Heading Font Weights and List View Toggles Arrive in Block Editor and WordPress 5.8

Let’s dive into some recent block updates meant to improve your efficiency and spice up the look of your blog or website.

Stylish Heading Font Weights

Headings not only draw your audience in, they help get your message across. Now you can enhance the font weight of headings with the click of a dropdown menu. Between the options for font size and font weight, you’ll be able to create the perfect look you’ve been aiming for.

To start experimenting, select the Heading block you want to edit, then head to the right-side block menu. Under Typography, change the Font weight. When you select a new option in the menu, you’ll see your heading font change on the left.

Persistent List View Toggles

As we mentioned last month, the List View button acts as a table of contents and outlines all the blocks in use on your page or post. And most importantly, this outline is persistent — meaning it won’t disappear as you edit your content so you can quickly find and edit any block on the list.

The List View just leveled up: you can now expand and collapse nested blocks in the list.

Deeply nested layouts will benefit from this feature. But even for straightforward layouts, certain elements such as content in columns can make the List View a little daunting. Less searching + more focus = improved editing.

WordPress 5.8

WordPress.com updated to WordPress 5.8 on July 20. This release starts the wave of functionality centered around Full Site Editing.

Full Site Editing aims to bring blocks to every aspect of the WordPress experience, including navigation menus, site logos, templated content, global styles affecting your site’s overall look, and much more. Between adding functionality to your site or editing what’s already there, Full Site Editing will allow you to do it with a visual editing experience — without the need to learn code.

Learn more about Full Site Editing here.

Keep Building, Keep Exploring

Your feedback is crucial to expanding the block editor’s capabilities, so keep it coming. Watch here for more updates, and in the meantime, have fun experimenting!

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The Second Annual Official WordPress.com Growth Summit Is Coming, and You Won’t Want to Miss It

You’ve got an idea; let’s get it online.

Join us online for the second Official WordPress.com Growth Summit being held on August 17 in the Americas + EMEA and August 18 in Asia Pacific. 

Calling all creators, small businesses, and publishers!  Are you a blogger looking for ways to drive traffic and get more visitors? Are you a small business that would like to start selling more products and services on your site? Are you an artist or creator who would like to learn how to share your work? The WordPress.com Growth Summit will cover these topics (and many more) and provide indispensable advice to help you succeed.

Speakers include:

Gain direct access with our Happiness Engineers, where you will be able to ask your most pressing support questions, as well as on demand product demos. 

Enjoy social networking with your fellow attendees, use this time to connect and grow your community connections.

To stay accessible to a global audience, we’ll hold the event twice.

Americas + EMEA — August 17, 2021

Asia Pacific — August 18, 2021

Register today to take advantage of the special rate of $25 USD at checkout. Special pricing ends July 31!

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Make Your Best Photos Shine

Photos on your website can be a representation of who you are, what you do, or what you love. We want your photos to show to your visitors as best they possibly can, no matter what kind of device they are using.

Beautiful Photo Carousels, Now Better on Mobile

We’ve recently launched an upgraded photo carousel experience that takes photo viewing to the next level on mobile devices. Now your visitors can swipe, zoom, and double-tap with ease and get the best look at those beautiful snaps!

Video Overview

Here’s a short video overview of using the photo carousel on a mobile device and the upgrades we’ve introduced:

What’s New

Smooth, Hands-on, High Resolution Photo Viewing

  • Full-width photos expand to the display of your device
  • Swift, smooth pinch-to-zoom, and double-tap-to-zoom through your photos
  • New, higher resolution images that stay crisp and clear however far you zoom
  • A simpler, faster tap-to-close button to move back into the thumbnail gallery view

Faster, Clearer Navigation Between Photos

  • Responsive, fast swiping between your photos
  • Clear photo numbering navigation to show where you are in your gallery
  • With 5 or less photos, a dot navigation system you can tap to jump to any photo in the sequence

Easy Access Metadata and Comments for Every Photo

  • One-tap metadata for every photo
  • Per-photo comment notifications, with a single tap to view comments

Getting Started

If you’ve previously used our image carousel feature, your site has been upgraded automatically so your visitors will get the new experience starting right now.

If you haven’t added a carousel to your site so far, now’s a great time to give it a try. Simply insert a gallery block using our editor and your photos will show using the carousel whenever your visitors click or tap an image.

