What the heck is going on with Premium Themes?

I spent some time recently poking about our Theme Showcase and there is now a subtle and interesting development concerning Premium Themes. As of this writing, they fall into two groups: Welcome Back Third Party Premium Theme(s) In that second group you’ll find the very first 3rd party Premium theme available since before the PremiumContinue reading “What the heck is going on with Premium Themes?”

Oh! Hello, Twenty Twenty-Three!

No, not the latest default theme for WordPress, though I admit it is pretty nifty (and there might be some changes happening around here because of it). First I have to level up my energy and concentration. Honestly, I think I had a “Rip Van Winkle” episode. Things got to be just too much (innerContinue reading “Oh! Hello, Twenty Twenty-Three!”

Three (now four) Ways You Can Add Mastodon To Your WordPress.com Website

Have you recently migrated to Mastodon and would like to add it to your site’s social links here on WordPress.com? Here’s how: 1. Add the Social Icons block to your site; Mastodon is already included. 2. Add Mastodon to your site’s Social Links Menu. At the moment it will display as a generic link iconContinue reading “Three (now four) Ways You Can Add Mastodon To Your WordPress.com Website”

WordPress.com Ads on Free Sites – A Nightmare on Your Main Street

Not that long ago our knitting guild was considering moving its website to WordPress.com. I half-jokingly mentioned to a fellow guild member that I hoped WordPress.com advertising would never be like on our guild’s current free website, hosted elsewhere, that is covered in more ads per pixel than content. Sadly, it seems the day ofContinue reading “WordPress.com Ads on Free Sites – A Nightmare on Your Main Street”

Why Build Your Business Website on WordPress.com

In addition to individuals, companies are also building their web presence on WordPress.com, either as a blog or as a full website including full e-commerce websites. And what’s not to like? On signing up and agreeing to the Terms of Service, a company gets a website with all updates and back-end security handled by WordPress.com,Continue reading “Why Build Your Business Website on WordPress.com”

Google Fonts and GDPR

Just when you thought it was safe… Earlier this year, a German regional court fined a website operator for transferring a site visitor’s IP address to Google through the use of Google Fonts without the visitor’s explicit consent. Following the news of the above ruling, WordPress theme authors were urged to bundle theme fonts withContinue reading “Google Fonts and GDPR”