Archive for June, 2015
Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered.
Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more:
Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24
Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community.
You’ll walk away with a stronger focus for your blog, several published posts and a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends.
Blogging 201: Branding and Growth — July 20 – 31
Blogging 201 is a two-week challenge that gives you the tools to define your brand, build your audience, use your stats to grow your traffic, and bring your older posts fresh attention. You don’t need to have completed Blogging 101 to register, although it makes a great foundation.
Please note that we ask you not to register for Blogging 101 and 201 at the same time; Blogging 201 assumes that you have some readers and have already accomplished a lot of what we cover in the 101-level course. Both courses will be offered several more times throughout the year.
How do Blogging U. courses work?
Blogging U. courses exist for one reason: to help you meet your own blogging and writing goals.
- Courses are free, flexible, and open to all.
- You’ll get a new task to complete each day, along with our best advice and favorite resources. Do them on your own time, and interpret them however makes sense for your specific blog and personal goals — we’re not grading you, we’re not checking to make sure you complete every task, and there’s no “wrong” way to use the resources we give you.
- We’ll post new assignments here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete it. Weekends are free.
- Each course will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.
Ready to register?
Just fill out this short form! There’s no automated confirmation; you’ll receive a welcome email just prior to the start of your course. If you’re on a mobile device or reading this via email and don’t see the form, you can register with this link.
The 70’s bohemian vibe is back in a big way this season. We’ve been seeing everything from fringe trim to full-on flares and we’re loving every second of it! Even if you’re not a fan of head-to-toe boho style clothing, you can still rock the trend by accenting with your accessories. Try a fringe bag or maybe beaded detailing on your bangles and bracelets. You can also easily create that laidback boho feel by throwing on a billowy dress and chic structured hat. Check out these outfit ideas for more boho inspiration!
Outfit #1: Flowy Shorts
A boho look isn’t complete without fringe and flowy fabrics. The key to sporting a chic bohemian look is to start with relaxed-fit silhouettes like this top and shorts combination. Add a neutral hat and have fun with accessories like a bold fringe bag paired with unique bracelets and bangles. You can’t go wrong with beaded flat sandals that scream boho style!
Outfit #2: A White Lace Dress
Start with a stylish blank slate like this tiered, off-the-shoulder dress and throw on interesting accessories to brighten it up. A bold clutch paired with gladiator sandals and oversized shades is a boho look at its best! Don’t forget to add in unexpected pops of color to complete your outfit.
Outfit #3: Flared Jeans are a Boho Staple
Flare jeans are a boho style staple! Throw on a flowy top, chunky sandals and matching black accessories for a little edge. We love a spiked necklace and classic aviators to balance out the look. A floppy hat adds even more boho style into the mix!
Outfit #4: Relaxed Fit Romper
A printed, relaxed-fit romper creates the perfect base for a stylish boho look. Slip on lace-up sandals and throw in a bold tote bag for a fun twist. Heart-shaped sunglasses and a flower crown take it over the top! Finish off the look with subtle gold pieces of jewelry and your beautiful boho look is born!
Which one’s your favorite? How else do you rock the boho style?
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This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.
A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005.
Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger than ever — with WordPress.com and a host of other services aimed at helping independent publishers, bloggers, and business owners (the roster includes WooCommerce, Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress, Polldaddy, Cloudup, Simplenote, Longreads, and more). All this, and we have a perfect record from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for protecting our users’ rights.
In addition to building a world-class publishing platform, our company has redefined what it means to be a global company working on the internet: we have nearly 400 employees, working from home (or their preferred coworking spaces), around the world. We use our own p2 sites to communicate with each other, and we all spend time doing support rotations with the people who matter most: Our users. (Also: we’re hiring!)
And we’re just getting started: 24% of websites on the internet now use WordPress to power their sites, and we believe there’s more for us to accomplish together to continue to make WordPress.com the engine that powers your creativity, your thoughts and ideas, and your business.
Thank you to everyone who makes this community so special. Here’s to the next 10 years.
10 Years: Automattic & WordPress.com by the Numbers
Total number of posts2.5 billionWritten with WordPress.com and Jetpack.
Number of languages137Used across those 2.5 billion posts.
Number of comments3 billionConversations, encouraging words, passionate debates.
Longest title19,176 wordsOn a WordPress.com post.
Longest post ever published10+ millionWords to share with others.
Total support messages2.3 millionBetween customers and happiness engineers.
