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03.06.2020 01:13

Support the Fight Against Inequality: Resources and Ways to Act

Understand that this movement is not history, nor will it soon be over. We need to fight for equality until life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are available for all.

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Support the Fight Against Inequality: Resources and Ways to Act

The past few months have been tiring for everyone. As the coronavirus spread across the globe, most of us thought that we were going to live with the uncomfortableness of shelter-in-place for a few months before things could return to normal. We thought that what would consume most of our free time was TikTok videos, Animal Crossing, Netflix, and maybe a reignition of hobbies. Unfortunately, this has not been the case.

Fast-forward to today. Society has not returned to normal and instead, we have had more time to engage on the topic of race on a global scale — specifically, how unfairly Black Americans are treated in American society.

We are not only bearing witness to how disproportionately the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black and Brown Americans, we are seeing the injustices and violence Black Americans face daily in an amplified manner. Whether it’s having the cops called on you following a simple and reasonable request in the park, going jogging in your neighborhood, or being asleep in your own home, the world is watching and finally responding to these injustices. From Eric Garner to George Floyd, the list of people we grieve over is far too long.

We are hurt, confused, frustrated, angry, and just tired.

We are tired but never done.

How can you support your Black colleagues and friends?

  • Give them a bit more time, space, and compassion.
  • Understand that some of them are whiplashed and at a loss for what to do.
  • Let them come to you with causes you can support.
  • Collectively agree on a way of showing wordless support, like an emoji for example:

How can you support this movement?

Understand that this movement is not history, nor will it soon be over. We need to fight for equality until life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are available for all.

Here is a list of places you can amplify, donate to, or sign petitions for change:

Donate

Donate to any of these organizations and petitions to show support and help advance the agenda for equal representation and justice.

Sign

Sign any of these petitions to show support for change and accountability in our judicial system.

Do

Educational resources

Dedicate time to learn more deeply about institutionalized racism in America, and how to safely take action against it.

Mental health resources

  • Ethel’s Club – A Black-owned and -operated social club that offers access to Black therapists and a multitude of creative events for People of Color. 
  • Crisis Text Line – A different approach to crisis intervention, Crisis Text Line offers you help when you text 741-741. You’ll be able to chat with someone who is willing to listen and provide you with additional resources.
  • Shine Text –  A Black-owned self-care app through which you can sign up to receive cheerful texts and tips every day. 
  • Therapy for Black Girls – A Black-owned directory to help you find Black therapists in your area. 
  • BEAM Community – A Black emotional and mental health collective committed to the health and healing of Black communities.
  • Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week – A resource on VICE with tips that may provide a bit of relief.

Tips for protesting

Lastly, let’s celebrate solidarity and beauty when we see it:

Stay safe out there!

Not Sure How to Get Your Blog Off the Ground? Join Our New Workshop.

Starting a blog is easy and free on WordPress.com. But what if you’re new to blogging? If you need guidance on best practices, actionable tips on how to grow your audience and find inspiration to write, and constructive feedback from experts and fellow bloggers, you should join us at Blogging: From Concept to Content. It’s a three-day, hands-on, intensive workshop that will take you from “I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing?” to “I’m a blogger!”

Date: June 16–18, 2020
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT | 8:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. MDT | 9:00 am-1:00 pm CDT | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT| 14:00 – 18:00 UTC
Location: Online via Zoom and private blog
Cost: Early Bird Price — US$99 until 23:59 UTC on June 8, 2020. Regular price — US$179 from June 9 – June 15, 2020.
Register now: https://wordpress.com/blogging-basics-workshop/

Featuring guest speakers and WordPress.com experts in areas like content and writing, SEO, design, and digital marketing, the workshop will include daily assignments and interactive discussions. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to interact directly with the instructors as well as with Happiness Engineers. At the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with:

  • A ready-to-launch blog.
  • An editorial calendar for the next 8–12 weeks.
  • A well-stocked toolkit of tips and techniques to continue to develop your blog and grow its reach.
  • Finally, and at least as important: a community of new blogging friends to learn from and grow with long after the workshop has ended.

We created this workshop for new bloggers who crave a structured, step-by-step approach to creating a blog that reflects their vision and voice, and who don’t want to waste time looking for answers all over the web. Be prepared to dive in and do the work! You won’t regret this investment, and you’ll be in great company.

Seats are limited to facilitate interaction between participants and instructors, so register now to save your slot. By registering this week, you’ll take advantage of our Early Bird Price of US$99 through June 8, after which the regular registration price of $179 will take effect.

See you then!

Celebrating Pride Month with Out in Tech

Happy Pride Month! Last year, I shared resources and highlighted organizations doing awesome work in the LGBTQ+ community. This year, I’m excited to tell you more about Out in Tech, an organization that Automattic has partnered with for the past four years. I’m proud to say that this year, the Queeromattic Employee Resource Group — an employee-led collective for LGBTQ+ initiatives at Automattic — is co-sponsoring this partnership for the first time. 

“We’re a global nonprofit community of 40,000 members working toward a world in which LGBTQ+ people are empowered, well-represented in the tech industry, and have full agency, from intern to CEO,” says Gary Goldman, the Senior Program Director of Out in Tech. As the Queeromattic Lead, I’ve been fortunate to benefit from the wonderful and empowering community Out in Tech has created through their Qorporate Roundtables, vibrant Slack community, and virtual hangouts in light of COVID-19. It brings me great joy to share more about Out In Tech with you all in this recent interview with Gary. 

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself! How do you identify? How did you get started with Out in Tech?

I identify as a cisgender gay man. Before Out in Tech, I worked as a United Nations consultant for five years in data management. During that time, I was a volunteer for Out in Tech as head of the New York chapter. It has been a dream come true to transition to being a staff member and work for my actual favorite organization out there. 

Q. Can you share any exciting things Out in Tech has planned for Pride?

The unsung heroes of the LGBTQ+ community are the activists working on the ground in the 70+ countries where being queer is illegal (and sometimes even punishable by death). 

On June 20, we’ll be building WordPress.com websites for 10 incredible organizations in these countries; they’re planning on using these sites to advocate for policy change, grow their community, and fundraise.

We’re also hosting a virtual Pride series the second week of June for those working in customer experience (June 10) as well as a day of workshops for folks currently navigating the job market (June 13).  To learn more, visit outintech.com.

Q. Is there one person you’ve helped over the years (or a project you’ve worked on) that stands out in your memory?

I’ve noticed that a lot of people in the LGBTQ+ tech community have been eager to leverage their skills to make the world a better place. 

Derrick Reyes was an early recipient of the Out in Tech Coding Scholarship. Since graduating, they’ve been leveraging their new skills to create an incredible company called Queerly Health, which helps you find and book LGBTQ+ friendly health and wellness practitioners. It was a real full-circle moment to welcome them as a panelist at an Out in Tech event back in January. 

Q. Has partnering with Automattic helped your work?

This partnership has made all the difference in Out in Tech’s work, and that’s not an understatement. When I was a United Nations consultant, I traveled to dozens of countries where being LGBTQ+ is outlawed, and where activists needed a digital platform to amplify their voices. 

WordPress turned that vision into a reality. 

Since 2017, the Out in Tech Digital Corps has built over 100 WordPress.com websites for activists in 50+ countries. 

Automattic provides these activists with hosting, themes, and domains free of charge. We also have Automatticians support us technically during the Digital Corps build days — a special shout-out to Mindy Postoff, who has been to over 10 build days!

Simply put, Out in Tech is powered by Automattic, and we’re incredibly grateful to Marlene Ho, Megan Marcel, and Matt Mullenweg for making it all happen. 

Q. In this time when organizations have pivoted to digital events, can you tell us about your virtual events and other ways to participate in your community?  

Out in Tech’s mission is to create opportunities for our members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change. During COVID-19, we’re still doing just that — but digitally. 

Every week, members have an opportunity to hear from dozens of companies that are actively hiring and to network with each other during Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) socials and even RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties. We also have virtual events featuring prominent LGBTQ+ tech leaders, such as Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital, and Jeff Titterton, the chief marketing officer of Zendesk. 

When it comes to leveraging tech for social change, 100 volunteers built websites for organizations in Senegal, Uganda, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe (among others), and we’re doing it again in June. This spring, our mentorship program connected 83 LGBTQ+ youth to tech mentors for eight weeks. They’re graduating at the end of this month, and we hope some of you reading this will hire them as interns!

Q. What do you look for when partnering with organizations and LGBTQ+ activists around the world?

Out in Tech accepts applications from LGBTQ+ groups on every continent on a rolling basis. When our Digital Corps leadership team reviews applications, they assess four main criteria: 

  • Does the LGBTQ+ organization have a good reason for needing a website? This can range from needing to crowdsource input from the community to applying for grants. 
  • Do they already have a website and just need a revamp? We only select organizations who either do not have an existing web presence, or whose website is very challenging to navigate. 
  • Has the organization been around for more than one year? We want to ensure that the groups we support are established and are going to stick around for the long haul after we build their shiny new website. 
  • Does the organization have at least a few volunteers to keep the website active and up to date once we deliver a user guide to them? We regularly track and monitor which sites are active and how they’re being used.  This helps us to continuously improve our efforts to unite the global LGBTQ+ community.

Community is so important, especially in these times, and I’m doubly thankful for people like Gary who have helped the LGBTQ+ community remain strong. What organizations are you celebrating this month? How are you creating community from afar? Share in the comments below!

At WordPress.com, we strive to be a platform that democratizes publishing so that anyone can share their stories regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world. This month is a great reminder for why we work hard to expand the open web.

Improved Navigation in the WordPress Apps

An app should be intuitive to use, so you can do what you need to do while you’re in a hurry or on the go. The newest versions of the Android and iOS mobile apps are reorganized based on how you actually use them. Publishing and finding what you need have never been faster, so you can spend less time hunting and tapping — and more time creating and engaging.

How did we decide on these changes? We analyzed our apps for pain points and hard-to-do tasks. We looked at the data and talked to people about which features are most important to them. We interviewed WordPress users and showed them prototypes. All these changes come from you — thanks!

Fewer tabs for faster focus

We’ve simplified the app into three main sections focused on the key things you do every day: managing your site, finding and reading great content, and keeping up to date with notifications.

Your account, where it should be

People expect to find account information and settings in the upper-right corner, so that’s where it is now: get to your profile and account by heading to the My Site screen and tapping on your photo. It’s where you expect it to be when you need it, and out of the way when you don’t. 

Start drafting, right now

There’s one button to tap to create new posts or pages. It’s big. It’s pink. It’s got a plus sign on it. It’s always there on the My Site screen, waiting. Tap it and type away!

The links you use the most, right at the top

There are a lot of things you can do with your site, but there are some things you do more often than others — check stats, edit posts, upload photos. We made links to those actions big, and we put them at the top of the My Site screen, right under a more prominent site name and logo.

Content discovery, your way

You’ll now see great content from the sites you follow as soon as you open the Reader. Use the top tabs to switch between different streams of content, or narrow things down with the filter bar if you’re only interested in specific sites or tags.

To see the improvements, make sure you’ve updated your app. The WordPress mobile apps are free and available for both Android and iOS devices. If you have any questions or feedback, reach out to us directly from the app — in My Site, tap your profile image → Help & SupportContact Us.

Many of you are increasingly building your sites and reading other sites on mobile devices, so we’re constantly looking for ways to make our apps easier to use. Look out for upcoming changes that streamline site management and further refine the reading experience!

Working Remotely Isn’t Just About the Work

With COVID-19, the business world has come to a fork in the road: Down one route, shuttered offices. Down the other, companies embracing remote work, showing us how businesses can survive — and thrive! — with a fully remote workforce. And that includes fostering strong team bonds and employee relationships; just because there’s no physical break room or water cooler doesn’t mean companies can’t create opportunities for colleagues to connect.

Not all businesses can operate with remote employees, and the world’s frontline workers don’t have the luxury of dialing in from home. But for those companies that can function without a central office, there are myriad benefits to a distributed workforce. Automattic has always been fully distributed, and we’ve learned a lot about how to build a productive and happy remote workforce over the past 15 years. (CEO Matt Mullenweg is sharing many of these lessons and chatting with other folks running distributed companies on Distributed.blog and on the Distributed podcast.) Lots of companies find themselves suddenly switching to a remote work environment, and there’s a learning curve.

One of the things that can be seen as challenging is social interaction on the job, which plays a vital role in productivity and mental health. When employees build friendships and strong interpersonal relationships, they enjoy their work more and do a better job overall. And if you’re reading this, thinking you don’t know anyone whose work improves when they have strong social bonds among colleagues, you do now — it’s me! As an extrovert, I get energized when I’m able to see people and faces, especially in person, but also online. I’m a conversational learner, too, so ideas stick better in my brain when I have the chance to discuss and brainstorm topics in real time with teammates.

These days, it seems teleconferencing software is as commonplace as coffee shops in Seattle. “Zoom” has become part of our vocabulary, helping us to remain close with family and friends (albeit not physically), and it’s become fodder for marketing and advertising campaigns.

It’s also our preferred conference tool at Automattic, and we use it for a wide range of work gatherings, like town halls and team meetings. But that’s not all we use it for. Knowing that social communication is vital to ensuring a strong culture of camaraderie, we use Zoom to hang out together: We host open mic nights, break out our pencil crayons and color collectively, or do some chair yoga with one another. We’ll also grab a beverage of choice — coffee, beer, Soylent, tea, a crisp rosé — and join a happy hour.

In addition to maximizing online communication tools, we strengthen our collegial relationships offline. For example, we take advantage of the fact that we are distributed all over the world and send postcards to one another.

Whatever we do, we do it because we know that social connection is important. That we’re not going to work in the same physical office just means that we have to be more intentional about making the time, and carving out the (virtual) space, to connect with coworkers. To help inspire other businesses with newly distributed workforces, we’ve put together a resource that lists the many ways we communicate socially at Automattic. You can find it on this page.

