Premium Theme Extinction Event

In an earlier post I mentioned I’d talk about how the changeover to the Block Editor changes how one chooses themes. This post is sort of about that. The WordPress.com Great Premium Theme Cull of 2020. To encourage users to move to the no-longer-new Block Editor interface (aka Gutenberg) WordPress.com recently removed from the ThemeContinue reading “Premium Theme Extinction Event”

Remembering WP Admin – Deja Vu

In a bow to implementing more consistency in the user dashboard*, WPcom has brought back the link to WP Admin in the MySite/Calypso dashboard for all users across the platform. You’ll find the link to WP Admin at the very bottom of your MySite dashboard navigation. This link was removed a few years ago onContinue reading “Remembering WP Admin – Deja Vu”

What You See is What You Get, Maybe…

In my last post I mentioned that big changes were coming in 2019. To no one’s surprise the Block Editor, aka Gutenberg, was introduced as the default editor for all new WordPress.com websites and in March 2019 the ability to switch back to the Classic Editor was removed from themes that fully support the newContinue reading “What You See is What You Get, Maybe…”

Gutenberg is in the rental unit

If you look in your WP Admin dashboard on your WordPress.com site, you might see this Not seeing a link to WP Admin in your MY SITES dashboard? Here’s why, but you can add /wp-admin/ to the end of your current site address to get there. Depending on the number of WPcom users that enableContinue reading “Gutenberg is in the rental unit”

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?”

How to Create a Website for Your Small Business (a Three-Part Tutorial Series) from Automattic Design

Are you a small business owner looking to set up your very first website? There’s been some really great tutorials and content coming out of Automattic’s various satellite blogs to help you. I entirely missed the first two installments of this series on Automattic.Design on creating a SB website, so here are links to allContinue reading “How to Create a Website for Your Small Business (a Three-Part Tutorial Series) from Automattic Design”

Why I don’t miss the Reblog button currently AWOL on WordPress.com websites

The most frequent feedback from community members of the website Reblog button is that it immediately publishes the reblog to your website when you clicked the button. That didn’t allow you, the reblogger, to preview your post, add your own site’s categories and tags, save your reblog as a draft post, schedule your reblog, addContinue reading “Why I don’t miss the Reblog button currently AWOL on WordPress.com websites”

Blog Privacy and Subscribers-5 more things to know

Without a doubt the most popular post on this website is Blog Privacy and Subscribers, published in 2011, and it remains generally accurate about how Privacy works in spite of the many changes here on WordPress.com. Choosing your site’s Privacy setting is no longer included as one of the first steps when signing up for aContinue reading “Blog Privacy and Subscribers-5 more things to know”