WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes

So excited about this.

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For many years, WordPress.com has been a simple way for people to create their own beautiful WordPress website in minutes.

But that simplicity came with a tradeoff — WordPress.com did not offer built-in support for the thousands of third-party plugins and themes that helped make WordPress the world’s largest and most open web publishing platform.

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A framework for understanding fake news 

The Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia and its associated community projects like Creative Commons) funded new research into the supply and distribution of misinformation, fake news and falsified content.  The research provides a helpful framework that makes it easier to discuss this complex and tricky topic. The representative chart below divides trends of fake news … Continue reading A framework for understanding fake news 

The Best of WordPress.com: Summer Edition

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Hi everyone! Here’s a snapshot of some of the excellent WordPress.com community advice, insights, and updates that we enjoyed over the past month.


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Introducing Your New Social Icons Widget

The Social Icons Widget allows you to connect your site to your favorite social media networks. You can activate it by going to My Site → CustomizeWidgets. Check out the full guide to using the new widget or just watch the video above to learn more.

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The Best of WordPress.com in May

One of my favorite interviews from the past month is with the Film School Rejects crew, who run my favorite film Twitter account, One Perfect Shot.

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Hi everyone! Check out some of the new updates, designs, and insights that helped make May a great month for the WordPress.com community.

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How a Detroit Hackathon Turned into WordPress.com’s First-Ever TV Spots

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A team of developers launched new sites for small businesses in Detroit during a 48-hour Hackathon in February, an event which inspired the creation of our first-ever TV spots for WordPress.com.

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“The Backfire Effect” Is the Cognitive Concept of the Moment

If you only believe what you want to hear, you’re doing life wrong.

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If you’ve been awake and online in the past 24 hours, there’s a good chance someone you know has shared this lovely Oatmeal comic. Yes, the one that explains why our brains our wired to reject information that goes against our previously held beliefs.

The comic was based on a three-episode sequence from You Are Not So Smart — a popular podcast and WordPress.com site — devoted to the backfire effect, the name of this cognitive phenomenon. On the first episode, the YANSS team goes deeper into the neurological underpinnings of this resistance to information that might change our minds:

By placing subjects in an MRI machine and then asking them to consider counterarguments to their strongly held political beliefs, Jonas Kaplan’s and Sarah Gimbel’s research, conducted along with neuroscientist Sam Harris, revealed that when people were presented with evidence that alerted them to the possibility that their political…

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The Best of WordPress.com in April

Here’s some of the awesome stuff going on at WordPress.com.

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You’re off to a strong creative start in 2017! Here are a few recent updates and stories from the WordPress.com community in April that we wanted to share with you.

What’s new

This Year’s WordPress Default Theme, Twenty Seventeen, Is Now Available

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“Great looking theme!” –Jason Thornberry

Independent Publisher 2 Is Here

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The Independent Publisher theme has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility, and we’re happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly. Read our interview with the designers, Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad.

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