Add a Post Carousel and Embed a Podcast Player in Seconds with Our Two Latest Blocks

The WordPress editor keeps expanding its library of blocks, adding new and exciting functionality to websites on a regular basis. After a crop of new business-related blocks last month, our most recent additions will appeal to three communities we hold close to our heart: podcasters, podcast lovers, and bloggers.

Use the Podcast Player block to spread the word about your favorite episodes

Podcasts have been an unstoppable cultural force for several years now — and the format seems to have only grown in popularity in recent months, as so many of us are at home and looking for entertainment and (occasionally?) enlightenment.

Are you a podcaster? Add the Podcast Player block to share your passion project with your visitors, embedding your podcast’s latest episodes on any post or page on your website. If you haven’t launched a podcast (for now, anyway), but are still an avid listener, you can now embed episodes from others’ shows within your own content so readers can listen to them without ever leaving your site.

Once you choose the Podcast Player block from the available blocks in the editor, you won’t need any special codes or embed links. The only information you’ll have to provide is the podcast’s RSS feed URL (not sure where to find it? The information will be readily available on your preferred podcast platform.) Here’s what the podcast player will look like on your site — the example below features the latest episode on the Distributed podcast, hosted by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg:

Episode 20: Adam Gazzaley on the Distracted Mind During a Crisis Distributed, with Matt Mullenweg

  1. Episode 20: Adam Gazzaley on the Distracted Mind During a Crisis

You can customize the Podcast Player block in a number of ways, from specifying how many of the most recent episodes to display, to deciding whether or not you’d like to show each episode’s description. Whether you feature your own podcast or someone else’s, you get to design the listener’s experience on your site. Learn more about adding and customizing the Podcast Episode block.

Keep readers reading with the Post Carousel block

Sooner or later, both veteran bloggers and newer creators encounter a similar issue: publishing frequently helps energize your audience (and gives you an SEO boost, too), but also makes older posts tougher to find.

The Post Carousel block comes to the rescue, providing an easy gateway to the treasures in your blog’s archives.

Add the Post Carousel block to any post or page on your site to encourage visitors to explore more posts (by default, the block will display your most recent ones). For a post to show up in the carousel, it needs to have a featured image; the idea is to engage and entice readers with strong visuals they’ll want to click on. To get a taste of the carousel in action, here’s one highlighting the five most recent posts on the WordPress.com Blog:

For a more curated experience, you can customize what the post carousel shows. A post about your cauliflower taco recipe might call for a carousel showing other recipes that share the “vegan” tag or category. If you run a multi-author online magazine, consider presenting other stories by the same contributor. You can also configure how many items each carousel displays and whether it automatically slides from one featured post to another (among other options). Learn more about adding and customizing the Post Carousel block.


We hope you give these two new blocks a try — leave a comment if you have any questions, or if you’d like to share a link to a post where you’ve already used them.

Expert Advice: SEO and Content Marketing

You’ve launched your website or started a blog. Congratulations! Now it’s time to attract an audience. You built a website to reach people with your art, ideas, or products and services. We’ve created a free online session to help you do just that. 

Register for our next 60-minute webinar, Traffic Control: How to Find and Grow an Audience for your Website, to get advice and guidance on attracting the right people to your site.

Date: May 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT | 11:00 a.m. MDT | 12:00 p.m. CDT | 1:00 p.m. EDT | 17:00 UTC
Cost: Free | Register now
Who’s invited: Content creators, online publishers, and small businesses looking for the best ways to build an audience of loyal customers and dedicated readers.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding your audience.
  • Demystifying SEO.
  • How to optimize your site for local visitors.
  • What does “quality content” really mean?
  • Using email, social media, and paid advertising.
  • How to take advantage of WordPress.com’s marketing tools for audience growth.

Hosts Chris Smith and Kasey Steinbrinck run their own sites and both have worked with a variety of businesses to help them optimize their websites and create strong content. They’ll help you choose what to focus on so that you can make the most of your time. 

After working as an SEO specialist for many years, Chris supports WordPress.com customers with expert advice as a Happiness Engineer. Kasey started his career as a TV news producer and entertainment writer before becoming a content marketer and an independent blogger. Today he works on WordPress.com’s content strategy.

The 60-minute webinar will include detailed instructions on WordPress SEO as well as a Q&A session. Seats are limited so register today to reserve your spot.

10 Ways to Make Your Site More Accessible

Today, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, raises awareness around digital access and inclusion and improving the web experience for everyone. This year, WebAIM analyzed one million homepages for accessibility issues and found that 98% of websites had at least one WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) failure on their homepage, such as low-contrast text, missing image alt text, and empty links. These types of accessibility barriers make it difficult or impossible for some visitors — people who are blind, deaf and hard of hearing, and disabled, for example — to use your site.

We encourage you to audit your site to ensure it’s accessible for all readers; the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool can identify various errors on your site in seconds. Here are some web accessibility tips to get you started, and be sure to explore the guidelines and resources on the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website for deeper learning.


Use an accessibility-ready theme

You can choose from among a variety of designs for your site, but some themes have features that add complexity, making it harder for disabled people or visitors using screen readers to access your content.

When choosing a theme, consider an accessibility-ready design, like Balasana, a free minimal theme for your business website; or Mayland, a free visual theme that’s great for photographers and storytellers. These themes have been checked by the Theme Review Team and pass basic accessibility requirements.

Examples of six accessibility-ready designs from the WordPress.com Theme Showcase

Display your site title and tagline

Many themes allow you to upload a custom header image, which is a visual way to brand your site, display the title of your blog, or promote the name of your business. But some themes may not support alternative text, or the written copy that appears in place of an image on a page if the image fails to load on your visitor’s screen.

Instead of conveying your site title and tagline within a header image, display your site title and tagline text. Go to Manage → Settings, and at the top under Site profile, fill out your Site title and Site tagline. Then, head to Design → Customize, go to Site Identity, and check the box next to Display Site Title and Tagline.

The module in My Sites where you insert your Site Title and Site Tagline

Structure your pages and posts with appropriate headings

Add headings with the Heading Block to organize pages and posts and make it easier for readers to follow your content, which is especially important for longer pages and posts. Click on the “i” icon in the top toolbar of the block editor to view any errors and incorrect heading sizes.

A popup box that appears in the block editor with information on headings and the structure of your post or page

Select fonts and colors for legibility

Fonts and colors are essential components on your site, adding personality and style and strengthening your visual identity online. Avoid font styles and sizes and color palettes that make your site difficult to read, and pay attention to contrast, or the difference between the darkness of your text and the lightness of your background.

The block editor will display an error message in Color settings when it detects poor color contrast in the specific block you’re working on.

An error message that is displayed in the sidebar of the block editor when low color contrast is detected

Clearly describe your links

When linking to another page or post on the web, make your linked text descriptive. For example, “click here” is not as effective as “learn how to apply to my writing workshop.”

A short paragraph with correctly linked text

Include captions with your images

When adding an image with the Image Block, add a description of the image in the caption underneath it. While captions are optional, they improve the experience for all readers by providing more context.

A photo of a vintage typewriter with a caption

Add alt text to your images

Alt text is essential for people who are blind or use screen readers (they can hear alt text read aloud), or people who have disabled images for speed or bandwidth reasons. Alt text is also important for your site’s SEO — it helps search engines understand what your site content is about.

When adding an image with the Image Block, go to the block’s settings on the right and add the alt text in the box under Image settings.

An example of image alt text written in the Alt Text field in the Image Block's settings

Learn more about W3C’s image accessibility guidelines.

Create easily clickable CTA areas

With the Buttons Block, you can add call-to-action buttons to your pages and posts quickly. For those of you who design and embed your own buttons with Image Widgets, make buttons, icons, and other CTA elements with wide-enough areas that are easy to click or tap from different devices.

You can apply this tip to text links as well. Tapping a linked hashtag or asterisk within a sentence, for example — especially on a small screen — may be difficult for some people.

Include captions or transcripts for multimedia content

If your site includes video content, consider adding captions or including transcripts (documenting speech, sounds, as well as actions seen on-screen). Podcast transcripts are also incredibly helpful; here’s a transcript of a recent Distributed episode with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley.

It’s best if video and audio content does not auto-play, but if that’s not possible, options to pause or adjust the volume should be obvious on the page.

Never stop learning and improving

This list is just an introduction to a few best practices and guidelines! If you’re interested in learning more, explore the resources on the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website. You can also explore ways to get involved in improving the accessibility of WordPress.


Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day and participate in online events, webinars, and podcasts.

Say Hello to the WordPress Block Editor

On June 1 we’ll be retiring our older WordPress.com editor and transitioning to the more recent (and more powerful) WordPress block editor. Want to know how this may affect your site and what you can expect? Read on.

If you’ve launched your WordPress.com site in the past year and a half you may have never seen our older editor and are likely already using the more recent WordPress editor. Those of you who have an older site, though, might recognize this editing experience:

We know it can be frustrating to get used to an online tool only to see it change or go away. Retiring an entire editor — the place where you publish posts and pages on WordPress.com — is not something we would ever do on a whim. What inspired us to take this decision is the positive experience site owners have had with the newer WordPress editor.

Why switch to the WordPress editor? Let us count the ways.

The WordPress block editor was released over a year and a half ago. Since then, it has improved in numerous ways thanks to thousands of enhancements and fixes  — to the point that we’re certain it offers a far superior experience compared to the older WordPress.com editor. Not sure? You can take the WordPress editor for a spin. In case you’ve never encountered it before, here are only some of the features you’ll find in the WordPress block editor that aren’t available in the older WordPress.com editor.

Over 100 content blocks for publishing virtually any type of page or post
Content blocks can be mixed and matched to customize the content of any page or post.

A growing collection of block patterns
Block patterns are simply collections of blocks pre-bundled together to form beautiful designs.

Dozens of beautiful, built-in page templates
Page templates simplify the creation of common pages within WordPress by giving you a beautiful predesigned template to get started.

Customizable styles directly within the editor
You can now customize the look and feel of your website by testing out different fonts directly within the WordPress editor.

What other options do I have?

We hope you give the WordPress editor a try — it’s been the editing experience of choice for millions since it arrived on the scene. That said, we know some of you might prefer to avoid this change. We’re offering two options for those who’d rather  stick with an older way of editing your content.

1) Use the Classic block
Within the new WordPress editor you’ll find the Classic block, which replicates the functionality of the Classic editor — that’s the editor that used to be the default until several years ago, well before we introduced the WordPress.com editor. Here’s what it looks like:

2) Opt to use the Classic editor
You also have the choice to switch to the Classic editor. Here’s what it looks like, in case you haven’t seen this one in a while (or ever):

We hope you enjoy the new WordPress editor — give it a try today to get a taste ahead of June 1!

Coming Soon: Make Your Site Private Until You’re Ready to Launch

When you create a new site, you may want to personalize it before making it public. On WordPress.com, we give you a safe space where you can work on building and editing your site until you’re ready to share it with the world.

Until recently, this Coming Soon mode was limited to new sites without plugins or custom themes installed. We realize, however, that many users — regardless of how long they’ve had a website on WordPress.com — might want to make updates, change the design, or add new functionality without making these changes visible to the public until they’re complete. Now, all sites have this Coming Soon option, and you can toggle it on or off as you wish.

To set your site to Coming Soon, go to Manage in the sidebar, select Settings, scroll down to Privacy, and select the Coming Soon button. Be sure to click on Save settings for the change to take effect.

While in this mode, site visitors will see a landing page with your site’s title. You and other logged-in people that you invite will see the full website.

To invite people to view your site while in Coming Soon mode, add them as new users from the ManagePeopleInvite button. Users will need to at least be a Contributor to view the site in this mode.

To make your site public again, go to Manage in the sidebar, select Settings, scroll down to Privacy, and select the Public button. Again, be sure to click on Save settings.

Private sites for all

If instead of sharing your site with everyone, you want to keep it private, and only available to invited members of the site — for instance, a private blog for your family, made up of photos and videos of your children or pets — you can use the Private option under ManageSettingsPrivacy.

In this mode, instead of the Coming Soon landing page, logged-out visitors will see a more discreet prompt to log in.

No matter what you want to do on your site — whether making a few tweaks, refreshing your site design, or building a fully fledged online store — use the Coming Soon feature to keep it private until you’re ready to unveil it to the world.

We hope you enjoy this new feature!

Expert Advice: Business Fundamentals for Creative Professionals

Are you an artist, photographer, or freelance writer? How about a website designer, master metalsmith, or musician? If you’re in any creative profession and would like to learn more about how to market and sell your services and work online, we’ve created a free webinar just for you.

We’ve partnered with our friends at FreshBooks, the leading invoicing and accounting software for creative entrepreneurs, to offer tips on how to build your online store and automate your sales and accounting, leaving you with more time to focus on your craft.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT | 11:00 a.m. MDT | 12:00 p.m. CDT | 1:00 p.m. EDT | 17:00 UTC
Cost: Free
Registration link
Who’s invited: Artists, writers, musicians, website and graphic designers, photographers, marketers, and anyone else interested in learning how to sell their creative services online.

Your hosts will be Jonathan Wold, Community Manager at WooCommerce, and Irene Elliott, Senior Community Manager at FreshBooks. Dustin Hartzler, a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer, will moderate questions. After the 45-minute presentation, we’ll open up the (virtual) floor for a 15-minute Q&A session.

Attendee slots are limited, so be sure to register early to save your seat! But if you can’t make it, we’ve got your back. A recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our YouTube channel a few days after the event.

See you then!

Earth Day Turns 50 with a Massive Livestream Event

As the world fights to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, another crisis looms.

In late 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to cut global carbon emissions almost in half by 2030. This decade will be critical.

As we’ve stated in the past, the time to act is now — we simply cannot continue business as usual, and this proves resoundingly true this year. We are in a time of maximum uncertainty and urgency.

