WordPress.com vs. a Self-Hosted WordPress Install: What’s Best For You?

The confusion around the differences between WordPress and WordPress.com has been around since the beginning of time. Well, maybe not exactly then, but certainly since 2005 when WordPress.com said “Hello World!” and especially since the introduction of the Jetpack plugin which connects self-hosted WordPress sites to WordPress.com so they can enjoy features available only onContinue reading “WordPress.com vs. a Self-Hosted WordPress Install: What’s Best For You?”

Unified We Navigate?

In mid-March 2021, WordPress.com rolled out Unified Navigation to combine both the newer “Calypso/Default/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 out a single,Continue reading “Unified We Navigate?”

Writing in the WP Admin Classic Editor-A Quick Tour for the Perplexed WordPress.com User

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. As a result, in order to continue accessingContinue reading “Writing in the WP Admin Classic Editor-A Quick Tour for the Perplexed WordPress.com User”

The Block Editor: A Block Management Guide

The Block Editor (AKA Gutenberg) promises a whole new way to create and display content in WordPress. If you are not yet familiar with it, I strongly recommend working your way through this official tutorial or any of my Block-Aid tutorial posts. If you want to get a feel for the Block Editor without theContinue reading “The Block Editor: A Block Management Guide”

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”