¡Novedad! Añade imágenes desde tu móvil mientras editas en el ordenador

Internet está plagado de pequeñas molestias que a veces desembocan en nuevos avances en la experiencia de usuario. Por ejemplo, tener que hacer clic en «Siguiente página» provocó la aparición del scroll infinito, y ahora está totalmente integrado en nuestros hábitos de consumo de contenido.

Hoy, queremos presentaros una nueva funcionalidad en el editor de escritorio y en la aplicación móvil de Jetpack que elimina una de esas pequeñas molestias y hace que subir elementos multimedia a tus páginas y entradas de WordPress sea pan comido.

Ahora, mientras utilizas el editor en tu ordenador, puedes añadir fotos directamente desde tu móvil.

Así es como se hace:

  1. Inserta un bloque Imagen o Galería en tu página o entrada. 
  2. Haz clic en «Elegir imagen»: en el menú desplegable, selecciona «Tu teléfono».
  1. Utiliza tu móvil para escanear el código QR: la app de Jetpack y tu biblioteca de fotos se abrirán automáticamente. 
  2. Elige las imágenes: solo tienes que hacer clic en la imagen o imágenes que quieras añadir a tu página o entrada.
  3. Haz clic en «Añadir»: verás las imágenes aparecer automágicamente en el editor de escritorio.

Aquí puedes verlo en acción:

Esperamos que te inspire a compartir más fotos con el mundo.

Streamlining Your Content Creation: Adding Images From Your Phone With Ease

The internet is rife with small annoyances, which often lead to breakthroughs in user experience. For example, needing to hit “refresh” or “next page” led to infinite scroll, which is now baked into our media consumption habits. 

Today, we’re excited to share a new feature in the desktop editor and Jetpack mobile app that eliminates one of those small annoyances and makes it a breeze to upload media to your WordPress posts and pages.   

While working in the editor on your laptop or desktop device, you can now seamlessly add photos directly from your phone. 

Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Insert an “Image” or “Gallery” Block on your post/page. 
  2. Click “Select Image”: From the dropdown menu, select “Your Phone.”
  1. Use your phone to scan the QR code: This will automatically open the Jetpack app and then your photo library. 
  2. Choose your image(s): From there, simply click the image or images you wish to add to your post/page.
  3. Click “Add”: Watch your image(s) automagically appear in your desktop editor.

Check it out in action below:

We hope this will inspire you to snap even more photos and share them with the world. 

A Visit to Where the Cloud Touches the Ground

Hi there! I’m Zander Rose and I’ve recently started at Automattic to work on long-term data preservation and the evolution of our 100-Year Plan. Previously, I directed The Long Now Foundation and have worked on long-term archival projects like The Rosetta Project, as well as advised/partnered with organizations such as The Internet Archive, Archmission Foundation, GitHub Archive, Permanent, and Stanford Digital Repository. More broadly, I see the content of the Internet, and the open web in particular, as an irreplaceable cultural resource that should be able to last into the deep future—and my main task is to make sure that happens. 

I recently took a trip to one of Automattic’s data centers to get a peek at what “the cloud” really looks like. As I was telling my family about what I was doing, it was interesting to note their perception of “the cloud” as a completely ephemeral thing. In reality, the cloud has a massive physical and energy presence, even if most people don’t see it on a day-to-day basis. 

Automattic’s data center network. You can see a real-time traffic map right here.

A trip to the cloud

Given the millions of sites hosted by Automattic, figuring out how all that data is currently served and stored was one of the first elements I wanted to understand. I believe that the preservation of as many of these websites as possible will someday be seen as a massive historic and cultural benefit. For this reason, I was thankful to be included on a recent meetup for WordPres.com’s Explorers engineering team, which included a tour of one of Automattic’s data centers. 

The tour began with a taco lunch where we met amazing Automatticians and data center hosts Barry and Eugene, from our world-class systems and operations team. These guys are data center ninjas and are deeply knowledgeable, humble, and clearly exactly who you would want caring about your data.

