Turn Your WordPress.com Blog into a Podcast with Anchor

Blogging on WordPress.com is all about sharing your unique voice, and starting today, you can extend that to another platform: Anchor. We previously shared some tips and tricks for getting started with a podcast on WordPress.com and are thrilled to share this new option.

Anchor, part of the Spotify family, powers the most podcasts worldwide, with free tools to easily create, distribute, and monetize, no matter how you record — including podcasting with your WordPress.com blog!

Creating an Anchor podcast from your site is free and seamless. After all, you’ve already got a whole blog’s worth of written content to use. With Anchor, all that’s left is converting your words into audio, which can be as easy as using your blog to quickly record a text-to-speech version.

Blog-to-podcast benefits

Making a podcast out of your blog breathes new life into the work you’re already doing — you can make your unique blogging voice actually audible! By converting your blog into a podcast, you’re leveraging the power of audio to grow your brand, audience, and income — without any extra work. Hundreds of millions of listeners (and counting) consume podcasts every day, and they’re constantly looking for fresh voices and perspectives. Whether you have a built-in WordPress.com audience to bring over or not, an audio extension of your blog means another avenue for exposure — to your existing followers and new ones. And then there’s monetization: Anchor Sponsorships lets you read ads in your own voice during a break in your podcast; Anchor’s Listener Support feature, meanwhile, allows your biggest fans to support your work via a recurring monthly donation.

A podcast version of your WordPress.com blog also introduces an entirely different audience to your work, and frees listeners up to do what readers aren’t able to: multitask! There are, of course, many benefits to readers fully immersing themselves in the written content of a blog. But audio enables listeners to consume your work while performing everyday activities, like going for a walk, driving, cooking, or just relaxing. Last but not least, turning your blog into a podcast unlocks it for those who are visually impaired or may otherwise have difficulty accessing the written version.

Let your words do the talking

Connect your site to Anchor and your existing blog posts will import as episode drafts

Your blog can almost literally do the talking for you with direct text-to-speech, similar to an audio transcription of an article. This is a great option for blogs less dependent on top-notch production value and more focused on the content itself — such as well-researched news, sports, essays, and wellness stories. With text-to-speech conversion, your blog can be podcast-ready in a few minutes.

Converting your blog post to podcast-ready audio and distributing your new show takes just a few minutes.

Of course, if you want to create a podcast that highlights your actual speaking voice, you can record it by reading a transcript of your blog post, which will be imported directly into Anchor for easy access.

You can get more creative, too, by using your blog as a jumping-off point to host an audio discussion about the blog topic. Or let your blog serve as inspiration for a more traditional podcast, where you host and interview guests, record scripted segments, and much more, in ways amplified by audio!

Create a podcast today

There are a number of different ways to turn your WordPress.com blog into a podcast. The amount of work it takes can be surprisingly minimal — or more hands-on if you like. Whether you just want to create an audio version of your blog, expand your blog concept to a different platform, or simply try your hand (and voice) at a new medium, there’s a podcast structure for you. Most importantly, your written work means you’re not starting from scratch.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for creating a podcast on Anchor from your existing pages and posts on WordPress.com:

If you’re looking for inspiration, a perfect example is TheDesignAir, whose blog covers aviation design and product news. Check out their text-to-speech podcast with Anchor:

Ready to turn your blog into an Anchor podcast for free? Get started by creating your Anchor account. Happy podcasting!

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Build a Beautiful Site in the WordPress Mobile Apps with Predesigned Page Layouts

Your WordPress mobile app is a convenient way to create and manage your WordPress site. Now, you can design a new page right from your phone or tablet — and build the site of your dreams — with predesigned page layouts.

Introducing starter page layouts

Not all of us are designers, and building a page on your site with the layout in your mind can be intimidating and time-consuming — but it doesn’t have to be that way! Now when you create a new page on WordPress for iOS or Android, you can choose from premade layouts. You can also customize them to fit your needs, right from the block editor.

Choosing a layout

When you create a new page in the app, you’ll see a list of premade page layouts, including about pages, contact pages, team pages, services pages, and more. Whether you’re the owner of an online shop of sustainably made clothing, the founder of a newly formed digital magazine, or a financial strategist who’s just launched a consulting business, you can use these premade layouts to build the most essential pages on your website.

Once you find a layout that you’d like to try, tap it to select it. After you’ve selected a layout, you can either preview it or create a new page with the chosen layout.

Ready to try these new Starter Page Layouts? Be sure to update your WordPress app to the latest version. If you don’t have the app yet, download it for free, on both Android and iOS.

We’d love to hear your feedback on these new layouts. 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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Showcase Your Figma Designs on WordPress P2

Figma — one of the most popular and fastest growing digital design tools today — was recently voted “the most exciting design tool of 2021.” 