Earth Day Live: April 22-24

Earth Day Live is a three-day livestream and an epic community mobilization to show support for our planet, through which millions of people can tune in online alongside activists, celebrities, musicians, and more. The massive live event — which starts on April 22 and concludes on April 24 — is organized by climate, environmental, and Indigenous groups within the US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition.

Starting today, you can opt into displaying a banner that promotes Earth Day Live on your WordPress.com site, showing your commitment to this critical topic and spreading the word about the digital event and livestream. On April 22, sites with this feature enabled will automatically display a full-screen overlay message. Your site visitors will be able to dismiss the banner once viewed.

Promote this global movement on your site

To activate the banner, go to My Site → Manage → Settings. At the top of the Settings menu, you will see a toggle switch — flip it on to join this digital climate strike.

Self-hosted WordPress sites can also join the movement by installing the Earth Day Live WP plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository. 

After the livestream ends, the banner will disappear on its own — no further action is required on your end. (If you’ve installed the plugin, it will automatically disable.)

Together we can make a difference. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this movement.


Visit Earth Day Live for event details, and explore more digital Earth Day initiatives and resources on WordPress so you can take action on April 22 — or any day.

Expert Advice: Get Started on Your New Website

Starting a new website can be a bit overwhelming but we’re here to help! Beginning Monday, April 20th, WordPress.com will host free, 30-minute live webinars to cover those initial questions that come up as you start to build your website. Each day will cover a different topic, all designed to give actionable advice on how to create the type of website you want. 

Date: Starts April 20, 2020 and repeats daily Monday thru Friday

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays – Getting Started: Website Building 101
  • Tuesdays – Quick Start: Payments (Simple and Recurring)
  • Wednesdays – Quick Start: Blogging
  • Thursdays – Quick Start: WooCommerce 101
  • Fridays – Empezando: Construcción de Sitios Web 101

Time: 09:00 am PDT | 10:00 am CDT | 12:00 pm EDT | 16:00 UTC

Who’s Invited: New WordPress.com users and anyone interested in learning more about WordPress.com’s website capabilities.

Register Here: https://wordpress.com/webinars/

Our WordPress.com customer service team, we call them Happiness Engineers, are experts in helping new users get up and running on their new websites. Across each week of webinars we’ll cover questions about the basics of setting up your website, handling simple and recurring payments, blogging best practices, and adding in eCommerce capabilities. Come with questions as you’ll be able to submit them beforehand—in the registration form—and during the live webinar.

Everyone is welcome, even if you already have a site set up. We know you’re busy, so if you can’t make the live event, you’ll be able to watch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.

Live attendance is limited, so be sure to register early. We look forward to seeing you on the webinar!

Expert Advice: How to Start Selling on Your Website

Are you just taking your first steps selling a product or service online and don’t know where to begin? Be sure to register for our next 60-minute webinar, where our expert Happiness Engineers will walk you through the basics of eCommerce and show you how to set up your online store.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 5 p.m. UTC | 1 p.m. EDT | 12 p.m. CDT | 10 a.m. PDT
Cost: Free
Who’s invited: business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, service providers, store owners, and anyone else who wants to sell a product or service online.
Registration link

Hosts Steve Dixon and Maddie Flynn are both veteran Happiness Engineers with years of experience helping business owners and hobbyists build and launch their eCommerce stores. They will provide step-by-step instructions on setting up:

  • Simple Payments — perfect for selling a single product or service.
  • Recurring Payments — great for subscriptions and donations.
  • WooCommerce — ideal for entrepreneurs who want to build an online store and automate sales.

No previous eCommerce experience is necessary, but we recommend a basic familiarity with WordPress.com to ensure you can make the most from the webinar. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A session (15-20 minutes), so you can already note down any questions you might have and bring them with you to the webinar.

Seats are limited, so register now to reserve your spot. See you then!

Import Your WordPress Site to WordPress.com — Including Themes and Plugins

It’s been possible to export your posts, images, and other content to an export file, and then transfer this content into another WordPress site since the early days of WordPress.

Select WordPress from the list of options to import your site.

This basic WordPress import moved content, but didn’t include other important stuff like themes, plugins, users, or settings. Your imported site would have the same pages, posts, and images (great!) but look and work very differently from the way you or your users expect (less great).

There’s a reason that was written in the past tense: WordPress.com customers can now copy over everything from a self-hosted WordPress site — including themes and plugins — and create a carbon copy on WordPress.com. You’ll be able to enjoy all the features of your existing site, plus the benefits of our fast, secure hosting with tons of features, and our world-class customer service.

Select “Everything” to import your entire WordPress site to WordPress.com.

To prep for your import, sign up for a WordPress.com account — if you’d like to import themes and plugins, be sure to select the Business or eCommerce plan — and install Jetpack (for free) on your self-hosted site to link it to WordPress.com. To start the actual import, head to Tools → Import in your WordPress.com dashboard.

Then, sit back and relax while we take care of moving your old site to a new sunny spot at WordPress.com. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to roll!

Make Your Business More Accessible with New Blocks

From our support sessions with customers each month, we know that growing your brand or business is a top website goal. And in this unprecedented time in which more people around the world are staying at home, it’s important to promote your products and services online to reach a wider audience and connect with more people.

Our team has been hard at work improving the block editor experience. We’ve launched six new blocks that integrate WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled sites with popular services — Eventbrite, Calendly, Pinterest, Mapbox, Google Calendar, and OpenTable — enabling you to embed rich content and provide booking and scheduling options right on your blog or website.

Whether you’re an online boutique, a pilates studio, an independent consultant, or a local restaurant, these blocks offer you more ways to promote your brand or business. Take a look at each block — or simply jump to a specific one below.


Promote online events with the Eventbrite block

Looking for a way to promote an online event (like your museum’s virtual curator talk or your company’s webinar on remote work), or even an at-home livestream performance for your fans and followers? Offering key features of the popular event registration platform, the Eventbrite block embeds events on posts and pages so your visitors can register and purchase tickets right from your site.

Quick-start guide:

  • To use this block, you need an Eventbrite account. If you don’t have one, sign up at Eventbrite for free.
  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button and search for and select the Eventbrite Checkout block.
  • Enter the URL of your Eventbrite event. Read these steps from Eventbrite if you need help.
  • Select from two options: an In-page Embed shows the event details and registration options directly on your site. The Button & Modal option shows just a button; when clicked, the event details will pop up so your visitor can register.

Learn more on the Eventbrite block support page.


Schedule sessions with the Calendly block

Want to make it easier for people to book private meditation sessions or language lessons with you? The Calendly block, featured recently in our guide on moving your classes online, is a handy way for your clients and students to book a session directly on your site — eliminating the time spent coordinating schedules. You can also use the Calendly block to schedule team meetings or group events.

Quick-start guide:

  • To use this block, you need a Calendly account. Create one for free at Calendly.
  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button and search for and select the Calendly block.
  • Enter your Calendly web address or embed code. Follow these steps from Calendly if you need help.
  • Select from two styles: the Inline style embeds a calendar directly onto your site; the Link style inserts a button that a visitor can click to open a pop-up calendar.
  • This block is currently available to sites on the WordPress.com Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans. It’s free on Jetpack sites.

Learn more on the Calendly block support page.


Up your visual game with the Pinterest block

Strong visuals help to provide inspiration, tell your stories, and sell your products and services. Pinterest is an engaging way for bloggers, influencers, and small business owners to enhance their site content and expand their following. With the Pinterest block, you can embed and share pins, boards, and profiles on your site.

Quick-start guide:

  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button and search for and select the Pinterest block.
  • Paste the URL of a pin, board, or profile you’d like to display and click Embed. Note that you can only embed public boards.
  • Pro tip: in the block editor, go to Layout Elements and select Layout Grid to create a visually striking layout with pins, boards, and profiles, as shown above.

Display locations with the Map block

A map on your site is a quick visual way to display a location, like your restaurant’s takeout window or the drop-off spot for donations to a local food bank. Powered by mapping platform Mapbox, the Map block embeds a customized map on your site. Show the location of your business, a chain of boutique hotels, the meeting spots for your nonprofit’s volunteers, and more.

Quick-start guide:

  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button and search for and select the Map block.
  • In the text field, type the location you want to display and select the correct location from among the results that appear.
  • Click on the red marker to edit the title and caption of the marker.
  • Explore the toolbar for block-specific settings. Add more markers, for example, by clicking the Add a marker button.
  • In the sidebar, customize your map’s appearance (including colors, height, and zoom level).

Explore more settings on the Map block support page.


Share your calendar with the Google Calendar block

Are you an author planning a book tour (or a series of online readings)? A digital marketing consultant hosting social media workshops? A neighborhood pop-up bakery? With the Google Calendar block, you can display a calendar of upcoming events or your hours of operation.

Quick-start guide:

  • In Google Calendar, click the three dots next to your calendar name and select Settings and sharing.
  • Under Access Permissions, ensure Make available to public is checked.
  • Click on Integrate calendar on the left and copy the code under Embed code.
  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button, search for and select the Custom HTML block, and paste the code you copied in Google Calendar.
  • Publish your post or page. The next time you edit this post or page, you’ll see the code has been converted to shortcode.

Explore more settings on the Google Calendar block support page.


Streamline reservations with the OpenTable block

If you’re a restaurant or cafe owner, a primary goal of your site is to increase the number of bookings. Sure, people aren’t dining out right now, but you can be ready to take reservations in the future. With the OpenTable block, people can reserve a table directly from a post or page instead of calling or booking through a different reservation service.

Quick-start guide:

  • To use this block, your restaurant must be listed on OpenTable. Create an OpenTable listing now.
  • In the block editor, click the Add Block (+) button and search for and select the OpenTable block.
  • Enter your OpenTable Reservation Widget embed code. Check this OpenTable guide if you need help.
  • Explore the block’s toolbar and sidebar settings. For example, choose from four different embed styles: Standard, Tall, Wide, and Button.
  • This block is currently available to sites on the WordPress.com Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans. It’s free on Jetpack sites.

Learn more on the OpenTable block support page.


Which blocks are you most excited about?

Stay tuned for more new blocks soon!

Create With Confidence — and Better Blocks

In the last few years, the teams working on the block editor have learned a lot about how people build sites now and how they want to build sites in the future.

The latest version represents the culmination of these discoveries, and the next stage in the editor’s evolution.

With better visuals and more advanced features, it’ll keep designers, developers, writers, and editors productive and happy, and — tension-building drumroll — it’s in your editor right now!

What’s new

With a comprehensive visual refresh, a plethora of new features, and dozens of bug fixes, the new block editor comes with a lot to unpack.

What follows is just a small (but delectable) sample of the many ways we’ve upgraded your editing experience. (You can get the full list of goodies in the release notes.)

We hope you enjoy.

A revamped editor UI

The first thing you’ll notice is the slick UI. Buttons, icons, text, and dropdowns are all sporting a contrast boost, with bolder colors and more whitespace between buttons, text labels, and menu items.

The world is made of blocksThe new block editor’s UI

As you navigate through the editor’s menus, individual items are clearly highlighted, allowing you to quickly identify what you’ve selected.

Active menu items have distinct highlights

The block toolbars are now simpler, displaying the most commonly-used features. For example, paragraph blocks show only bold, italic, and link formatting buttons. You’ll find all the extra options in the dropdown menu.

The block toolbar options are simpler and uncluttered

What’s more, instead of listing blocks within a fixed-height container, the block inserter now spans the height of the window. You’ll now see more blocks and block categories at once with less scrolling.

Block inserter spanning the full height of the windowThe block inserter spans the full height of your screen

Introducing block patterns

With the block editor as your canvas you can design almost any layout you can imagine – but building intricate page structures should never get in the way of your creative process.

Here’s where the blocks really shine: along with individual blocks, the editor now includes block patterns, a library of predefined and reusable block layouts, that you use on any page or post.

To check out the list of available patterns, click on the block pattern icon (on the top right) to reveal a collection of pre-built layouts:

Block patterns are groups of individual blocks combined to create elegant layouts

Pick the pattern you want to use, and it will appear in your editor ready for you to customize with your own content.

Right now, you’ll find a few introductory patterns – Two Columns of Text, Two Buttons, Cover, and Two Images Side by Side – but we’ll be adding more and more patterns as they’re available. When the block patterns API opens up to third-party authors, you’ll also be able to develop and share your own.

(Have an idea for a great pattern? The block editor developer community is actively seeking ideas. The more ideas they receive, the better your editor will be!)

Colors, colors everywhere

When it comes to words and columns, websites aren’t newspapers: things don’t have to be black and white.

Use the new Text Color selector tool to change the color of sentences, and even individual words and letters. Highlight the text you’d like to change, then click on the arrow dropdown and select “Text Color.”

Select “Text Color” from the options
Pick the color of your word or character

 

To change the background colors of your columns, select the column and head to the sidebar, to Color settings.

Columns get background colors too!

The road ahead is paved with blocks

There’s still a long way to go, and the editor’s community of contributors hasn’t given its collective keyboards a moment’s rest. Work on polishing UI elements like the sidebar and dropdowns continues along with advancements to block patterns and other exciting features.

Are there ways we could improve the site editing experience even more? Please let us know! We’re always keen to hear how we can make the web a better place for everyone.

How to Move Your Classes Online — and Charge for Them

We are proud to host many websites for language tutors, yoga schools, and personal fitness coaches around the world.

It’s exciting to see how educators and consultants across different industries are getting creative with their online offerings: language teachers conduct 1:1 sessions to help students hone pronunciation, yoga studios livestream group sessions, and instructors lead writing boot camps via Zoom breakout rooms. Even my own strength coach is monitoring my workouts — I launch the camera on my phone, place it against the wall, and do deadlifts while he supervises.

Last year we launched Recurring Payments to support creators, consultants, small businesses, and other professionals in establishing dependable income streams. We were very pleased to discover that online educators using this feature are thriving as well!

