Singing The New Dash Editor Blues

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.

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Blog 2014: Free WordPress themes that display bylines

A very helpful post from Daniel Greene with a current listing (as of July 2014) of WPcom’s free themes that display author name/byline or not.

Daniel Greene

This is an update to a post I wrote in September 2012 titled WordPress.com themes that display author bylines, which listed free WordPress themes of 2012 that displayed bylines on both posts pages and single posts, single posts only, or not at all. My 2012 post served as an update to another blogger’s post Author and profile displayed or not (Panos, 2009; 2011). This present post covers all free WordPress Themes for Blogs at WordPress.com from January 2012 through July 2014.

Byline Displayed 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…

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Your Readers Are People

Excellent advice from Happiness Engineer James Huff about being true to your audience, WordAds or not! (via Google Plus embed)

The Secret Recipe of Comment Spam Comments

Because it bears repeating.

It seems there’s been a recent uptick in the number of spam comments getting through Akismet’s filters. If you see comments like these waiting for your approval (i.e. *not* already in your spam folder), mark them as spam and only spam. Do not put them in the trash folder.

On the other side of the pond, UK users who are customers of BT or Sky broadband have been finding that their comments are inadvertently being marked as spam. If you are a user that fits that description, please fill out the contact form on the Akismet website or email the folks at Akismet support (support AT akismet DOT com) and make sure to mention that you are a UK community member and your Internet Service Provider.

Related: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/whats-the-deal-with-spam/

Lorelle on WordPress

Articles about blogging tipsMr. Louis Vuitton just sent me a message in my blog comments I’d like to share with you. I share this touching message because it is highly educational when it comes to the art of spam comments, and serves to remind us of why we love having Akismet, the best comment spam fighter, on our WordPress sites.

It is really self-explanatory, but if you need translation, I will do so after the following quoted comment. I’ve broken it up into sections to make it easier to read.

{{I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It is} pretty worth enough for me.
{In my opinion|Personally|In my view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made good content as you did, the
{internet|net|web} will be {much more|a lot more} useful than ever before.

I {couldn’t|could not} {resist|refrain from} commenting…

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The Power of Authority

DLD13 happened just a couple of weeks ago in Munich and they were very generous in live-streaming the entire 3-day conference on their website. If you missed it, you can watch a select number of videos on the DLD13 website or on YouTube, which fortunately includes this not-to-be-missed discussion between four veteran media insiders, Jeff JarvisKatharina BorchertArthur Sulzberger, Jr., and Martin Nisenholtz on the changing role of traditional media and the “disruptive” influence of social media, including blogging.

My favorite takeaway:

More information about this session on DLD13’s blog entry.

Doing Business on WordPress.com

More companies are making their way to WordPress.com to build their web presence either as a blog or as a full website (as long as e-commerce is not the primary function of the site). And what’s not to like? On signing up and agreeing to the Terms of Service, a company gets a free or low-cost website with all updates and security handled by Automattic, excellent SEO built right into the platform, an excellent up-time record and, if a company chooses to buy the Domain Name Upgrade, there’s also easy branding or integration with the company’s existing website.  If you are comfortable with not having total control over your website, mostly in the areas of plug-ins and use of special code, WordPress.com is an excellent choice for business.
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So those changes that I talked about earlier are now here. Surprisingly, the inclusion of infinite scroll isn’t as onerous as I had previously thought, but there are some functional problems that need resolving.