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Build a Blogging Habit with Reminders in Your WordPress App

Writing regularly on your blog both improves your writing skills and engages the readers that visit your site. The more you write, the better — you can meet your posting goals while also building an online audience that keeps coming back for more.

But to keep up a good habit, sometimes you need a nudge. So, we’ve added Blogging Reminders to the WordPress mobile apps to help keep you on track.

Choose the days you prefer to blog, and a push notification will remind you to write your post.

You’ll see a promotion for this new feature in your app, available from version 17.7. You can set it up as follows: 

  • Go to the My Site tab.
  • Scroll down and tap on Site Settings.
  • You’ll see Blogging Reminders under General.
  • Select the days you want to write, and you’ll be reminded with push notifications.

We hope this encourages a regular blogging habit! We’d love to hear your feedback. Reach out to us from within the app by going to My Site, tapping your photo on the top right, tapping Help & Support, and then selecting Contact Support.

P2 Puts Easy, Flexible Project Tracking Tools In Your Hands

From to-do apps and day planners, to spreadsheets and full-blown subscription services, making your work trackable and visible can really help with productivity.

P2 is the tool we use at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com), and today we’d love to share some ways you can do the same.

What sets P2 apart from other project tracking tools?

There is no shortage of project management tools out there, but the killer feature of P2 is its total flexibility.

Instead of having to adapt to a particular, fixed way of working, P2 adapts to the way you and your team work.

That’s made possible by the baked-in integration of the WordPress block editor, giving you a really flexible tool that can adapt to whatever you need to throw at it. 

P2 is your project tracking canvas

From a blank page upwards, P2 makes it easy to track and feature what’s most important to you, using any of the nearly 80 (and growing) blocks at your disposal.

In practice that means that any page can include images, Google Calendars, PDF embeds, Figma designs, checklists, and a wide spectrum of video players and social media integrations (just for starters). And of course, you can arrange them on the page any way that meets your needs.

Three project tracking blocks you can add to your P2 today

Among the options available to you on P2, three blocks in particular can be really useful for project tracking. Let’s take a look at those.

1. Task block

Tasks are the atomic unit of getting things done. 

With the Task block, you can add your team to-dos and assign whoever’s responsible for them right from the editor. Clicking the “cog” button in the top right of the editor will open up further options to set start and end dates. 

Here’s an example of a Task block in action:

2. Project Status block

Tasks often add up to a bigger project. The Project Status block does what it says on the tin by tracking a group of tasks together.

Just add it to your post, optionally set a due date and assign tasks, and then update it as tasks are in progress and are completed:

A progress bar updates as items are being checked off in a task list.

Find advanced tips on the Task and Project Status blocks here. 

3. Changelog block

A changelog is a log or record of all notable changes made to a project. If you’d like to call out those changes visually, the Changelog block lets you assign colorful preset or custom labels, with a description for each:

Changelog blocks with "Launched", "Improved", "Fixed", and "Metric" labels.

At Automattic, we use the Changelog block to summarize the work status for a team or product. But P2’s Changelog block can really be used for any projects that you want to keep a record of.

Find advanced tips on the Changelog block here.

How to add project tracking blocks to your P2

Once you have a P2 up and running, you can add the Task, Project Status, or Changelog blocks to your post or page by either:

  • Using the “+” button on the top left of your editor and typing the first few letters of the block name
  • Typing “/” anywhere in the editor itself, and searching for the block that way by starting to type the name of the block

How do you P2?

Signing up for P2 is free. Take a look around our demo P2 to see some ways we use it at Automattic.

We’d love to hear how you use P2 and its project tracking blocks in your work. Let us know in the comments.

Built-in Duotone Image Filter, Editor Navigation via Persistent List View, and Other Block Editor Improvements

The next batch of exciting updates to the block editor is live on WordPress.com. Powerful duotone image editing, a persistent list view to edit your page or post, and an update for picking table colors are all ready for you to build and improve the look of your site. Let’s take a closer look.

Built-in duotone image filter

Duotone is a much anticipated feature that allows you to choose between any two colors for an image’s shadows and highlights. Think black and white photos, but in any color combo of your choosing. What was once the power of standalone image-editing software is now at your fingertips in the block editor.