Marta, for example, runs Spanish Teacher Barcelona, a Spanish language school located in — you guessed it! — Barcelona. She offers 1:1 sessions and classes in a coworking space in the city’s Gracia neighborhood. For customers that cannot meet in person, she hosts private lessons online, available with a subscription. She offers three subscription plans to meet the variety of needs of her students.

Ready to set up your own subscription-based service or move your existing classes online? Here’s a quick guide to get you set up with the right tools, so you can focus instead on providing the best educational environment possible. 

Set up your online class today

Below, we’ll cover the steps you can take to get your classes or private lessons up and running with the Recurring Payments feature. We’ll also recommend tools to make scheduling 1:1 sessions and operating your classes easier, like the Calendly block and various video conferencing tools. 

1. Create a “Subscribe” page to promote your class or service

You need to convince your customers that your subscription is worth paying for. A typical way to do this is with a “Subscribe” page where you explain the benefits of your services.

Take a look at the “Join” page on Longreads.com, an online publication that publishes and curates nonfiction storytelling on the web and funds stories with memberships:

A few tips to make your offer irresistible:

  • Focus on the benefits for the customer.
  • Provide a few subscription options, such as classes at different frequencies and at different price points.
  • Add testimonials if you can — people love to read reviews.

Create this page by going to My Sites → Pages → Add New.

2. Add a subscription with the Recurring Payments feature

Recurring Payments allows you to create renewable payments. Your subscribers will enter their credit card details, and will then be charged automatically every month or every year.

Recurring Payments is currently available on any of our paid plans. To get started, you’ll need to create a Stripe account, which is a global money transfer service. We partner with Stripe to make sure payments end up safely in your bank account.

You can start collecting Recurring Payments in five minutes.

On the “Subscribe” page you created above, search for the “Recurring Payments” block:

After clicking “Connect to Stripe,” you’ll be able to connect your existing Stripe account or create a new one.

Now you can create your first subscription.

Set the price, frequency (we recommend monthly for start), and the title of your subscription, like Writing Bootcamp, 3 breakout sessions/month or Conversational French for Beginners, 4 classes/month.

That’s it! Your subscription is now created. Once you publish the page and activate your Stripe account, your customers will be able to subscribe to this service.

Subscriptions are dependable: your subscribers will be automatically charged at the beginning of the next renewal period (in a month or a year). You don’t have to remind or nudge them, and they also don’t have to remember to pay you — everything is handled.

For more details, please read this Recurring Payments support article.

Would you rather sell access to your services as a one-time purchase? Check out the Simple Payments feature.

3. Schedule your lessons

Your subscribers can set up a time for their lessons using a service like Calendly, a handy tool that allows them to select a free slot in your schedule. We recently created the Calendly block to bring some of the service’s key features to you. While editing your page, search for the “Calendly” block.

Remember to check if the subscription is active

Before hopping on an online meeting, you need to confirm that the person scheduling a call is indeed a paying subscriber. Check the list of your active Recurring Payments subscribers located in your WordPress.com dashboard under My Sites Earn Payments.

Read more about managing your list of subscribers.

4. Select a tool to host your class

Video conferencing tools are very useful for teaching. Apart from seeing the other person, you can share your screen, send files, or even host a session for multiple people, lecture-style.

You can use Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom (which is what we use for our meetings here at WordPress.com). Zoom has put together a handy tutorial for teachers.

If you’d like additional setup tips on selecting a theme for your website, adding content and media, and adding students as viewers or contributors, read our support tutorial on building a virtual classroom.

What amazing class are you going to launch?

Expert Advice: How to Make a Great Website for Your Small Business – Webinar

Whether you already own a small business or are exploring the idea of starting one, you’ll come away from this free, 60-minute live webinar with a wealth of actionable advice on how to maximize your digital presence.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PDT | 1:00 pm CDT | 2:00 pm EDT | 18:00 UTC
Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4215849773038/WN_at0PB64eTo2I0zJx-74g2Q
Who’s invited: Business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone interesting in starting a small business or side gig.

Hosts Steve Dixon and Kathryn Presner, WordPress.com Happiness Engineers, have many combined years of experience helping small-business owners create and launch successful websites. They’ll give you tips on site design, search engine optimization (SEO), monetization, and mobile optimization. You’ll be able to submit questions beforehand—in the registration form—and during the live webinar.

Everyone is welcome, even if you already have a site, and even if your site wasn’t built on WordPress.com. We know you’re busy, so if you can’t make the live event, you’ll be able to watch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.

Live attendance is limited, so be sure to register early. We look forward to seeing you on the webinar!

On Working Remotely: An Automattic Reader

How does a distributed company — a group of people with shared business goals but spread out around the world, representing different cultures, family settings, and local health considerations — stick together during a major health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic?

We don’t intend to make it sound easy. And we are aware — from our families, our communities, the businesses we support, and our customers — that many, if not most companies cannot actually work 100 percent remotely because of the nature of their business.

For those who can transition to distributed work in the wake of this evolving crisis, we wanted to suggest ideas that might help colleagues work well together even when you’re no longer all sharing the same physical space.

We’re lucky that many Automatticians have shared advice and best practices based on their many years of working from home — and we’ve compiled some of these resources below to empower others to listen to and support their coworkers during a difficult and disruptive time.

Of course, from his first post on remote work to his most recent one reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, to his Distributed podcast and beyond, founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg is a prominent voice on remote work and distributed culture. To send you off on a lighter note, Matt published his first “What’s In My Bag” post in 2014 and has done it again several times since.

We hope these resources are helpful to you during these trying times, and that you and everyone in your communities stay safe.

WPBlockTalk: A Free Online Event Focused on the Block Editor

Ready to explore the possibilities with the block editor? WPBlockTalk is a free and live virtual event that will bring together designers, developers, and other WordPress enthusiasts from across the WordPress community.

Topics to expect:

  • Building the block editor: what it takes to develop the block editor, what features are on the roadmap, and how you can contribute
  • Developing blocks: inspiration and ideas for developing your own custom blocks
  • Designing with blocks: learn more about using blocks to make powerful and versatile layouts and templates

If you’re passionate and curious about the future of WordPress, then this April 2 event is for you!

If you’re busy that day, don’t worry — all the talks will also be published on WordPress.tv for you to watch (and re-watch) whenever you like.

In the meantime, join the WPBlockTalk email list for registration details, speaker and schedule updates, and more. We look forward to seeing you online!

Announcing a New Scholarship for LGBTQ+ WordPress Community Members

The Queeromattic Employee Resource Group, Automattic’s LGBTQ+ internal organization, is proud to announce a scholarship for LGBTQ+ WordPress Community members who need financial support to attend a WordCamp flagship event for the first time. 

For those unfamiliar with WordCamps, they are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. There are currently four flagship events each year: WordCamp Europe, WordCamp Asia, WordCamp US, and WordCamp Latin America. We’re going to sponsor one member of the LGBTQ+ community to attend each of these events!

Our hope in sponsoring folks to attend an initial WordCamp flagship event is that it will provide a career-enhancing opportunity for folks to connect more deeply with members of the WordPress community and level up their own WordPress skills to take back into their everyday life. Many of us at Automattic found our way here through the wider WordPress community and we’re really excited to share that chance with folks from the LGBTQ+ community who might not have the opportunity otherwise. 

Right now, we’re accepting applications to WordCamp US 2020. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a WordPress user, we encourage you to apply: https://automattic.com/scholarships/queeromattic/  To be considered, please apply no later than Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12 a.m. Pacific Time.

If you know someone who would be perfect for an opportunity like this, please share it with them! We want folks from all over the world to have the chance to benefit from this new scholarship.

Turning a Page with Page Layouts

Need to add a new page to your site but don’t know where to start? Making a brand new site on WordPress.com and want to design a homepage quickly? There’s a new addition to the WordPress experience that’ll help with exactly that.

Let’s take a look at Page Layouts! They’re pre-designed pages you can drop content into, without needing to decide what to put where.

To add a Page Layout to your site, head to My Sites > Site > Pages and click the “Add New Page” button — it’s the pink one:

Next, we’ll show you a selection of layouts you can choose from — there are layouts available for

  • About pages
  • Contact pages
  • Services pages
  • Portfolio pages
  • Restaurant Menu, Team, and Blog pages
  • and even starting points for Home pages

Here’s one of the available Portfolio Page Layouts, for example.

These layouts are all made using blocks in our block editor, which means you can edit the images, content, and layout all in one place. Start by replacing the default images and text, and you’ll be on your way!

You can use Page Layouts to make great-looking pages with only a few clicks. For inspiration, here are a selection of layouts using a variety of WordPress.com themes.

What other types of pages and designs would be useful for your site? Let us know what you’d like to see — we’d love to hear from you!

A Crash Course in Remote Management

Remote work is a prominent topic lately, as people around the world are doing their best to live their lives and keep themselves and their families safe and prepared during the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of this outbreak is felt across societies and cultures as well as in the workplace.  

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is a primarily distributed company with more than 1,000 employees across 76 countries. I’m an engineering lead, currently working on the Developer Experience team. As Automattic has grown, we’ve learned a lot about working remotely and across time zones, and have shared insights on what we see as the future of work on the Distributed podcast, hosted by our CEO, Matt Mullenweg. 

This week, Nicole Sanchez, the founder of Vaya Consulting and an expert on workplace culture, and I had an opportunity to co-present a Crash Course in Remote Management, a free one-hour webinar hosted on Zoom. Nicole has previously held social impact and leadership roles at GitHub and the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Nicole and I walked an engaged audience through proven practices and what they’ve learned about leading, communicating with, and measuring the success of remote teams. Participants offered insightful questions, leading to lively discussions around:

  • Collaboration and relationship-building.
  • The cost, benefit, and ideal frequency of bringing teams together for face-to-face interaction (in general, if not as commonly right now).
  • Communicating and prioritizing messages across a variety of channels. 
  • Encouraging people to go outside, exercise, spend time with family, or otherwise step away from the computer (also known as being “AFK,” or “Away From Keyboard”) without the fear of being judged or anxiety over being less productive.

Some companies are encouraging employees to experiment with working from home, which can feel very different from in-person and office work. If you’re interested in learning more, please check out the full video recording of the course:

Matt’s latest blog post, “Coronavirus and the Remote Work Experiment No One Asked For,” is also worth a read. For more information and advice on COVID-19, please visit resources from the CDC, World Health Organization, and other health authorities.

Improved Offline Publishing

The best technology is invisible and reliable. You almost forget it’s there, because things just work. Bad technology never disappears into the background — it’s always visible, and worse, it gets in your way. We rarely stop to think “My, what good Wifi!” But we sure notice when the Wifi is iffy.

Good technology in an app requires solid offline support. A WordPress app should give you a seamless, reliable posting experience, and you shouldn’t have to worry whether you’re online or offline while using WordPress Mobile. And if we’ve done our jobs right, you won’t have to! 

We all need fewer worries in life, so if you haven’t already head to https://apps.wordpress.com/get/ to download the apps.

Offline Publishing

On the go and without a connection?  No worries! The apps will now remember your choices and once you’re back online, your content will be saved and published as requested.  But if you changed your mind about publishing a post while you’re still offline, you can still safely cancel it.

The new Offline Publishing flow.

This improved publishing flow comes together with a revamped UI for your post status.  You’ll be able to clearly see which posts are pending, saving or publishing.

Smoother Messaging

We removed several alerts that were being presented while you were offline.  These blocking alerts required you to take action but often provided no insights on either what the problem was, or how to resolve it.

They have been replaced with contextual non-blocking messages both within the UI, and in notices appearingright above the toolbar.

As a result, you’ll see less disruptive and uninformative alerts, and more inline and informative messages, such as the one shown above.

Safeguards

We also added some safeguards to ensure there are no surprises!

You can cancel offline publishing.

Modifying posts that are scheduled for publishing will cancel the publishing action. Don’t worry, though – you can always reschedule the post for publishing.

All queued save and publishing operations will be canceled if your device stays offline for more than 48 hours.  We want you to be in complete control of what gets published and when.

The Block Editor is Now Supported on the WordPress native apps

Part of what helps WordPress power 34% of the web is language: WordPress is fully translated into 68 languages. Pair that with the WordPress native apps, which make WordPress available across devices, and you have a globally accessible tool.

Today we’re announcing app updates that bring the new Block editor to mobile devices, so on-the-go publishing is even easier for that 34%.

At Automattic, we speak 88 different languages, so we thought: why not use some of them to tell you about the editor updates? Instead of a few screenshots and bullet points, here are some of the people who build the editor and apps sharing their favorite tools and tricks for the mobile Block editor. To make it more accessible, we’ve also included English translations. 

(And for those who want more detail — yes, there are still screenshots and bullet points!)

Rafael, Brazilian Portuguese

Com o novo editor, a criação de conteúdo é mais intuitiva por que as opções de formatação de texto e inserção de arquivos são exibidas de uma forma bem simples.

Toque no ícone ⊕ enquanto estiver editando um post ou página para ver os blocos disponíveis como Parágrafo, Título, Imagem, Vídeo, Lista, Galeria, Mídia e texto, Espaçador e muitos outros.

Translation

With the new editor, creating content is more intuitive because the options to format text and add media are displayed in a simple way. Tap on the ⊕ icon when editing whether a post or page to see all the available blocks like Paragraph, Heading, Image, Video, List, Gallery, Media & Text, Spacer and more.

Anitaa, Tamil

பயணங்களில் மிகவும் விருப்பமுள்ள எனக்கு, பயண குறிப்புகளை பயண நேரத்திலேயே எழுதுவது வழக்கம். இந்தப் புதிய கைபேசி செயலி என் வேலையே மிகவும் எளிதாக்குகிறது. எனக்குப் பிடித்த சில அம்சவ்கள்:  

  • கி போர்ட்டில் உள்ள நேக்ஸ்ட் பொத்தானை அழுத்துவதன் மூலமே புதிய பத்தியை தொடங்க முடிவது.
  • பட்டியல் தொகுதியைப் பயன்படுத்தி எனது சொந்த பட்டியலை உருவாக்க முடியும்.