No matter the venue, scene, or genre, enjoying a summer concert is one of the best ways to celebrate the season. Wearing the right outfit means staying comfortable without compromising your style, especially if you’re lounging on the grass or watching the stage with standing room only. Here are some ideas on what to wear to a concert. These summer outfits will keep your event experience worry-free and fashion-forward!
Collared T-Shirt Dress: This outfit is perfect for hot summer weather, and retains a dose of chic urban polish. The collar and hat add structure while establishing the blue and tan color scheme. Denim and leather-toed espadrille flats reflect the colors of the hat, shades, and other accessories. As an important focal point, the artisan white crystal link bracelet features gold chain detailing, faceted white acrylic gems, and woven with navy suede.
Black Lace Crop Top with Kitty Purse: As a loveable style statement, this casual look is both trendy and unique. A cropped lace camisole and high waisted denim shorts help you beat the heat, and the statement cross-body bag secures easily by your side. Low-key jewelry details like the geometric silver nugget studs and the beaded charm bracelet offer a dash of metallic shine without getting in the way of your dance moves. To coordinate your footwear, simply add a pair of black leather sandals to the mix.
Kimono Cardigan with Peach Details: One of the biggest challenges of an evening summer concert is finding a comfortable look that transitions easily from day to night. Worry no more! This casually elegant outfit features a layered look within a look. Minimalist peach sandals and turquoise tassel earrings can work on their own with a basic white lace tank and jean shorts. When the sun sets and things cool down, a lightweight kimono cardigan can help keep you warm enough. Turquoise accents in the floral cardigan reflect the blue tones of the tasseled earrings.
Embroidered Shorts and Good Vibes: The concert scene is all about good vibes, which is why this graphic tank sets the perfect tone. A comfortable pair of huaraches keeps this look on-trend, while the embroidered textile shorts add a natural bohemian feel. Forest Green Raindrop Earrings add movement and a pop of color. A matching green clutch helps balance the leafy color palette without complicating the look.
Scalloped Romper with Gold Accents: If you’re looking for a refined feminine look that’s still easy to move around in, then this romper playsuit is for you. Light blue fabric, open yoke neck, and scalloped waistline make this an instant outfit classic. Delicate Petite Horseshoe Studs add a subtle dash of gold, and the cross body shoulder bag keeps things light. Add matching wide-strap wedges and a berry lipstick shade that pops!
Which one’s your favorite?
Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish.
Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph.
Not sure if it’s the theme for you? Here are four strikingly different sites that make the most of Gazette‘s features.
Covering the geekier side of film and pop culture, simple tricks & nonsense harnesses Gazette‘s featured content area to highlight some of its greatest hits from the archives. The result is a colorful, engaging homepage that draws the reader in (the custom font in the headings adds a nice touch, too).
Scroll below the fold, and the site’s latest posts are there, each with its own featured image:
The colorful grid makes for a pleasing, smooth reading experience, where the reader’s eye is always engaged, but never distracted or disoriented by too much visual stimuli.
On the more minimalist end of the spectrum we find depression comix, a weekly web comic depicting the daily struggles of people dealing with mental health issues.
The site’s design complements its topic perfectly: using only a Site Logo in the header area, visitors are immediately plunged into a neat grid of posts that mimics the format of the comic itself. Here, Gazette recedes into the background, letting artist Clay’s work do the talking.
A professional photographer’s website, Calluna Studios highlights the work of Heather, the woman behind the camera, with a warm, clean look.
The site’s primary navigation menu in the header is stripped to the bare essentials: links to the homepage and the contact page. Our eye immediately wanders to the lovely header image, featuring the silhouette of a family enjoying a beautiful summer sunset outdoors.
Heather makes great use of the different Post Formats available in Gazette to highlight her projects in different ways and to avoid an overly monotonous homepage. The row of posts above, for example, features (from left to right) a standard post, an image post, and a gallery post.
Caitlin’s homepage and her individual posts come alive with beautiful photography, and she uses Gazette‘s full-width Featured Images to great effect throughout her site, like in this post for a patatas arrugadas recipe:
The rest of Caitlin’s site is just as smartly designed, with a well-organized main menu in the header and discreet social links in the footer’s widget area (one of two optional widget areas in Gazette).