In many organizations, a smaller group — often the design team — uses Figma on a daily basis. But designers need a seamless way to share their work and gather feedback from other disciplines across the organization. Enter P2. P2 is a product powered by WordPress.com that boosts remote, asynchronous team collaboration. With P2, team members can share ideas, collect feedback, and assign tasks to one another.

You can now embed Figma files on P2 and get contextual feedback from everyone, creating a more inclusive environment, eliminating the need for others to learn and navigate design-specific software. 

Sharing Figma files on P2 allows teams to review designs and comment where everyone collaborates. It integrates all work in a single spot, helping track project progress. P2 is fully searchable for future reference too! As you iterate in Figma, your files will magically sync on P2. No more messy screen grabs or wondering which Figma file is the most up-to-date.

Step 1 : Copy the link to the art board or prototype from Figma

Step 2: Add the Figma block and paste the link into it

Get P2

Want to know more about how P2 can help improve communication and collaboration on your teams? Check out a demo. You can also create your own P2 here and take it for a spin. Any questions? Feel free to comment on the demo P2.

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Building Single-Page Websites on WordPress.com

WordPress.com supports a wide range of features for building your online presence: blogs, online stores, newsletter signup forms, and more. These tools are invaluable for many customers, but they can seem excessive for folks who are just looking to create a straightforward single-page website. If that’s you, read on for examples of how you can also create one-page websites here on WordPress.com. 

Both examples use WordPress.com’s freshly-launched Blank Canvas theme, which is optimized for single-page websites. It comes with no header, navigation menus, or widgets, so the page you design in the WordPress editor is the same page you’ll see on the front end. The theme also comes with a handful of ready-made Block Patterns to help kick start your site. 

About Me

By using the “About Me” block pattern, your website can be a special, concise introduction to who you are and what you do. 

Start with the new Blank Canvas theme. Once that’s installed and activated, open your homepage in the WordPress Editor. If you have homepage content already, feel free to select it all and delete it. 

With a blank slate in place, you’ll want to open the block selector, and switch over to the Patterns tab. By default, this will show you the single-page patterns that are included with the Blank Canvas theme. Selecting the “About Me” pattern will provide you with a beautiful starting point to begin customizing. 

With just a few clicks, you can personalize the images, text, and social media links to make your site your own. 

Collections of Links

Sending your followers to a single link is increasingly important. A handful of social media services only allow you to link to one single webpage (I’m looking at you, Instagram). Or maybe you’re a musician, and you want to point folks to your new album on their music service of choice — Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, or Tidal. Having a single page full of links is becoming a necessity — and Block Patterns provide a simple path to creating a standalone page full of links on WordPress.com. 

Again, let’s start with the new Blank Canvas theme. Open the homepage, and delete existing homepage content, if you have any. From there, you’ll want to open the Block Patterns panel again, but this time, select the “Links” pattern. 

This will provide you with a template you can use to begin your list of links. Customize or delete the user photo, add your name, links, and a description if you’d like. Each sample button can be customized or removed, and you can add as many links as you’d like. 

Once you have this the way you like it, copy your site’s address and paste it into social media!

If you have an existing site that you’d like to convert into a single-page site, we have you covered too. We’ve added a new setting to 20 of our most popular themes that will let you hide the header and footer elements on the homepage. This will provide you with a blank slate for customizing your homepage. 

What other types of websites (single-page or otherwise) would you like to see more resources for? Share in the comments below! 

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New Theme: Twenty Twenty One

Twenty Twenty One is the latest WordPress default theme, which is now available to all WordPress.com sites. Designed by Mel Choyce-Dwan, the muted tones and timeless design will let your work shine.

Twenty Twenty One takes advantage of all the latest features of the Block Editor — the new block patterns allow you to create a beautiful layout in seconds.

Learn more about TwentyTwentyOne, or check out the demo site!

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Let Our Experts Build Your Dream Website

If one of your 2021 resolutions is to launch a business or move an existing one fully online, our WordPress.com experts can help you make it happen.

Launched in beta in the fall of 2020, our premium website building service was developed with your needs in mind. Whether you need a fast and performant eCommerce store for your products and/or services, a polished website for your professional services firm, or an educational website for your online courses, our experts can build it for you on WordPress.com, the most powerful platform for businesses and enterprises large and small.

You’ll work with a dedicated engagement manager throughout the entire project, ensuring that your vision is carried through from start to finish — freeing you to focus on the other critical parts of your business.

Interested in learning more? Fill out the brief questionnaire below, and we’ll respond within two-three business days. The questionnaire helps us learn more about your project. It doesn’t commit you to anything, but the detail you provide helps us evaluate whether the service is the right fit for your needs.

We look forward to working with you!