Establish a consistent tone across your site’s images or draw your audience’s eye with a catchy color combo for a big post.

Try it out by adding an Image or Cover block, select “Apply duotone filter” from the floating block menu, and experiment by choosing colors.

Editor navigation via persistent List View

Level-up your editing game by selecting the List View in the top menu bar—this displays the entire block structure of your page or post. It’s essentially a Table of Contents of all the blocks currently in use. List View is now persistent, meaning it will remain expanded in the sidebar as you edit. 

This update will vastly improve the navigation of complex content and the editing of nested blocks.

And there’s a bonus! Anchors added to blocks are also shown in this List View for easy identification.

Customize your Table colors

Background and text colors are easily edited within the Table block for a more consistent feel across your site.

Keep building, keep exploring

Your feedback is crucial to expanding the block editor’s capabilities, so keep it coming. Watch here for more updates, and in the meantime, go forth and create!

WordPress.com Welcomes the Award-Winning Atavist Magazine to the Platform

At WordPress.com, part of our mission is to support and empower storytellers and publishers of all sizes. We’re thrilled to announce that the award-winning Atavist Magazine has moved to WordPress.com, joining its sister publication, Longreads, on the platform. Atavist is built on Newspack, a suite of features and plugins designed specifically for the needs of newsrooms and publishers.

For more than a decade, The Atavist Magazine has been a pioneer in digital storytelling, publishing one blockbuster story every month. Each story showcases a unique, sophisticated, immersive design. A nine-time National Magazine Award nominee and one-time winner — and the recipient of many other accolades — Atavist shines as a space on the web for thoughtful, deeply reported stories, and as an outlet eager to publish up-and-coming writers at a time when journalism opportunities are narrowing.

“We are thrilled to now be part of the WordPress.com ecosystem, with all the open source tools and support it provides,” says Atavist editor in chief Seyward Darby. “We just celebrated our 10th anniversary, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in a new decade of telling great stories and championing the people who create them than this move.”

Built on Newspack, an open source platform for news publications

Supported by Newspack, a publishing and revenue-generating solution for small- to medium-sized newsrooms built on WordPress, Atavist joins a network of 100 news publishers and counting, including Reveal, Sahan Journal, Hong Kong Free Press, The Oaklandside, Transitions Online, and other local and regional news outlets worldwide.

“WordPress.com’s block-based editor and Newspack’s built-in subscription, payment, and other news-focused features will power us into the future and help us grow,” says Darby. “We’re honored to join Longreads as a flagship WordPress.com publication, showcasing how flexible the world’s most popular CMS is for storytellers of all types.”

Is Newspack right for you as a publisher? Learn more or get in touch.

Just launched: a new Atavist podcast

If you’re a fan of podcasts, get a feel for Atavist’s storytelling on its first-ever narrative podcast, No Place Like Home, launching this week and available wherever you listen to your favorite shows. It’s about the theft of a pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz from a small museum in Minnesota, and the 13-year quest to get them back. Listen to a preview:


Explore the redesigned Atavist Magazine and dive in to your next great read.

Let’s Celebrate Pride by Supporting Nonprofits

It’s Pride month; perhaps you’ve noticed from the rainbows all over everything?

A most unusual Pride month it is, too — the familiar sights of parades were missing last year, and those happening this year are somewhat cautious by comparison to years past. The representation and visibility that Pride was conceived to address has been obscured by the pandemic, and the queer community, though strong and passionate, has seen quite enough historical isolation already.

To make matters worse, the redoubled attacks over the last year on the queer community’s rights, especially the direct lobbying against trans rights in the UK and US, have made it clear that the vulnerability all humans faced during 2020 hasn’t really ended for many of those in the queer and trans communities; while we’re slowly putting the pandemic behind us, the disease of discrimination still infects far too much of humankind.

While allying with the queer community is a noble intent, the nonprofits, charities and organizations that make up the core of the queer community’s ongoing battle for equal rights have been taking much of the strain through this pandemic.

