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Hot Off the Press: New WordPress.com Themes for October 2023
The WordPress.com team is always working on new design ideas to bring your website to life. Check out the latest themes in our library, featuring beautiful new options for bloggers, creators, and small business operators of all kinds.




All WordPress.com Themes








Programme







Programme is a blog theme inspired by legendary designer Massimo Vignelli’s playbills for the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. This theme is perfect for showcasing programs, calendars, and announcements.



Massimo Vignelli is well-known among designers for his dedication to a select few typefaces. Drawing inspiration from this, Programme includes a style variation featuring Evolventa and another that uses Libre Baskerville.



Click here to view a demo of this theme.







Ueno







Ueno is a mobile-first theme suitable for any kind of blog or website. It features an opinionated default style and two alternative style variations. Ueno was inspired by Japanese kimono patterns and designs attributed to Seikō Ueno.



Click here to view a demo of this theme.







Organizer







Organizer is a portfolio theme that will appeal to a number of different WordPress users. Due to its simplicity, it works as both a simple portfolio/showcase site as well as a blog or small business website.



The theme has a simple structure and displays only the most necessary information. Four vibrant style...
One Inbox to Rule Them All
The internet is undefeated in coining new terms to describe our digital lives: hashtag, blog, clickbait, lurk. Somehow, though, the most universal phenomenon of them all doesn’t have a word yet. 



How many times have you lost track of an online conversation, even accidentally ghosting someone because you couldn’t remember where it was happening? Between iMessage, WhatsApp, Instagram, Signal, Discord, and others, you’ve probably found yourself swiping between apps on a regular basis just to find your various chat threads. Frankly, with “appnesia” on the rise, we’re amazed we have any friends left.



There may not be an official word for it, but there is an answer: Texts.com. All your messages in a single place—truly the one inbox to rule them all. And today, we’re thrilled to announce that Texts.com is joining the Automattic family.










The best messaging app on the market



Texts.com brings all your chats into a single dashboard: iMessage, Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, Messenger, LinkedIn, Signal, Discord, and X, with more services on the way. 



Beyond the unmatched convenience, Texts.com also offers end-to-end encryption, as well as some delightful features that other messaging apps can’t seem to figure out, like scheduling messages to send when your recipient is awake, or the ability to mark as unread on services that still don’t have it...
Your New Go-To Keyboard Shortcut: Introducing the Command Palette
Can we all agree that keyboard shortcuts have become indispensable to the experience of using a computer? Just think about where the world would be without copy/paste! We may not think about them much, but these combinations of keystrokes have helped millions of people make their daily—even hourly—workflows faster and more efficient. 



WordPress already utilizes a number of incredibly handy keyboard shortcuts:




When you’re in an individual post or page, typing “/” allows you to quickly search for and insert any of our blocks or patterns. 



“Shift+Command+/” brings you right into distraction free mode (one of our favorites around here). 



“Ctrl+Option+O” toggles the list view/outline pane, allowing you to quickly see your blocks at a glance and rearrange them easily if needed.




And now, with the brand Command Palette tool, yet another piece has been added to the ever-growing kit of convenient, time-saving keyboard shortcuts. 



We think it’s pretty darn cool, so in this short post we’ll walk you through where and how to use it. 







Diving deeper 



The Command Palette is available across the editing experience, whether you’re switching between templates in the Site Editor or toggling through settings in a post/page, with specific contextual options depending on where you are. While in editing or writing mode, simply hit Command+K...
New Course: Turn Your Passion Into Impact by Building an Online Course
Are you driven by a desire to share your knowledge and expertise with the world? Do you feel the pull of making an impact but aren’t sure how to leverage your skills? In today’s digital economy, there’s an abundance of opportunity, but sometimes the path is anything but clear. That’s why we’ve crafted a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this exciting journey. 



Unlock your future with our brand-new course: Building Online Courses. 



Not just another how-to guide



We’ve taken the essence of building compelling, flexible, and effective online courses and distilled it into actionable insights. This course is a treasure trove of strategies designed to help you bring your unique skills to a global classroom. Let’s delve into why this course is essential for aspiring educators like you.



How online courses will transform your brand 



Imagine breaking free from geographical and time constraints. That’s the power of online courses—they’re a stage for you to share your skills and knowledge with a global audience. Here’s why that’s a game-changer:




Global reach: Break through geographical boundaries. Whether it’s someone across the world or literally right next door, your digital classroom is limitless.



