The Year that Was 2018

With the end of the year almost upon us, I'd like to take a moment and look back on 2018 with you and share what's coming in 2019. Beyond the major change to privacy post GDPR last May, the biggest news of 2018 was the introduction of the new block editor, aka Gutenberg. The WordPress developer community … Continue reading The Year that Was 2018

Real Life is bad for blogging

After spending an amazing month mostly away from the computer and immersing myself in horizons and vistas much wider than a computer screen, it's been hard to sit down again to blog. So let me sum up briefly what I've learned since returning to WordPress.com in case you missed it, too: Gutenberg is now available … Continue reading Real Life is bad for blogging

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 enable … Continue 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 those … Continue reading My theme’s been retired! Now what?

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.) https://twitter.com/dimensionmedia/status/1007599787523354625 Looking even more closely at the screenshots from … Continue reading Has anyone seen Gutenberg?

GDPR-A Finale, hopefully!

It's taken some time for it to appear, but WordPress.com site owners now have a new Support Guide to assist them in crafting their own site's Privacy policy, if needed. Warning: a small rant lies ahead. There are online services that should be lauded for the way they informed their users about what they were … Continue reading GDPR-A Finale, hopefully!

This site and the GDPR

There's been a lot of concern, confusion and angst by site owners here on WordPress.com ahead of implementing the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation on May 25th and the impact that will have on site owners and visitors. At the moment, the only thing I can suggest is that you take the time to read … Continue reading This site and the GDPR