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!”

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”

Let Them Eat Cake

In the not-too-distant past, the majority of themes on WordPress.com were ready-to-use Classic themes or Hybrid themes, with paint-by-number typography, multiple color palettes and and an overall “look and feel” created by a professional designer that we users could easily customize and fill with content. Today, if you venture beyond a theme’s static front pageContinue reading “Let Them Eat Cake”