Jul 28, 2011

New Theme: Blogum

New Theme: Blogum  阅读原文»

Today we are introducing a clean and minimalist theme, Blogum.

The Blogum Theme

Designed by WPShower, Blogum has a grid-based layout and is designed in a modern style. This very clean style allows your reader to precisely focus on your content.

Blogum has a widget area in the right sidebar. It also includes a full-width template to hide the sidebar. You are able to customize even more with a header image, background, and custom menu.

Blogum also supports three post formats, Aside, Image and Gallery.Read all about Blogum's features on the Theme Showcase.


How to Get More Traffic  阅读原文»

As soon as a blogger publishes their first post, their first question is: Where’s all my traffic? Everyone assumes they’re the only one seeking attention, when in truth nearly everyone is. It takes time to build an audience and no one gets much traffic without putting in the effort.

Here at WordPress.com we want you to get more traffic, and we build features and services to help. It’s been awhile since we’ve told you about them, so here are our top recommendations:

  1. Update your About Page. One of the first things visitors to your site will want to know is something about who you are. If you don’t update your About page to include a short bio, and they find a generic page instead, they’ll be disappointed. But if you briefly explain (two paragraphs is plenty) what the blog is about, and who you are, they’ll be more likely to come back.
  2. Turn on Publicize. You can easily set up your WordPress.com blog to automatically share new posts out to your Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts. This increases your reach every time you publish a post.
  3. Turn on Sharing. With a few clicks, you can make it so any visitor can share a link to your post out to their social networks, their blog, or through email.
  4. Let readers subscribe by email. Email is often forgotten as a source of traffic. If you turn on the Subscriptions widget, people can choose to get notified of new posts on your blog, automatically, via email. It’s a great way to keep them connected to your blog without any extra work for you, or for them.
  5. Post regularly. Pick a schedule that works for you – once a day, once a week, once every two weeks, and stick to it. Mention that frequency in your About page, and put reminders on your personal calendar. It’s only when people can expect regular posts that they’ll be compelled to come back to see what you’ve written next. If you need ideas for posts, read and subscribe to DailyPost, where we give topic ideas and blogging advice every day. You can also use PressThis to quickly generate new posts while you are browsing the web.
  6. Write Well. It’s often unsaid, but better posts get more traffic. There’s no sense in posting every day, if every post is boring or poorly written. It takes time to develop interesting ideas, and to edit posts to be concise and typo free. If people find a careless writer at work, they won’t be back. What good is more traffic if the content they see isn’t good enough for them to choose to return?
  7. Pick good titles. Blog post titles are like newspaper headlines. They need to be short and interesting to get people to want to see what’s inside. It takes some thinking to get a title down to a short sentence, but it’s time well spent. On Facebook and Twitter, all people will often see is the title and your link.
  8. Link to bloggers like you. When you link to another blog, they’ll typically get notified (via a pingback) that someone has mentioned them. This will encourage them to visit your blog and, if they like what they find, link to you as well in their posts. But do it sparingly; too many links and we call it SPAM. If you find a post you like, excerpt a paragraph and link to the rest. Also check out Freshly Pressed and our Global Tags to find blogs with similar interests, and subscribe to their blog. You can use tags in your own posts so your work will surface there as well.
  9. Comment on other blogs like yours. Every comment is an opportunity to show how well you write and think. When people read a great comment, they’ll see your name, and the link to your blog, encouraging them to see what else you have to say. Identify good blogs on topics similar to your own, read and contribute sincerely.
  10. Respond to every comment you get. When people comment on your blog, they’ve invested a lot of their time. Reward them by answering questions and taking their feedback, and they’ll come back again.
  11. Take requests. Write a post requesting your readers (or your friends) to suggest topics to write about. Reach out to Facebook, twitter, or friends, for suggestions. Then let them know you’ve written about what they asked for. It’s a great way to make sure everything you write will have at least one reader.
  12. Pay for traffic. Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.05 per visit. If you've just published a great post and you really want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get started. Companies looking for broader distribution, including getting content seen by journalists, should try services like PR Newswire.