Are you using Gazette for your site? Which of the theme’s features is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
With summer in full swing, we’ve gathered our favorite accessorizing trends to sport during this sunny season. Summer is definitely the time to show off your creativity when it comes to accessories so don’t be afraid to spice up your looks with fun, vibrant pieces. The way to accessorize is all about effortless layering and adding splashes of color. We’re covering everything from how to rock a bold clutch to layering your jewelry like a pro. Take notes from these style stars so you can sport summer’s hottest accessory trends in style!
1. Belt It!
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your simple white romper, accessorize with a patterned belt at the waistline like Jamie Chung did for a playful pattern that will break up the all-white one piece. Her leather tote and leopard flats keep it classic. Throw on a distressed denim jacket, a structured hat, and your chic summer ensemble is complete! (Photo via What The Chung)
2. Arm Party
Layering bracelets with different colors and textures will add an extra layer of style to finish off your summer look. Start out accessorizing by layering a bracelet with a simple bangle and go from there. A neutral bag and chic rings complete the look without overdoing it. (Photo via The Viva Luxury)
3. Layer Up
Layer your long necklaces at different lengths for a tiered, laidback look like blogger, Julie Sarinana. Try wearing a necklace shorter and a necklace longer to achieve this look. The white-on-white ensemble is right on trend. You can easily break it up by adding a pop of interesting pattern from your bag! (Photo via Sincerely Jules)
4. Make A Statement
Copy Grasie Mercedes by breathing new life into your basic jean-and-tee looks with a punchy statement necklace. A bold pink bib necklace or a chunky pearl necklace will update up your tees in no time! Create a polished look by tucking in your shirt and slipping on trendy heels. (Photo via Style Me Grasie)
5. Accessorize with a Pop Of Color
Brightening up an all-black ensemble is easily done by throwing on chic turquoise earrings for a fresh pop of color. No need for a necklace, but simple bracelet will give a subtle statement. (Photo via Bloglovin)
6. Colorful Clutch
Leave a comment – How do you typically accessorize your outfits?
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Sundresses come in all shapes and styles, from printed A-line silhouettes to solid maxi dresses. The airy, feminine cut of the sundress creates a prime style opportunity, even in the hottest summer weather. For printed looks, try adding subtle metallic details with jewelry and purses. For solid color dresses, introduce new textures with your choice of shoes and accessories. Statement necklaces or earrings help balance high rounded necklines, while bold earrings help highlight bare shoulders and thin straps. Here’s a look at some outfit ideas with casual summer dresses that are sure to turn heads.
Bright Floral Sundress: This vibrant look pairs a bright orange floral printed sleeveless sundress with subtle gold accents and bold footwear. The vintage-inspired color palette is reflected in the warm muted tones of the clutch, as well as the cat’s eye sunglasses. Adding a natural twist, the platform sandals keep this outfit dressy-casual, and therefore appropriate for a number of occasions.
White Maxi Sundress: Mixing light ethereal tones with textured details, this look is perfectly suited for hot weather. The loose casual fit of the maxi dress and thin spaghetti strap neckline create an airy feel that is well-suited for a day in the sun. Dangling handmade earrings, metallic bangle, and woven pointy flats add coherence to the look. Similarly, a blush pink clutch picks up the natural luminescent tones in the beaded earrings, adding just the right amount of color to this angelic outfit.
V-neck Sleeveless Sundress: This super-versatile summer outfit mixes warm vintage tones and textures with mixed-metal jewelry. The handmade rose gold nugget necklace is fun, quirky, and unique. Its matching counterpart, chunky gold link earrings, add movement to the look and mirrors the ruffled waist. Last but not least, woven brown leather wedges pair nicely with the texture of the punched leather saddlebag.
Knit Sundress with Sleeves: This quirky ensemble fuses urban polish with casual-chic items. A nude, black, and white color trio is established in the shoulder bucket bag, and then echoed through the pointy toe flats and striped T-shirt sundress with sleeves. The handmade Victorian bicycle necklace creates a second theme, which reappears as a graphic on the natural wooden phone case. The loose fit of the dress allows for cool, breathable wear while staying on-trend. On hot days, comfort is key!
Printed Sundress with Sleeves: As an ideal summer dinner look, this collection stays current with a bold prints and natural metallic pieces. The checker-print dress offers eye-catching contrast, while the raw handmade shape of the golden nugget jewelry adds subtle detail. The unique pairing is enhanced by natural light brown leather tones, and a chunky platform sandal.