Flexibility: Craft your product around your life. No more stressing over schedules...
Engage a Wider Audience With ActivityPub on WordPress.com
Exciting times are here for all WordPress.com users! The revolutionary ActivityPub feature is now available across all WordPress.com plans, unlocking a world of engagement and interaction for your blog. Your blogs can now be part of the rapidly expanding fediverse, which enables you to connect with a broader audience and attract more followers.



Let’s dive into what this means for all WordPress.com blogs.



What is the “fediverse”?



The fediverse consists of federated platforms like Mastodon, which are networks of independent websites or servers that can communicate with each other while still operating individually. It’s much like email; you can send emails to users with accounts on different services (like Gmail, Yahoo, etc.), yet all of them can interact seamlessly. Similarly, federated platforms enable users to follow, share, and interact with content across different services in a unified network.



What is the ActivityPub plugin?



ActivityPub is a WordPress plugin that facilitates seamless integration between your blog and a host of federated platforms, including Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, and more. This plugin empowers your readers to follow your blog posts on these platforms. 



In addition, replies to your posts from these platforms are automatically turned into comments on your WordPress blog, creating a more interactive and dynamic conversation...
New to WordPress.com: Earn More By Adding a Paywall 
While there are many ways to monetize your website, there’s one strategy that stands out for its potential and simplicity: the paywall. We’re excited to tell you that this feature is now available on all WordPress.com sites. 



Let’s explore why and how to use the new Paywall Block. 



What is a paywall and what are the benefits?






A paywall allows you to restrict certain pieces of content on your site or newsletter, requiring your readers to subscribe in order to access your work. 



Generally, you’ll insert a paywall partway through a post, allowing all visitors to see a portion of the content, but then incentivizing them to subscribe in order to read the rest of it. 



If you’re wondering whether this strategy is worth considering, here are the three key benefits:




Revenue generation: By offering premium content behind a paywall, you open a new revenue stream and diversify your income.



Audience loyalty: Paying subscribers are committed to your content, and are more likely to share your content and contribute to your site’s growth. 



Content versatility: You can now offer a mix of free and premium content, and adapt it to each situation. For example, you can upload a podcast and put the transcript behind the paywall, or write a detailed case study and put the downloadable content and resources behind the paywall. These...
Upcoming Webinar: Effortless Course Creation With Sensei
The shift towards online education is more than just a trend—it’s a significant and lasting change in how we share knowledge with the world. Whether you’re an experienced educator, corporate trainer, or influential thought leader, our upcoming webinar will equip you to set up and manage your own online course effectively.



In this comprehensive live demonstration, our WordPress.com specialists will walk you through the process of creating, managing, and monetizing your online courses using the Sensei Learning Management System (LMS) plugin with WordPress.com. You’ll learn:




Setting up your course outline



Creating engaging and educational content



Utilizing AI educational tools



Other tips for managing your courses




This valuable webinar is free to attend and will conclude with a live Q&A. Don’t miss this chance to elevate your educational or training initiatives through the synergistic capabilities of WordPress.com and Sensei. We’re offering two sessions the week of October 16th—sign up below!




Attend this webinar




Don’t miss our other October webinars!



This month we’re introducing you to the full power of WordPress plugins and the critical role a custom domain plays for your site. Both sessions aim to provide the tools required to elevate your website to new heights.



Picking the Perfect Plugin



Extend your website...
Managing Domains on WordPress.com Has Never Been Better
Your domain is the lifeblood of your online presence. For the last few months, we’ve been hard at work building a number of exciting features to ensure a world-class domain name experience on WordPress.com whether you have one domain or one hundred! 



Below, we highlight a handful of new enhancements in how you manage and organize your domains on our platform. 




Get your domain name today




Table of Contents



Table of ContentsA fresh look for your domains dashboardSecure your domain for the long term with multi-year registrationsAmplify your brand with domain (and subdomain) forwarding Easily transfer your domain to another WordPress.com user Bulk updates now available DNS imports made simpleReady to dive in?



A fresh look for your domains dashboard







One of the first things you’ll notice is the stunning visual overhaul of the domain management dashboard. We’ve made significant improvements to make it more intuitive and enjoyable, especially for those of you with multiple domains. 



Secure your domain for the long term with multi-year registrations






You can now secure your domain(s) for multiple years at a time, all the way up to ten years for most TLDs. Remember, you don’t need to have a website with WordPress.com to house your domain with us. 



Amplify your brand with domain (and subdomain) forwarding 






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