Archive for November, 2011

Introducing WordAds

Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads. We’ve resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn’t terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google’s AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad. You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better than AdSense.

Well we think we’ve cracked it, and we’re calling it WordAds.

Blogs are unique and they shouldn’t be treated like every other page on the internet. There are more than 50,000 WordPress-powered blogs coming online every day, and every time I explore them randomly I’m always surprised and delighted by how people are using the platform to express themselves.

As a WordPress user you’re breathing rarefied air on the internet: the Creators, the Independents. Creative minds aren’t satisfied being digital sharecroppers on someone else’s domain, and you want to carve out your own piece of the internet and have a space that you’re proud of because it’s so… you.

If you’re going to have advertising on your site, it darn well better be good, and beginning with our partnership with Federated Media we’re ready to start rolling out WordAds here on WordPress.com.

If the above is something you’d be interested in, fill out this form to let us know a bit about yourself.


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Dressing for Success!

A professional must look the part and it is even more important now in this tight economy. There are a lot of career choices that it really doesn’t take more than a smart looking business casual to pull it off but that was yesterday. Once you have landed the interview it is time to do some research. You need to find out what that particular business daily wear constitutes. That can be accomplished by visiting their web site and looking for photographs of the employees and or just call the human resources anomalously and ask!

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Since you really want to find clothes that fit you well it is a good idea to have at least one affordable but definitely upscale suit to wear for that important first impression. You can go to a department store and find some excellent choices, men’s designer clothing range in price but you can find something very nice in between $500 and $1000. Now, this might sound steep to some but you have to look at this as an investment in your career. It is very important when you are interviewing at one of the large corporations even a professional firm that you look like you belong there.

I strongly recommend an online store as an excellent option once you have determined what the daily wear is going to be. One of the best I have seen is the BankFashion.co.uk because they have so many brands to choose. The web site will show examples with models wearing a style and you can go right down to the accessory level very easily. Some of you like me are try it on before you buy and you can find the local store near you with an easy locator. It’s a tough business world and we need every advantage we can get. Looking like success breathes the correct atmosphere!

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Black Friday sale: free Custom Design with any Premium theme

It’s that time of the year again, and we decided to take care of all our users whether they feel like lining up in the cold to take advantage of today’s bargains or not.

This year’s offer is about two upgrades that first saw the light of day during the past twelve months: Custom Design and Premium Themes.

For the next 24 hours if you pick up any of our Premium Themes we’ll throw in a totally free one year subscription to the Custom Design Upgrade, which would usually cost you $30. Depending on the theme you choose, that’s between 30% and 60% of the Premium Theme’s value.

Don’t miss this great occasion to stand out from the crowd, by adding a great Premium Theme to your site, and customizing its fonts and CSS to make it truly yours.

If you already have a Custom Design subscription, no problem, we’ll add an extra year to it for free.

If you’re not sure on what Premium Themes and the Custom Design upgrade actually do:

Premium Themes: feature detailed designs, exciting options for customization, and exclusive support directly from the theme authors themselves.

Custom Design: easily customize the fonts in your theme, and dive into CSS to make all the presentational changes you desire.

It’s only one day, it happens today, but the gift is yours for one year.

Don’t wait anymore to browse our Premium Themes collection.


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New Themes: Shaan and Adventure Journal

I’m happy to introduce two new cool and colorful themes: Shaan and Adventure Journal.

Shaan is a smooth-talking theme, quietly delivering a cool, casual backdrop for your content. It’s perfect for writers who like a calm, quiet tone to their blog. If you use images to illustrate your writing, you’ll like how Shaan displays featured images in two sizes: small in archives and search results, and large for sticky posts on your home page as well as on single posts and pages.

Example of Shaan in action.

Designed by Specky Geek, Shaan is available today in your WordPress.com dashboard and directly from the Theme Showcase.

Have a well-traveled blog? Adventure Journal is a natural fit for highlighting your adventures. A theme for your next trip. Or your next blog.

Example of the Adventure Journal front page.

Featuring a warm wood background, a header image for your favorite photo, widget areas styled on curling paper, and a crinkled sticky post area for those important notes—this theme is full of rustic charm. Customize it with layout options, sidebar and footer widgets, and more. See all the options and details on the Theme Showcase.

Designed by Contexture International, Adventure Journal is available in your dashboard and directly from the Theme Showcase.

Also… Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you gobble these themes up.


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Code is Poetry, CSS is Art

We want to help your websites come alive with beautiful design. The WordPress.com theme team has been adding new themes at a dazzling rate, but did you know you can customize the style of any of our themes using the Custom Design upgrade?

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets which are styles that define how to display HTML elements. You can do anything from changing font colors to styling an entire site from scratch using CSS.