The data center we visited was built out in 2013 and was the first one in which Automattic owned and operated its servers and equipment, rather than farming it out. By building out our own infrastructure, it gives us full control over every bit of data that comes in and out, as well as reduces costs given the large amount of data stored and served. Automattic now has a worldwide network of 27 data centers that provide both proximity and redundancy of content to the users and the company itself. 

The physical building we visited is run by a contracted provider, and after passing through many layers of security both inside and outside, we began the tour with the facility manager showing us the physical infrastructure. This building has multiple customers paying for server space, with Automattic being just one of them. They keep technical staff on site that can help with maintenance or updates to the equipment, but, in general, the preference is for Automattic’s staff to be the only ones who touch the equipment, both for cost and security purposes.

The four primary things any data center provider needs to guarantee are uninterruptible power, cooling, data connectivity, and physical security/fire protection. The customer, such as Automattic, sets up racks of servers in the building and is responsible for that equipment, including how it ties into the power, cooling, and internet. This report is thus organized in that order.

Power

On our drive in, we saw the large power substation positioned right on campus (which includes many data center buildings, not just Automattic’s). Barry pointed out this not only means there is a massive amount of power available to the campus, but it also gets electrical feeds from both the east and west power grids, making for redundant power even at the utility level coming into the buildings.

two large generators outside a data center
The data center’s massive generators.

One of the more unique things about this facility is that instead of battery-based instant backup power, it uses flywheel storage by Active Power. This is basically a series of refrigerator-sized boxes with 600-pound flywheels spinning at 10,000 RPM in a vacuum chamber on precision ceramic bearings. The flywheel acts as a motor most of the time, getting fed power from the network to keep it spinning. Then if the power fails, it switches to generator mode, pulling energy out of the flywheel to keep the power on for the 5-30 seconds it takes for the giant diesel generators outside to kick in.

flywheel energy storage device
Flywheel energy storage diagram.

Those generators are the size of semi-truck trailers and supply four megawatts each, fueled by 4,500-gallon diesel tanks. That may sound like a lot, but that basically gives them 48 hours of run time before needing more fuel. In the midst of a large disaster, there could be issues with road access and fuel shortages limiting the ability to refuel the generators, but in cases like that, our network of multiple data centers with redundant capabilities will still keep the data flowing.

Cooling

Depending on outside ambient temperatures, cooling is typically around 30% of the power consumption of a data center. The air chilling is done through a series of cooling units supplied by a system of saline water tanks out by the generators. 

Barry and Eugene pointed out that without cooling, the equipment will very quickly (in less than an hour) try to lower their power consumption in response to the heat, causing a loss of performance. Barry also said that when they start dropping performance radically, it makes it more difficult to manage than if the equipment simply shut off. But if the cooling comes back soon enough, it allows for faster recovery than if hardware was fully shut off. 

Handling the cooling in a data center is a complicated task, but this is one of the core responsibilities of the facility, which they handle very well and with a fair amount of redundancy.

Data connectivity

Data centers can vary in terms of how they connect to the internet. This center allows for multiple providers to come into a main point of entry for the building.

Automattic brings in at least two providers to create redundancy, so every piece of equipment should be able to get power and internet from two or more sources at all times. This connectivity comes into Automattic’s equipment over fiber via overhead raceways that are separate from the power and cooling in the floor. From there it goes into two routers, each connected to all the cabinets in that row.

Server area

As mentioned earlier, this data center is shared among several tenants. This means that each one sets up their own last line of physical security. Some lease an entire data hall to themselves, or use a cage around their equipment; some take it even further by obscuring the equipment so you cannot see it, as well as extending the cage through the subfloor another three feet down so that no one could get in by crawling through that space.

Hardware closet for a data center.
Barry showing us all the bins of hardware they use to maintain the servers.

Barry explained that data at Automattic is stored in multiple places in the same data center, and redundantly again at several other data centers. Even with that much redundancy, a further copy is stored on an outside backup. Each one of the centers Automattic uses has a method of separation, so it is difficult for a single bug to propagate between different facilities. In the last decade, there’s only been one instance where the outside backup had to come into play, and it was for six images. Still, Barry noted that there can never be too many backups.

