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Many of you use WordPress.com as a daily or weekly outlet to develop your craft (as seen in our popular writing and photography challenges on The Daily Post), or as a platform to chronicle your own post-a-day and year-long projects. Some projects are ongoing from year to year, while others have defined …

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One of the best free customization tools on WordPress.com is the ability to upload a custom header image. Using a custom header is a great way to showcase your style and personality on your blog. When readers visit your blog, its header is what pops out first and introduces visitors …

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On November 2, 2013, Seth Smith hit publish on an article entitled Marriage Isn’t For You. Within a few hours, his self-hosted WordPress site couldn’t handle the tens of thousands of visitors reading the post. He moved his article and then his entire site over to WordPress.com, where the WordPress.com team did so

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This week, our editors dove into the archives to find and rediscover notable posts published this year on WordPress.com, from nonfiction to poetry, and photography to illustration. These posts have been especially resonant to us and the community, and represent the diversity of voices of our users all over the …

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This week we have a roundup of no less than five new themes now available on WordPress.com. Happy holidays! Photolia Photolia by UpThemes is a responsive, single-column theme perfect for organizing photos, galleries, videos, and much more. The header area supports a widescreen custom header image and offers three default &#

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Last week, we shared a few facts and figures on your prolific posting tendencies and a bit about some of the posts that recently grabbed your attention. Let’s take a look at one comedienne who’s gone viral since then and some great reading material courtesy of WordPress.com bloggers. Traffic is …

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WordPress.com is the biggest blogging platform around, and one of the most visited websites in the world. Yet the team that keeps it running is an intimate group of 224 Automatticians (thinking of joining our ranks? We’re always hiring). Among them are the Code Wranglers at work on our great features, the designe

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TheStyle is a premium magazine-style theme, great for news sites and sites with multiple contributors (as well as blogs). Thanks to a modular layout and innovative background animation, it can go from sleek modernity to an engaging tangle with a click. These five sites and blogs perfectly illustrate the potential of TheSt

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We’re excited to announce the launch of a new Graph Paper Press theme here on WordPress.com, the aptly-titled Awesome. Awesome is a theme that stuns from the start, with full-width images, video, and other post formats; bold yet elegant typography; and a strong visual balance. Necessities like menus and social …

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It’s easy to get a little frazzled in December — for many of us, it’s the perfect storm of holidays, family, travel, and work. Luckily, following the sage advice of some insightful WordPress.com bloggers can pave the way for a fun, relaxing Christmas. Here, their top five tips: Keep the …

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It’s just a few days until November, and you know what that means: National Novel Writing Month, better known ’round these parts as NaNoWriMo, is near. Have you always wanted to write a novel? We know some of you have been waiting all year for this month! For those of …

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We started getting into the Halloween spirit yesterday, with Halloween craft and costume blogs and a look at some of the real-life witches on WordPress.com. Today we continue the Halloween Spooktacular with some less Halloween-y but no less creepy content: horror film buffs, zombie aficionados, and cemetery guides, oh my!

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All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead are nearly upon us. What better time to take a look at the darker side of WordPress.com? Our bloggers cover the spooky spectrum, from horror film reviewers to Wiccans to Halloween crafters to bioarchaeologists (they study bones!). This weekend we’re

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Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today we have a brand new theme to share with you: The Parisian. The Parisian is a premium theme designed by Allen Tan. A large recent-posts slider, minimalist layout, responsive design, and support for post formats wrapped in a classic package makes it perfect for personal …

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Every once in a while, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic’s wheels turning, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. In this installment, we’re delighted to introduce you to code wrangler, video game …

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The World Series kicks off tonight, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox to decide baseball supremacy for the year 2013. No matter whether you’re a Cards or Red Sox fan, or just waiting to see some home run fireworks, our Major League Baseball (MLB) themes can …

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Some themes are so ubiquitous it’s easy to forget their eye-candy potential. Pilcrow, a popular workhorse of a theme, is a case in point. Used by almost half a million blogs, it’s near-impossible to miss its out-of-the-box look: Dig deeper into the theme’s many customization options — both free featu

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Book lovers, lock your libraries: a voracious reader is among us. We recently chatted with Edwin Turner, the mastermind behind Biblioklept, a popular literary blog dedicated to books, art, and the ways in which the two shape our world. Join us for a conversation with Ed about blogging, literature, and …

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Happy Thursday! I’m pleased to announce our newest theme, Massive Press. Designed by Press75, it’s a great choice for news and magazine websites. A premium upgrade for your blog, Massive Press sports a clean, grid-based layout. Among its most notable features is a widgetized front page template. This gives you &

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Lots of bloggers add a custom domain to their WordPress.com sites to simplify their URLs. But what happens if the one you want isn’t available, or you want an address that’s a bit . . . different? Enter the offbeat domain. You’ve seen them around the internet; think of sites …

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Today I’m thrilled to announce that another beautiful theme which offers a more personal touch has been added to our ever-expanding showcase of premium upgrades. Personal is a customizable, content-first theme tailored for writers, journalists, and bloggers. One of the cleanest and most minimal themes in the Obox Them

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It’s easier than ever to add another dimension to your posts with embedded videos or tweets: announcing the Media Explorer, a new media curation tool that lets you add trending content from Twitter and YouTube without ever leaving your post editor! To access the Media Explorer, simply click “Add Media” …

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You’ve spent time making sure your blog looks exactly the way you want — it’s got personality and complements your content. But what about the people who read your blog on a phone or tablet? Have you looked at your blog on a three-inch screen to see what they see? …

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Periodically, we share stories of WordPress.com users doing awesome things, from blogger David McRaney snagging his second book deal to memoirist Susan Morrison bringing her mother’s World War II-era diaries to life. Today, meet Claire Legrand — a young adult author of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction w

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It’s Theme Thursday here at WordPress.com, and we’ve got double vision: Organization and Expound! Organization, developed by our partner Organic Themes, is a sharp, professional-looking theme intended for advancing your cause to the world. A crafted front page template is available for highlighting important pag

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In the past few weeks, we’ve gone over the basics of domain ownership in “Introduction to Custom Domains” and covered the details of domain registration versus website hosting in “Mapping It Out.” In our last segment of Domains 101, let’s delve into the wild world of custom DNS (Domain

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Images are one of the simplest ways to inject personality into your blog. No matter what theme you’re using, you can add life with images — insert them into posts and pages, use them for headers and backgrounds, or liven up your sidebar with image widgets. Today, we’re exploring the …

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There are more than 200 themes to choose from in the Theme Showcase: themes with sleek magazine-style front pages (like Oxygen and Watson), static business and profile sites (like Forefront and Profile), and portfolio designs (like Gridspace). Within this mix are free themes that act as blank canvases for your …

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We did the 36,000-foot, airplane-over-the-Grand-Canyon view of your stats page, and last month, we walked up to the lip of the Canyon and peered down at the days, weeks, and months views. Today — if I may labor the metaphor — we’ll hop on the stats donkey and ride down …

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Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m excited to share our latest free theme, Fontfolio. Fontfolio is a clean, grid-style portfolio theme originally designed by Marios Lublinski. It includes bold featured images, support for multiple post formats, a responsive design, two custom menu areas, and a convenient search bar

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