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New Theme: Twenty Fourteen

New Theme: Twenty Fourteen

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
For the first time ever, the yearly default theme for WordPress is ready to go before its namesake year begins. Consider it an early holiday gift from the WordPress community to you, a tradition we hope to continue for many years to come. Say hello to the default…

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The $64,000 Question: WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
If you’ve been using WordPress.com for very long, you’ve likely run into some variation of the grand “com v. org” debate. And it’s possible that any explanation you received raised more questions than it answered. So, what’s the deal with the two WordPresses? What are the advantages of one…

SEO Basics for WordPress Users and Beginners

Reblogged from Collaborate with WordPress: According to SearchEngineWatch, WordPress now powers one-sixth of all websites. That’s a staggering number of sites and a massive achievement considering the wide range of hosting and development platforms out there. It’s a testament to just how beneficial, and easy to use WordPress as a CMS is. Continue reading

Customizing Imbalance 2: The Patterned Plate

Customizing Imbalance 2: The Patterned Plate

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Imbalance 2 is a clean, modern, grid-based theme great for blogs, portfolios, and magazine-style sites — and one that easily transforms into a cheerful, mouthwatering food blog. Carrie of The Patterned Plate combined free theme options like a custom header, featured images, and footer widgets with font, color, and CSS…

Customizing Comet: Before and After

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Who doesn’t love “Before and After” home improvement shots? It’s always amazing to see how just a couple of changes, like a coat of paint or a quick do-it-yourself project, can transform a living space dramatically. It’s no different when it comes to WordPress.com blog themes, in which…

How to Create Your Own Custom Social Media Icons Widget

How to Create Your Own Custom Social Media Icons Widget

WordPress.com’s functionality is awesome for getting a blog up and running quickly, but sometimes simply displaying a row of social media icons on your site can be a challenge. My free theme, Fresh & Clean (now retired), didn’t include any icon placements that i could take advantage of, beyond using the default Twitter feed and Facebook Like Box widgets. Here’s how you can get around this and create a selection of icons customized for your personal social media presence. Continue reading

All About SEO on WordPress.com

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search…

Creating an Index on WordPress.com

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
A good example of an index from All4ballet.com WordPress.com gives you many flexible options for organizing your content. You can create a Custom Menu to organize your pages. You can group your posts into categories and use category pages in your menu to display them in archives. You can…