An infrastructure for the future 

And with that, we concluded the tour and I would soon head off to the airport to fly home. The last question Barry asked me was if I thought this would all be around in 100 years. My answer was that something like it most certainly will, but that it would look radically different, and may be situated in parts of the world with more sustainable cooling and energy, as more of the world gets large bandwidth connections.

As I thought about the project of getting all this data to last into the deep future, I was very impressed by what Automattic has built, and believe that as long as business continues as normal, the data is incredibly safe. However, on the chance that things do change, I think developing partnerships with organizations like The Internet Archive, Permanent.org, and perhaps national libraries or large universities will be critically important to help make sure the content of the open web survives well into the future. We could also look at some of the long-term storage systems that store data without the need for power, as well as systems that cannot be changed in the future (as we wonder if AI and censorship may alter what we know to be “facts”). For this, we could look at stable optical systems like Piql, Project Silica, and Stampertech. It breaks my heart to think the world would have created all this, only for it to be lost. I think we owe it to the future to make sure as much of it as possible has a path to survive.

Group of Automattic employees taking a group picture at a data center.
Our group of Automatticians enjoyed the tour—thank you Barry and Eugene!

Recién salidos del horno: nuevos temas para WordPress.com (marzo 2024)

El equipo de WordPress.com siempre está trabajando en nuevos diseños para darle vida a tu web. Echa un vistazo a los últimos temas de nuestra biblioteca, incluyendo increíbles opciones para pequeñas empresas, aficionados a los deportes, blogueros nostálgicos y más.


Feelin’ Good

Feelin’ Good es un llamativo tema para blogs que se inspira en la estética vaporwave. Su atmósfera nostálgica rinde tributo al atrevido arte visual y la publicidad de los años 80 y principios de los 90. Hemos combinado varios elementos que normalmente no funcionan bien juntos, pero sí en este caso. Si buscas un tema dinámico y que llame la atención, dale una oportunidad a Feelin’ Good.

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión de demostración de este tema.


Low Fi

Low Fi es un tema para blogs sencillo que destaca por su diseño de columna estrecha y que está optimizado para una navegación perfecta en móviles. Incluye seis variaciones de estilo para que encuentres la paleta que más te representa. Inspirándose en la escena musical del lo-fi, el diseño del tema, al igual que la imagen cuadrada de la cabecera, hace un guiño a las ilustraciones de los álbumes.

La estética general es discreta, y cada elemento (desde los esquemas de colores suaves hasta la textura del fondo) está diseñado para evocar nostalgia y bienestar.

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión de demostración de este tema.


Cakely

Cakely es el tema de WordPress definitivo para panaderos y amantes de los dulces. Diseñado para pequeñas empresas que quieran destacar en el mundo de las masas, Cakely combina estilo y funcionalidad para exponer tus apetitosas creaciones. Su esquema de color en rosa intenso rebosa alegría a la vez que mantiene un diseño elegante y sencillo que facilita la navegación. Este tema representa el equilibrio perfecto entre profesionalidad y cercanía, haciendo que sea la opción ideal para mostrar al mundo tus deliciosas obras de arte.

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión de demostración de este tema.


Treehouse

Treehouse es un tema divertido y fácil de usar ideal para tiendas de Woo dedicadas a la venta de productos infantiles. Treehouse tiene infinitas opciones de personalización, y te permite crear una tienda online en solo un par de clics. Con su paleta de colores suaves, sus detalles divertidos y su diseño simplificado, tu web resultará atractiva a un amplio abanico de clientes, desde padres primerizos hasta entusiastas abuelos. Este tema es totalmente adaptativo y compatible con todos los navegadores.

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión de demostración de este tema.


Infield

Infield es una tema dedicado a los amantes del béisbol. Tiene un diseño tradicional que recuerda a las webs deportivas de los años 90, antes del auge de las fantasy leagues. La cabecera y los colores de énfasis son personalizables para que puedas representar de forma precisa los colores de tu equipo favorito.

Haz clic aquí para ver la versión de demostración de este tema.