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El nuevo buscador de Jetpack

A medida que tu sitio web crece, se vuelve un desafío para tus lectores el poder encontrar lo que necesitan. Ser prolífico y publicar muchas entradas y páginas es un beneficio neto para atraer y hacer crecer tu audiencia, pero también significa que es más probable que tus lectores encuentren contenido que no sea relevante para sus intereses.

Aquí es donde Jetpack Search entra en escena: convierte tu sitio web en un lugar donde tus lectores puedan buscar, filtrar sus resultados y encontrar el contenido y los productos específicos que les interesan.

Construido por el mismo equipo que creó WordPress.com, Jetpack Search es una potente solución de búsqueda respaldada por Elasticsearch (una plataforma de búsqueda de código abierto), Estadísticas de Jetpack y nuestros centros de datos distribuidos por todo el mundo, los mismos que mantienen tu sitio web de WordPress.com funcionando y seguro día tras día. Jetpack Search utiliza múltiples tecnologías para crear una experiencia de búsqueda moderna que mejora la participación en el sitio web. Ahora puedes añadir Jetpack Search a tu sitio web en WordPress.com con solo unos pocos clics.

¿Qué hace que Jetpack Search sea mejor que la búsqueda normal?

Una experiencia de búsqueda moderna combina una excelente clasificación de los resultados con una interfaz de usuario rápida e intuitiva. La mayoría de los temas de WordPress aún no pueden hacer esto, porque la función de búsqueda predeterminada de WordPress ofrece solo opciones básicas para mostrar el contenido más relevante a tus lectores.

Jetpack Search combina algoritmos de clasificación modernos con tus estadísticas de tráfico para que los mejores resultados destaquen y atraigan a tus lectores. Nuestros algoritmos de búsqueda funcionan bien con numerosos idiomas y proporcionan un manejo personalizado para 29 de los idiomas más utilizados en el mundo. Un gran porcentaje de búsquedas contienen errores tipográficos o de ortografía, pero Jetpack Search corrige instantáneamente la consulta de búsqueda cuando no hay coincidencias, por lo que si un cliente potencial está buscando, digamos, colecionables, seguirá viendo los coleccionables más populares que ofreces en tu tienda. Cualquier cambio que realices en tu sitio web se reflejará en los resultados de la búsqueda en unos minutos.

Sin embargo, los grandes algoritmos no son suficientes. Jetpack Search muestra los resultados al instante, a medida que tus lectores escriben en el cuadro de búsqueda. Hace su magia igualmente bien tanto en dispositivos móviles como en ordenadores de escritorio, y en cualquier tema, incluso aquellos sin áreas de widgets. A medida que el usuario refina sus términos de búsqueda o filtra los resultados, Jetpack Search continúa actualizando los resultados al instante. Los términos de búsqueda del usuario se destacarán en los resultados, que podrán reducir aún más con los filtros mostrados.

Jetpack Search
Búsqueda instantánea, corrección ortográfica y filtrado en el tema TwentyTwenty.

Todos estos beneficios se combinan para proporcionar una experiencia de usuario atractiva que animará a tus lectores a permanecer en tu sitio web por más tiempo.

Empieza a usar Jetpack Search

Queríamos que Jetpack Search fuera accesible para los propietarios de sitios web de todo tipo, desde aquellos que publican un blog personal hasta los propietarios de prósperas tiendas online. Por eso, ofrecemos este nuevo complemento a un precio que tiene en cuenta cuántos elementos de búsqueda (publicaciones, páginas, productos y tipos de publicaciones personalizadas) contiene tu sitio.

Límite de registros Precio por mes
100 €5.50
1.000 €11
10.000 €28
100.000 €66
1.000.000 €220
Más de 1 millón de registros €220 por millón

Todas las compras son totalmente reembolsables durante 30 días. Aún mejor, cuando añadas Jetpack Search a tu sitio con una suscripción anual, obtendrás dos meses gratis, por lo que solo pagas 10 meses al año. Cuando tu compra se renueve después de un año, el precio se ajustará automáticamente según la cantidad de registros en tu índice de búsqueda.

Creemos que te encantará Jetpack Search, pero lo que es más importante, a tus lectores también les encantará.

Haz clic en el siguiente enlace para comprar tu suscripción a Jetpack Search. Una vez que lo compres, Jetpack Search se habilitará automáticamente en tu sitio web. Luego, puedes personalizar los colores, el filtrado y otros detalles si lo deseas, aunque la configuración lista para usar también funciona muy bien.

Consigue Jetpack Search

Aprende sobre cómo creamos Jetpack Search

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State of the Word 2020

State of the Word is an annual keynote address delivered by WordPress project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. This year’s keynote will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on Thursday, Dec 17th, at 1600 UTC. You can view a replay of the event at any time after it airs on any of the three platforms. 

New to State of the Word?

If this is your first time hearing of this talk and want to learn more, you’re in luck! Check out previous recordings below.