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WordPress.com Managed Hosting Webinar with Rudy Faile, Automattic Systems

On June 16, 2021, WordPress.com presented a live webinar focused on Managed Hosting with WordPress.com. The topic expert was Rudy Faile, Automattic Systems Engineer. Hosting the webinar was Sam Vaidya, Automattic Happiness Engineer. If you missed the live event, don’t worry. You can watch the recording at your convenience on Youtube or view it right here.

What Does the WordPress.com Managed Hosting Webinar Cover?

In this webinar, you’ll learn from WordPress.com Happiness Engineers and product experts how to build a fast, secure, and scalable website using WordPress – the publishing platform that now powers over 41% of the web. 

Managed hosting is a convenient service offered by WordPress.com, which is 100% dedicated to hosting the open-source WordPress software. Managed hosting is an excellent option for people who don’t want to deal with running a website’s back-end technical operations. You get all of the freedom of WordPress, with none of the hassles. 

Here’s what you get with WordPress.com managed hosting: 

  • A faster website. 
  • Powerful, built-in SEO. 
  • Security and systems experts. 
  • Scalability and uptime you can depend on. 
  • Automatic WordPress Updates. 
  • Real-time backups.

Watched the Webinar but Still Have Questions?

Attendees at the live event asked great questions throughout the presentation. We’ve created an FAQ that answers many of them, along with other questions you might have. If you want to know more about WordPress.com’s managed hosting, the FAQ is a great place to start.

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WordPress.com Managed Hosting Webinar with Rudy Faille, Automattic Systems

On June 16, 2021, WordPress.com presented a live webinar focused on Managed Hosting with WordPress.com. The topic expert was Rudy Faille, Automattic Systems Engineer. Hosting the webinar was Sam Vaidya, Automattic Happiness Engineer. If you missed the live event, don’t worry. You can watch the recording at your convenience on Youtube or view it right here.

What Does the WordPress.com Managed Hosting Webinar Cover?

In this webinar, you’ll learn from WordPress.com Happiness Engineers and product experts how to build a fast, secure, and scalable website using WordPress – the publishing platform that now powers over 41% of the web. 

Managed hosting is a convenient service offered by WordPress.com, which is 100% dedicated to hosting the open-source WordPress software. Managed hosting is an excellent option for people who don’t want to deal with running a website’s back-end technical operations. You get all of the freedom of WordPress, with none of the hassles. 

Here’s what you get with WordPress.com managed hosting: 

  • A faster website. 
  • Powerful, built-in SEO. 
  • Security and systems experts. 
  • Scalability and uptime you can depend on. 
  • Automatic WordPress Updates. 
  • Real-time backups.

Watched the Webinar but Still Have Questions?

Attendees at the live event asked great questions throughout the presentation. We’ve created an FAQ that answers many of them, along with other questions you might have. If you want to know more about WordPress.com’s managed hosting, the FAQ is a great place to start.

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Popular Podcast App Pocket Casts Joins Automattic

We’re excited to announce that Pocket Casts will be joining Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com. More than 80M people in the US listen to a podcast weekly, and this critically acclaimed podcast app makes it easier for fans to discover podcasts and customize their listening experience. Pocket Casts has been recognized by The New York Times, WIRED, The Verge, and other top publications for its exquisite design and user-friendly features.

Pocket Casts should be the podcast app you listen to and through which you distribute your content. Here’s why:

  1. Discover hidden gems with powerful search tools and human-curated recommendations. Pocket Casts helps you discover premium content with next-level search and discovery tools. You can use the episode search feature to look for a topic or special guest you want to learn more about or rely on the advice of human curators to help you find new podcasts that you’ll enjoy.
  1. Easily navigate with a beautifully designed interface. Pocket Casts is a thoughtfully designed app built by podcast listeners for podcast listeners. Easily follow and find your favorite podcasts and build a playback queue for a seamless listening experience.
  1. Personalize how you listen. With built-in features like variable speed playback, trim silence option, volume boost, a sleep timer, personal media storage, and standalone playback for Apple Watch, Pocket Casts delivers a streamlined and customized listening experience that users love.
  1. Listen on the go across all of your devices. Once you are ready to hit play on your next podcast, Pocket Casts allows you to listen anywhere across platforms, including iOS, Android, Web, Windows, macOS, CarPlay, Android Auto, watchOS, Alexa, and Sonos.