பட்டியலின் உள்ளெ பட்டியலை சரிபார்க்கும், அல்லது, துணை பட்டியலை உள்ளடக்கும் பட்டியல் பத்தியை ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்க்கிறேன். எனவே அடுத்த புதுப்பிப்பைப் பற்றி நான் மகிழ்ச்சியடைகிறேன்.

Translation

I love travelling and I spend a lot of time on my blog writing travel tips while on the go. My favorite features in the Block editor include:

  • Creating a new paragraph block by pressing the RETURN button on the keypad.
  • Adding a List block to create my own lists.
    • You can even add sub-lists!

I look forward to seeing what’s coming next!

Mario, Spanish

Cuando escribo, doy mil vueltas sobre qué palabras utilizar y me cuesta decidirme. Uso mi móvil porque me da la posibilidad de capturar mis ideas justo en el momento que se me ocurren. Es por eso que de las cosas que más me gustan del Editor es que puedo moverme de un bloque de texto a otro con facilidad y también cambiarlos de lugar. Además, se puede hacer/deshacer muy fácilmente, y siempre se mantiene el historial de edición lo que me da mayor seguridad a la hora de cambiar incluso sólo pequeñas partes del contenido que voy escribiendo.

Translation

When I write, I walk around in circles and can never decide which words to use. So I use my mobile phone, which lets me capture ideas right when they occur to me. That’s why the things I appreciate in the new Editor are the abilities to move from block to block with ease and to change their order and since you can undo/redo quite easily and can see your editing history, I have confidence when I change even small bits of the post I’m writing.

Jaclyn, Chinese

用過 Gutenberg 古騰堡後網誌效率高很多!因為寫旅行文章,很多時候是在旅途中或是平日空擋等候時間紀錄和寫下想法,行動 app 讓我隨時隨地都可以編輯文章。行動古騰堡簡化了移動文章段落重新排序的步驟,讓文章的架構變得很清楚,也更容易管理。

Translation

The new block editor truly makes a difference in my blogging efficiency and experience. Since my blog is about traveling, I often scribble notes and thoughts during my trips. The block editor on mobile simplifies the process of moving paragraphs around and organizing content, so the architecture of the post becomes clearer and easier to reorganize.

To start using the block editor on your app, make sure to update to the latest version, and then opt in to using it! To opt in, navigate to My Site Settings and toggle on Use Block Editor.

We hope you give the latest release a try; tell us about your favorite part of the mobile block editor once you’ve had a chance to try it.

We’d also love to know your thoughts on the general writing flow and on some of the newer blocks like video, list, and quote blocks. For specific feedback, you can reach out to us from within the app by going to Me Help and Support, then selecting Contact Us.

Power Users Rejoice: You've Got SFTP and Database Access

Three new hosting management tools give you direct access to your site’s files and data.

Have a site on a Business or eCommerce plan? Now you have three new ways to customize your WordPress.com site: SFTP access, database access, and PHP version switching give you behind-the-scenes access to the nuts and bolts of your site, which means more freedom and flexibility than ever before. If you’ve ever gotten stuck trying to modify your WordPress.com site because you couldn’t manually upload file changes or delete something from your database, website management is about to get a lot easier.

You’ll find all these features in a new section of your dashboard: Manage > Hosting Configuration.

The Hosting Configuration Screen

SFTP credentials

SFTP is a secure way to access the files and folders on your WordPress.com site using a program on your local computer like Filezilla. Some custom plugins and themes ask you to create specific folders or add files via SFTP. While many of those tasks can be accomplished with tools already built into your WordPress.com dashboard, folks who like using SFTP can now have SFTP access so they can make these changes directly. Check out our step-by-step guide to get started.

Database access

At WordPress.com, we regularly optimize your database so you don’t have to, but there might still be times when you need an efficient way to modify data, like purging all the tables created by a plugin you’ve decided to delete. Accessing your site’s database is an effective way to do this. 

Database access is a powerful tool, so if you’re at all unsure about working with a database, reach out to our Happiness Engineers! If you’re unfamiliar with databases, you can also find information on getting started in our help documentation.

PHP version switching

PHP is still one of the key languages used to build the web, and a new version, PHP 7.4, was recently released. WordPress.com sites currently run PHP 7.3, which has been tested extensively across all of WordPress.com, but sites on Business or eCommerce plans can switch to version 7.4 immediately. Learn more.

Since these new tools let you dig into some of the code and data the powers your site, you’ll find a link for our support team right from the dashboard so you can get help if you need it. Have fun getting under the hood, power users!

New Theme: Twenty Twenty

We’re pleased to announce that Twenty Twenty — the new WordPress default theme designed by Anders Norén— is available to all WordPress.com sites.

Twenty Twenty was designed with the flexibility of the new WordPress Editor at its core. If you want to use it for an organization or a business, you can combine columns, groups, and media to create dynamic layouts that show off your services or products. If you want to use it for a traditional blog, the centered content column and considered typography makes it perfect for that as well.

It also has been designed and developed to take maximum advantage of the creative freedom enabled by the block editor. Extra care has been given to the Columns and Group blocks, which can be combined into impressive landing pages with intricate blocks layouts. Twenty Twenty includes full editor styles for the block editor, so what you see in the editor will almost exactly match the end result.

Learn more about WordPress’s latest default theme here, or check out the demo site!

PHP 7.4 Just Came Out, and So Did Our PHP Version Switcher

PHP is still one of the most popular languages used to build the web. The newest version, PHP 7.4, was released today — and Business and eCommerce plan customers can opt to start using it immediately.

WordPress.com sites run PHP 7.3 by default — it’s still our recommended version, since it’s been stress-tested across all of WordPress.com — but if you have a site on the Business or eCommerce plan and want to be on the leading technological edge, you can opt to switch to version 7.4 immediately.

Head to My Site > Manage > Hosting Configuration to find the new PHP Version Switcher:

Choose which version of PHP you want your site to run on, click the “Update PHP version” button, and voilà.

(Note: All sites with eCommerce plans can make the switch right now. Sites on the Business plan need to have either an active plugin or a custom theme to use the PHP Version Switcher.)

PHP’s evolved with each version 7 release, and PHP 7.4 promises to have the strongest performance yet. It will eventually power all WordPress.com sites, but Business and eCommerce customers can take advantage of the update today!

A New Way to Earn Money on WordPress.com

It’s hard to be creative when you’re worried about money. Running ads on your site helps, but for many creators, ad revenue isn’t enough. Top publishers and creators sustain their businesses by building reliable income streams through ongoing contributions.

Our new Recurring Payments feature for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites lets you do just that: it’s a monetization tool for content creators who want to collect repeat contributions from their supporters, and it’s available with any paid plan on WordPress.com.

Let your followers support you with periodic, scheduled payments. Charge for your weekly newsletter, accept monthly donations, sell yearly access to exclusive content — and do it all with an automated payment system.

With recurring payments, you can:

  • Accept ongoing payments from visitors directly on your site.
  • Bill supporters automatically, on a set schedule. Subscribers can cancel anytime from their WordPress.com account.
  • Offer ongoing subscriptions, site memberships, monthly donations, and more, growing your fan base with exclusive content.
  • Integrate your site with Stripe to process payments and collect funds.

Enable Recurring Payments in three steps

Start accepting ongoing payments in just five minutes, without any technical background. 

1. Connect (or create) a Stripe account

WordPress.com partners with Stripe, one of the internet’s biggest payment processors, to make sure transactions are fast and secure. You’ll need a Stripe account to use Recurring Payments. 

Head to your Earn page and click Connect Stripe to Get Started — we’ll walk you through the setup and help you create a Stripe account if you don’t have one.

2. Put a Recurring Payments button on your site

Recurring Payments takes advantage of the powerful block editor. To start collecting revenue, open a post or page, click the (+) to add a new block, and insert a Recurring Payments button.

3. Customize the details of the recurring payment

You can create as many payment plans for your site as you’d like—different currencies, amounts, payment frequencies, and names, so you can offer different tiers or subscriptions.

You can also choose one of your previously created plans when you insert a new button.

Bravo!

You just set up Recurring Payments for your site. Now your fans can support you, just like they do on Longreads.com and around the web.

For more detailed setup instructions, visit the Recurring Payments support page.

So many options to grow your supporter base

With Recurring Payments, you can turn your content into revenue, accept donations, or fund your next big idea. 

  • Sell access to members-only newsletters.
  • Collect club membership dues automatically.
  • Let fans fund your next art project.

Some people even collect rent with recurring payments!

It’s easier than ever for your visitors to support your site

Recurring Payments make it easy to purchase a subscription or become a supporter on any WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected site — your subscribers will be able to use the same payment information and manage all their subscriptions in one place. To do that, they’ll just need a WordPress.com account.

During the checkout process, they will enter their email address. If they already have a WordPress.com account linked to that address, we will associate the purchase with that account. If they don’t, we’ll create an account for them. When they complete the purchase, they’ll receive an email with more info and login instructions for their new account.

The transaction is between you and your subscriber. WordPress.com only facilitates the processing and management of the subscription. We don’t save your subscribers’ credit card information, either — it’s stored by Stripe, the payment processor, so that the charge can renew automatically. Your subscribers can manage, edit, or cancel their recurring payments on their own, without your intervention, by visiting Me > Manage Purchases > Other sites.

A competitive fee structure helps you share your work far and wide

Recurring Payments is available on all paid plans, for both WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites. You pay a percentage of the revenue your site generates through Recurring Payments, which varies depending on your plan. As you collect more subscribers, you might consider switching to a different plan in order to retain more revenue.

WordPress.com PlanJetpack planRelated Fees
WordPress.com eCommerce —None
WordPress.com BusinessJetpack Professional2%
WordPress.com PremiumJetpack Premium4%
WordPress.com PersonalJetpack Personal 8%

In addition to the fees you pay us, Stripe collects 2.9% + $0.30 for each payment made to your Stripe account.

Make the most of our collection of monetizing tools

Recurring payments is the latest addition to the monetizing tools available on WordPress.com. Here are the other tools you can find by visiting WordPress.com/earn.

  • Use Simple Payments to take one-time payments, or to sell digital or physical products with minimal configuration.
  • Add WordAds to run advertisements on your site, and earn revenue from your traffic.
  • Move to WooCommerce when you’re ready to create a full shopping experience for visitors — it’s the most customizable online-store platform on the web, with thousands of extensions.

Ready to add Recurring Payments? Head to your site’s Earn section right now.

Join us in a Digital Climate Strike

With fires raging in the Amazon, hurricanes ripping across the Atlantic, and typhoons flooding Japan, our planet and our climate are sending us a message: We can no longer continue with business as usual.

The week starting September 20th, 350.org is organizing a Global Climate Strike, in association with Fridays For Future, to show global leaders that the time to act is now. Alongside the people walking out of workplaces, schools, and homes around the world, 350.org is organizing a digital climate strike. Websites participating in the digital strike will promote the physical strikes in the lead-up to the date, and partially block themselves to users on September 20th itself. That is where you come in!

Starting today, you can opt into the digital climate strike with your WordPress.com site, showing your commitment to this critical topic and spreading the word about the event. Between now and September 20th, your site will display a small climate strike banner. On the 20th, it will transform into a dismissible full-screen overlay.

WordPress.com site owners can head to My Site > Manage > Settings. At the top of the Settings menu, you will see a toggle switch — flip it on to join the digital climate strike.

Other WordPress sites can also join the movement by installing the Digital Climate Strike plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

After the day of action, the banner will automatically disappear (or if you’ve installed the plugin, it will automatically disable) and your site will return to normal.

Together we can make a difference, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this movement.

WordPress.com and Fiverr Partner to Launch “WordPress.com Fundamentals” Course

Getting your new business website ready for launch? Want a little hand-holding — a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a WordPress.com site from start to finish, that you can work on at your own pace and on your own time? “WordPress.com Fundamentals,” a comprehensive video course created with our friends over at Fiverr, walks you through all the fundamentals in 90 minutes.

The course covers the basics of setting up a business website, but anyone new to WordPress.com can benefit from lessons on how to create an account, set up a site, customize a theme, publish content, and share it on social media. It was developed by WordPress.com Happiness Engineers with years of experience guiding thousands of new WordPress.com customers in chat, email, forums, and concierge sessions, so you know you’re getting expert guidance from people who know every WordPress.com tip and trick.

The entire course is just $31, which includes unlimited access to all the course materials, quizzes, and downloadable resources. Take it all at once, or learn at the pace that works for you — the course is divided into bite-sized chapters that you can refer to as many times as you need.

Students are also eligible for a discount of 25% on WordPress.com plan upgrades! So if you’ve been hesitating to explore the advanced features in the Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans, the course gives you both a great introduction to the ease and power of WordPress.com and a lower-cost way to try them out.

To get started, head over to the course page on the Learn from Fiverr website. Click on the green “Buy Course” button, and follow the prompts to create an account and purchase the course. And until the end of September, get 30% off the course fee by entering coupon code learnwordpress at checkout.

And if you do take the class, let us know what you think. Fiverr will send out a survey to all students after completing the class, so be sure to fill it out. We want to know what works for you, what you’d like to see more of, and where we can improve.

When Experienced Women Engineers Look for New Jobs, They Prioritize Trust and Growth

How can we increase gender representation in software engineering?

Our Developer Hiring Experience team analyzed this topic in a recent user-research study. The issue resonated with women engineers and a strong response enabled the team to gain deeper insight than is currently available from online research projects.

Seventy-one engineers who identified as women or non-binary responded to our request for feedback. Out of that pool, 24 answered a follow-up survey, and we carried out in-depth interviews with 14 people. This was a highly skilled group, with the majority having worked in software development for over 10 years. 

While some findings aligned with our expectations, we still uncovered a few surprises. 

The Job Hunt

In initial job hunts, respondents were found to rely heavily on their existing networks and on personal outreach from companies.

