Archive | December 2012

Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for November, Part II

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On Tuesday’s Freshly Pressed roundup, we highlighted posts published last month that resonated with us — and the rest of the WordPress.com community. Below, we’ve shared more picks that generated lively discussions, made us think, and even made us smile.

Dear Lady in the SUV

That’s how you made us feel: Like we were that kid, and finally someone wanted to be on our team. It was the first time someone looked close enough to ignore that we were gay, and instead, saw the love we shared between us. Better yet, I don’t think you “ignored” that we were gay. If you smiled, I think it actually made you happy.

Coffee Bean GleanThe author at Coffee Bean Glean talks about holding hands with her partner in public, and the hurtful glares they’ve received as a gay couple. Here, in this open letter, she thanks a lady in an SUV who…

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New Theme: Academica

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Today, I’m happy to announce that our collection of themes grows by one:

Academica is a great choice for educational and school websites. Designed by WPZOOM, it sports a classy, modern design and comes with a one-, two-, or three-column layout, nine widget areas, three page templates, and a featured content slider. With all of these customization options, Academica makes it easy to create a unique look for your school or organization.

Find out more about how to get started with Academica on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance -> Themes.

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Pay Another Way: Bitcoin

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At WordPress.com, our mission is making publishing democratic — accessible and easy for anyone, anywhere. And while anyone can start a free blog here, not everyone can access upgrades (like going ad-free or enabling custom design) because of limits on traditional payment networks.

Today, that changes: you can now buy WordPress.com upgrades with bitcoins.

PayPal alone blocks access from over 60 countries, and many credit card companies have similar restrictions. Some are blocked for political reasons, some because of higher fraud rates, and some for other financial reasons. Whatever the reason, we don’t think an individual blogger from Haiti, Ethiopia, or Kenya should have diminished access to the blogosphere because of payment issues they can’t control. Our goal is to enable people, not block them.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that enables instant payments over the internet. Unlike credit cards and PayPal, Bitcoin has no central authority and…

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Personalize Your Online Home with a Custom Domain

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A domain name is a name used to identify a website on the Internet. Your blog’s domain name is like your mailing address: it lets people know where to find you — and all the cool content you create!

At WordPress.com, every site has a web address that ends with wordpress.com, which is the default address you get when you sign up. But you may notice that some sites have custom domains, such as saltgypsy.com, instead of saltgypsy.wordpress.com.

Did you know you can get a unique web address for your blog?

Is a custom domain right for you? Consider these questions:

  • Are you interested in using your blog to promote your work, brand, or organization?
  • Would you like to print your blog address on items like business cards?
  • Do you plan to have multiple email addresses on the same domain?
  • You may already customize your theme, colors, and…

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The WordPress Bestseller List

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Move over, New York Times bestseller list.

Millions of people across the globe turn to WordPress to build their websites and blogs, and we’re proud to say WordPress is home to many bestselling writers and winners of prestigious literary awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize. In other words, we have our own bestseller list!

Take a look at the bestsellers and award winners who use WordPress — and be sure to scroll down to read about the notable works and WordPress-powered websites of twelve authors we’ve handpicked from this impressive list:

Jami Attenberg
Released this monthAttenberg’s third novel, The Middlesteinsis a story of marriage, new and old love, family, and our culture’s obsession with food. In addition to her novels, Attenberg has contributed both fiction and nonfiction to many outlets, from the New York Times and Salon to The Awl and numerous anthologies and zines. We…

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