We’re rolling out updates to our privacy features and policies in the coming weeks. You’ll have more control over your personal information and more detail on what information we keep and what we do with it. The updates will also make sure we comply with new privacy laws, and will help you do the same for your own website or store.
Our New Privacy Features
Over the past several months, we’ve upgraded many of the privacy-related features on WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, and other Automattic products. We want to give you more visibility into the personal data we use and more control over the data you share with us.
In recent weeks, we’ve added:
Over the coming weeks we plan to launch:
We’re also releasing features to help you and your site meet the requirements of new privacy laws, like Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that goes into effect on May 25, 2018. You can read the full text of the GDPR, as well as the European Commission’s summary. Our new features include: a new “cookie and consent” notification that WordPress.com and Jetpack site owners can add to their sites, and tools for our WooCommerce.com merchants to manage data access and deletion requests from their customers.
These updates are in addition to the privacy protections we’ve always had in place to help you control your content, keep it secure, or even move your site to another WordPress host.
What’s New in Our Policies?
And there’s more to come! We’ll announce more detailed information about privacy features on privacy.blog — follow us there for the latest.
Giving your WordPress.com website its own custom domain has long been a powerful way to make your site stand out — a personalized web address helps you tell the world who you are and what you offer. If you registered your domain on WordPress.com, you already had the power to build a website and manage a domain all in one place. But what if you didn’t? The one missing piece was the ability to transfer existing domains you’d already registered elsewhere.
Today, we’re happy to announce that domain transfers from other providers are welcome at WordPress.com. If you’re already itching to move your domain, our support page will guide you through the process.
If you’re not ready to transfer your domain to WordPress.com, no worries. You can still leave your domain registered at your current registrar and map it here instead. Not sure which option is better for you? There are several advantages to moving your domain to WordPress.com:
If you’ve already used the domain credit to map your domain, we have good news: you can transfer that domain to WordPress.com for free!
Not sure whether you should transfer your domain here or map it? You can find more information to help you choose the best option for you.
If you’ve already transferred your domain to WordPress.com and want to share your experience, or have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.
You’re finishing up a blog post and want to add a photo, but you don’t have the right image. There’s a solution right in your WordPress mobile app: the Free Photo Library.
As part of our never-ending mission to improve Media in the WordPress apps, you now have access to over 40,000 free, high-quality photos (courtesy of Pexels) right from the WordPress mobile app. It’s available to every WordPress.com member.
(Did we mention that they’re free? And so are the WordPress apps, if you still haven’t downloaded one! They’re available here.)
To get started, make sure you’ve updated the WordPress app on your phone or tablet to the latest version (9.9). Once you’ve updated the app, you can find and add free photos to your library directly from the post and page editor, or from within the Media Library:
Open the Editor by either creating a new post or opening an existing one. Once you’ve opened the Editor, tap the icon to open the Media Picker. You’ll see a few different options to choose from: device, camera, or WordPress media.
If you’re on Android, tap the Device Media icon ( ), and select “Choose from Free Photo Library” from the menu.
If you’re on iOS: tap the ••• icon, and select “Free Photo Library” from the options.
Next, search for a photo to add to your post. Select as many images as you’d like and tap the “Add” button on the bottom right of the screen. That’s it! The images are inserted into your post or page, and they’re also added to your Media Library seamlessly. (Note: these images will count against your site’s media storage limits.)
To add from your Media Library, navigate to My Sites ( ) and choose your site. From there, navigate to “Media, tap the button in the top right corner, and select “Free Photo Library” from the menu.
From here, the process is the same: select as many photos as you want and tap “Add” to put them into your post or page and your Media Library.
The WordPress mobile apps are free and available on both iOS and Android!
If you have any questions or feedback, reach out to our in-app support team by tapping Me → Help & Support → Contact Us.
If you’re a developer and would like to contribute to the project, learn how you can get involved.
One of the very first steps in building a website is picking a domain name — one that’s memorable, and that tells people who you are. It’s the first part of your site that people encounter, so you want one that’s just right.
To make sure you find that just right domain, we’ve renovated WordPress.com’s domain search with:
Take a look:
Best of all, this search tool works for both new and existing WordPress.com websites. To explore new domains for your current site, head to My Sites → Domains.
If you notice any anything amiss while looking for your perfect domain, let us know by leaving a comment here. And if you just had a great experience and landed a new domain, we’d love to hear that, too!
Version 9.8 of WordPress for iOS is now available, and includes some great enhancements to publishing: background media and post uploading.