Not only does the Custom Design upgrade let you choose from 50+ custom fonts in the Fonts tab, it includes a CSS editor where you can save style rules after purchasing the upgrade or preview changes before buying.

Whether you are a design expert of amazing talent proportions or you are just learning the ways you can bend websites to your will, we think you’ll love making your WordPress.com sites even more beautiful with custom CSS. Beginners can start with the CSS Basics help page. Everyone is always welcome to share some CSS love in the WordPress.com CSS Customization forum where happiness engineers and amazingly tireless volunteers help with CSS questions.

To inspire you, here are a few strikingly different Twenty Eleven theme variations currently living at WordPress.com made by our very own Automatticans:

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simpledream.net
myphotomaton.wordpress.com

If you are a WordPress.org user, never fear! You can use the WordPress.com CSS plugin to get a CSS editor that won’t modify theme files, keeping them wrinkle-free and easy-to-update.

Go to Appearance → Custom Design → CSS in your dashboard and try out some CSS edits!


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Louis Vuitton Women’s Shoes Fall/Winter 2011

For Winter 2012, Louis Vuitton invents a wardrobe of essential, must-have shoes and makes the most of the occasion by playfully sketching a portrait of the ideal woman. This new collection, created in the Fiesso d’ Artico atelier in Venetia, draws its opulence, variety, and excellence from the deepest wells of time-honoured savoir-faire. Four lines that express all the facets of the Louis Vuitton woman!

Icône / Icon

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She likes the sobriety of perfect lines and timeless shapes. Perched on vertiginously sexy heels, she trusts the uncluttered contours of patent-leather, open-toe pumps. She can be cavalier, as well, wearing flat-heeled boots in “bleu infini” or beige “terre d’ombre” leather, embellished with tops in embossed Monogram leather.

Garçonne / Tomboy

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She borrows the greatest hits from men’s wardrobe and asserts her own androgynous look. Floral leather Derbies are always chic expressed in beige velvet calfskin, reminding her of the hustle-and-bustle charms of the city. Her rebellious instinct keeps her rocker side evident in biker-spirit thigh-highs or ankle boots in grained leather with rabbit-fur trim.

Glamourette / Glamour Girl

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She’s sophisticated and loves to wear precious materials and finely-wrought lines. She attracts attention with the lightness of a metallic gold or silver velvet calfskin Oxford. But she loves the protective luxury of a platform boot with wool tops trimmed in mink.

Grand Soir / Ultimate Evening

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She’s ultra-refined, following two strict rules to accessorize her cocktail wear: classic or unconventional. An impeccable pump in subtly bronzed leather, decorated with a precious python strap, or velvet calfskin ankle boots with sky-high heels and an irresistibly girly bow!

The Louis Vuitton Winter 2012 collection is a perfect reflection of the ideal woman: sophisticated, confident, complex, subtle… Essential!

Images via Louis Vuitton



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Google Knols Move to WordPress: The Annotum Platform

Today, we’d like to give a warm welcome to Google Knol users who are migrating to WordPress.com. Begun in 2007, the Google Knol project has provided people in many fields with a place to share their knowledge and expertise with the world using a platform designed for scholarly authoring and publishing.

Starting today, those same authors can move their articles and collaborative journals to WordPress—and they have the power to choose whether to move to a self-hosted WordPress installation powered by the freely-available, open-source Annotum themes, or to have their Annotum-powered site hosted for free here on WordPress.com. Knol will slowly shut down over the next year, and we’ve worked closely with Google and Solvitor LLC to make this transition as simple as possible.

We here at WordPress.com are thrilled to provide an easy, fast way for Knol authors to move to their new homes without the need for configuring their own installation. And WordPress.com users who would like to start new sites powered by the Annotum platform can activate one of the two new Annotum-enabled themes on new blogs and get started right away. It’s yet another way the WordPress platform and WordPress.com are enabling the democratization of publishing and sharing of information with the world.

For more detailed information on the Annotum Project, please visit the official site. If you’re moving to WordPress.com and have questions about the process, please see our step-by-step guide and our list of frequently asked questions.


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More Custom Headers, Color Schemes, & Theme Improvements

We want everyone on WordPress.com to be able to find the best theme possible for their blog. Something beautiful, amazing, and cool. A theme that makes you want to jump up, run your laptop next door, and show your neighbor your awesome blog. That’s why we love bringing you so many new themes, why we have over 150 themes for you to choose from, and why we have even more on the way. It’s also why every day you let us know different ways we could make all our existing themes just a little bit better. You contact us in support, add your suggestions in the forums, comment here, and — of course! — blog about it.

Because of all that we took as many of those little bits as we could and made our incredible collection of 150-plus themes even better for you.

