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WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made public his idea on creating a WordPress.com Marketplace to add more options to WordPress.com bloggers for a fee, especially meeting the demands of so many for more, more, and more. Among the proposals under consideration, and I stress that, since this is not a done deal but an idea, is […]

5 Advanced Techniques for Creating Plugins and Widgets for WordPress.com

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape As a reader of Lorelle On WordPress you might already know there is more than one type of WordPress blogging software, but most people who know what WordPress is have no idea there are different flavours of it. WordPress also called self-hosted WordPress, or WordPress.org has one blog that […]

WordPress.com Tip: Get Your Own WordPress.com Email

No, WordPress.com isn’t offering email services – yet. But there is a way you can create an email address that matches your WordPress.com blog. If I’ve commented on your blog recently, have you noticed the email I’m using in the form? lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com If your WordPress.com blog’s title or domain name hasn’t been taken by Gmail, […]

Weekly Digest: Celebrating Two Years of Lorelle on WordPress.com With Guest Bloggers and Memories

Instead of my normal weekly digest, I’m going to do two things this week. First, I want to celebrate all of the wonderful guest bloggers who have honored this blog over the past month with their fabulous posts about blogging, and those who will be making a repeat performance or joining us for the first […]

WordPress.com Blogs Feeds Scraped

In the most recent WordPress Wednesday News on the Blog Herald, I reported on the mass copyright violations and scrapings of WordPress.com blogs, as reported by Letters Home to You in “Has Anyone Stolen Your Writing Lately?” and “Please Help Me Get Google to Pull Their Ads from a Blogging Thief”. There is also a […]

WordPress.com Announces Strong Password Indicator

In a recent announcement, WordPress.com asks “How Strong is Your Password”, highlighting a new feature on your password update panel that measures the “strength” of your password. I recently wrote an article on the Blog Herald called Protect Your Blog With a Solid Password, offering tips and tricks to help create a strong password that […]

Weekly Digest: Great Reviews on My New Book, WordPress.com Get Verified, and An Introduction to the Web Browser

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features amazing reviews and recommendations of my new book, a lot of attention for the recently discovered ability to get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google Webmaster Tools, and another article on comment spam reaches the top posts and blogs on WordPress.com. And on the Blog […]

Get Your WordPress.com Blog Now Verified by Google’s Webmaster Tools

Since Google came out with the Google Sitemap, WordPress.com bloggers have had no luck verifying their WordPress.com blogs until now. Jalaj P. Jha has come up with “Get your WordPress.com Blog Google Verified”. It’s a simple method of creating a Page with the Page title as the HTML file name Google provides. Create the page […]

Naming Your WordPress.com Blog

Virginia DeBolt of Blogher writes in “Blogging Tips: The Importance of Title and URL” about how many WordPress.com bloggers, and others, make a mistake in setting the blog name and blog titles in their blogs. I’ve covered this before, but let’s look at it again. The format for WordPress.com blogs is example.wordpress.com. When you register […]

WordPress.com Hiccup with Themes

If you are experiencing, like I am, a bad WordPress Theme day, your messed up WordPress Theme issue has been reported and they are looking into it. Another Update – Everything has been fixed. If you are still having trouble, contact WordPress.com support through the FEEDBACK button. Thanks, WordPress.com crew! So if your custom CSS […]

Strange Referrer Links in WordPress.com Stats

Have you noticed strange links in your WordPress.com Referrers list? They tend to look like this: http://example.com/wp-admin/index.php If you do, that means that your blog has been accessed from the WordPress Administration Panels or Dashboard. In other words, a WordPress or WordPress.com user clicked on a link to your blog from inside their WordPress. This […]

Digg This Feature on WordPress.com Blogs

One of the consistently most requested add-on features for WordPress.com bloggers has been adding a Digg This style button to their blogs. It’s now here. There are great step-by-step illustrated instructions on the WordPress.com FAQ called “How Do I Digg”, but basically they are: Register with Digg. Publish your post. Search Digg to find if […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Show Off Your Blog Bling

I’ve spent the last week covering how to blog bling your WordPress.com blog in the form of graphics and photographs, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links, blogroll bling and sidebar widgets, podcasts, audio, and video, signatures, signoffs, and writing code. Now it is your turn to show off. Here is a list of […]

Adding Video and Podcasting Bling to Your WordPress.com Blogs

We’ve mostly focused on static visual things you can do to dress up your WordPress.com with Blog Bling. Let’s take a look at how to add video, podcasting, audio files, and more to your WordPress.com blogs. There are videos and podcast files found around the web that you can provide access to via your WordPress […]

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