New Themes: Everyday and Origin

In our quest to help you find the perfect look for your blog, we’ve added two brand new themes to our collection! First up is Everyday , a beautifully designed premium theme by James Goode . Everyday has been precisely calibrated to be pleasurably readable on almost any screen. Attention and care has especially been given to provide a robust and versatile layout to suit your writing needs. From short quips to lengthier bits of prose, Everyday will rise to the challenge and shine with every post you publish. Read more about it in the Theme Showcase or take it for a test spin in the demo site . Next is a wonderful free theme named Origin by Galin Simeonov . Origin is a light, elegant theme with a minimalist look and feel, perfect for a blog or journal. Your photos are the focus thanks to featured images and stylized Sticky posts, and the responsive design makes it a great fit for mobile devices and small screen sizes. A full list of features is available in the Theme Showcase and a demo site has been set up so that you can see it in action.

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More Likes in More Places

Back in 2010  we introduced the exciting new ability to Like the individual posts you’ve read all around WordPress.com. It’s been one of our most popular features since then, as evidenced by the chart below that goes up-and-to-the-right as an indication of great success and achievement. Likes per week since the beginning Today I’m happy to announce a few enhancements to the way Likes work that we think you’ll really like. Show Likes on Pages In the past, we’ve always restricted Likes to individual blog posts. Given the success of Likes, we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to Like what they are reading, wherever they are reading it. Likes now share the same display settings as your sharing buttons (which you can change from Settings -> Sharing  in your dashboard). In addition to showing Likes on single posts, you can now show Likes on all of your site’s content: Here’s an example of Likes displayed on a blog’s front page: Do you like naps and puppies? I think I do! Show Likes on Gallery Images In addition to making Liking posts easier, we wanted everyone to be able to Like all of the things you publish on your blog, including media. So, we’ve also added the ability to Like photos directly from inside image galleries, like this: Who can resist liking Paul the Puppy? What You’ve Liked Now that it’s super easy to Like everything you see, you need a place to see what you’ve Liked. To make this as convenient as possible, we’ve added a link in the Reader that lists all of the posts you’ve liked across all of WordPress.com. You also have instant access to your favorite posts through the official mobile WordPress apps for all your favorite mobile gadgets. We think these tweaks really improve the Liking experience, and we hope that you enjoy them! Did you think I was going to say “like” again? 🙂

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Custom CSS gets an upgrade

Heads up, Custom Design users! The Custom CSS feature on WordPress.com now supports all of the new features of CSS3 . This means that you can use gradients , animation , multiple backgrounds , @media queries , and many more new features in your custom CSS. If you want to make your images pop and tilt, give your post titles a polished letterpress embossed look, or add high-dpi graphics for retina displays—you can do that. If you’ve just got to have a Machu Picchu color palette complete with linear gradients to show off your lovely llama, you can do that too. CSS3 opens the doors to all the latest cutting edge things going on in the web design world today. If you can dream it, you can do it. TM The CSS editor itself has been upgraded too! Now that we’re using Ace , it’s just like having a desktop code editor in the browser: syntax coloring, auto-indentation, and immediate feedback on the validity of the CSS you’re writing are just a few of its features. If you don’t have the Custom Design upgrade and you want to use these awesome new features, including fabulous Custom Fonts which are included with the upgrade, you can add it to your blog from the Store link in your dashboard.

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