At WordPress.com, we’re all the time pushing our platform to do much more so as to create, design, and publish wonderful issues with ease.
The previous couple of weeks have discovered us as busy because the springtime bees bettering the writing and publishing course of much more, bringing our advert platform to cell, and guaranteeing that earlier edits to your work are readily accessible.
Let’s soar in and have a look.
Write with out distractions
Considered one of writing’s largest challenges has nothing to do with the phrases — it’s filtering out the noise (each literal and figurative) so you’ll be able to focus. We will’t change your bodily atmosphere, however we’re doing what we are able to that can assist you get into “the zone” a bit of extra simply. Enter distraction free mode, a minimalist WordPress expertise that removes the buttons and menus.
From the highest toolbar, click on the three-dot menu on the right-hand facet. Choose “Distraction free” and also you’ll discover the highest toolbar disappear. (To deliver it again, merely hover excessive of the web page and it’ll pop again down.) Your pages and posts shall be distraction-free till you deselect this mode.
When to make use of this function: You possibly can’t resist experimenting with varied settings or kinds, however you additionally really want to get that new submit completed. (Imagine us, we’ve been there.) With this cleaner interface, you’ll be able to focus in your phrases and your phrases alone.
Promote your content material out of your cellphone
Blaze, our self-serve advert platform, makes it simpler than ever to unfold the phrase about no matter it’s you’re writing, creating, or promoting. Now, you’ll be able to Blaze on the go together with the Jetpack app.
From the principle dashboard, merely click on on the banner that claims “Promote your content material with Blaze.” You can too promote your work immediately from the Posts or Pages menus by clicking “Extra” or the three-dot menu and deciding on “Promote with Blaze.”
When to make use of this function: You’re ready for take-out at your favourite Indian restaurant. Whereas scrolling the Jetpack app, you discover site visitors spiking on one in all your current weblog posts — one thing about it’s resonating with readers. Maximize its impression by boosting it to a good wider viewers with Blaze.
Simply discover and add free photos
Want a featured picture on your submit? Now you can discover and add free-to-use photos even sooner. Open the Inserter (the crimson “+” button on the high left of any submit or web page), navigate to the tab labeled “Media,” click on “Openverse,” and discover the right possibility from our favourite open-source library.
You can too nonetheless entry Openverse from the Picture Block or Media Library.
When to make use of this function: You’re on the hunt for simply the precise picture to make use of in your new weblog submit. Reasonably than doing a Google search in a separate tab — and operating the danger of utilizing a picture you don’t have rights to — use the Inserter to go looking and place precisely what you want.
Give readers a timetable
Right here’s a enjoyable built-in function that plenty of of us don’t learn about: The WordPress.com editor’s “Define” perform shows a submit’s varied headings for simple scanning, in addition to a phrase/character rely and a “time to learn” estimate of how lengthy it will take a mean reader to get by means of the content material on that web page:
You possibly can even show that estimate to your website guests with the brand new Time To Learn Block. (Styling and different customization choices are on the way in which.)
When to make use of this function: You do plenty of longform writing in your website, commonly publishing posts that go over 1,000 phrases. With this new block, let readers determine whether or not to begin your submit now, or wait till they’ve time to learn it in a single sitting. It’s a small contact, however a surprisingly considerate one.
Entry earlier edits to your templates
Entry to earlier variations and revisions of posts/pages has lengthy been a staple of the WordPress expertise. We’ve now added that very same performance to templates and template elements within the Editor.
This may be helpful for restoring a earlier model of a template that you simply’ve made adjustments to, or just for reviewing the adjustments you’ve remodeled time.
When to make use of this function: You experimented with some stylistic adjustments to your homepage template, however after a pair weeks of attempting it out, the brand new look simply isn’t hitting fairly proper. Head over to revisions to simply restore the earlier model of the template.
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