Category Archives: Winter 2021

Get Started with new webinars

Launching a website or learning how to monetize your online store can be overwhelming. But we are here to help you along the way. We are hosting free webinars to help get you on track and answer any questions you have.  We cover different topics and will soon have new ones. Make sure to bookmark the Webinars page for upcoming webinars. In the meantime, check out our January webinars.

The timezones are in UTC but you can click the time to see it in your own timezone.

Getting Started
Mondays1900 UTC
Tuesdays1000 UTC
Wednesdays0600 UTC
Thursdays1900 UTC
Fridays1600 UTC
Making Money
Mondays – hours alternate weekly0600 UTC and 1600 UTC
Blogging
Tuesdays – hours alternate weekly0600 UTC and 1600 UTC
Every other Wednesday at1400 UTC
WooCommerce 101
Thursdays 1600 UTC
Spanish Webinars
Every other Wednesday 1400 UTC

Get the specific dates and registration forms at https://wordpress.com/webinars/

Who’s Invited: New WordPress.com users and anyone interested in learning more about WordPress.com’s website capabilities.

Our WordPress.com customer service team, we call them Happiness Engineers, are experts in helping new users get up and running on their new websites. Across each week of webinars, we’ll cover questions about the basics of setting up your website, handling simple and recurring payments, blogging best practices, and adding in eCommerce capabilities. Come with questions as you’ll be able to make them during the live webinar.

Everyone is welcome, even if you already have a site set up. We know you’re busy, so if you can’t make the live event, you’ll be able to watch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.

Live attendance is limited, so be sure to register early. We look forward to seeing you on the webinar!

WP Courses Helps Launch Creators Into The New Year!

As we approach the new year, we like to encourage our team, our friends, and our customers to look back and celebrate all we were able to accomplish. While this year has had its challenges, we kept creating, connecting, and growing.

We launched WP Courses almost exactly a year ago with our “Blogging for Beginners” course. With all of the excitement around the course, our team was eager to connect with and help more creators so we quickly followed with “Podcasting for Beginners.” With these courses, we’ve been able to connect with a wide range of creators who cover anything and everything from dementia to folk music. What has been more exciting and rewarding for our team is being able to help them grow. The engaged members in our course communities have been able to grow their audience, expand their content, and even monetize their site — getting paid to do what they love!

It’s fair to say we’re addicted to helping creators grow and we don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. We were thrilled to see over 13,000 learners sign up for our free blogging course when we launched it just last month and you can count on us to keep that momentum going into 2022!

As a way to help you build up some momentum of your own, we’re running a sale starting today and going through 1/8/2022. You can use the promo code “Time2Launch” to take 25% off of your purchase at checkout.

  • Engage with a community of peers and learn from their experiences, solicit feedback, and make lasting connections.
  • Join regular workshops and office hours with our experts to help get unstuck or learn new skills.
  • Access to tons of content to help you work through everything from initial set up to growing your audience.
  • Quarterly meetups, exclusive offers, and more!

Stop waiting and start growing now!

Everything you need to launch and grow your idea in 2022. Just use “Time2Launch” for 25% off at checkout.

New Year, New Success with Bloganuary

In a few short days, you’ll surely be asked: What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2022? If starting a blogging habit is one of them, we’re here to help!  At WordPress.com, we’re trying something new for 2022. Instead of individual New Year’s resolutions, we’ll be focusing on a shared goal we can accomplish together.

Say Hello to Bloganuary

We’re running a month-long blogging challenge in January and we invite you to join us! Each day, you’ll receive a new writing prompt to inspire you to publish a post on your blog. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the prompts. Take this opportunity to exercise your creativity and have fun. Maybe you’ll choose to respond with a story, a drawing, a poem, a photo, a comic strip, a recipe, or even a playlist. Anything goes!

By participating in Bloganuary, you’ll join bloggers around the world in the shared goal of creating and/or solidifying a strong blogging habit. You’ll get access to the Bloganuary community site where you can meet and get to know others working toward similar goals. You can share tips, learn from others, reach a new audience for your blog, and make some new blogging friends.

Here’s a badge you can add to your blog to show others what you’re doing and encourage them to join in the fun. 

Join the Bloganuary challenge, stay motivated, and start the new year off on the write track!

Live from New York … It’s State of the Word!

Yesterday saw the return to a live State of the Word annual address, broadcast to the world from our new NoHo event space in New York City! Suited up and re-energized by a recent trip to Antarctica, Matt delivered his thoughts on the state of WordPress in 2021 and made some big announcements for 2022 and beyond. Check out some highlights below or watch the entire address!