Para instalar cualquiera de estos temas, haz clic en el nombre del tema que te guste y te llevará a la página de instalación. Allí, haz clic en el botón «Activar este diseño». También puedes hacer clic en «Abrir la versión de demostración» y ver una versión del tema en la que puedes desplazarte e interactuar.

Los temas premium son gratuitos para aquellos que tengan un plan Explorer o superior. Los temas de pago son productos de terceros y se pueden comprar desde 87 € al año cada uno.

Puedes echar un vistazo a todos nuestros temas en la página «Temas», en la sección «Apariencia» del menú lateral izquierdo del escritorio de WordPress.com. O puedes hacer clic en el botón:

5 Hidden Features of WordPress.com

Isn’t it amazing how you can learn new things about someone, even after years of knowing them? That’s how Jamie Marsland has felt in the last few weeks while diving deeper into WordPress.com’s capabilities. In today’s Build and Beyond video, he shares five incredible features built right into the platform that aren’t as well known as they should be. Whether you’re a blogger, a developer, or fall somewhere between, you’re likely to discover something new and useful. 

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Hot Off the Press: New WordPress.com Themes for March 2024

The WordPress.com team is always working on new design ideas to bring your website to life. Check out the latest themes in our library, including great options for small businesses, sports fan, nostalgic bloggers, and more.


Feelin’ Good

Feelin’ Good is a vibrant (to say the least!) blog theme with a bold vaporwave aesthetic. Its nostalgic atmosphere pays homage to the daring, over-the-top visual art and advertisements of the ’80s and early ’90s. We’ve combined a lot of elements that shouldn’t work together, but do. If you’re looking for a dynamic, attention-grabbing, eye-popping visual feast of a theme, try Feelin’ Good.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Low Fi

Low Fi is a simple blog theme featuring a narrow column layout that’s optimized for seamless browsing on mobile devices. With six style variations, you’re sure to find a palette you’re drawn to. Taking inspiration from the lo-fi beats music scene, the theme’s design cues, such as the square header image, offer a nod to album artwork.

The overall aesthetic is deliberately understated, with each element—from the muted color schemes to the textured background—crafted to evoke a sense of nostalgia and warmth.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Cakely

Cakely is the ultimate WordPress theme designed specifically for passionate bakers, cake enthusiasts, and dessert lovers. Tailored for small businesses aiming to shine in the world of sweets, Cakely effortlessly combines style and functionality to showcase mouthwatering creations. Its vibrant pink color scheme exudes joy while maintaining a classy, clean layout with easy navigation. This theme ultimately strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and playfulness, making it an ideal choice for showcasing your delicious masterpieces.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Treehouse

Treehouse is a carefree, fun, and friendly theme ideal for Woo stores selling children’s products. With its unlimited customization options, Treehouse enables you to set up an online shop with just a few clicks. Utilizing a soft color palette, playful design details, and simplified layouts, your site will attract a wide range of customers, from young parents to over-the-moon grandparents. This theme is fully responsive and cross-browser compatible.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


Infield

Major League Baseball’s 2024 season kicks off on Thursday, March 28. What better way to show your home team the love it deserves than with a baseball-themed fan site! With a somewhat old-school layout, this theme evokes some of the classic sports sites of the ’90s, back before fantasy leagues took over. The header and accent colors are customizable, ensuring that your favorite crew is properly saluted.

Click here to view a demo of this theme.


To install any of the above themes, click the name of the theme you like, which brings you right to the installation page. Then click the “Activate this design” button. You can also click “Open live demo,” which brings up a clickable, scrollable version of the theme for you to preview.

Premium themes are available to use at no extra charge for customers on the Explorer plan or above. Partner themes are third-party products that can be purchased for $79/year each.

You can explore all of our themes by navigating to the “Themes” page, which is found under “Appearance” in the left-side menu of your WordPress.com dashboard. Or you can click below:

15 WordPress Pro Developers You Should Follow in 2024

WordPress is so powerful and versatile that the WP community can sometimes seem like a vast ocean of people, information, and resources. In today’s Build and Beyond video, Jamie Marsland shares 15 of the most influential developers he follows to keep on top of new features, learn cool new tips, and, ultimately, get the most out of WordPress. 

