To all of you new and older wordpress.com users, welcome to the WordPress Community, the “com” in wordpress.com. :D
I just thought that I would take a moment to not only welcome you to our little corner of the world but help you through a few of the ins and outs of wordpress.com.
There is a lot you can do with your free wordpress.com blog. You can write about WordPress, or you can write about anything you want. For many people, this is the opportunity to share a special interest or aspect of your life that your current website or blog doesn’t allow you to do. Unleash your passions and blog about whatever it is that thrills and delights or even worries you.
Your free wordpress.com invite comes with some limitations as this isn’t the full WordPress version, but one that allows you, the blogger, to blog, and customization is currently limited to choosing Themes, creating categories and Pages, and little else. It’s about the content.
One of the benefits of having a wordpress.com invite is helping WordPress developers to develop WordPress. The current version being tested and developed on wordpress.com is WordPress 1.6 ALPHA. This means that it is still in the serious development stage and not ready for the public. So we, the specially invited guests of wordpress.com, are free to do whatever we want to do with our free blogs, but we also have an unwritten rule to help out the WordPress developers when we stumble on unusual behavior, action, or results.
Helping WordPress Developers to Develop WordPress
Yes, wordpress.com users are kind of guinea pigs. We help out in the WordPress laboratory to help WordPress developers develop the newest and latest version of WordPress. Here is how you can help improve WordPress for everyone.
When you stumble upon anything that is odd, buggy, or not quite the result you expected, let the developers know by clicking the FEEDBACK button at the top right corner of your Administration Panels. It will popup a small window called “Hugs and Bugs” which will allow you to keep the developers informed of any problems you may have. And if you find a feature that you really love, be sure and send them a “hug” for doing such an amazing job.
If you have the Problem then I have the problem.
Be very specific with your information. Name the WordPress file you were using or the name of the Administration Panel where the problem occurred. Describe the actions you took before the problem occurred. Were you saving a post, clicking Save and Continue Editing, or Publish? Did it happen on the Add Category panel? What were you doing? Which browser and version are you using? Is the problem with the Theme or the Administration Panels? Give them as much information as possible without writing your life story. Get to the point and help them understand what happened so they can get right on fixing the problem.
There is something very important to remember. If you have the problem, I have the problem. You are helping everyone in the wordpress.com community to benefit from the bugs you find.
Do not post a note about the bug or problem on your site expecting the developers to find it. Honestly, I want them to spend as much time as possible concentrating on fixing and improving the programming code and not reading everyone’s blog on wordpress.com. They don’t have time. Send the issue through the Feedback button and focus writing about whatever topic you choose on your site. It’s important that the bug reports get to the developers.
Thank You, wordpress.com Users
On behalf of ALL WordPress users, we want to thank you, the wordpress.com user, for taking time out of your lives to blog on wordpress.com.
Not only are you part of the future of blogging and websites that will come from WordPressMU development, you are helping all WordPress users around the world to improve the next version of WordPress. Your feedback, input, and comments help those who put in long hours at their keyboards, with aching backs and behinds, to work overtime to create the best WordPress version possible.
WordPress has always been user-driven. The users help WordPress grow, expand, and improve. Risk takers, like wordpress.com users, provide hands-on, real life testing of the next version of WordPress. Your reports and input is critical to the success.
So thank you, from everyone who uses WordPress now and in the future. Your efforts on wordpress.com is making WordPress better, and we all will benefit.