This year, we’re taking a constructive approach to Pride by celebrating and highlighting the work of important queer organizations, charities, and nonprofits tirelessly working to ensure the queer community is respected and protected through these turbulent times. To uplift and support a community, it’s important to uplift those who already do so, and who continue to do so all year round, long after the rainbow flags come down again.

We invite everyone, queer and ally alike, to support these critical organizations in the work they do. If you’re unsure where to start, take some time to visit a few of their websites and get a sense of what they do, follow them on social media and reshare the information they post, and please take heed of volunteering and direct donation opportunities to support their work, too!


Stonewall UK

An internationally-reaching queer and trans rights organization, advocating for the rights of the queer community and providing frameworks for equitable employment and treatment of queer and trans people. #standforstonewall

stonewall.org.uk


Out In Tech

Out In Tech

The world’s largest nonprofit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders, creating opportunities for members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.

outintech.com


Trans Lifeline

Translifeline

A grassroots hotline and microgrants nonprofit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis — for the trans community, by the trans community.

translifeline.org


GLSEN

GLSEN

Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

glsen.org


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under 25.

thetrevorproject.org


BTAC

National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

The only social justice organization led by black trans people to collectively address the inequities faced in the black transgender human experience.

blacktrans.org


Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence

A trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organization with a wealth of lived experience, community connections of many kinds, and a depth and breadth of trans community knowledge that is second to none.

genderedintelligence.co.uk


GaymerX

GaymerX

GaymerX is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and culture in the world of gaming, with a focus on video games.

gaymerx.org


It Gets Better

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

itgetsbetter.org


Mermaids

Mermaids

Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995.

mermaidsuk.org.uk


Black & Pink

Black and Pink

Black & Pink coordinates a nationwide pen pal program in which we match incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS with pen pals who correspond, build relationships, and participate in harm reduction and affirmation.

blackandpinkpenpals.org


Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal

A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

lambdalegal.org


GLAAD

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

glaad.org


There are lots of ways to support these critical organizations year-round, not just at Pride! Remember — check them out, follow them on social media, and consider volunteering and donating where you can.

Day One, the Journaling App, Joins Automattic

We’re excited to welcome Day One to the Automattic team. Day One is a private journaling app that makes writing for yourself a simple pleasure. A beautifully designed user experience has earned the app prestigious awards including App Store Editor’s Choice, App of the Year, and the Apple Design Award, along with high praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Wired, and more.

Share what matters most to you

While WordPress.com and Tumblr have you covered for sharing your thoughts with the world, journaling with Day One is just for you. In fact, privacy is at the heart of Day One, thanks to the full end-to-end encryption applied to every entry, in every journal.

That doesn’t mean that everything you journal has to stay private, though. When you want to share specific entries – or even entire journals with the world – you can expect seamless integrations with both WordPress.com and Tumblr to do just that. On the flip side of that, importing your favorite content from WordPress.com and Tumblr into Day One is on the near-term roadmap. 

If you decide you’d like a wider readership still, Day One journals can be published as beautiful hardcopy books to savor, gift, or thumb through on a rainy day.

Start journaling with Day One

Journaling is one of those great habits that can change your life. It reminds you of where you’ve been and helps you figure out where you’re going. Join the more than 15 million people that have downloaded Day One from all over the world – Day One is free to use and available on iPhone/iPad/Watch, Mac, Android, and Browser Extensions. 

A beautiful journaling experience

As part of Automattic, Day One will continue to create beautifully designed and innovative experiences with features that include: 

  • End-to-end encrypted cloud sync
  • Rich text formatting with markdown
  • Daily prompts
  • Journaling templates
  • Instagram Importer
  • Audio recording with dictation
  • Journal via email or text messaging
  • Location history
  • Physical book printing

Day One will remain under the leadership of Paul Mayne, Founder and CEO.

WordPress.com is the Fastest WordPress Host in Review Signal’s 2021 Test

For the past eight years, Review Signal has published its WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks, and 2021’s results are in.

We’re happy to report that not only did WordPress.com earn Top Tier status once again, but we were proven to be the fastest WordPress host in any pricing tier.

