Introducing: Our New, High-Speed Editor

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From parents and poets to journalists and politicians, WordPress.com’s publishing tools allow people to make their voices heard.

We have heard your excellent feedback on our interim editor and today, we’re excited to introduce our new editor: a faster, cleaner, and more streamlined way to create posts and pages, and share, promote, and manage content across all your WordPress sites.

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Highlights: instant saving, quick sharing

  • It’s fast, responsive, and allows you to create posts and pages quickly on desktop and mobile devices.
  • Easily manage your posts, whether you run an individual blog or wrangle multiple sites, authors, and posts.
  • Access draft posts with one click so that you can iterate and revise quickly when inspiration strikes.
  • Content is automatically saved, allowing you to focus and write — free of distraction.
  • Drag and drop photos, music files, documents, and videos right into your post or page.
  • Tags, categories, and sharing tools…

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“Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut

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Telling stories has power; they connect us, help us work through the raw emotion, and give us a way to make sense of events. After last week’s devastating violence in Paris and Beirut, these nine bloggers shared theirs, helping us do just that. Reading their posts may not be easy — but it is important.

Cultive le Web, “Attentats à Paris, j’étais rue de Charonne

A writer from Cultive le Web was out for an evening with friends Friday night when shooting began on the rue de Charonne. The staccato phrasing of this play-by-play post captures brings readers some tiny measure of the fear, panic, and disbelief. It’s an unvarnished outpouring we wish he had no occasion to write, but are glad he did.

9:45 p.m. Noise, screams. A fight? A rowdy crowd there at the bar? They must be drunk, like on any Friday night in Paris, right? I come closer. A group of people…

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Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac

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What if WordPress.com helped you…

… update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app?
… manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device?
… spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating?
… find the best content people publish with WordPress every day?

What if we rebuilt WordPress.com from the ground up to make it all possible?

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Welcome to the new WordPress.com. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Your home on the web has a home in your dock

You’ve already been using parts of the new WordPress.com, in the new editor, improved stats pages, and refreshed Reader. You deserve web tools as powerful and flexible as your ideas.

The WordPress.com for Mac app is the next step in a suite of improvements that help you realize your vision on the web — and it’s an app you already know how to…

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Field Notes: Wine Tourism Conference 2015

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Last week, Happiness Engineers Marjorie R. Asturias and Andrea Badgley attended the fifth annual Wine Tourism Conference in Loudoun County, Virginia. The event brings together leaders in the wine industry — from tour operators to wine bloggers — to talk about wine tourism and digital marketing (and to share a glass or two). Here’s Andrea’s account of her experience at the conference.

Vintners and tour operators from Canada, the UK, and Portugal flew into Virginia last week to connect and talk about how to reach out to wine enthusiasts and welcome them to the growers’ tasting rooms.

Tourism data or emerging markets aside, these folks are passionate about wine. They’d be crafting, drinking, and talking about…

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Faster-Loading Images on Your Site

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We always strive to make your sites run as quickly and smoothly as possible, both on the front end and under the hood. So we’re happy to announce that the WordPress.com image service, which delivers the beautiful images you use in your posts to your site’s visitors, now offers seamless support for the WebP image format.

What does this mean for you and your audience? This new feature provides size reductions of up to 34 percent for served images compared to a JPEG image of an equivalent visual quality level. Your viewers will save a lot of time loading your pages — time they can better spend enjoying the content you publish.

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JPEG File Size – 43.84KBWebP File Size – 29.61KB

Visually identical images in JPEG and WebP format with their respective sizes.

While WebP isn’t currently supported by all browsers (see the WebP FAQ for more details), you don’t have to worry about anything. We auto-detect which browsers your readers are using to…

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Three WordPressers Making a Splash

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It always makes us happy to hear about the achievements of writers, photographers, and artists who choose WordPress.com as their home on the web. Today, let’s celebrate recent exciting news from Gaia Vince, Max Becherer, and Rolli.

A writer with a message

Science writer and editor Gaia Vince has chronicled her travels around the world on her blog, Wandering Gaia.

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The resulting book, Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made, is an absorbing (and chilling) account of the ways in which humans are rapidly transforming the environment — often for the worse.

Earlier this fall, Adventures in the Anthropocene won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, bringing Vince’s work, along with the important topics she covers, back to the spotlight. She joins a list of illustrious past winners, including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, and Jared Diamond.

Going…

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The New WordPress.com App for Windows Is Here

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You asked, and we answered—quickly! Just weeks after unveiling the all-new WordPress.com and desktop app for Mac, we’re thrilled to introduce our new Windows app.

07-laptopNow you can manage your sites, write and publish, and even customize your site and view stats from a dedicated app in your Windows Start Menu. Use it for your sites on WordPress.com, as well as for self-hosted WordPress sites. (For the latter, you’ll just need to have the Jetpack plugin installed to connect your site.)

And just like the rest of WordPress.com, the new Windows app is simple, seamless, and blazingly fast.

Download the app

06-desktop-with-appThe new Windows app includes:

  • The My Sites dashboard for managing multiple sites, whether WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress with Jetpack.
  • The new WordPress.com Editor, with in-app previewing and draft auto-saving.
  • The Reader, which lets you follow and read any of your favorite sites, and the all-new Discover, which…

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