Articles by Red Green Beer

  • Two New Blogging U. Courses Available On Demand

    Ready to dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of your WordPress.com site? We’ve got two new Blogging U. courses on demand to help you do just that. Build a Business Site Build a Business Site is a brand-new, ten-day course that helps you plan, build, and promote your business website. We’ll help you define your site’s raison d’être […]

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  • New Themes: TextBook and Dara

    Hello there! Today I’m announcing the latest additions to our collection of free themes: TextBook and Dara. TextBook Designed by Allan Cole, TextBook is aimed at helping schools, colleges, and other non-profit organizations to distribute and archive information in an easy way. It includes a Featured Content area that you can use to highlight key posts or pages. It […]

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  • A Brand New Editor for the WordPress Mobile Apps

    Now that so many of us carry around tiny pocket-size computers, more and more of our Internet time happens on phones and tablets — not just browsing, but creating. You’ve been asking for a better publishing experience in the WordPress app to make mobile publishing smoother. Today we’re introducing a new editor for iOS and […]

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  • You Can Now Schedule Your Social Media Posts from WordPress.com

    Keeping up with social media can feel like a full-time job these days — and for many it is. Posting your content on Twitter and Facebook during specific hours, and keeping things evenly spaced out, means that you need to tend to your profiles pretty often. We wanted to make it easier for WordPress.com users […]

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  • WordPress.com Teams Up with Rebrand Cities to Bring Local Businesses Online

    Cities are collections of neighborhoods — and neighborhoods are powered by small business. From coffee shop owners to fitness instructors, therapists to thrift stores, it’s the people we see in the storefronts next door who build and reinforce the unique character of our cities. At WordPress.com, we want to support local businesses as they grow […]

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  • Join Us in the Fight for Net Neutrality

    Automattic strongly believes in a free and open Internet and it’s hard to imagine a truly open Internet without Net Neutrality. What Is Net Neutrality? “Net Neutrality” is the simple but very powerful principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Whether you’re reading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming Game of Thrones on […]

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  • WordPress.com Gets a Perfect Score from the EFF for Digital Privacy Rights

    At Automattic, we’re proud of our commitment to fighting for the digital rights of our users and of our work to keep the internet free and open. Today we’re honored to receive another perfect score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in its annual Who Has Your Back? report. The EFF is a well-known nonprofit organization committed […]

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  • The Best of WordPress.com: Summer Edition

    Hi everyone! Here’s a snapshot of some of the excellent WordPress.com community advice, insights, and updates that we enjoyed over the past month. Introducing Your New Social Icons Widget The Social Icons Widget allows you to connect your site to your favorite social media networks. You can activate it by going to My Site → Customize […]

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  • Connect to Your Fans and Followers with the New Social Icons Widget

    We’re excited to introduce the new Social Icons Widget, which allows you to connect with visitors on your favorite social media networks. The new widget supports over 40 popular social platforms, from the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter, to crafter haven Etsy, to artsy enclaves like DeviantArt and Dribbble. Highlight music or podcasts through SoundCloud or […]

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  • Blogging Made Easier: Five Tricks You Should Know

    Writing interesting blog posts, creating attractive pages, and interacting with your visitors — these are essential ways to help you build a body of work, a successful business, or a growing audience online. I’m part of a team focused on design and research at WordPress.com — I like to find ways to improve your experience, […]

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  • An All-New Media Library for the WordPress iOS App

    We recently launched an all-new media picker for WordPress for Android. Now, iOS users, you’re next! The new 7.8 release of WordPress for iOS includes a top-level Media Library section for each site you manage — making it even easier to share your images, video, and other media with the world. With just one tap […]

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  • New Theme: AltoFocus

    Today we’re happy to announce the latest addition to our collection of free themes: AltoFocus! AltoFocus is a spinoff of the original AutoFocus theme from a few years ago. Its elegant tiled layout helps artists, photobloggers, and other creatives showcase their talents. Designed by Allan Cole, it highlights featured images in a way that engages readers and then gets […]

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  • The Best of WordPress.com in May

    Hi everyone! Check out some of the new updates, designs, and insights that helped make May a great month for the WordPress.com community. How a Detroit Hackathon Turned into WordPress.com’s First-Ever TV Spots A team of developers launched new sites for small businesses in Detroit during a 48-hour Hackathon in February, an event which inspired […]

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  • Launching: All New Media Picker for Android

    There’s this… thing… in the Android WordPress app that we refer to as the “seven-item menu.” It would show up when trying to add a photo to confront you with a list of choices and we confess, we couldn’t always remember what option we wanted, either. As of the 7.3 release, the seven-item menu is […]

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  • Inclusive Illustrations, By Design

    I like to think that designers solve problems, while artists ask questions. And when the two go hand-in-hand, real magic happens. Why? Because the right question gets answered with the right solution — art asks, and design responds. Here at Automattic we were extremely fortunate to recently get to partner with independent artist and designer […]

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  • The Best of WordPress.com in April

    You’re off to a strong creative start in 2017! Here are a few recent updates and stories from the WordPress.com community in April that we wanted to share with you. This Year’s WordPress Default Theme, Twenty Seventeen, Is Now Available “Great looking theme!” – Jason Thornberry Independent Publisher 2 Is Here The Independent Publisher theme has […]

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  • Independent Publisher 2 Is Here

    The popular Independent Publisher design is a WordPress theme that has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility. So we are happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly, with the design talents of Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad. Introducing Independent Publisher 2: Independent Publisher was first designed, developed, and released […]

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  • New Theme: Twenty Seventeen

    We’re excited to announce that this year’s WordPress default theme, Twenty Seventeen, is now available on WordPress.com. Designed by Mel Choyce, Twenty Seventeen is a business-oriented theme that allows you to create a stunning front-page layout with multiple sections. The theme can be topped with a large custom header image or atmospheric video of your choosing. Twenty Seventeen can be customized […]

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  • A New WordPress App Update, Designed for the iPad

    Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store. The apps were originally designed with only iPhones in mind, so we wanted to make better use of the […]

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  • Unlimited Premium Themes Now Included in the Premium Plan

    Finding just the right look for your site can be a fun task. If you’re on the Premium plan, it’s about to get a lot more fun: the Premium plan now includes unlimited access to all our premium themes. With over 200 premium themes on WordPress.com — and new themes added regularly — that’s more than […]

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