Adding images to a post or page? Now, you can publish — and accomplish other tasks — while your media uploads. No more waiting inside the editor while images gradually upload! Tap the Publish button and the app takes care of uploading and publishing, leaving you free to leave the post editor and get on with other things.
You can do the same thing while saving drafts. And yes, you can have multiple posts uploading media in the background concurrently.
We’ve also spruced up the interface, and added notifications so that you always know the status of your posts and uploads. Visit your post list at any time for a progress report on all your uploads.
You can even leave the app and the upload will continue in the background while you check other things on your device.
Here is a video of the new functionality:
Give feedback and get involved
Download WordPress for iOS on the App Store. Do you have feedback on the app? Please share it! If you’re a developer and would like to contribute to the project, here’s more information on how you can get involved.
As part of the broader open source community, we believe in building products that people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities can use and enjoy. We strive to create software that works smoothly for English and non-English speakers alike, and today we’re happy to roll out native support for right-to-left languages in both the iOS and Android WordPress mobile apps.
Adding support for languages like Hebrew or Arabic took us longer than we expected. For the past couple of weeks, however, we worked hard to ensure that all elements in our apps are properly mirrored, easy to reach, and provide a consistent user experience that feels natural in a right-to-left orientation.
The WordPress app will automatically detect the language of your device and change the interface language accordingly. If you want the language of the app to be different from the device language, you can change it by going to Me → App Settings → Interface Language.
We hope that this update will take us a step closer to making WordPress the most inclusive and diverse platform in the world.
If you use a right-to-left language in one of our WordPress mobile apps and notice that anything is amiss, do let us know — leave a comment here and we’ll try to address the issue as quickly as possible.
Are you using the WordPress for iOS app on your mobile device? Our mobile team is excited to announce a big update to the share extension in the app.
The ability to share content from other apps is a core part of the iOS experience. Last fall, we decided that our share extension was overdue for a refresh, so we rolled up our sleeves and rethought the entire workflow for both iPhones and iPads. The result is a new and improved experience in version 9.6!
Now when you share content, you’ll notice that the share extension allows you to format text, add headings, make lists, and more with a toolbar similar to the one in your app’s existing editor. After drafting your post, you can assign a category and add relevant tags. When you’re satisfied, select the site to publish the post on and tap Publish at the top right. The app will then upload your post and images in the background and notify you when it’s finished.
As a bonus, if you share something from Safari, the extension will provide an attribution link and automatically format any selected text in a blockquote.
Our customers provide us with great feedback, and many of you have let us know that you often would like to capture an idea for later. Perhaps you want to upload a snapshot from the Photos app, or save a motivational quote from a fellow writer’s website for your next post.
The new draft extension allows you to do just that: now, you can quickly save selected content in a draft post, allowing you to work on it later.
Activating both of these extensions requires a few small steps, but you should only have to do this once. To get started, open the app that contains the content you’d like to share and tap the share button. The standard iOS share screen will appear.
The top row contains iOS share extensions — this is where your WordPress share extension lives. The row underneath contains what Apple calls “action” extensions. You’ll find the draft extension here.
On the share screen, do the following for each extension:
The next time you open the share screen, you’ll see both extensions.
The mobile team hopes you enjoy these new extensions and that they offer new possibilities for adding content to your site. As always, we welcome your feedback.
If you’re not using the WordPress mobile apps for your iOS or Android device, download and try them today!
To simplify signup, we’ve separated site creation from account creation. Signup now has its own flow guiding you through the process, allowing you to modify information as you go.
It begins with a choice: you can signup via email, or signup via your Google account.
If you select Google, the Google signup process is presented.
If you select email, we’ll send you a signup email after you enter your email address. Clicking the link it contains completes the signup process.
In either case, we’ll present a final screen where you can modify your display name and username. We’ll share a list of username options to choose from based on your current username. If you’ve signed up with an email address, you’ll also get the opportunity to set an account password.
And, finally, once signup is complete, you’ll be able to create your first site!
The new site-creation flow walks you through the steps involved, providing more options and flexibility.
First, we’ll ask you to choose the type of site you want — either a blog, website, or portfolio. This choice dictates the mobile-friendly starter themes we’ll show you in the following step. Once you select a theme, we’ll ask you for your site’s title and tagline. Based on the site title you enter, we’ll offer a list of available domain name suggestions you can choose from. Once you select a domain, we’ll create the site and show you a preview of it. At that time, you can either configure site settings or jump right into writing your first post.
What do you think of the new signup and site creation changes? We’d love to hear your thoughts and look forward to your feedback!
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