My introduction to the open source community and WordPress software became a love affair that’s ongoing. Eight years ago I received an invitation to become a WordPress.com blogger. I accepted and discovered WordPress software and the community are the perfect fit for me. Continue reading
Are you aware that Google is removing Authorship photos from its results? Are you wondering how to add rel=”publisher” markup to link link your blog to a Google+ Page? Continue reading
Unexpected changes can throw us for a loop. We can log in to our WordPress.com blogs and find the way we formerly did things is not exactly as it was before. Continue reading
I like to read advice on how to become a a better blogger and how to build a better blog. But I don’t like reading “everyone needs a website, not a blog” because that’s bunk ie. absurd, ridiculous, nonsense. Continue reading
In past years blogrolls comprised of links to directly related sites were useful traffic driving tools. Then each blogroll your blog was listed in increased the possibility that readers of blogs with similar content would click in and and visit your blog too. Continue reading
Your blog/website URL (web address), the site title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Unique names and URLs for blogs and websites are highly valued for establishing individual brand identity and are specifically aimed at standing out from the crowd. Continue reading
The new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading
A Gravatar image is universally associated with your web presence and it’s a very powerful branding tool. Register a Gravatar and add links to your Gravatar profile page that describe your brand and where you can be found in the digital world so your brand is easy to follow. Continue reading
This morning Automattic’s founder, Matt Mullenweg, announced that the company is raising $160M in new funding. After taking the helm as CEO earlier this year, Mullenweg said that he set out on a 100-day plan to pursue new funding and find a set of partners who share Automattic’s vision of an open web. – Read the full article Automattic Is Raising $160M in New Funding
We frequently experience bloggers posting to the WordPress.com support forums angrily reporting that there is advertising displaying on their blogs, despite the fact they have purchased No-Ads upgrades. Well, consider this post to be a wake-up call please, because what’s being reported is not advertising placed by WordPress.com; it’s adware that you need to remove. Continue reading
The most successful posts on your blog won’t necessarily be the posts in a standard post format. These days bloggers blog on the go, and WordPress offers 10 unique formats that can be assigned to posts including: Standard, Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status and Video. Continue reading
UPDATE: The questions posed at the and of my post titled Worrisome (or not) WordPress.com Reader Developments have been answered. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
Blogs are essentially a reverse chronological order publishing tool wherein the most recent published post will display on top. You cannot change this order on a free hosted WordPress.com blog but there are workarounds. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 Security (MPS) division of the government of China. The project was initiated in 1998 and began operations in November 2003.”