Unified We Navigate?

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In mid-March 2021, WordPress.com rolled out unified navigation to combine both the newer “Calypso/WordPress.com” dashboard and WP Admin. Later, in July 2021, a dashboard “Switcher” was introduced to make changing from one dashboard to the other more intuitive with a further refinement to the interface. WordPress.com is in the process of rolling outContinue reading “Unified We Navigate?”

So long 2020!

I don’t like end of the year posts, but I’ll make an exception for 2020, which by anyone’s standards was an exceptional year. And I think I can safely say, not always in a good way! The Ablockalypse This was the year I set up an editorial calendar and for the most part kept toContinue reading “So long 2020!”

My theme’s been retired! Now what?

The number of available themes, both free and premium, here on WordPress.com has been holding steady at 288 since the beginning of 2018. No new themes (at all!) have been introduced since the “Photo Blog” and “Small Business” premium themes were introduced in December 2017 and lots have been retired since then. Most of thoseContinue reading “My theme’s been retired! Now what?”

Blog Privacy and Subscribers-5 more things to know

Without a doubt the most popular post on this website is “Blog Privacy and Subscribers“. Originally published in 2011 and updated in August 2021, it remains accurate about how Privacy works in spite of the many changes here on WordPress.com. Since February 2019, any new site you create on WordPress.com is set to “Coming Soon” byContinue reading “Blog Privacy and Subscribers-5 more things to know”

Where to find help on WordPress.com

Once you set up your WordPress.com site at some point you’ll probably need extra help in finding information or solving an issue. While every new member of the WordPress.com community receives a welcome letter with a link to Learn WordPress, the always free tutorial for beginners, and other helpful resources, many answers can be foundContinue reading “Where to find help on WordPress.com”

Blog Privacy and Subscribers

Even before signing up for a new WordPress.com website, most people have already decided whether they want their site visible to casual readers or have their site out of public view. But what about the subscriber and search engine aspects of these choices? Public Sites: Sites whose Privacy settings are set to Public, or setContinue reading “Blog Privacy and Subscribers”

Getting Started on WordPress.com

WordPress.com is an online service that hosts websites/blogs free of charge. Users signing up for the service must be at least 13 years old for the US, or 16 years for the EU, and agree to abide by the Terms of Service. What do you get when you sign up? A unique, free website URL,Continue reading “Getting Started on WordPress.com”