As part of Automattic, Pocket Casts will continue to provide you with the features needed to enjoy your favorite podcasts (or find something new). We will explore building deep integrations with WordPress.com and Pocket Casts, making it easier to distribute and listen to podcasts. We’re thrilled that we can continue to give our users a multitude of ways to tell and engage with stories that matter.

Co-founders Russell Ivanovic and Philip Simpson will continue to lead Pocket Casts as part of Automattic. 

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6 Ways WordPress.com Courses Help You Grow

WordPress.com experts invite you to join our community-driven courses to get your blog or podcast started, launched, or taken to the next level. Join today for on-demand content, access to a course community of peers, weekly office hours with our dedicated experts, and virtual meet-ups to connect with other learners like you. Start learning here

Overheard on our Blogging for Beginners Course Community: “Taking this course has pushed me to think beyond my comfort zone and take a step back in my journey to become a better blogger and focus on what I truly want to write about.

Join the WordPress.com Course Communities here.

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Build a Blogging Habit with Reminders in Your WordPress App

Writing regularly on your blog both improves your writing skills and engages the readers that visit your site. The more you write, the better — you can meet your posting goals while also building an online audience that keeps coming back for more.

But to keep up a good habit, sometimes you need a nudge. So, we’ve added Blogging Reminders to the WordPress mobile apps to help keep you on track.

Choose the days you prefer to blog, and a push notification will remind you to write your post.

You’ll see a promotion for this new feature in your app soon, but if you’re curious, you can set it up right now: 

  • Go to the My Site tab.
  • Scroll down and tap on Site Settings.
  • You’ll see Blogging Reminders under General.
  • Select the days you want to write, and you’ll be reminded with push notifications.

We hope this encourages a regular blogging habit! We’d love to hear your feedback. Reach out to us from within the app by going to My Site, tapping your photo on the top right, tapping Help & Support, and then selecting Contact Support.

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Presentamos las Historias: una nueva manera de interactuar con tus seguidores

Desde que Snapchat popularizó este formato hace unos años, las historias se han convertido en una manera muy interesante de interactuar con la audiencia en medios sociales. Actualmente, más de 500 milliones de cuentas de Instagram usan Historias cada día. Ahora puedes publicar historias también en tu sitio web – donde tu contenido es verdaderamente tuyo.

Con las Historias podrás combinar fotos, vídeos y texto, para crear una presentación a pantalla completa que les encantará a tus visitantes. Las podrás publicar directamente desde tu teléfono móvil pudiendo así mantener tu sitio web actualizado en todo momento y optimizado para los que te visiten desde sus dispositivos móviles (cada día más frecuente).

Las Historias son un formato perfecto para: 

  • Guías paso a paso
  • Recetas y tutoriales de cocina
  • Novedades sobre tus projectos
  • Reportajes de detrás de las cámaras

Las Historias que conoces, pero mejoradas

Las Historias de WordPress son algo diferentes. 

Se publican en tu sitio web como entradas, lo que significa que tus visitantes podrán visitarlas, darles un “me gusta” y comentarlas, como cualquier otra entrada. Tus Historias tendrán una dirección (URL) permanente que podrás compartir o enlazar desde otras plataformas. Y si sueles compartir tu contenido automaticamente desde WordPress.com con la opción de Difundir, tus Historias también se compartirán con tus seguidores en redes sociales.

Sabemos muy bien el esfuerzo que lleva crear un contenido de calidad. Por eso, tus Historias de WordPress.com no desaparecerán después de 24h, como las historias que conoces de otras redes sociales. Eso significa también, que podrás editar o añadir contenido a tus Historias aunque ya se hayan publicado.

¿Listos para probarlo? 

Todos los sitios de WordPress.com o conectados a través de Jetpack pueden añadir las Historias tanto desde las apps móviles de Android y iOS, como desde el editor de bloques en el navegador.

También podréis encontrar una guía paso a paso en página de soporte del Bloque Historias.

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Convierte tu blog de WordPress.com a un Podcast con Anchor

Lo más importante a la hora de escribir tu blog en WordPress.com es poder compartir tu visión personal del mundo. Ahora, puedes llevarla a otra plataforma, Anchor.