WordPress 5.9 is Coming in January

Originally slated for December 2021, the release of WordPress 5.9 was delayed until January 25 so that full site editing – which allows for greater customization and simpler site building – could be fully realized prior to the 5.9 reveal. In other exciting news, Matt shared that version 6.0 would be coming later in the year and that 2022 could very well see a total of four new releases instead of the usual three. Watch this space!

2021 WordPress.org Highlights: News, Openverse, Pattern Directory

This year, WordPress.org saw the redesign of the News page, which was inspired aesthetically by the playfulness of jazz, as well as the launch of Openverse search engine (named before Facebook’s recent name shift, we swear!). The search engine allows users to easily find openly licensed photos for their sites. There are currently more than 600 million images available on the Openverse, and early 2022 will see the addition of audio files! 

The Pattern Directory was also launched this year, where folks are able to copy and use any of its featured patterns to spice up their sites with little or no coding expertise. Starting with WordPress 5.9, users will also be able to add their own patterns to the directory, empowering them to help others create beautiful online content.

Hey, Hey, It’s the Polyglots

A sign of our ongoing commitment to global inclusivity, accessibility, and the democratization of the internet, 2021 saw a 76% increase in the language packs available as core WordPress plugins. We now have nearly 16,000 active translators in the community, which means that WordPress products can be translated into 71 different languages at release.

WordPress Powers 43% of the Internet (Actually 43.1%, But Who’s Counting?)

The company saw significant growth in 2021, and WordPress software now powers more than 43% of the internet. This year also saw nearly 12% growth in both the number of available themes and total downloads (fresh downloads, not including updates).

It’s a Block (Theme) Party!

At the end of 2020, there were only two or three fully customizable block themes available in the world. As the end of 2021 approaches, we now have 28 – a 1,000% increase! WordPress 5.8 added the ability to manage widgets in the block editor as well as a new Query Block and duotone filters, and next year will see the release of the appropriately titled Twenty Twenty-Two default block theme.

Have a Penny, Leave a Penny. Need a Penny, Take a Penny.

The Five for the Future initiative, launched in 2014, continues to be a top priority. In exchange for all of the benefits that they’ve personally received through their work, Five for the Future asks members of the WordPress community to give 5% of their time back to the community however they see fit – reporting bugs, offering translations, developing plugins or themes, designing code, offering training, etc. – which, in effect, fertilizes the soil for continued future growth.

FOMO No Mo’ 

If you missed the event’s live stream, you can watch the full address below. 

How to Watch State of the Word 2021

Join us tomorrow for State of the Word! This year taking place live from New York City, WordPress co-founder and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg will take a look back on the past year and share his thoughts on the latest industry trends and exciting WordPress news, including the highly anticipated January release of WordPress 5.9. 

WordPress, the open source software you can use to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps now powers over 43% of the web. The State of the Word is the annual update on the WordPress project’s progress, plans for the future, and the future of open source. This is your first look to see what new features will be added to the WordPress software, as the features will be on WordPress.com soon. 

Those tuning in will also get to hear Matt’s take on a range of hot topics including the Openverse media search engine, Web3, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). See below for details on how to watch live. 

When:
Tuesday, December 14, at 5 pm ET (10 pm UTC)

Where:
Stream the event live at wordpress.org/news

The folks at wordpress.org have compiled a list of watch parties around the world. If you don’t see an event in your area listed below, check this page on Meetup.com to see if your local WordPress group is organizing one.

Matt’s address will be followed by a community Q&A.

Send questions in advance to ask-matt@wordcamp.org, or join the conversation live!

See you there!

P6 Final Project.

The difficult parts came when I started to edit the video. I first put all the clips in Premiere and edited them how I wanted but realized that it the video came out to be 3 minutes and 11 seconds. So I started to shave off some parts there we are walking or standing and speed up the driving sequences. Another frustrating part was at the very beginning and very end. When we were filming the beginning, I kept on messing up my lines and we were spending too much time on that one scene so I decided that I would just try to fix it in post but the final edit doesn’t sound too good in my opinion. I also had to rush the very end too because of time constraints so it looks and sounds very rushed. I did have fun editing though, my favorite arts of the video are when I edited one audio track over different shots. All in all I think my video would have been much more smooth and overall better if I didn’t have the time limit but I’m glad I could make it work within the 3 minutes.

Drive More Traffic To Your Site With a “Link In Bio” Social Links Page

From your social media channels to your storefront, your YouTube channel to your website and everything in between, you have a lot of links you want your audience or your customers to be able to access easily. Social media can be a powerful driver of traffic to your blog or website. This works best when links are displayed on an easy-to-navigate list by creating a Social Links Page. While other companies offer a similar service, did you know you can use your WordPress.com site to create a Social Links Page as well? It is not only simple to create, but requires no additional cost or tools. For social media sites that only allow you to include one link in your bio, such as Instagram and Twitter, consider building a Social Links Page on your WordPress.com site. 