If they do not have a pre-existing connection with a company, they’ll likely scrutinize it for red flags before they submit an application. Job descriptions are searched for any discouraging language — for example, if parental leave descriptions only refer to mothers. Information — about the job, salary, team, and hiring process — is key for encouraging applications.

Stack Overflow is a popular resource for job hunting; whereas Glassdoor is viewed as less useful, and more as a venting forum for former employees or unsuccessful candidates. 

The Hiring Process

The most favorable hiring processes represent a growth opportunity, rather than being purely evaluative. Communication and responsiveness are important, as is the visibility of other women within the team. For some participants, interviewing is seen as a skill to maintain. These developers are continually keeping an eye on job listings to stay abreast of their options. However, the chance for growth was the most widespread reason for actually leaving a current position. 

Job Satisfaction 

Consistently being able to have an impact, including leadership opportunities, stood out as important; if this is lacking, experienced women engineers are likely to seek new employment. Dissatisfaction can also be caused by being pushed onto the management track and having to fight to continue to focus on technical work. 

The data showed women are looking for more communities focused on connecting to other senior-level women, and around more technical topics. Concerns around online harassment can put women off trying to build their network online. 

Changes at Automattic 

We are working on Automattic’s employment branding to reflect our findings. We are in the process of gathering resources to better describe work at Automattic, and we’re encouraging existing developers to increase their visibility outside of the company — whether through writing or engaging in their communities. 

In job postings, we have removed any gameplay or language that emphasizes hiring as a competitive process — for instance, we no longer mention application volume. Instead, job postings highlight learning and career opportunities for the candidate. Adding the term “Senior” to postings is also being tested. Although this implies a job ladder that does not necessarily exist here, the research clarified that its absence sent the message that all positions are mid-level roles, without the path to growth that women candidates tend to look for. 

We are also managing candidates’ expectations by making the whole hiring process more transparent, and have created a public page outlining the hiring process.

We’ve made it easier for interested applicants to have casual chats with other women at Automattic. We also offer candidates the opportunity for one-on-one calls with a member of the Developer Experience team during the final stages of hiring; this has started with under-indexed candidates but with a view to rolling it out to everyone. These chats take place outside of the formal hiring process to provide an opportunity for the applicant to ask any questions they have and for the company to better understand their career goals and motivation. 

We are tracking the progress made and are excited to be able to contribute data to the field of gender representation in engineering. If you’d like to take a more in-depth look at our study, please do read the more detailed write up on our developer blog, or download the PDF!

Interested to learn what positions are currently open at Automattic? We’re always hiring

The Second Edition of Our “Learn User Support” Workshop Is Open for Signups

Back in January, we partnered with Support Driven and launched the first version of the Learn User Support Workshop, which helps women in the Asia-Pacific region develop the skills they need to succeed in a technical support role. We had 24 students enrolled in our first cohort.

Today, we’re happy to share that the next edition of the Learn User Support Workshop will launch on August 19, 2019. The course is entirely web-based — there’s no need to travel anywhere to attend — and completely free. So if you identify as a woman, are based in the Asia-Pacific region, and are serious about a career in user support, this might be a perfect match for you.

Building a better, bigger workshop

The strong positive feedback we received from our students earlier this year, as well as the increasingly long waitlist, inspired us to improve the course content and to design it to accommodate more learners. 

What topics will we cover? As a participant, expect to learn how to…

  • Develop your own support philosophy.
  • Build successful troubleshooting strategies.
  • Manage challenging interactions.
  • Implement productivity tools.
  • Optimize your approach to applying and interviewing for jobs in support.

This six-module course will start on August 19 and will run through September 29. We will publish a new module every Monday, and each learner will have one week to complete it. We’ll include lots of hands-on work, and by the end of the course, each participant will also develop a résumé and portfolio site on WordPress that they can then share with potential employers.

Meet your friendly organizers

As for your teachers, the people who lead this workshop are Automattic Happiness Engineers — master communicators with deep, wide-ranging experience in distributed technical support. 

Automattic, which offers the workshop, is a fully-distributed company — there are more than 930 full-time Automatticians spread across 70 countries and speaking 88 languages. We serve users from every corner of the world via products like WordPress.com, Jetpack, and WooCommerce, among others

As people who believe in the benefits of distributed work, we love helping remote professionals level up their skills. Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion leads us to look for ways to make the tech sector more representative of the wide and varied world it serves. As a result, this virtual workshop will equip Asia-Pacific-based women who are — or want to become — support professionals with skills that are specifically tailored to the demands of remote work.  


Registration for this cohort is now closed.

Make sure to sign up to be notified about future course offerings from Automattic.

CLICK HERE TO GET NOTIFIED!

Four New WordPress.com Color Schemes

We heard you: You want bolder and brighter colors on WordPress.com. Today we’re bringing your WordPress.com dashboard to life with four new color schemes: introducing Midnight, Sunset, Ocean, and Contrast.

You may recognize some of these colors as old friends. Midnight, Sunset, and Ocean are based on early versions of WordPress — a nod to our roots as we evolve:

If bright and bold isn’t your jam, you might prefer Contrast, a black-and-white scheme meant to bring your WordPress.com dashboard into sharp focus:

Screenshot of the WordPress.com dashboard with Contrast color scheme applied.

As part of our commitment to inclusive design, the new palettes are optimized for contrast and increased legibility. Whichever color scheme you choose, your dashboard remains stylish and readable.

Here’s how to customize your color scheme:

  1. On your desktop, sign in to the WordPress.com account that you’d like to customize.
  2. Click your account avatar in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Account Settings
  4. Select one of the options under Dashboard Color Scheme
  5. Click Save Account Settings to apply the change
Screenshot of the WordPress.com Account Settings.

More Stats, Better Stats, Faster Stats: A Whole New Mobile Experience

If you’re like me, Stats is one of your most-visited screens in your WordPress app — we all want to know people are reading! Whether you use iOS or Android, the latest versions have Stat updates that bring you more useful data, faster. Updates to the layout, available statistics, and how they’re handled behind the scenes mean you can hone in what’s most important to you and to your site’s growth.

What’s new?


All-new design

Stats got a facelift! The numbers are easier to read, easier to compare, and easier to track over time.


Customise your stats

Blogger who wants to keep an eye on your follower count, a business owner who wants a quick update on daily views? Insights Management lets you choose what stats to include so your at-a-glance updates include what’s most important to you. (This feature is only available on Android at the moment, and is coming soon to iOS.)


Zero in on time periods

Use the new dedicated date bar on the days, weeks, months and years tabs, to explore date ranges.


Stats at a glance

Your Insights tab is now optimised for quick updates so you can get key information about your site’s performance all on one screen.


How do I find this?

Update your app to the latest version. You can find them here, or in your Apple Store or Google Play. And that’s it! Head to Stats for any of your site for a new and improved analytics experience.

We understand how important stats are — we run websites, too! — so we’re always working to develop and improve them. We’d love to hear about your experience with the latest and greatest!

Earth Hour 2012 … 1 Stunde Bewusst-Sein für die Erde

Am vergangenen Samstag war Earth Hour – eine Stunde lang das Licht abdrehen für die Erde.

Doch diese weltweite Aktion war viel mehr als nur “Licht-aus”. Die Aktion hat die Menschen auf der ganzen Welt einander näher gebracht und den Fokus auf die Erde gelenkt. Es war schön bei der Aktion mitgemacht zu haben. Ich fühlte eine tiefe Verbundenheit mit der Erde. Man hatte das Gefühl, dass sich in dieser Zeit wirklich alles um die Erde dreht. Ich dachte mir, dass ich diese Verbundenheit viel öfter in mein Leben lassen sollte. Die Verbundenheit ist zeitlos. Die Wolken kommen und gehen und bringen eine unvorstellbare Vielfalt ihres Erscheinens hervor. Der Wind strömt über die Alpen und reinigt die Luft. Das Wasser durchläuft einen langen Kreislauf, bis es wieder vollkommen geladen aus der Quelle sprudelt. Wie viele Steine sind beteiligt an der Reinigung und Energetisierung des Wassers? Die Erde ist unvorstellbar in ihrer Gesamtheit.

Es geht nicht darum, wie viel Profit bei der Herstellung von Alternativen, Umweltschonenden-Energieformen gemacht wird. Es geht um die Schaffung einer Zukunft für die Menschen auf dem Planeten Erde. Es ist für den Menschen nicht möglich, die Fehler aus der Vergangenheit, wieder gut zu machen. Die Menschheit kann aber ein Bewusstsein für ein ausgeglichenes Leben schaffen. Übermäßige Verschwendung aus Prestige-Gründen wird die Menschheit nicht vor einer Veränderung bewahren. Dem Planeten wird heute viel abverlangt. Die Menschheit muss sich wieder ins Gleichgewicht bringen. Wenn sich der Mensch weiter, ohne gesunden Menschenverstand, ausbreitet sitzen wir in einem vollen Boot, das auf dem Ozean verloren nach Land sucht. Die Menschen können nur gemeinsam an einer positiven Zukunft für die Menschheit arbeiten.


BEFREIE DICH VON ENERGIE-VAMPIREN, ODER TRANSFORMIERE SIE

Es möge in der heutigen Zeit sehr modern sein, sich dem Mythos der Vampire durch Bücher oder Filme hinzugeben, doch hat dieser Mythos einen ernsten Hintergrund.

In den frühen Darstellungen wird der Teufel mit Vampirzähnen und Flügel gezeigt. Die Vampirzähne weisen auf den Blutdurst hin der nur durch Menschenopfer gestillt werden kann. Das Blut ist der Lebenssaft des Menschen und fördert die Nährstoffe durch den Körper. Das Blut steht aber auch für die Energie (Qi) des Menschen im Körper. Der geflügelte Drache kann auch die Energie des Menschen in sich aufnehmen. In verschiedenen Religionen ist es verboten Blut zu trinken. Durch das Trinken des Blutes gelangt der Körper auf eine niedere Schwingungsfrequenz und ist damit besetzbar durch negative, teuflische Energien.

Die Religionen, die an das Gute glauben, haben aus diesem Grund lehren verbreitet, um die Menschen rein zu halten, sodass sie ohne den negativen Einfluss ein schönes Leben führen können. Kirchen wurden an Energieplätzen gebaut, weil dort die negativen Schwingungen nicht bleiben können. Es wird in Filmen oft gezeigt, dass man in den Kirchen vor dem Teufel geschützt ist. Die Erde hat viele Energieplätze, teils sind sie von positiver Schwingung, teils von negativer. Energieplätze wurden auch als Opferplätze verwendet, um dort bestialische Morde zu begehen, was natürlich der Negativität gedient hat. Im Laufe der Jahre – mit der Veränderung der Erde – haben sich die Energiefelder verschoben, weshalb Kirchen heute nicht mehr an den “richtigen” Plätzen stehen und der Schutz vor negativen Energien dadurch vermidert wurde. Im Laufe vieler Jahrhunderte hat sich ein Ungleichgewicht gebildet. Der Teufel hat selbst vor der Kirche nicht halt gemacht, begünstigt wurde die Sache durch massive Gruppierung der teuflischen Energien. Die negativen Energien wurden in Geheimgesellschaften angebetet und verehrt, es wurden über Jahrhunderte Opferrituale für den Teufel durchgeführt – selbst heute noch wird in gewissen Gesellschaften Blut getrunken und die negativen Energien werden heraufbeschwört.

Heute stehen wir am Rande der Negativität – die Großen und Mächtigen haben es geschafft die negativen Energien auf dem gesamten Planeten zu verteilen und die Menschen zu besetzen. Teilweise versuchen die Religionen noch dagegen anzukämpfen und bauen riesige Exorzismus-Lager, weil sie um den Umstand der Besetzung wissen – und das ist kein Mythos, die Kirche erkennt den Exorzismus als wahr an, denn im Gegensatz zur schlecht informierten Gesellschaft, weis sie was momentan vor sich geht.

Der Mensch ist bedauerlicherweise leicht beeinflussbar. Das Gehirn kann leicht stimuliert werden und bei Massenveranstaltungen kann man ja sehen, wie aus Menschen Schafe werden, weil sie in das vorherrschende Energiefeld eintauchen und sich gehen lassen, selbst wenn sie total gegensätzliche Ansichten haben. Dieser Umstand, dass unser Gehirn offen und empfänglich ist, macht die Sache schwierig. Es gibt aber dennoch Wege, sich dem Einfluss zu entziehen. Der Kampf den die Menschheit in den kommenden Jahren zu bestehen hat, bezieht sich hauptsächlich auf die Freiheit eigenständig zu denken und unabhängig von den beeinflussenden Energien zu werden.

Wenn es Dir leichter fällt, an einen weltweiten Krieg mit Millionen von Leichen zu denken, als an eine glückliche Gesellschaft, an Freude und Erholung, dann könnte es sein, dass du negativ beeinflusst wirst. Wenn dir bei den Wörtern Liebe, Dankbarkeit, Hoffnung, Fürsorge der Graus hochsteigt, dann kannst du dir ja denken, dass an der Sache etwas faul ist. Der faule, schwefelhaltige Gestank des Bösen hat auch eine Bedeutung, aber ich will hier nicht zu weit gehen.

Was kann man also tun? Tun alleine klingt schon anstrengend :-)

In erster Linie hat es garnichts mit dem Tun an sich zu tun. Wenn man sich negative Energien, wie einen Schnupfen einfängt, dann besteht die Gefahr, dass man diese nicht will und deshalb im Energiefeld des Menschen eine Stauung passiert. Je mehr man sich dagegen wehrt, desto eher bleiben diese Energien im Körper – es werden sogar noch mehr angezogen, und das macht den Tag zur Hölle. Man will die freudigen Energien halten, schafft man aber nicht, bei den negativen Energien funktioniert das aber perfekt. Die negativen Energien werden versorgt durch den Gedanken, dass man sie nicht haben will, was wiederum Hass im Körper erzeugt, und die Sache nährt.