WordPress.com … had perfect 100% uptime on both monitors, zero errors across both load tests and the fastest WP bench of any company in any price tier this year. – WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2021

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The goal of the WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks is to run unbiased, data driven performance tests to determine how well different WordPress specialized hosting companies could handle a lot of traffic.

Although testing WordPress hosting performance is complex and imperfect, Review Signal’s methodology is extensive, transparent, and as close to reliable as one could reasonably expect. The tests are designed to measure peak performance and consistency. Review Signal describes this process this way:

Peak performance is measured using load testing services (LoadStorm and K6) which emulate large numbers of users visiting a website and watching how well the hosting responds under these stressful conditions. Consistency is measured using uptime monitoring to make sure that the servers remain available for a longer duration of time.

Full test results can be found here.

But WordPress.com’s hosting performance didn’t stop there. Review Signal also runs a separate WooCommerce test, and WordPress.com dominated that category as well.

WordPress.com earned Top Tier status [again this] year. Perfect uptime. The second fastest K6 average response time. A solid Load Storm test. They also absolutely showed off on the WebPageTest results taking 10/12 fastest response times. The fastest WP Bench I’ve ever seen and the second fastest PHP Bench. A definite Top Tier performance.

WordPress.com fastest WooCommerce host

In both tests, WordPress.com had “the fastest WP Bench.” In the WordPress hosting test, WordPress.com rated as “the fastest WP Bench of any company in any price tier this year,” and in the WooCommerce tests, WordPress.com nailed it with “the fastest WP Bench I’ve ever seen and the second fastest PHP Bench.”


We couldn’t be more proud of our WordPress.com Systems Engineers, including our PerfOps team, and everyone who contributes to making WordPress.com the best, fastest WordPress host in the world.

Not only is WordPress.com the fastest WordPress host, but we offer so much more. Ready to unlock the full potential of your site? See everything that WordPress.com’s Business plan offers, including enterprise-grade security, generous storage, and advanced developer tools.

The Best of Both Worlds: WordPress.com Managed Hosting

How you can get the total freedom to create without the hassles that come with managing your own website. 

The open source WordPress project has given the world a powerful publishing platform that now powers 41% of the web. While this is the most widely adopted CMS on the internet, you’re also going to need a hosting provider to make your website available online. 

When choosing a web host, it’s important to think about how hands-on you’d like to be with maintenance. If you aren’t familiar with technical website operations, it can be daunting to install updates, fear of breaking something or forgetting to backup! (it’s ok, we’ve all been there) Good news: there’s another way and it’s called managed hosting. 

Managed hosting is a convenient service offered by WordPress.com, which is 100% dedicated to hosting the open source WordPress software. Managed hosting is a great option for people who don’t want to deal with the backend technical operations of running a website. You get all of the freedom of WordPress, with none of the hassles. 

Here’s what you get with WordPress.com managed hosting: 

A faster website. 

Because slow websites are the worst! Especially if you plan on growing your audience and customers. To keep it fast, WordPress.com runs on its own global CDN with 28 state-of-the-art data centers (and counting) all over the world with servers, switches, and routers we own instead of lease. This environment is especially unique because it’s specifically designed and optimized for WordPress sites, so you’re never at the mercy of another provider. The result: baseline page load speeds for a website running on a WordPress.com Business plan clock in around 1 second compared to the industry standard 2.4 seconds. That’s more than speed. It’s a platform that you can depend on. 

Powerful, built-in SEO. 

WordPress.com has great SEO right out of the box. That means you don’t have to do anything extra to reap the benefits. In fact, WordPress takes care of 80-90 percent of the mechanics of SEO for you, according to Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team. All of our themes are optimized for search engines, which means they are designed to make it easy for the Googlebot (and other search engines) to crawl through them and discover all the content.

WordPress.com also automatically sends notifications to Google every time you publish or update a post or page. This is similar to how your subscribers get email updates. Every time you post, you’re telling Google, “hey! Check this out.”

Security and systems experts.

Your website is only as good as it is safe. And managed hosting makes security simple by handling patches, spam protection, updates, and more without having to lift a finger. At WordPress.com, we take security a step further with dedicated systems and security teams who make sure your site stays secure. 