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New from WordPress.com Courses: Podcasting for Beginners

Would you like to learn how to create your own podcast or improve your existing podcast? WordPress.com Courses is excited to offer our new on-demand course, Podcasting for Beginners. We’ll help you get started, learn how to publish, and even how to use your podcast to make a living.  

Our courses are flexible. You can join, and learn at your own pace. But that’s just the start. Podcasting for Beginners is more than just a course —  it’s a community that gives you access to weekly Office Hours hosted by WordPress experts. A place where you can ask questions, share your progress, and pick up a few tips along the way. 

Lessons include step-by-step videos covering:

  • The Foundations (Curating your content and an editorial calendar.) 
  • Interviews (Recording, editing, and outreach.) 
  • Configuring Your Site (Integrating your podcast into your site and distributing it.) 
  • Growing Your Community (Engaging with listeners.) 
  • Making Money (Monetization basics and preparing for the future.) 

Let us take you from “What is podcasting?” to launching a podcast of your own.

Cost: A $99 annual subscription gives you unlimited access to course content, our online community, and virtual sessions.

Join now as our first 100 customers will enjoy 50% off the subscription fee with the code PODCAST50.

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El editor clásico ha cambiado, pero no ha desaparecido

Con la introducción del editor de bloques, se estableció la retirada del editor clásico de WordPress.com para principios de junio. Lo atrasamos un poco para permitir más cambios para hacer la transición al editor de bloques más suave – ¡y ahora ha llegado el momento!

El editor de WordPress te permite crear páginas y entradas colocando bloques uno detrás de otro. Es versátil, intuitivo y cuenta con nuevas funcionalidades emocionantes, incluyendo:

  • Más de 100 bloques de contenido disponibles para publicar.
  • Una colección de patrones de bloques que va creciendo.
  • Docenas de bonitas plantillas de páginas.
  • Estilos que puedes personalizar directamente desde el editor.

Si prefieres quedarte con el editor Clásico el que usaste antes de que introdujéramos el editor de WordPress hace unos años no te preocupes. Con el nuevo y mejorado bloque clásico tienes lo mejor de los dos editores: la flexibilidad y estabilidad del editor de bloques y la interfaz del editor clásico.

Desde el 11 de agosto en todas las cuentas de WordPress.com se ha ido cambiando del editor clásico al nuevo editor por bloques.

Aquí tienes lo que necesitas saber si eres un fan del editor clásico.

¿Por qué el cambio?

Hay nuevas funcionalidades emocionantes en el proceso que necesitan el nuevo editor de WordPress. No es técnicamente posible adaptarlas al editor anterior, el editor clásico, y queremos asegurarnos de que todo el mundo pueda aprovechar todas estas nuevas funcionalidades cuando están disponibles. Con todos los usuarios de WordPress.com publicando con el editor de bloques, todos los usuarios estarán a la última y con lo mejor.

¿Puedo crear entradas para mi blog como siempre he hecho?

Sí, ¡con el bloque clásico! Este proporciona la experiencia de edición que imita al editor clásico — las mismas opciones y herramientas en el mismo lugar.

Para usarlo, añade un bloque clásico a tu entrada o página y luego añade y edita el texto e imágenes dentro de él.

También …

El editor de bloques tiene actualizaciones que traen algunas de tus características clásicas favoritas, como una pantalla de edición limpia. El editor de bloques muestra opciones flotantes y menús al mismo tiempo que escribes — estas te dan mucho control pero puede que no siempre las quieras visibles sobre tu contenido. Activa la barra de herramientas superior para mantenerla fija en la parte superior de la pantalla. Es una buena manera de ver la completa flexibilidad del editor de bloques mientras ofrece una escritura libre de distracciones.

¿Y qué ocurre cuando editamos entradas y páginas creadas con el editor clásico?

Muchos de vosotros tenéis muchas páginas y entradas que ya están creadas y publicadas con el editor clásico. Previamente, editándolas con el editor de bloques conllevaba muchos mensajes preguntando convertir el contenido a bloques. Ahora hay un único botón “Convertir en bloques” que se encargará de ello en un momento.

Puedes usar este botón para actualizar el contenido de tus entradas y páginas a bloques cuando quieras.

¿Puedo combinar el bloque clásico con otros bloques?

Para una mejor experiencia de edición, y específicamente si usas la app para editar tus entradas, te recomendamos que solo tengas un bloque clásico en cada bloque o página.

Pero, moviendo a todo el mundo al editor de bloques te da lo mejor de los dos mundos. Puedes continuar escribiendo y editando algunos de tus posts con la interfaz clásica simple pero cuando quieras experimentar con funcionalidades y diseños más complejos puedes crear una nueva entrada y jugar con el poder y la flexibilidad de todos los otros bloques. Por ejemplo, ¿nunca has querido una manera fácil de mostrar tus podcasts favoritos?

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