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Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed. OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites. This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and…
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The good news for chatty WordPress.com bloggers is that the Tlk.io widget allows you to embed a web chat in your site. There is also a shortcode to add chat to pages and posts.
UPDATE: The questions posed at the and of my post titled Worrisome (or not) WordPress.com Reader Developments have been answered.
Many WordPress.com users don’t know their sites are guinea pig sites that new WordPress software upgrades are tested on. The upgrades are done by Staff and introduced about a month before the developers fix the breakage and tweak the code and make the upgrade available to WordPress.org users for their self hosted sites.
Reblogging is a controversial issue that always brings lots of comments. Staff have published a post providing some reblogging etiquette tips that I do recommend reading. But I`m not looking for comments as much as I am looking for answers from Staff, who have my comment in moderation.
Mixcloud helps connect radio content to listeners by joining the dots between radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. They are called Cloudcasts – audio shows that are stored in the “cloud” and are available to be streamed on-demand for use on your blog or website.
Another Volunteer on the support forums has posted a thread with a head ups! for Flickr users. Flickr Deprecating “Share To” WordPress on 25/3. Please click that link to read the full entry. [Official Thread] Welcome back HTML Embeds! Goodbye to some sharing options.
Creating a blog is an exciting process but do be sure that you think before you act. Your new blog’s URL, blog title and tagline ought to contain memorable keywords that define your new blog’s brand and make the URL easy to recall. You will find some guidance and advice in these nine posts.
Does your blog visitors becoming offsite readers worry you? I’m asking because the WordPress.com Reader is becoming the new black and will continue to be fleshed out like a magazine – a magazine with full posts and sharing features, so readers don’t have to bother to click into blogs at all.
Hacking attempts aimed to corrupt or destroy online data and/or embed viruses or malware in sites are common. You’ve invested more than time and effort into your blog and you don’t want to lose your content or see it corrupted, so it’s important to ensure your data is as safe as it can be.
When answering WordPress.com support forum questions some bloggers ask how to install plugins to disable right click on their blogs to prevent content theft of their images.
Based on my 7 years of experience answering WordPress.com support forum questions, this post contains a quick way to locate posts that will be helpful to many WordPress.com bloggers.
I began using Sitemeter on my Blogger blog before WordPress.com introduced an in house stats program. I began using it here in 2006, still use it on both WordPress.com blogs, and won’t be letting it go any time soon because as Joni Mitchell sang: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
A month ago a closed sticky post in the support forums featured the surprise announcement Zemanta dashboard integration was removed from WordPress.com. Yet some WordPress.com bloggers are still wondering where suggested related content (images, links, related articles, and tags) in their dashboard went.
One of the most requested features foodie bloggers have asked for for a long time has been a means of displaying recipes for printing. Plugins were requested but our brilliant WordPress developers just delivered a new feature for recipes.
When you blog to inform publishing how-to posts and tutorials, and curating content with added high value commentary are part of your blogging strategy. But not all bloggers blog to inform and bloggers in all niches are now doing much more to attract, engage and hold an audience.
There is an exciting new color palette feature addition that WordPress.com bloggers using eight free themes will enjoy. Eight free themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo, now offer free color palettes you can apply. Read the announcement. Hopefully, more themes will be graced with the same feature soon.
Internet users are well aware of China’s censorship system but there’s a new way to breach the Great China Firewall. “The Golden Shield Project (Chinese: 金盾工程; pinyin: jīndùn gōngchéng), colloquially referred to as the Great Firewall of China (Chinese: 防火长城; pinyin: fánghuǒ chángchéng) is a censorship and surveillance project operated by the Ministry of Public…
We all ought to own up to comments we make but who owns your comments? Some places allow editing and deletion of your own comments and some don’t. Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive?
Considered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent. So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year responsive design has taken off and soared.
Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of the time they spend online.
If you need to help overcome writer’s block, or just want to get motivated to write and publish more then writer’s prompts and scheduled posts maybe be the combination you need. No matter where you live there are daily, monthly and holiday writing prompts available to inspire your blogging every day of the year.
SEO is a hot topic these days. How do you increase your Google page rank? How do you build a better site for readers and search engines? Go to your Google Webmaster’s Account and look for duplicate meta descriptions errors and duplicate title tags errors. Here’s how to correct some and prevent more errors.
These days we’re dog paddling in a sea of advertising. There are no public places and places offline or online where we are free from being targeted by advertisers. Different demographic groups have differing responses to advertising saturation. For the youngest among us it’s the norm. For the eldest, it’s a rude and unwelcome intrusion.