Anchor, parte de la familia de Spotify, es usado en el 80% de todos los podcasts nuevos de Spotify. Te ofrece herramientas gratuitas para crear, distribuir y monetizar fácilmente, sin importar como lo grabas. Ahora te permite también convertir tu blog de WordPress.com en un podcast.

Hacerlo desde tu sitio es gratuito y fácil. Ya has logrado la parte más dura: la creación de contenido. Lo único que queda, es convertir tus palabras escritas en audio, lo cual puede hacerse rápido grabando la versión hablada del texto.

Blog al podcast – beneficios

Crear un podcast a partir de tu blog da nueva vida al trabajo que ya estás haciendo. ¡Puedes hacer que la voz única de tu blog pueda ser escuchada! Al convertir tu blog en un podcast, estás aprovechando el poder del sonido para hacer crecer tu marca, audiencia e ingresos, sin ningún trabajo adicional. Cientos de millones de oyentes (y cada día más) consumen podcasts todos los días y buscan constantemente voces y perspectivas nuevas. No importa si ya tienes tu propia audiencia de WordPress.com, una extensión de audio de tu blog significa otra vía de exposición para tus seguidores existentes, y también para atraer a nuevos. Y encima hay opciones de monetización: el programa de Patrocinios de Anchor te permite leer anuncios con tu propia voz durante una pausa en tu podcast. Esta otra opción permite que tus mayores fans apoyen tu trabajo a través de donaciones mensuales recurrentes.

Con versión podcast de tu blog de WordPress.com podrás conseguir una audiencia completamente diferente. Los oyentes pueden hacer algo que para los lectores es imposible – multitareas. Por supuesto el poder sumergirse en un texto escrito es genial, pero el audio permitirá a tus oyentes escuchar tu trabajo durante sus actividades diarias – paseando con el perro, conduciendo al trabajo, cocinando o simplemente relajándose en el sofá.

Que tus palabras hablen por si solas

Conecta tu sitio a Anchor y tus entradas se importaran como borradores de episodios de podcast

Tu blog puede, literalmente, hablar por si solo con la opción de texto a voz, opción parecida a una transcripción audio de un artículo. Es una opción genial para blogs que no dependen de una producción de alta calidad sino en el contenido en si, por ejemplo, noticias, deporte, ensayos etc. Con la opción texto a voz, tu blog podrá convertirse en un podcast en cuestión de minutos.

Convertir tus entradas a episodios de podcast y distribuirlas como tal solo te llevará unos minutos.

Por supuesto, si prefieres crear tu podcast con tu propia voz, también podrás hacerlo fácilmente. Todas las entradas se importarán a Anchor y podrás grabarte leyendolas.

Podrás ponerte más creativo y usar las entradas como punto de partida para una discusión sobre el tema del que tratan. También podrás hacer un podcast más tradicional – invitar y entrevistar a personas interesantes, grabar fragmentos con guión y mucho más.

Crea tu podcast hoy

Hay varias maneras de convertir tu sitio de WordPress.com en un podcast. Hacerlo no te llevará mucho trabajo pero, si quieres, podrás ajustar hasta el más mínimo detalle. No importa si quieres crear una versión de audio de tu blog, expandir el concepto del blog a una plataforma diferente o simplemente probar suerte (y voz) en un nuevo medio, seguro que alguna de las estructuras de podcast es para ti. Lo más importante es que al tener todas tus entradas creadas, no empezarás desde cero.

Aquí encontrarás una guía paso a paso para crear un podcast en Anchor desde tus entradas de WordPress.com existentes:

Asegúrate de crear una nueva cuenta de Anchor para enlazarla con tu cuenta de WordPress.com – si tienes una cuenta que creaste hace tiempo, no podrás conectarla con tu blog. Puedes también directamente convertir todas tus nuevas entradas de WordPress.com a episodios de podcast.

Si buscas inspiración, échale un vistazo a TheDesignAir, cuyo blog habla de diseño y novedades en aviación. Su blog se convirtió al podcast a través de la opción texto a voz de Anchor:

¿Preparados para convertir vuestros blogs gratuitamente en podcasts con Anchor? Empezad creando una nueva cuenta de Anchor aquí. ¡A divertirse!

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