Idealerweise würde der Vorgang, wie bei einem Kind aussehen – Traurigkeit ist da, weinen ist angesagt, Sache hat sich erledigt, es darf wieder gelacht werden.

Wenn man Gefühle von Neid oder Hass verspürt, was natürlich keiner will, dann läuft das im Idealfall genauso. Der Mensch muss sich heute mehr den je diesen Gefühlen stellen, aber mit der Zeit kann sich die Gefühlswelt wieder transformieren, sodass die Gefühle von Neid, Hass, Habgier usw. nicht mehr im Vordergrund des Lebens auf der Erde stehen. Der Mensch muss sich eingestehen, dass es diese Gefühle gibt – bei jedem Menschen! Der bewusste Umgang mit den Gefühlen kann eine Änderung bewirken.

Was kann man in Bezug auf die negativen Energien noch tun?

Ich weis wie schwierig es oft ist, sich aus der Energielosigkeit zu motivieren, etwas zu tun. Wenn man die Hoffnung für die Menschheit jedoch noch nicht aufgegeben hat, und gerne ein schönes Leben führen würde, dann kann man kleine, aber auch große Schritte machen.

Die Sinne:

Ohne jetzt auf jeden einzelnen Sinn des Mensche einzugehen, alle sind Türen durch die negative Energie aufgenommen werden kann. Man kann überall anfangen, etwas für sich zu verbessern. Man kann Lärm und Gestank vermeiden, tote Pflanzen, allgemein Totes, unstrukturiertes – Chaos, der Arbeitsplatz, der negativ beeinflusst, Menschen, die nur negativ sind, zuviel Strahlung, Elektrizität, etc., Beschäftigungen mit denen man nur Zeit totschlägt, Fernsehen, Zeitungen, die Negativität verbreiten, uvm.

Natürlich muss man sich nicht von allem distanzieren, was negativ auf einen wirkt, wichtig ist, dass man bewusst damit umgeht, denn alles Negative zu vermeiden wäre in der heutigen Zeit ja auch unmöglich.

Also fang heute damit an! Oder wenn du bereit dazu bist, Dein Fünkchen Hoffnung zu nähren …


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Gedanken zum Gesetz der Anziehung - warum meine Wünsche nicht in Erfüllung gehen

Stell dir mal vor, da gibt es einen Menschen, der auf der Erde in diesem Leben Erfahrungen machen will - das bist Du. Du hast hier gewisse Aufgaben zu erfüllen, und bevor du diese nicht erledigt hast, kannst du nicht heim gehen. Deine Aufgaben wollen erfüllt werden. Du bist in einem Labor, das Leben heißt. Es gibt Beobachter außerhalb, die nur darauf warten, dass du endlich deine Aufgaben erledigst. Sie geben dir aber alle Zeit dafür, die du brauchst.

Sie wissen, wie schwer es oft ist das Leben als Mensch zu erfahren. Sie wissen wer du wirklich bist, und lieben dich dafür. Sie kennen den Menschen, der sich hinter der Maske verbirgt. Sie wünschen sich nur eines, dass du aufhörst zu Kämpfen und deine Masken ablegst. Sie wollen, dass du endlich verstehst, worum es im Leben wirklich geht.
Sie denken nicht über deine Fehler nach, ganz im Gegenteil - sie lieben dich dafür. Sie lieben die "Unvollkommenheit" deiner Person, denn sie macht dich zu dem was du bist. Du bist einzigartig, kein Mensch macht die Erfahrungen, die du gemacht hast - und darauf sind sie stolz. Mit deinen Erfahrungen, die du mit nach Hause nimmst, trägst du zur Expansion des Universums bei. Es wird größer, voller und immer reicher durch die Erfahrungen deines Wesens auf der Erde.



Herzenswünsche und Ziele

Herzenswünsche befriedigen bei der Erfüllung dein Wesen. Ziele, die du anstrebst haben keinen Wert - wenn sie nur einem Programm folgen. Du kannst erkennen, was deine wahren Wünsche sind, dein Herz zeigt dir den Weg.

Wenn du aufgeregt bist, "geil darauf" oder einfach nur strahlst, wenn du dir deinen Wunsch vorstellst, dann hat der Wunsch für dich eine Bedeutung. Dann zeigt er dir, was es heißt zu leben. Wenn du bei dem Gedanken schon fast in Ohnmacht fällst, dann solltest du dich dem Wunsch mit kleinen Schritten nähern. Wenn du noch keinen Führerschein hast, aber davon träumst, einen Aston Martin zu fahren, dann sind auf dem Weg zum Aston Martin natürlich Schritte zu tun. Du brauchst dir da aber auch keinen Plan zulegen, wenn der Herzenswunsch stark genug ist, sind die Schritte dorthin eine Leichtigkeit. Der Herzenswunsch ist dann stärker, als die Angst davor, dass dieser wirklich in die Realität über geht.

Herzenswünsche haben nichts mit längerfristiger Planung zu tun. Sie werden eintreten, wenn du bereit dazu bist, ob du willst, oder nicht. Wenn der Herzenswunsch dann erfüllt wurde, kommt meist ein neuer Wunsch, Zeit spielt dabei überhaupt keine Rolle. Wenn man langfristige Ziele setzt, dann verpasst man vielleicht die Gefühle auf dem Weg dort hin, und das erreichte Ziel hat keine Bedeutung mehr.

Tafeln von Chartres

"Ein beinahe lächerlich kleines Stück Raum am Rande eines als unbegrenzt geltenden Kosmos ist überwunden worden; die Fähigkeit aber, in den Kosmos des menschlichen Gehirns einzutauchen, so wie es unseren Vorfahren noch möglich war, ist verlorengegangen. Der Mensch findet nicht mehr zu dem Reichtum und den Wundern eines freien Lebens; die Trugbilder einer falschen, Schritt für Schritt in das Nichts führenden Wissenschaft halten ihn gefangen." ... Pierre Derlon

"Die historischen Quellen zur Installation "Chartres" geben einen für den europäischen Kulturraum einzigartigen Einblick in die Verwobenheit von christlichen und vorchristlichen Glaubenselementen mit schamanistischer Trance-Techniken und mythenhaften Hinzudichtungen. Das Kartenlegespiel, auf welches die Installation zurückgreift, ist noch heute vereinzelt bei den alljährlichen Treffen der französischen Roma in Saints Maries de la mer unter den Bezeichnungen "Die Tafeln von Chartres" bzw. "Gärten der Einweihung" in Anwendung. Der Name "Die Tafeln von Chartres" bezieht sich auf die insgesamt sechs geometrischen Zeichen (he ein Kreis, ein Quadrat und ein Rechteck in Blau und Rot) und verweist zugleich auf die Geschichten umwobene Herkunft der Legekarten.
Die Roma sehen in diesen Karten die drei Hauptelemente des Grundrisses der Kathedrale von Chartres wiedergegeben. Von den Zahlenverhältnissen der Umrisse, Durchmesser und Seitenlängen nehmen sie an, dass sie ihrerseits eine alttestamentarische Zahlensymbolik widerspiegeln, deren Geheimnis in der Bundeslade verwahrt gewesen sein soll und das von den Mitgliedern des Templerordens im Verlauf einer verwegenen archäologischen Expedition im 11. Jahrhundert enttarnt worden sei. In den Karten sehen die südfranzösischen Roma ein historisch legitimiertes Hilfsmittel für eine Meditationspraxis, die sie in das Geheimnis der alttestamentarischen Zahlenmystik einzuweihen vermag (daher auch der zweite Name: "Gärten der Einweihung") und die - für AußenbeobachterInnen - grundlegende Übereinstimmung mit der Achtsamkeits-Meditation des Mahayana-Buddhismus bzw. des Zen-Buddhismus aufweist." ... Konzept Werner Wolf / Realisierung Friedrich Stiper

Die Installation findet sich im Museum der Wahrnehmung (MUWA - muwa.at) in Graz, welches auch noch weitere Wahrnehmungsexperimente bereit stellt. Außerdem verfügt das Museum über ein Samadhi-Bad, welches angemietet werden kann.

Die Tafeln von Chartres sind nur eine Möglichkeit um höhere Bewusstseinszustände zu ermöglichen, alle Kulturen verfügen über ein solches Geheimwissen, um "Gott näher zu kommen". In der Vergangenheit wurde dieses Geheimwissen geschützt, um nur persönlich gereiften - weisen - Menschen diese Möglichkeiten zur Verfügung zu stellen. Die Angst vor dem Missbrauch dürfte jedoch das Gegenteil bewirkt haben, was man heute überall sieht.

Die "Gralstafeln" vermögen es nicht nur die Gehirnhälften zu synchronisieren, um höhere Bewusstseinszustände zu erfahren, einher geht auch die Heilung des Körpers. Das "Sehen" kann verbessert werden, wobei hier nicht nur Augenkrankheiten gemeint sind, auch das Wahrnehmen der Aura (jeglicher Objekte) kann erlernt werden. Hier zeigen sich wieder parallelen zu den Bildern, wo Menschen mit einem "Heiligenschein" dargestellt sind. Der "Heiligenschein" spiegelt die Ausgeglichenheit wieder, welcher bei geistig hoch entwickelten Menschen beobachtbar ist.

Ablauf der Meditation:
Es wird versucht durch schielen, oder "hindurchsehen" durch das Blatt Papier eine 3. Anordnung der Tafeln in der Mitte zu erreichen. Die Anordnung in der Mitte ist dann eine Überlagerung der Farben rot und blau, welche eine Violett-Färbung zur Folge hat. Man kann dann versuchen die Schärfe der "imaginären" 3. Anordnung zu erhöhen. Auch ist es Möglich, dass vereinzelt Figuren vor dem Auge verschwinden. Es kann zu einem Wohlgefühl im Körper kommen, welches mit der Heilung des Körpers einhergeht. Bei einer Betrachtung vor dem Schlafengehen, können intensivere oder auch luzide Träume die Folge sein.


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Energy flows were attention goes!

Wenn Sie sich fragen, was Sie kleines Würstchen schon in der Welt ausrichten können, dann kann ich Sie beruhigen (oder auch nicht) - Sie gestalten die Welt mit. Jede Aktion in Ihrem Leben hat Einfluss auf die gesamte Menschheit. Viele Menschen wissen nicht, dass Ihnen eine enorme Verantwortung auf den Schultern lastet, und tun deshalb so, als ob Ihnen das alles nichts angeht. Jedes schlechte Wort über eine Person beeinflusst diese, selbst wenn sie hundert Kilometer weit entfernt ist. Die Information landet nicht nur bei der Person, auch Ihr tun wird registriert.

Das Universum mag aber kein Ungleichgewicht, das System wäre auch verwaltungstechnisch zu aufwändig, aus diesem Grund wird immer ein Ausgleich geschaffen. Wenn Sie also negativ denken, bekommen Sie auch Negativität zurück.

Wenn Sie Liebe denken/fühlen wird Ihnen auch Liebe entgegenkommen.

Das Problem an der Sache ist nur, dass wir nie gelernt haben, unser Gehirn zu benutzen. Es wird jedem beigebracht, wie man einen Computer oder ein Smartphone benutzt, den eigenen Computer kennen wir jedoch nicht. Es gibt auch keine Bedienungsanleitung dafür. Keine Schule unterrichtet die Menschen, wie das Hirn funktioniert und wie man damit arbeitet, um ein schönes, angenehmes und sinnvolles Leben zu führen.

Die Informationen sind alle da, nur sie werden verheimlicht, verdrängt, verkauft oder vernichtet. Weil ja ein programmierter Mensch mehr Profit bringt, und sich nicht Gedanken über seine eigene Entwicklung macht. Sklaven, ohne, dass Sie um diesen Zustand wissen.

Das Universum gibt aber jedem Menschen die Chance zu verstehen, denn jeder Mensch ist in der Menschheit gleich wertvoll, für das Universum macht es keinen Unterschied, wie jemand aussieht, oder aus welcher sozialen Schicht er kommt, denn im Endeffekt sind alle Wesen aus der gleichen Seide gesponnen. Der Faden ist immer derselbe.

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Die Lebensrad-Analyse als gratis Download!

Das Lebensrad dient der Analyse der persönlichen Lebenssituation.

Dabei werden für die einzelnen Kategorien Punkte vergeben, welche dann miteinander verbunden werden.

Durch eine authentisch durchgeführte Analyse kann man Bereiche erkennen, die mehr Aufmerksamkeit erfordern.

 

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Burn Out gehört zum Spiel

Es braucht nicht viel, um eine Umkehrung zu bewirken, dabei reicht es oft, das Denken zu verändern. Kleine Übungen können eine Veränderung hin zur Energie-Erhöhung bewirken und Meditation kann den höchsten energetischen Zustand einleiten.

Ausgehend von einer falschen Denkweise, die Energie blockiert, wird eine Spirale hin zur Energielosigkeit erschaffen. Beobachtet man die Gedanken, die über den Tag hinweg gedacht werden, erkennt man, dass diese meist von destruktiver natur sind und nur Energie kosten. Positive Gedanken, die eine Energieerhöhung bewirken sind sehr, sehr selten. Nun kann man Gedanken aber steuern, und so seinen Fokus auf positive Gefühle lenken. Wenn Sie mit positiven Gedanken schlafen gehen, wachen Sie auch mit Positiven auf. Aber es gibt natürlich noch viele andere Einflussfaktoren, die den Menschen in ein Burn-Out bringen. Ändert man nur eine Sache zum Positiven, wirkt sich das auch auf die Anderen aus.

 

Welche Einflussfaktoren können in Ihrer Gesamtheit zur Energielosigkeit führen (ein paar Beispiele):

Ungenügender Schlaf - der Schlaf dient der Erholung des Körpers, Emotionen werden verarbeitet, man wacht mit neuer Energie auf. Wenn man ständig zu wenig schläft (oder auch zuviel), dann kann die Energie nicht aufgebaut werden. In Zeiten erhöhter psychischer Belastung ist sogar noch mehr Schlaf nötig, was auch beachtet werden muss.

