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?”

Has anyone seen Gutenberg?

In the roadmap outlined by Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp Europe in Belgrade, the new Gutenberg editor for WP Admin users on WordPress.com was to be integrated sometime in June. Yes, here on WordPress.com. (Pro tip: WordPress.com is the test arena for  features coming to standalone WordPress.) Here’s the full #WordPress #Gutenberg roadmap in one shotContinue reading “Has anyone seen Gutenberg?”

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”

The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg – WordPress.com VIP

Following WordCampUS late last year, Steph Yiu gave a great overview to WordPress.com’s VIP users and their support teams on the changes coming to the WordPress Editor with Gutenberg. I hope this overview will give you some additional information about the coming roll-out of Gutenberg as well. As you read Steph’s overview keep in mindContinue reading “The New WordPress Editor: What You Need to Know about Gutenberg – WordPress.com VIP”

Survey Says… What’s Gutenberg?

Many thanks to those of you who took time to answer my brief end-of-the-year survey. We seem to be doing  OK on this site. You were generally able to find the information you were looking for and topics were covered to your satisfaction. The biggest question on your mind was Gutenberg, which is not surprising.Continue reading “Survey Says… What’s Gutenberg?”