More Custom Headers and More Color Schemes

We know how much you love customizing your themes and making them your own so we made sure that our best, our most popular, and our most beautiful themes let you do just that. The Custom Header Image feature lets you quickly add your own personal stamp on a theme. We went and added it to themes missing it that could really use it and use it well. You’ll now find that it’s available in themes like Notepad, Titan, Simpla, Grid Focus, and Chaos Theory.

And if you’re using the Modularity Lite theme, Inuit Types, Spectrum, Bouquet, or Vigilance you have new bonus color schemes to choose from. Coraline alone got five brand new color schemes!

Vigilance Dark
Inuit Types White on White
Coraline Pink
Modularity Lite Light

Make sure you try out all the new design possibilities these color schemes bring to Custom Design.

Even More Theme Improvements

There were even more theme improvements. They were slightly smaller but good things come in small packages. Things like improving the custom header feature in our most popular theme, Twenty Ten. You can now change your header text color or even hide it altogether with a visit to Appearance → Themes and just a few clicks.

Sometimes less can be more

We also added Post Format support to the Spectrum theme. There are more customization options in the Structure theme, Misty Look, and Fruit Shake. Ocean Mist has customizable Featured Images for each post’s header image. Our most popular themes now have better comment labeling when comments are turned off and better author highlighting for multiple author blogs — making them perfect for blogs that are more like small business sites or magazines. And — and there are even more theme improvements that were done. Too many to list here!

We’ll keep on bringing you new themes. Keep on letting us know what you’d like to see improved with them. :)


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Louis Vuitton Women’s Fall/Winter Textile Accessories

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Collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Artist François Cadière

The Louis Vuitton collections are an endlessly renewed invitation to inimitable, faraway journeys. After last seasons’ adventures to Russia and Japan, the House sweeps us away to Berlin, inviting artist François Cadière to illustrate the lines with his unconventional eye. This photographer and master of handmade collages adds surrealist influences, an enchanting call to set off on an inner voyage.

It is far from coincidental that the unique city of Berlin serves as inspiration for the brand new Eden silk scarf. With hand-painted patterns and a border that weaves a spectacle of torn, superimposed posters, poetic Eden expresses the street-art influences of this fascinating capital.

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The fresh breath of liberty has taken over the Textiles collection, for Louis Vuitton has suggestions on new ways to wear these designs. The scarves, stoles and shawls wander freely through our wardrobe and find novel fashion uses. They are tied into bows like jewels, rolled on the head, used to belt a coat, form a tagelmust or are delicately worked into a headband.

The silk scarf becomes more sophisticated this winter with a patchwork of patterns symbolising Louis Vuitton (the Leopard, hearts, the map print, the Monogram flowers, the geometrical Karakoram lines). Marc Jacobs adds two innovations that revolutionise the classic ways of wearing the Louis Vuitton scarf: a detachable bow, in the same pattern, for a look that’s all girl and, on a second scarf, two pompoms for a touch of modern exoticism!

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On the Monogram shawl and Leopard stoles, all the season’s influences subtly come together for an arty, city-smart result. For the first time ever, the shawl is adorned with the Zebra print from the most recent Summer 2011 fashion show, brightened with explosive Pop colours. And the stoles are in the best-loved shades of Winter: deep navy blue and red, the subtle femininity of camel and pink, and glowing fuchsia with an unexpected khaki twist.

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From Pop twist to travel poetry, Louis Vuitton’s Winter 2011-2012 is über-irresistible!

Behind-the-Scenes

Images via Louis Vuitton



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Louis Vuitton Holiday 2011 Window Display

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Like windows open onto a poetic otherworld, the Louis Vuitton window displays are summoning the splendour of the circus to celebrate the holiday season. Tightrope walkers and trapeze artists, tamers and clowns: the parade of all of these heroes of our childhood leads us into a fabulous world where elephants dance on stools and big cats tenderly purr.

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Louis Vuitton is very familiar with this magical universe. The inventiveness of the Maison’s founders and the skill of its craftsmen were so well known in the circus world that it would appear that Houdini, the famous conjurer who defied every security mechanism in the late 19th century, even decided against confronting the – said to be impregnable – locks on Louis Vuitton trunks. Documents of the time show that the mime artist Kita always had his customised trunk to hand, even on stage.

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And because legend and magic go hand in hand, destiny doubtless conspired so that the Rancy family, who owned an eponymous circus, took up residence on the land next to the Asnières home. A Louis Vuitton trunk was specially designed to offer transportation of choice to a dwarf pony, creating the surprise of the show.

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Upholding this tradition that pairs the wonders of the show with the delights of travel, in mid-November the holiday curtains will rise in the windows of Louis Vuitton stores the world over to reveal a world of shimmering fantasy in which every object tells of dreams and the joy of giving.

Images via Stephane Muratet / Louis Vuitton, Drawings © Frank Laws



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