Miller theme links in bio block pattern to create a Social Links Page

The benefits of using your WordPress.com site to create a Social Links Page include customization, analytics tracking, and more. But the best part is that you can create this special page without having to change themes. There are a couple of options for how you might want to approach this, so let’s break each of them down.

With our “Link in Bio” Page Layouts or Block Patterns, a Linktree alternative is as simple as a few clicks.

When you create a New Page with our Block editor, you’re given a variety of Page Layouts to choose from that are divided up into sections. When you click the section for Link in Bio, you’ll see six pre-designed layouts to choose from.

Page layouts for links in bio to create a Social Links Page

Click on one of these layouts and the blocks will be placed on the page for you. Once placed, you can edit the buttons as desired. You’ll also notice that there are a variety of options available in the settings sidebar on right, you can add additional buttons using the + sign, or duplicate existing buttons.

If you want to add a Link in Bio pattern of blocks to an existing page, you can insert a new block before the existing content and then add the block pattern you want to use with the options to edit the buttons as desired.

You could also start with a blank page and add buttons to stack vertically. You could even put them into a Column block, like the example below.

Columns and buttons to create a Social Links Page

Cover Block Panels

The Cover Block is another option to consider to enhance your Social Links Page. When Cover Blocks are stacked on top of each other, they will be seamless on the live site, meaning there won’t be any white space between them (unless you add some by adding a Spacer Block between them). With the Cover Block, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with images and overlays, in addition to a wide array of settings. Watch the video below to see one example.

By building a custom Social Links Page in your WordPress.com site, you have full control over the layout and design; this includes the simplicity or complexity of the look and how many links you want on the page. 

This is a great option for driving traffic directly to your website and to specific pages within your site when your linking options are limited in social media. It can also be created on any WordPress.com plan, including the free plan, without needing any special add-ons.

The Link in Bio page layouts/block patterns and the Cover Block Panel options are both effective in adding a Social Links Page, which will ultimately help the user experience when navigating between your different platforms. The ability to add customization to your Social Links Page will also help you to relay your brand and personality to your users, while the analytics will all be readily available in the back end of your WordPress.com site, at no additional cost to the user. WordPress.com is very extensible, and creating a Social Links Page is simple for all users with no additional tools needed! All of this is possible on WordPress.com, and we are proud to take you a step closer to organizing all of your unique platforms in a seamless and reliable way.

The final

Wow was this frustrating. Adobe decided that on the day this was due, I needed an older version of my project without a lot of major edits. After fighting with it for quite a while, I resorted to working with what I had, so while this isn’t what I had planned originally it all turn out alright.

I find myself humming a lot of sea shanties at work these days, and I blame the Assassins’ Creed franchise for that entirely, so I thought it would be fun to take what I’ve learned from Audacity and see if I could bring one of these to life. I chose the song “Leave her Johnny” because it is one of the more flowing songs in my rotation and I figured it would sound beautiful on my flute. While trying to looking up the original version of the song, I found many different versions each with their own slightly different lyrics. This made it difficult to come up with a sound place to credit, so what I ended up doing was taking different versus from different versions to make my own version that tries to show the overall story the song tells.

“Leave her Johnny” is a song whose origin isn’t known, but can be traced back to the Ireland area in the early 1900’s. This isn’t a break up song, but rather a song sailors would sing towards the end of the voyage as they where getting ready to leave the sea and/or boat. Some versions tell of terrible working conditions, some sing about the joys of leaving the sea for land, while some seem to be convincing Johnny to leave the ship because their journey is over.

Overall, I hope you feel the same sense of wonder and contentment I do when listening to this song.

Here are a couple of articles if you want to read about what little information we have about this song.

https://www.classical-music.com/features/articles/leave-her-johnny-lyrics/

https://secondhandsongs.com/work/134240/all#nav-entity

And here are other versions sung, if you would like to listen.

P6 – Final Video

I really struggled to think of something to do for this video. I also ended up just not all that excited to work on it. Some of the stuff that happens in the video, like the picture flying away, wasn’t planed but I decided to run with it anyway. The comments about the cat in the rug story are referring to an actual event that happened with my roommates when we where moving. They ended up transporting my cat via a rug without their knowledge. He is perfectly fine and was not harmed at all. Most all the talking done by me, except for the beginning video, was done as voice overs. I want to thank my roommate Eli for his help holding the camera for the one shot I needed of myself and for providing his voice.

~By Jazlin Sobel