The Perplexed WordPress.com User’s Guide to Openverse

If you previously used Creative Commons (CC) Search, you may know that it was picked up by the WordPress.org project last year to continue its development. Here’s the official Creative Commons announcement. As of late last year, CC Search relaunched on WordPress.org and was rebranded as Openverse. Free to Use Images WordPress.com users have enjoyedContinue reading “The Perplexed WordPress.com User’s Guide to Openverse”

Sharing is for Pizza-Reblog and Sharing Revisited

Sharing other people’s website content has been around since the introduction of the internet and a simple copy/paste was usually the medium by which content was shared. Needless-to-say, this wasn’t ideal, especially when entire posts were being “shared” without providing attribution and/or hotlinking images from the original author’s site. In order to give its usersContinue reading “Sharing is for Pizza-Reblog and Sharing Revisited”

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 toolsContinue reading “The Trouble with Widgets”

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,Continue reading “What The Heck is going on with Themes?”

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”