Of course, we couldn’t feature all the great people in this space, so be sure to comment below with your favorite WordPress-related follows.  

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Here are the folks mentioned, as well as where to find them on the web: 

Nick Diego

nickdiego.com
twitter.com/nickmdiego

Sarah Norris

twitter.com/mikachan_

Brian Coords

youtube.com/@BrianCoords
twitter.com/briancoords

Carolina Nymark

fullsiteediting.com
twitter.com/carolinapoena

James Kemp

jameskemp.blog
twitter.com/jamesckemp

Anne Bovelett

annebovelett.de/en
twitter.com/bovelett

Justin Tadlock

justintadlock.com
twitter.com/justintadlock

Ryan Welcher

ryanwelcher.com
youtube.com/@ryanwelchercodes

Aki Hamano

twitter.com/tetsuaki_hamano

Aurooba Ahmed

twitter.com/aurooba
youtube.com/@AuroobaMakes

Eric Karkovack

twitter.com/karks88
twitter.com/speckyboy

Keith Devon  and Mark Wilkinson

youtube.com/@HighriseDigital

Joost de Valk

joost.blog
twitter.com/jdevalk

Elliot Richmond

youtube.com/@elliottrichmondwp

Rich Tabor

rich.blog
twitter.com/richard_tabor

Jessica Lyschik

twitter.com/jessicalyschik
youtube.com/@jessicalyschik

Nuevo lanzamiento: despliegues de GitHub

Despídete de las subidas de archivos manuales y los tediosos despliegues y recibe con los brazos abiertos los nuevos despliegues de GitHub de WordPress.com.

Con los despliegues de GitHub podrás conectar tu repositorio con tu sitio de WordPress.com en solo un par de clics, para que puedas concentrarte en lo que se te da mejor: escribir código. Cada vez que realizas un cambio en tu repositorio de GitHub, se desplegará en tu sitio de WordPress.com automáticamente o cuando tú quieras.

Échale un vistazo a este resumen en vídeo de Paulo Trentin, uno de los desarrolladores que han trabajado en esta funcionalidad (en inglés):

Estas son las tres razones por las que sabemos que te van a encantar los despliegues de GitHub en WordPress.com:

1. Un flujo de trabajo optimizado

Los despliegues de GitHub te ayudan a gestionar el código de tu web de una forma fiable, predecible y automatizada gracias al control de versiones, en vez de mecanismos antiguos o manuales como las herramientas FTP o SSH. En su forma más sencilla, no necesita un archivo de workflow como la integración previa de GitHub, que necesitaba una acción en GitHub. Ahora, puedes conectar y desplegar en unos cuantos clics, todo desde el escritorio de WordPress.com.

Este es un cambio que gustará a los desarrolladores que quieran simplificar su proceso de despliegue de código y dejar atrás las operaciones manuales y propensas a error de las transferencias SFTP y SSH.

Los despliegues de GitHub también te permiten conectar múltiples repositorios en una misma web, para que puedas reutilizar el código entre los sitios que gestionas. ¿Quieres desplegar un plugin o un tema en varios sitios desde una sola rama? ¡Adelante! ¿Quieres gestionar todo el código de tu web desde el repositorio de GitHub? ¡Sin problemas!

2. Ejecuta comprobaciones y tareas

Con los despliegues de GitHub también podrás procesar archivos y ejecutar tareas antes de transferir los archivos a tu web de WordPress.com con los workflows de GitHub. Con esto te puedes asegurar de que todos los miembros del equipo publican código siguiendo tus patrones y expectativas, por ejemplo.

Si te interesa, puedes instalar dependencias de Composer y ejecutar cualquier comando compatible con acciones de GitHub antes de enviar actualizaciones de código a tu sitio. Puedes encontrar nuestros workflows favoritos aquí.

¡Que viva el código bien escrito y unificado!

3. Despliega a tu gusto

Puedes ajustar la configuración de despliegue de cada repositorio, para que tengas control total de cómo se envía tu código.