Scalability and uptime you can depend on. 

What’s the worst thing that could happen if your site gets popular? Crash. We’re here for you when it really matters and we’ll make sure this doesn’t happen. Our systems are built to scale as you grow and we have experience hosting some of the largest brands on the internet, like Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, and CNN. We know how to seamlessly scale your website for millions of visitors, without additional costs for increased traffic. 

Automatic WordPress Updates.

One of the ways we keep your site working in top condition is by automatically handling all version upgrades to make sure you’re on the latest version of WordPress. The best part is that you won’t even notice that we’re doing it for you, so there’s no need to stress about doing something wrong. 

Real-time backups.

We don’t want anyone to lose their hard work. That’s why all WordPress.com plans come with automated backups to save your content. With the Business plan, we take that a step further and do real-time backups so you’ll always have peace of mind. We also diversify our locations, so each time you upload an image to WordPress.com, six copies are made in different locations with a 7th going to an Amazon s3 bucket –– just to make sure.  Losing all your content is the worst feeling on earth. Constantly having to think about manual backups is a pain. That’s why we do it all for you. 

This is just a small sample of how managed hosting can make running your website easier. When you leave the website maintenance to us, you can save so much time that you can refocus towards making your content instead. Plus, there’s no need to install WordPress software – it’s ready to go instantly –– as soon as you sign up. 

If you’d like to learn more about how our managed hosting services can help your website run better, join us at our upcoming webinar Wednesday, June 16th at 1am PT | 11am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET | 5pm UTC.

 

One-click Portfolio Designs, Instant PDF Embeds, and More Improvements to the Block Editor

We have some exciting new block editor updates to share with you today including fresh collection of Portfolio block patterns, a new and improved way to embed a preview of PDF documents, and better editing tools for Cover and Buttons blocks.

Let’s dive in!

One-Click Portfolio Layouts

Block patterns are pre-designed templates that make creating beautiful pages a breeze. This time we’re bringing you a curated collection of portfolio patterns, perfect for showcasing your creative work. 

To access block patterns, click on the + icon in the WordPress Editor, and switch to the Patterns tab. All portfolio patterns can be found in the Portfolio category.

Embed PDFs with the File Block

The File block allows you to place a download button for documents and other files on your website. With the latest block editor update you can also use it to show a preview of a PDF file. The preview will be displayed automatically, with an option to be disabled from the block settings panel.

Go Large on Buttons

Capture your audience’s attention with eye-catching buttons! You can now make the buttons bigger by customizing the font-size and line-height settings.

Drag-and-drop Cover Block Backgrounds

This update makes it easier to swap the Cover block background image. Simply drag a new image over from your computer, and it will automatically replace the current one.

You keep building, we’ll keep improving

Your feedback helps us make the editor better – thank you! We’re excited to see what you build next with the block editor. In the meantime, watch this space for more updates!

Happy editing!

Introducing a new design for the WordPress apps

The WordPress mobile apps are the best way to manage your site from anywhere. If you’re already using the app, you might have noticed a new visual design that’s been rolling out. That rollout is complete in WordPress 17.1, which is available today for both Android and iOS. If you’re not already using it this is the perfect time to give it a try!

Our new visual design as seen on iPhone and iPad.

We add new features and improve the WordPress apps in every release, but our visual design hasn’t changed much in the last few years. Over the last few months we’ve thought about how to modernize the design of the apps. As we’ve implemented features like Dark Mode, we’re taking advantage of new components made available in the latest versions of iOS and Android.  

Bigger, bolder headers call out key product areas and create a distinction between the top level tabs and deeper levels of the apps. A new color palette pairs a more neutral background that lets your content shine with brighter blues that make interactive elements even more noticeable. A new serif typeface is a nod to WordPress’s roots in writing and publishing.

Dark Mode is available on both iOS and Android devices.

We hope you enjoy these updates as you use the apps and we’d love to hear your feedback. Reach out to us from within the app by going to My Site, tapping your photo on the top right, tapping Help & Support, and then selecting Contact Support.