A-line Scoop Neck Sundress: The best way to have fun? A printed dress with quirky accessories, of course. This statement A-line dress features shark-printed fabric (yes, you read that right) and an adorable scoop tank neckline. For an added dose of trendiness, pair with golden nugget studs, metallic platform sandals, and a gold bangle. Balance the look with a rounded blush shoulder bag and prepare for a frenzy of compliments!
Which one’s your favorite?
Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Argent!
Meet Argent, a new addition to our theme collection, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce. Argent’s clean, modern portfolio theme is perfect for creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. Whether you’re showcasing a photo series or a design concept, Argent’s simple homepage template featuring portfolio projects will draw viewers to all of your wonderful work. Plus, the responsive layout allows for a seamless user experience and ensures that your portfolio looks stunning no matter the device or screen size.
Read more about Argent on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!
Concerns about online privacy and illicit government snooping are at the top of users’ minds, now more than ever. We appreciate that you trust us to safeguard your sensitive information on WordPress.com, and Automattic has a long-standing commitment to defending your rights and holding firm against legal bullying and over-reaching government requests. We work to have the most stringent, user-friendly policies possible within the law, and to be as transparent as we can about information requests we receive and how we respond to them.
Our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an organization dedicated to defending your digital rights, recognized our efforts in their latest annual Who Has Your Back report, which evaluates the user privacy practices of prominent online service providers. We’re proud to receive a perfect score of five stars on the report, one of only nine (out of 24) companies to earn that honor. You can learn more about EFF’s evaluation criteria here.
We also received a perfect 5/5 score on the EFF’s most recent Intellectual Property Who Has Your Back report, making WordPress.com the only service to score a perfect 10/10 across both of the EFF’s surveys.
In addition to our efforts on your behalf, we’re committed to giving back and making the internet as a whole a more secure place. Our Legal Guidelines, legal forms, DMCA templates, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policies are all licensed under Creative Commons licenses. Additionally, earlier this year, we posted a number of these documents to GitHub so other companies, startups, or small website owners can adopt and build on the policies we’ve adopted at Automattic.
We’re proud to be recognized by the EFF for our work in this year’s Who Has Your Back report and are continually working to improve our practices to best serve the millions of websites owners who put their trust in us.
Guest at a summer wedding? Wedding season is here! Summer is probably one of the busiest seasons throughout the year due to the beautiful weather. Remember the invites you RSVP-ed to few months ago? Yes, darling. You probably said yes to an invite or two. Before you freak out about wedding outfit ideas, here are some outfit ensembles on what you can wear to a summer wedding.
Bright & Bold Outfit:
This is a leafy green shift dress that will get you through this happy and busy wedding season! It is versatile and can be worn in different occasions. Great for an afternoon wedding or an evening reception. The bright solid color makes it a good reason to pair it with understated accessories. A classic white and gold bracelet and gold stud earrings are good choices.
Topshop Asymmetric Wrap Shift Dress | Kate Spade New York Leather Clutch | House of Harlow 1960 Nicole Round Frame | Maiden Lane Elana Pointed – Top Pump | Handmade Geometric Studs Gold | White and Gold Striped Bracelet
Understated outfit for say, a church wedding:
If you’re attending a solemn, formal occasion like a church wedding, this is a great outfit. Try to stay away from loud and crazy prints. Your best bet is to wear a dress that falls below the knee. This outfit has a delicate floral patterned dress with pops of yellow, paired with nude/tan accessories, a gold vintage charm bracelet and a simple pendant.
You don’t always have to wear a dress for weddings. Here is an elegant outfit with a pair of classy slim fitting trousers. You’ll definitely stand out in a sea of guests in dresses! Choose a dressy top in the same color as your trousers. If you’re short, pair it with high heels and the trousers will make your legs look longer and taller. Add sparkle to your outfit by accessorising with a chic statement necklace.
Pastel Wedding Outfit:
This is a great pastel outfit, great for an outdoor afternoon wedding. This is a peach playsuit with a lace insert paired with pastel accessories. Pair it with sleek gold heels, a pop of color with the bracelets and you’re good to go.
Elegant Little Black Dress for a Wedding Cocktail Party:
A little black dress works great as a cocktail party outfit. Add some pop to it with gold touches like the toes on these pumps and the earrings. A timeless textured black bag and a touch of color with the red lipstick completes your look. Great choice for a wedding reception, cocktail party at a hotel lounge or bar.
Which outfit is your favorite?
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