New Theme: Eighties

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Today we’re taking a trip back in time with our latest free theme, Eighties!

Eighties

Eighties WordPress Theme

Think big hair, mixtapes, and beloved family sitcoms, and you have what is arguably one of the craziest, most colorful periods in recent memory. Eighties channels that essence into a theme with just as much flair and personality as the decade for which it is named.

Designed by Justin Kopepasah, Eighties features bold colors and typography, large custom header and featured images, styled post formats, and much more. It’s certain to make your personal blog stand out from the rest.


Learn more about the free Eighties theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

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You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit.

Blogging 101

Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community. Assignments are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment at The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT (8PM EDT). (Time zone math: 12AM GMT…

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Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

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We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia.

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Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon Grotesque heading font — available to Custom Design upgrade users — adds a touch of style to each content block.

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As you scroll down the home page, travel quotes inspire you to dream up your next big trip — a subtle but elegant touch:

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Karen’s portal for wanderlust includes travel itineraries and guides (Jamaica in the winter, anyone?)…

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 4

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It’s time for our latest edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress: below are 10 outstanding stories from across WordPress, published over the past month.

You can find Volumes 1, 2 and 3 here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for all of our daily reading recommendations.

Publishers, writers, keep your stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads.


1. The Moral Dilemmas Of Narrative (Bill Marvel, Gangrey)

Bill Marvel on journalism and the quest for empathy in telling other people’s stories:

Compassion and sensitivity thus tell us how to approach our subjects from the outside.

Empathy, the word Lee Hancock murmured that morning, is more difficult. Because empathy requires that we approach our subjects from the inside. We try to enter into the emotions, thoughts, the very lives of those we…

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Early Theme Adopters: Sketch

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Sketch has barely been available for two weeks, but you’d never know it. This clean, cheerful, portfolio-focused theme is already a favorite — and not just for artists and illustrators. Here are three sites we love:

All Cats Have

Dutch artist and designer Asja loves cats, as does the rest of the internet. On All Cats Have, she takes a simple doodle of two cats sitting side-by-side and transforms them to everything from superhero cats to Matisse-inspired cats to buddy cats lamenting their hangovers:

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With Sketch, she’s able to showcase her latest blog posts up top, and her cat illustrations, which are all organized as portfolios, below. Using the new Site Logo feature, she drops a mini-version of her eponymous felines in the blog’s upper-left corner.

Asja keeps Sketch’s default sans-serif font; it’s readable, simple, and doesn’t steal the limelight away from her art. We also love the…

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Projects Around the World

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We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe.

Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees

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Last year, photographer and writer Russell Chapman documented the conflict in Syria and spent time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. His book, Syria: Refugees and Rebels, compiles images of his time there. Russell is currently working on a project to tell the stories of Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Jordan.

Shannon Galpin: Empowering cyclists in Afghanistan

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Cyclist, women’s rights activist, and TEDx speaker Shannon Galpin — named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013 — is the founder of Mountain2Mountain. Using the mountain bike as a vehicle for social justice in Afghanistan, she works on projects like supporting…

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Gmail Password Leak Update

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This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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“There is WV Law. There is Federal Law. There is Mingo County Law.”

Mingo County Poltics is a beast of its own. Recently, Judge Mike Thornsbury was sentenced to fifty months in federal prison. Disgraced Judge Thornsbury entered a plea agreement with the United States for violating someone’s constitutional rights. In fact, disgraced Judge Thornsbury conspired with others to violate the constitutional rights of George White.

Former Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was protecting his reputation at the expense of others. Judge Thornsbury admitted in federal court that he and others, including Sheriff Eugene Crum, came up with this great plan to arrest George White and send him to prison for drug distribution. George White was arrested, charged with a felony and sentenced to prison for up to 15 years by disgraced Judge Mike Thornsbury. Disgraced ex-prosecutor C. Michael Sparks was implicated in the scheme by Judge Mike Thornsbury. Now, C. Michael Sparks is awaiting his fate on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the United States Court House in Charleston, West Virginia. Judge Thomas Johnson will sentence C. Michael Sparks for his role in the criminal conspiracy in the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, West Virginia.

From framing scorned love interests to framing political rivals, Mingo County has a long history for corruption. George White stated in court at Judge Mike Thornsbury’s sentencing, “There is WV Law, there is Federal Law, and there is Mingo County Law. I am much more afraid of Mingo County Law.”

Judge Thornsbury was given 50 months in federal prison, instead of 60 months, for his substantial assistance to the government. Thornsbury is never one to engage in anything save for self-serving and one-dimensional behavior. In the world of Mike Thornsbury, only one person matters: Judge Michael Thornsbury. Meanwhile, disgraced prosecutor C. Michael Sparks has been spreading the word, “Judge Thornsbury is throwing me under the bus.” Michael Sparks has stated he is a victim of Thornsbury’s sinister scheme.