Bloggers who answer WordPress.com technical support forum questions as I do will tell you that it’s how one asks a question and how much relevant information they provide that determines whether they get a satisfactory answer or not.
No matter how skilled a writer you may be, writing is not blogging. There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to learning how to write for the internet and attract a readership to your blog. There’s a lot of good advice available but there’s lots of bad “canned” advice too.
Comments are powerful. We all love to receive quality comments that are specific and personalized; timely and on-topic. They provide the necessary fuel for discussion and include ideas for future posts.
WordPress.com Staff are continually working to improve our user experience. The result of their latest work is a welcome media update change to the way WordPress resizes images when theme changes are made.
Just imagine what it would be like to log into your blog and find your pictures are missing. What to do? Provided you are running a current browser version and don’t have a browser related issue, then where the images are hosted is key to finding out what happened to them.
The Internet doesn’t sleep so while you may blogging under the North Star your readers may be blogging under the Southern Cross, and reaching your blog audience is all about timely communication.
Today I am recommending the new WordPress.com Email Forwarding feature to my readers. I think those who have domain mapping upgrades as I do for my blogs will be delighted to discover and use this new feature.
Have you ever wondered what the most to least popular FREE WordPress.com themes are? Has your theme been retired? If you were to chose another theme which one would it be?
There’s an interesting stats series being published on the WordPress.com blog that’s given me a lot of food for thought. I have never been drawn to bean counting, but if one doesn’t look at the numbers then they don’t know as much as they could about how their articles are being received.
Do you want a WordPress.com theme with a magazine style layout that provides your readers with brief front page previews (teasers) of posts to select from and click into without you having to insert the more tag into each post?
Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted something perplexing and wonder if my readers have noticed it too. Have you noticed your page view…
Commenting is a key element of blogging and nothing is more frustrating than composing a comment only to discover that the software won’t accept it. Invalid URL! You do not own that identity is an infuriating error message that no WordPress.com blogger wants to read.
The New WordPress default theme; ‘Twenty Fourteen’ is a dark magazine styled beauty with balanced use of white space that’s absolutely packed useful and eye-popping features. From lovely typography and a prominent featured content area up top to multiple sidebars and post formats, Twenty Fourteen has it all.
All WordPress.com themes are widget-activated. This is the main link to all the available widgets that WordPress.com provides – Widgets & Sidebars. Clicking links on that page for individual widgets will get you to specific descriptions and instructions for each one.
In fact, a blog is a website but there’s a strange notion out there that websites and blogs are not both websites. The arrival of custom menus at WordPress.com was very well received as many of us wanted the flexibility to structure a website for a long time.
The vast and overwhelming amount of all so-called information on the internet is spam and that would not be the case if spamming was not a big money maker. So if you don’t want to spend your time canvassing your spam filter when your return home from vacation, then be sure your email address is…
Purchasing a domain mapping upgrade for a free hosted WordPress.com blog for a single year does not make sense. I recommend that you do not purchase a domain mapping upgrade, unless you intend to blog over the long term and are committed to renewing your domain annually.
If you are a new to blogging setting up your blog comments is a task that may be made easier by reading WordPress.com Comments and Discussion Settings. It will help with these 9 things:
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Imagine my delight today to find that WordPress.com has added an official Gallery widget that you can add to any widget area on your site (sidebar or footer). Have a look below to see the new widget in action. While there’s no official Support doc yet, adding and…
Every WordPress.com theme has some customizable features – features that vary in number, kind and location from theme to theme. You can select from a wide assortment of themes for no charge. Or you can purchase a premium theme featuring interesting designs, options for customization, and premium theme support directly from the theme authors themselves.
Between 2011 – 2012 I noted those visiting my blog using mobiles and tablets were on the rise. I also noted the affects the mobile explosion was having on blog design and learned either selecting a mobile friendly theme or responsive width theme was a choice I could make. That’s when I began experimenting with…
While doing a spam clean-up a couple of days ago I had two tabs open and I made a horrible mistake. I’m not clear on exactly what happened but I lost 5 comments that I thought I had temporarily moved to Trash. I clicked the permanently delete button while distracted by a phone call and…
You may be surprised to learn how many bloggers post to the support forums every day who have issues centered on failing to comprehend the relationships between username accounts and associated email accounts, blogs registered under them, email addresses, cookies and log-ins.
Google Calendar is a free calendar application from Google that makes it easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place. Upcoming Events is a widget and a shortcode that allows you to use an iCalendar link to display a list of events on your WordPress.com blog. Milestone Widgets provide a simple way to…