long espresso or sitting somewhere near that big pond in my backyard with my nose in a book.

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