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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Integrate Cool Applications with WordPress.com

We are happy to announce our new REST Application Programming Interface (API) that lets developers explore, interact, and create great new content with the vast community of sites on the WordPress.com network and, in the near future, Jetpack -enabled sites. The API gives developers access to posts and comments, as well as the ability to  Follow , Like , or Reblog content for users. Other features from WordPress.com, like the daily handpicked content on Freshly Pressed , are also available through the API. An excellent example of an application that uses the new API is the Windows 8 WordPress.com app, available now . Our goal with the new API is to simplify the experience of using and adding to the data available on WordPress.com. To do this, we now use the OAuth2 protocol to authenticate requests for data. To retrieve public data, you can make unauthenticated requests. To perform actions, such as making new posts or comments, you would need to make authenticated requests. When the API returns data, we now return a standardized JSON object for ease-of-use. The REST API also self-documents itself; as we add new endpoints, the documentation on our  Developer Resources blog will auto-update to provide you with the latest information. In addition, you’ll also have access to a Developer Console, which will allow you to run real REST API queries and see real JSON data directly in your web browser. You can read more about the Console here . Ready to build an app and integrate it with WordPress.com? Great! You can now sign up for and manage your OAuth2 tokens without waiting through an approval cycle. If you have any questions or feedback on the API, please  get in touch with us . Make sure to follow the  Developer Resources blog  for news, updates, and documentation about the REST API and other awesome services we are making available to developers seeking to integrate with WordPress.com.

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