Elige desplegar los cambios automáticamente en tu sitio de WordPress.com en cuanto el código esté confirmado en tu repositorio, o realiza los despliegues manualmente. Los despliegues manuales permiten controlar mejor cuándo estarán activos los cambios de código, ya que estarás utilizando la interfaz de los despliegues de GitHub para realizarlo. Recomendamos los despliegues manuales siempre que no se quiera utilizar un sitio de pruebas.

The repository listing for WordPress.com's GitHub Deployments with a red arrow pointing to the repository option menu item 'Trigger manual deployment'

Por norma general, los despliegues automáticos no se recomiendan en los sitios activos, ya que cualquier cambio en el código del repositorio se desplegará automáticamente desde GitHub al sitio activo. En su lugar, puedes elegir desplegar automáticamente primero a un sitio de pruebas y después sincronizar el sitio de pruebas con el de producción cuando esté todo listo.

Elige tu propio camino y realiza despliegues en tus propios términos.

Haz lo que se te da mejor, nosotros nos encargamos del resto

Desarrollar en WordPress.com nunca ha sido tan fácil. Despídete de los despliegues manuales y recibe con los brazos abiertos una colaboración más eficiente, un control de versiones optimizado y la tranquilidad de saber que tu proyecto está protegido.

Accede ya a los despliegues de GitHub con un plan Creator o Entrepreneur (¿sabías que tenemos una política de reembolsos de 14 días?).

¿Quieres probar los despliegues de GitHub? Haz clic aquí para empezar y descubre más en nuestra documentación para desarrolladores (en inglés).


¡Enhorabuena al equipo de los despliegues de GitHub por el lanzamiento! Paulo Trentin, Jeroen Pfeil, Kenroy Mcleish, Mike Kelly, Javier Arce, Jeff Sanquist, Alexa Peduzzi, Jeremy Anderberg y nuestros beta testers.

WordPress Block Themes Explained in 250 Seconds

WordPress block-based themes allow you to build and customize your website visually, removing the need for code-based tailoring. Fully integrated with the Site Editor, block themes give an unprecedented level of visual control over the layout and style of your site.  

In this “Build and Beyond” video, Jamie Marsland walks you through everything you need to know about editing, customizing, and designing every element of your WordPress site using blocks in just 250 seconds. You’ll also get a few sneak peeks of some theme-related features coming in WordPress 6.5 (which will be released March 26, 2024!).

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“Do the Woo” Finds Its Home at WordPress.com

Bob Dunn loved designing, but didn’t fancy himself a coder. In the early 2000s, while struggling to create a website for his business, he thought to himself, “There’s got to be something better.” When Bob discovered WordPress in 2006, he realized he had discovered that better solution. With WordPress, he could build great-looking sites from scratch without needing to hand-code the entire thing.

In 2010, Bob dove headfirst into the world of WordPress, officially putting his print design business on the backburner and branding himself as “BobWP.” What started as site designing, consulting, and community building would eventually turn into podcasting. But it wasn’t until he discovered WooCommerce that he felt he’d really found his niche. 

Bob had used WooCommerce as a product since its launch and saw a need within the larger WordPress community for a Woo-dedicated space to bring developers, builders, and agencies together. Do the Woo was born, and Bob began his journey to create a podcast voiced by and for the vibrant WooCommerce and WordPress communities. 

As Do the Woo has grown to fourteen unique shows with dozens of co-hosts and countless guests over the years, Bob has been looking for the right online space to call home. He needed a website host that would allow him to easily maintain and market his podcast, allowing him to focus on the community-centered content that makes his podcast so valuable. He found that home at WordPress.com, where he’s been able to utilize a variety of back-end tools to help create a simple and welcoming front-end user experience. 

The teams here at WordPress.com, Woo, and Jetpack are proud to partner with Bob. Do the Woo is providing an essential resource to the Woo and WordPress communities. Not only is he creating a unique space for these conversations to happen, but he’s amplifying the voices of those who want to give podcasting a shot. And take heed, velvet-voiced folks out there: he’s always looking for co-hosts!

Are you ready for your own entrepreneurial journey to begin? Use coupon code dothewoo15 at checkout for 15% off any WordPress.com plan. Click below to take advantage of this special offer: