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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P2 Puts Easy, Flexible Project Tracking Tools In Your Hands

From to-do apps and day planners, to spreadsheets and full-blown subscription services, making your work trackable and visible can really help with productivity.

P2 is the tool we use at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com), and today we’d love to share some ways you can do the same.

What sets P2 apart from other project tracking tools?

There is no shortage of project management tools out there, but the killer feature of P2 is its total flexibility.

Instead of having to adapt to a particular, fixed way of working, P2 adapts to the way you and your team work.

That’s made possible by the baked-in integration of the WordPress block editor, giving you a really flexible tool that can adapt to whatever you need to throw at it. 

P2 is your project tracking canvas

From a blank page upwards, P2 makes it easy to track and feature what’s most important to you, using any of the nearly 80 (and growing) blocks at your disposal.

In practice that means that any page can include images, Google Calendars, PDF embeds, Figma designs, checklists, and a wide spectrum of video players and social media integrations (just for starters). And of course, you can arrange them on the page any way that meets your needs.

Three project tracking blocks you can add to your P2 today

Among the options available to you on P2, three blocks in particular can be really useful for project tracking. Let’s take a look at those.

1. Task block

Tasks are the atomic unit of getting things done. 

With the Task block, you can add your team to-dos and assign whoever’s responsible for them right from the editor. Clicking the “cog” button in the top right of the editor will open up further options to set start and end dates. 

Here’s an example of a Task block in action:

Four Task blocks with two items marked as complete, one item assigned to somebody, and one item with a start and end date.

2. Project Status block

Tasks often add up to a bigger project. The Project Status block does what it says on the tin by tracking a group of tasks together.

Just add it to your post, optionally set a due date and assign tasks, and then update it as tasks are in progress and are completed:

A progress bar updates as items are being checked off in a task list.

Find advanced tips on the Task and Project Status blocks here. 

3. Changelog block

A changelog is a log or record of all notable changes made to a project. If you’d like to call out those changes visually, the Changelog block lets you assign colorful preset or custom labels, with a description for each:

Changelog blocks with "Launched", "Improved", "Fixed", and "Metric" labels.

At Automattic, we use the Changelog block to summarize the work status for a team or product. But P2’s Changelog block can really be used for any projects that you want to keep a record of.

Find advanced tips on the Changelog block here.

How to add project tracking blocks to your P2

Once you have a P2 up and running, you can add the Task, Project Status, or Changelog blocks to your post or page by either:

  • Using the “+” button on the top left of your editor and typing the first few letters of the block name
  • Typing “/” anywhere in the editor itself, and searching for the block that way by starting to type the name of the block

How do you P2?

Signing up for P2 is free. Take a look around our demo P2 to see some ways we use it at Automattic.

We’d love to hear how you use P2 and its project tracking blocks in your work. Let us know in the comments.

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Built-in Duotone Image Filter, Editor Navigation via Persistent List View, and Other Block Editor Improvements

The next batch of exciting updates to the block editor is live on WordPress.com. Powerful duotone image editing, a persistent list view to edit your page or post, and an update for picking table colors are all ready for you to build and improve the look of your site. Let’s take a closer look.

Built-in duotone image filter

Duotone is a much anticipated feature that allows you to choose between any two colors for an image’s shadows and highlights. Think black and white photos, but in any color combo of your choosing. What was once the power of standalone image-editing software is now at your fingertips in the block editor.

Establish a consistent tone across your site’s images or draw your audience’s eye with a catchy color combo for a big post.

Try it out by adding an Image or Cover block, select “Apply duotone filter” from the floating block menu, and experiment by choosing colors.

Editor navigation via persistent List View

Level-up your editing game by selecting the List View in the top menu bar—this displays the entire block structure of your page or post. It’s essentially a Table of Contents of all the blocks currently in use. List View is now persistent, meaning it will remain expanded in the sidebar as you edit. 

This update will vastly improve the navigation of complex content and the editing of nested blocks.

And there’s a bonus! Anchors added to blocks are also shown in this List View for easy identification.

Customize your Table colors

Background and text colors are easily edited within the Table block for a more consistent feel across your site.

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, go forth and create!

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WordPress.com Welcomes the Award-Winning Atavist Magazine to the Platform

At WordPress.com, part of our mission is to support and empower storytellers and publishers of all sizes. We’re thrilled to announce that the award-winning Atavist Magazine has moved to WordPress.com, joining its sister publication, Longreads, on the platform. Atavist is built on Newspack, a suite of features and plugins designed specifically for the needs of newsrooms and publishers.

For more than a decade, The Atavist Magazine has been a pioneer in digital storytelling, publishing one blockbuster story every month. Each story showcases a unique, sophisticated, immersive design. A nine-time National Magazine Award nominee and one-time winner — and the recipient of many other accolades — Atavist shines as a space on the web for thoughtful, deeply reported stories, and as an outlet eager to publish up-and-coming writers at a time when journalism opportunities are narrowing.

“We are thrilled to now be part of the WordPress.com ecosystem, with all the open source tools and support it provides,” says Atavist editor in chief Seyward Darby. “We just celebrated our 10th anniversary, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in a new decade of telling great stories and championing the people who create them than this move.”

Built on Newspack, an open source platform for news publications

Supported by Newspack, a publishing and revenue-generating solution for small- to medium-sized newsrooms built on WordPress, Atavist joins a network of 100 news publishers and counting, including Reveal, Sahan Journal, Hong Kong Free Press, The Oaklandside, Transitions Online, and other local and regional news outlets worldwide.

“WordPress.com’s block-based editor and Newspack’s built-in subscription, payment, and other news-focused features will power us into the future and help us grow,” says Darby. “We’re honored to join Longreads as a flagship WordPress.com publication, showcasing how flexible the world’s most popular CMS is for storytellers of all types.”

Is Newspack right for you as a publisher? Learn more or get in touch.

Just launched: a new Atavist podcast

If you’re a fan of podcasts, get a feel for Atavist’s storytelling on its first-ever narrative podcast, No Place Like Home, launching this week and available wherever you listen to your favorite shows. It’s about the theft of a pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz from a small museum in Minnesota, and the 13-year quest to get them back. Listen to a preview:


Explore the redesigned Atavist Magazine and dive in to your next great read.

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Let’s Celebrate Pride by Supporting Nonprofits

It’s Pride month; perhaps you’ve noticed from the rainbows all over everything?

A most unusual Pride month it is, too — the familiar sights of parades were missing last year, and those happening this year are somewhat cautious by comparison to years past. The representation and visibility that Pride was conceived to address has been obscured by the pandemic, and the queer community, though strong and passionate, has seen quite enough historical isolation already.

To make matters worse, the redoubled attacks over the last year on the queer community’s rights, especially the direct lobbying against trans rights in the UK and US, have made it clear that the vulnerability all humans faced during 2020 hasn’t really ended for many of those in the queer and trans communities; while we’re slowly putting the pandemic behind us, the disease of discrimination still infects far too much of humankind.

While allying with the queer community is a noble intent, the nonprofits, charities and organizations that make up the core of the queer community’s ongoing battle for equal rights have been taking much of the strain through this pandemic.

This year, we’re taking a constructive approach to Pride by celebrating and highlighting the work of important queer organizations, charities, and nonprofits tirelessly working to ensure the queer community is respected and protected through these turbulent times. To uplift and support a community, it’s important to uplift those who already do so, and who continue to do so all year round, long after the rainbow flags come down again.

We invite everyone, queer and ally alike, to support these critical organizations in the work they do. If you’re unsure where to start, take some time to visit a few of their websites and get a sense of what they do, follow them on social media and reshare the information they post, and please take heed of volunteering and direct donation opportunities to support their work, too!


Stonewall UK

Stonewall UK

An internationally-reaching queer and trans rights organization, advocating for the rights of the queer community and providing frameworks for equitable employment and treatment of queer and trans people. #standforstonewall

stonewall.org.uk


Out In Tech

Out In Tech

The world’s largest nonprofit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders, creating opportunities for members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.

outintech.com


Trans Lifeline

Translifeline

A grassroots hotline and microgrants nonprofit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis — for the trans community, by the trans community.

translifeline.org


GLSEN

GLSEN

Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

glsen.org


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under 25.

thetrevorproject.org


BTAC

National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

The only social justice organization led by black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience.

blacktrans.org


Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence

A trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organization with a wealth of lived experience, community connections of many kinds, and a depth and breadth of trans community knowledge that is second to none.

genderedintelligence.co.uk


GaymerX

GaymerX

GaymerX is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and culture in the world of gaming, with a focus on video games.

gaymerx.org


It Gets Better

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

itgetsbetter.org


Mermaids

Mermaids

Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995.

mermaidsuk.org.uk


Black & Pink

Black and Pink

Black & Pink coordinates a nationwide pen pal program in which we match incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS with pen pals who correspond, build relationships, and participate in harm reduction and affirmation.

blackandpinkpenpals.org


Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal

A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

lambdalegal.org


GLAAD

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

glaad.org


There are lots of ways to support these critical organizations year-round, not just at Pride! Remember — check them out, follow them on social media, and consider volunteering and donating where you can.

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Day One, the Journaling App, Joins Automattic

We’re excited to welcome Day One to the Automattic team. Day One is a private journaling app that makes writing for yourself a simple pleasure. A beautifully designed user experience has earned the app prestigious awards including App Store Editor’s Choice, App of the Year, and the Apple Design Award, along with high praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Wired, and more.

Share what matters most to you

While WordPress.com and Tumblr have you covered for sharing your thoughts with the world, journaling with Day One is just for you. In fact, privacy is at the heart of Day One, thanks to the full end-to-end encryption applied to every entry, in every journal.

That doesn’t mean that everything you journal has to stay private, though. When you want to share specific entries – or even entire journals with the world – you can expect seamless integrations with both WordPress.com and Tumblr to do just that. On the flip side of that, importing your favorite content from WordPress.com and Tumblr into Day One is on the near-term roadmap. 

If you decide you’d like a wider readership still, Day One journals can be published as beautiful hardcopy books to savor, gift, or thumb through on a rainy day.

Start journaling with Day One

Journaling is one of those great habits that can change your life. It reminds you of where you’ve been and helps you figure out where you’re going. Join the more than 15 million people that have downloaded Day One from all over the world – Day One is free to use and available on iPhone/iPad/Watch, Mac, Android, and Browser Extensions. 

A beautiful journaling experience

As part of Automattic, Day One will continue to create beautifully designed and innovative experiences with features that include: 

  • End-to-end encrypted cloud sync
  • Rich text formatting with markdown
  • Daily prompts
  • Journaling templates
  • Instagram Importer
  • Audio recording with dictation
  • Journal via email or text messaging
  • Location history
  • Physical book printing

Day One will remain under the leadership of Paul Mayne, Founder and CEO.

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WordPress.com is the fastest WordPress host in Review Signal’s 2021 test

For the past eight years, Review Signal has published its WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks, and 2021’s results are in.

We’re happy to report that not only did WordPress.com earn Top Tier status once again, but we were proven to be the fastest WordPress host in any pricing tier.

WordPress.com … had perfect 100% uptime on both monitors, zero errors across both load tests and the fastest WP bench of any company in any price tier this year. – WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2021

The goal of the WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks is to run unbiased, data driven performance tests to determine how well different WordPress specialized hosting companies could handle a lot of traffic.

Although testing WordPress hosting performance is complex and imperfect, Review Signal’s methodology is extensive, transparent, and as close to reliable as one could reasonably expect. The tests are designed to measure peak performance and consistency. Review Signal describes this process this way:

Peak performance is measured using load testing services (LoadStorm and K6) which emulate large numbers of users visiting a website and watching how well the hosting responds under these stressful conditions. Consistency is measured using uptime monitoring to make sure that the servers remain available for a longer duration of time.

Full test results can be found here.

WordPress.com is the fastest WordPress host

But WordPress.com’s hosting performance didn’t stop there. Review Signal also runs a separate WooCommerce test, and WordPress.com dominated that category as well.

WordPress.com earned Top Tier status [again this] year. Perfect uptime. The second fastest K6 average response time. A solid Load Storm test. They also absolutely showed off on the WebPageTest results taking 10/12 fastest response times. The fastest WP Bench I’ve ever seen and the second fastest PHP Bench. A definite Top Tier performance.

WordPress.com fastest WooCommerce host

In both tests, WordPress.com had “the fastest WP Bench”. In the WordPress hosting test, WordPress.com rated as “the fastest WP Bench of any company in any price tier this year“, and in the WooCommerce tests, WordPress.com nailed it with “the fastest WP Bench I’ve ever seen and the second fastest PHP Bench“.


We couldn’t be more proud of our WordPress.com Systems Engineers, including our PerfOps team, and everyone who contributes to making WordPress.com the best, fastest WordPress host in the world.

Not only is WordPress.com the fastest WordPress host, but we offer so much more. Ready to unlock the full potential of your site? See everything that WordPress.com’s Business plan offers, including enterprise-grade security, generous storage, and advanced developer tools.

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