Schlechte Ernährung - Nahrung wird vom Körper in Energie umgewandelt. Man kann sich zwar viel erlauben, weil der Körper einiges auszugleichen vermag, jedoch wirkt sich eine ständig ungesunde Ernährung auf das Energiessystem aus. Wenn man Fleisch von Tieren ist, die ihr Dasein zusammengepfercht unter schlimmsten Bedingungen und mit ungesundem Futter oder Antibiotikern vollgestopft gefristet haben, dann darf man sich nicht wundern, wenn das menschliche Körpersystem geschädigt wird.

Ungesundes Arbeitsumfeld - Wir verbringen sehr viel Zeit des Lebens bei der Arbeit. Wenn nun das Arbeitsumfeld von Negativität, Druck, fehlender Anerkennung und Unsicherheit geprägt ist, wirkt das auch auf uns ein. Wenn es nur um Zahlen geht, der Mensch nur als Maschine gesehen wird, wird der Energiehaushalt des Menschen minimiert.

Soziales Umfeld - Ein Umfeld, dass aus Negativität, fehlender Authentizität und Hoffnungslosigkeit besteht verführt uns, so zu werden, und sich dem System anzupassen.

Medien - Die Medien berichten oft sehr viel mehr von Dingen, die uns Sorgen bereiten, als von Positiven, erhellenden Dingen. Auch Musik, die unterschwellig negative Botschaften vermittelt hat enormen Einfluss auf uns.

... und vieles mehr.

DIes zu erkennen ist nur ein Schritt, eine Änderung zu bewirken kann scheinbar sehr schwierig sein. Der Mensch fühlt sich im gewohnten Umfeld oft wohl, weil er sich in Sicherheit wiegen kann. Dabei können die Bedingungen schon unerträglich sein, der Mensch ändert jedoch nichts, weil er Angst hat, dass es noch schlimmer kommen könnte. Er ist dadurch in einer Patt-Stellung und dieses Gefangensein zwischen dem was ist und dem was sein könnte, macht ihn handlungsunfähig. Die Logik kann da keine Entscheidung treffen, nur das Herz ist in der Lage, sich daraus zu befreien. Ein Kontakt zur Intuition würde die Hinweise geben, die man braucht um die Angst, die mit einer Änderung herbeigeht, zu überwinden.

Sie hatte herausgefunden, daß es zwei Dinge gibt, die einen Menschen daran hindern, seine Träume zu verwirklichen: der Glaube, sie seien ohnehin unerfüllbar, oder wenn diese durch eine unerwartete Drehung des Schicksalsrades plötzlich doch erfüllbar werden. In solchen Augenblicken bekommt man Angst vor einem Weg, von dem man nicht weiß, wohin er führt, vor einem Leben voller unbekannter Herausforderungen, davor, daß vertraute Dinge für immer verschwinden könnten.

- Paulo Coelho, Der Dämon und Fräulein Prym


Was kann ich also tun, um wieder Energie zu tanken, und es braucht nicht viel dazu:

- Sich erinnern, was man gerne tut, und das auch tun
- Neue Dinge ausprobieren, wovon man glaubt, dass sie interessant sein könnten
- Kontakt mit der Natur herstellen, in den Wald gehen, ans Meer fahren, etc.
- Sich von altem, das einen an Negatives erinnert, lösen oder das Haus entrümpeln
- Sich selbst die Wertschätzung zu geben, die man verdient, liebevoll zu sich selber sein, sich selbst mal was Gutes tun
- Seine Kreativität ausleben, Malen, Musik, etwas bauen, ...
- Sport machen, dabei ist es egal, ob er anstrengend ist, oder nicht ;-)
- Sich Zeit nehmen, nicht denken, die Gedanken kommen und gehen lassen
- Sich mit den Haustieren beschäftigen
- Mal einen schönen Abend mit Freunden, oder der Familie verbringen


Wie kann ich scheinbaren Energie-Verlust vermeiden:

- Negative Felder meiden, Kontakt mit positiven Feldern herstellen
- Sich positiven, erhellenden Dingen widmen, und nicht in negativen Darstellungen in den Medien hängenbleiben
- Offenheit und Authentizität, auch wenn das Überwindung kostet
- negative Gedanken dasein lassen, aber sich danach wieder auf positive Gedanken konzentrieren, z. B. wie könnte ein angenehmes Umfeld für mich aussehen, welche Schritte muss ich gehen, welche Risiken muss ich dafür eingehen, sind es überhaupt Risiken, oder ist es nur Angst vor Papiertigern?

Es soll aber nicht der Eindruck entstehen, dass es harte Arbeit ist, dass man sich wohl fühlt. Im Gegenteil, es ist enorm anstrengend, einen Zustand von Energielosigkeit aufrecht zu erhalten, denn die Natur um uns herum gibt uns so vielfältige Möglichkeiten, nur der Mensch bleibt in seiner Kiste.

Materie aus Licht erschaffen

Amerikanische Physiker schufen erstmals Materie aus reinem Licht

Artikel in der Zeit. (Quelle: DIE ZEIT, 1997)

Zeit: Amerikanischen Physikern ist nun ein solches Experiment gelungen. Zwanzig Wissenschaftler von vier amerikanischen Universitäten wandelten am Linearbeschleuniger in Stanford, Kalifornien, erstmals pures Licht in Materie um, ein Werk, das ein wenig an die Erschaffung der Welt durch göttliche Hand erinnert. Sozusagen aus bloßem Nichts Materie zu erzeugen, das blieb bislang der Bibel oder der Urknalltheorie vorbehalten. Nun ist dieser Schöpfungsakt endlich auch vor Zeugen gelungen.
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Zeit: Verglichen mit dem Gotteswerk (oder eben dem big bang), nimmt sich das Ergebnis der Hochenergiephysiker in Stanford allerdings bescheiden aus: Nach insgesamt rund vierjähriger Arbeit hatten sie gerade einmal rund einhundert Elektronen - sowie deren Antiteilchen, die Positronen - erzeugt. Mit dieser Ausbeute, für die in Stanford mehrere Billionen Watt verheizt wurden, ließe sich nicht einmal ein Taschenlämpchen zum Glühen bringen. Eine verheerende Energiebilanz. Aber es geht ja auch mehr ums Prinzipielle: Aus reiner Energie läßt sich Materie verstofflichen. Welch eine Symbolkraft steckt in diesem Akt.
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Zeit: Den umgekehrten Prozeß hat der Mensch nämlich schon vor mehr als fünfzig Jahren gemeistert - mit verheerenden Auswirkungen. Die Atombombe demonstrierte aller Welt die plötzliche Umwandlung von Materie in Energie, gemäß der simplen Gleichung E = mc² (die Masse eines Körpers multipliziert mit der Lichtgeschwindigkeit im Quadrat ergibt dessen Energie)

Wenn man von Einsteins Gleichung E = mc² ausgeht, steckt in jedem Körper enormes Energiepotential, umgekehrt betrachtet bedarf es laut Einstein enormer Energiemengen, um Materie aus dem Nichts zu erschaffen.

Zeit: Tatsächlich gleicht also das Vakuum in Wahrheit einem See, in dem unablässig Energie und Materie fluktuieren. Im Mittel addieren sich diese Fluktuationen stets zu null. Wenn allerdings in einem derart brodelnden Nichts zwei Lichtblitze mit Wucht zusammenprallen, dann kann diese Energie durchaus einem gerade fluktuierenden Partikelpaar zum Sprung von der möglichen in die reale Existenz verhelfen.

Diese Lichtblitze, die erzeugt werden ähneln dem Schießen mit einer Pistole auf eine Mauer, wobei dort Mauerbrocken absplittern und diese dann als Realität wahrgenommen werden. Versucht man dagegen, sich auf die Schwingungsfrequenz (Eigenfrequenz) der Mauer einzustimmen, und diese dann mit sanften Bewegungen zum Schwingen zu bringen, stürzt die ganze Mauer zusammen. Könnte man sich auf die Schwingungsfrequenz des oben genannten Sees einstimmen, könnte man mit geringer Energie Materie formen.

Die Metapher mit dem See, kann man auch in Bezug auf das Meer sehen. Ein Surfer der hinter der Welle nachstrampelt verbraucht enorm viel Energie dabei, erreicht er aber zum richtigen Zeitpunkt die Welle, wird er bis an den Rand des Meeres getragen, ohne sich dabei anzustrengen.


Ausgehend von einer schwarz-weißen Sicht möge es stimmen, dass ungeheure Mengen an Energie notwendig sind, um Materie in die Realität überzuführen, aus einer nondualen Perspektive scheint aber das Gegenteil möglich zu sein.

Philisophen berichten von einer Erkenntnisebene, in der die Realität erst geschaffen wird, d. h. die Realität noch nicht in ihrer Form existiert.
Scheinbar ist das menschliche Gehirn in der Lage, sich auf diesen See, wo Energie und Materie fluktuieren, einzustimmen. Oft wird der Zustand durch Meditation und der Trennung vom dualen Denken eingeleitet. Das Hirn ist dann auf einer hohen Schwingungsfrequenz, die eine andere Wahrnehmung der Realität ermöglicht. Ob es in der Technik jemals möglich ist, diese Frequenz zu erreichen, möchte ich bezweifeln. Beispiele hierfür werden schon seit geraumer Zeit in Science Fiction Filmen gezeigt. In den Star Trek Filmen gibt es einen "Replikator", der Gegenstände und Nahrung aus dem Nichts erscheinen lassen kann.


Spirituelle Gelehrte behaupten nun, dass der Mensch sich in den nächsten Jahren zunehmend dieser Schwingungsfrequenz - in der die Realität geschaffen wird - nähern wird. In Vergangener Zeit war dies nur einigen wenigen Menschen vorbehalten. Der Eisblock nähert sich der Sonne, beginnt aufzutauen und die Teilchen beginnen wieder zu Schwingen.

Was bedeutet das für den Menschen, der destruktiv alles zerstört, was Einheit bedeutet, und jegliches Schwingen zum Stillstand bringt. Nun vielleicht ist das die Chance für ihn, ein glückliches, zufriedenes Leben zu erschaffen, in dem der Fokus von Zerstören auf Erschaffen gelenkt wird.

Amerikanische Physiker schufen erstmals Materie aus reinem Licht

Video Kosmische Botschaft an die Menschheit

Unter Video - Kosmische Botschaft finden sie einen Link zu einem tollen Kurzfilm zum Thema Bewusstseinsaufstieg 2012. Er wurde auf Youtube gefunden und erklärt einige Zusammenhänge der aktuellen Probleme auf der Erde.

Viel Spaß beim Ansehen und Verstehen!

Gedankenexperiment: Was würden Sie tun, wenn Sie nur noch 5 Tage zu leben hätten?

Viele Dinge bleiben in unserem Leben unerledigt. Viele Dinge werden nicht gesagt. Viele Bedürfnisse werden nicht gestillt. Jahre vergehen wie Tage und Verhaltensprogramme werden zu unseren Reiseführern, die uns keinen neuen Ort dieser Welt mehr zeigen.

In einem Star Trek Film kam einmal die Aussage vor:

"Mir hat mal wer gesagt, die Zeit ist das Feuer in dem wir verbrennen.
Ich moechte viel lieber glauben, dass die Zeit unser Gefaehrte ist,
der uns auf unserer Reise begleitet und uns daran erinnert,
jeden Moment zu geniessen. Denn er wird nicht wiederkommen.
Was wir hinterlassen ist nicht so wichtig, als die Art, wie wir gelebt haben." 

 

Was heißt also Leben? immer das gleiche zu tun wohl nicht. Als Maschinen zu funktionieren ist sicher nicht der Plan, der hinter all dem steht. Wir sollten uns auch den Raum zur Entfaltung geben. Tun Sie sich was Gutes! sagen Sie nicht, die Chance kommt ja wieder!, nein - die Chance kommt vielleicht nicht wieder.

 

Leben heißt sich verändern, Neues entdecken, Spaß haben, aber auch traurig sein. Ohne diese Werte könnten wir auch in einem Computer existieren, aber dann hätten wir nichts mehr von einem Menschen.

 

Was würden Sie also tun, wenn Sie nur noch 5 Tage zu leben hätten. Sich darüber Gedanken zu machen könnte Ihnen dabei helfen, sich über Ihre wahren Wünsche bewusst zu werden. Und wenn sie Ihnen klar sind, dann könnten Sie versuchen diese in die Realität umzusetzen - denn die Zeit ist unser ständiger Begleiter!

 

 

Kraftorte in der Steiermark

Sie finden auf Energiezentren.com nun eine Karte mit Kraftorten in der Steiermark: Kraftorte

 

 

Rettet die Naturheilmittel!

Stellen Sie sich vor, Ihr Kind oder Partner wird schwer krank und es gäbe ein ungefährliches Naturheilmittel ohne Nebenwirkungen das helfen könnte. Die EU-Kommission verbietet Ihnen jedoch, dieses natürliche Heilmittel zu benutzen.

Diese Behörden würden Sie im Gegenteil dazu zwingen, chemische Arzneimittel mit potentiell schweren Nebenwirkungen zu verabreichen. Sie haben keine Wahl…

Dieser Alptraum ist zwar absurd, bildet aber eine unmittelbar bevorstehende Realität, die alle Europäer bedroht – auch Sie.

Nach Jahren des Lobbyings sind die multinationalen Pharmakonzerne dabei ihr Ziel zu erreichen: Eine drakonische Richtlinie der EU (THMPD) wird uns zahlreiche Heilmittel auf pflanzlicher Basis verbieten, die seit Jahrtausenden benutzt werden und nahezu frei von Nebenwirkungen sind, was bei “modernen” aus der Petrochemie gewonnenen Medikamenten nicht der Fall ist.

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