Often you’ll hear about get traffic fast schemes, but we don’t believe in those sorts of things. There’s not much magic or secrets necessary. The advice above, used thoughtfully, is more that sufficient to increase visitors to your blog.

Have other suggestions for what we can do to help you build traffic? Let us know.


阅读更多内容

该邮件由 QQ邮件列表 推送。
如果您不想继续收到该邮件,可点此 退订

Jul 27, 2011

New Theme: React

New Theme: React  阅读原文»

Today, we’re happy to launch React, a simple and elegant theme designed especially for business websites. In fact, React is for anyone who would like a clean design to showcase their work and inspire visitors to — well — react. If this describes you, React is yours for the lifetime of your blog for only $68.

The React Theme

The React Theme

Designed by The Theme Foundry, React packs an impressive array of features. In the theme options panel, you can turn the sidebar on or off, depending on your preferences. You can also choose to display a recent projects footer, a latest news footer, and a widgets footer. Add a personal touch with your own logo, a custom background, your choice from one of 7 primary fonts, and links to your Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr profiles. Finally (but certainly not least), load your site on a mobile device or tablet and enjoy the view — React’s responsive layout adapts beautifully to smaller screen sizes.

Read more about React’s features on the Theme Showcase or preview it live on your blog from Appearance → Themes.


阅读更多内容

该邮件由 QQ邮件列表 推送。
如果您不想继续收到该邮件,可点此 退订

We are sponsoring WordCamp Chicago 2011

We are sponsoring WordCamp Chicago 2011  阅读原文»

We are proud to announce that we are one of the official sponsor for WordCamp Chicago 2011. If you have been using WordPress for your blog and have no idea what is WordCamp and how it can relate it with WordPress and WPWebHost? Check this out

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open toWordPress.comandWordPress.orgusersalike.

Source:WordCamp Central

In conjunction with this, we would like to take opportunity to make this WordCamp event even merrier. We will be offering a 30% discount on all of our hosting plan starting from 27th July to 3rd of August 2011.

Just choose your selectedWordPress hosting planand then use the coupon code “WCCHICAGO” to checkout and get the 30% special discount on our hosting plan.

What’s more, those that are staying somewhere near Chicago or interested to go for this WordCamp Chicago 2011 on 30th July and 31th July,we are giving away 2 entry tickets to the WordCamp Chicago 2011 to 2 lucky commenters who tweets on this post and comment on this post with the tweet URL.

So, please tweet this out so share with your followers. Who knows you or your friends from Chicago will get selected?

 

 

阅读更多内容

该邮件由 QQ邮件列表 推送。
如果您不想继续收到该邮件,可点此 退订

Jul 26, 2011

FCC contributes back to open source

FCC contributes back to open source  阅读原文»

Earlier this month, the FCC explained why they use and contribute back to open source software:

Here at the FCC, we’re always excited when we can contribute to open source software. Open source software is just like any other software, except the creator publishes the underlying source code that powers the application, allowing others to improve upon or adapt the project to their own needs, and hopefully, contribute those improvements back to the community to do the same. Think of it as the software equivalent of the "give a penny, take a penny" jar at your local convenience store.

The FCC contributed back to the WordPress community in the form of a faceted search widget available in the WordPress.org plugin repository and we hope they’ll continue to contribute more code back in the future.

It’s worth a read and sending to anyone you know using WordPress who could contribute something back to the community via code, support, documentation or more.

Want WordPress for your site? Get.WP.com


阅读更多内容

该邮件由 QQ邮件列表 推送。
如果您不想继续收到该邮件,可点此 退订

Jul 25, 2011

Boing Boing switches to WordPress

Boing Boing switches to WordPress  阅读原文»

We’re excited Boing Boing has joined the WordPress family, switching over from MovableType! Welcome :)

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world's biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.


阅读更多内容

该邮件由 QQ邮件列表 推送。
如果您不想继续收到该邮件,可点此 退订