Since about 2011-12, WordPress.com users have been redirected to the New Dashboard (“New Dash”) after logging in on the main WP.com log-in page rather than to their primary site’s Dashboard. This change coincided with the introduction of the WordPress.com Reader and “Freshly Pressed” to the New Dash. The “Quick Editor” was added and allowed users to select a Post Format to make a quick post on their site directly from the New Dash.
Sally “Tess” Warn (z”l) was a generous woman, both in real life and online as a volunteer moderator in the WordPress.com Community Support forums where we “met” several years ago. A kind soul, she helped out other WPcom users with her signature sense of humor and her broad knowledge of the platform and the web in general, which she freely shared with all in need and joyfully learned in return from the users she helped.
While our little circle of forum misfits has grown and shrunk over the years, Tess was certainly one of our cornerstones. It’s hard to imagine the forums without her.
From November 10th through November 29th, my little site received an average of 10-12 new Followers each day, for a total of 223 new Followers. An all time record and quite odd given that from the start of this site in 2011 until that time, 225 people followed this site. Sounds strange, no?
So, I ask this out of a genuine curiosity to understand this phenomenon. How did you find (and why did you follow) my site?
Updated: 30 July 2015: See update at the end of this post.
The past couple of weeks have seen a startling rise in the number of WordPress.com users posting in the Community Forums wondering how they can purchase a single upgrade to enhance their free WordPress.com website, most particularly the Domain Name and Domain Mapping upgrades. As most of the current forum volunteers have been around for some time, we were confused why these same users weren’t able to access these individual upgrades from their website’s Dashboard>Store>Store as we could.
Today, the picture became much clearer when a new WPcom user posted in the forums that when she clicked on the link to the Store in her site’s Dashboard, she ended up on a special page in the New Dash that only offered her either the Premium Bundle or the Business Bundle. Individual upgrades were not available to her.
Screenshot of a byline displaying in a post info/meta section
A matter of style
Displaying an author’s name is a matter of style, not content. As I wrote in WordPress themes not showing author bylines explained, the author’s byline is on every WordPress post and posts page. It is always there in the HTML; whether it is displayed or hidden is an effect of CSS that makes up the theme. It has no affect on search engine optimization…