Zedity: The Easiest Way to Create Your Posts & Pages!

Zedity enables you to create posts and pages very easily, quickly and with unprecedented possibilities. With absolutely no coding skills required, Zedity makes your WordPress experience much easier!

  • Very Easy to Use: 100% pure visual content creation becomes a reality with Zedity. Yes, finally there’s no more need to deal with HTML5, CSS or Javascipt codes: Zedity does it all automatically for you under the hood. All it takes is clicking, typing and dragging your multimedia content!
  • Let You Do Anything You Need: Zedity gives you unprecedented flexibility and possibilities to create your content. Let’s consider a simple example: how would you place a background image for some text on a page? With the standard WordPress visual editor, it is not possible. With Zedity, instead, you can do that and much more than that.
  • Great Time Saver: what may haven taken you hours, will take you only minutes with Zedity. Furthermore, since you can do it by yourself, without hiring developers, you may also save money.
  • Dedicated Technical Assistance: we love what we do and we’ll be assisting you. Whether you need help, you think you have found a bug or something to be improved, please submit a ticket. If you are using the plugin already and would like to rate it, you’re welcome. Here is a post you may want to read before rating:https://zedity.com/blog/plugin-ratings-on-wordpress-org/

Zedity is already available in many languages: Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English,French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish,Ukrainian. Coming soon: Vietnamese Isn’t your language available yet? Be the first to translate Zedity into your native language to enter the hall of fame and get rewarded! Zedity is also part of the new WordPress translation program.

IMPORTANT: we recommend all users who are still using obsolete versions toinstall to the latest version 6.3+, which comes with a brand new user interface, support for touchscreen devices, interactive tutorials and other features. Enjoy Zedity!

Discover more about Zedity:

  • Zedity.com: Zedity is currently available in two versions for WordPress: Free and Premium. Not using WordPress? Zedity is also available as a standalone HTML5 online editor. Find all the information on the Zedity site.
  • Blog: tricks and tips, examples, video tutorials, etc.
  • Facebook and Twitter: get notified about new releases, promo codes and the latest about Zedity!
  • Help and Support: contact us for assistance, ask for information or provide your feedback: all from your free Zedity account!

Version requirements
Zedity works with any version of WordPress 3.5+. To take advantage of the latest features, please make sure to use the latest version of both WordPress and Zedity.

If you are using other versions, make sure to meet the compatibility requirements:

  • WordPress 4.1+ with at least Zedity 4.9.1+ (best with Zedity 6.3+)
  • WordPress 4.0+ with at least Zedity 4.2.1+ (best with Zedity 6.3+)
  • WordPress 3.9+ with at least Zedity 3.1.2+ (best with Zedity 6.3+)

Would you like to support Zedity? You can do it with a little donation. Thank you and enjoy Zedity!

For those curious about the first milestone, here is a video of Zedity 1.0:

 

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Robo Gallery – Photo Gallery and Images Gallery

If you looking for fast, easy gallery with simple and very beautiful, highly customizable design here is it… Gallery where even newbie in WordPress will be able to create your first gallery in few minutes and at the same time WordPress professionals get advanced tools and freedom of creativity. Just download this Gallery and you’ll not look for any other gallery any more! Fall in Love with this Gallery like we do!

Install and create your first WordPress gallery in few minutes

Gallery Demos

Multi Categories Cars Gallery Demo

Grid Layout Gallery Demo with Fade hover effect

Multi Categories Polaroid style Movie Gallery Demo with classic layout

Design Sketch Gallery Demo with grid layout

Multi Categories Gallery Demo with custom interface colors and classic layout

Video Gallery Demo with grid layout

Gallery Key Features

  • Fully responsive and Mobile features – advanced mobility gallery. Gallery implemented with advanced settings for different devices screen size.
  • Fade effects – one of the gallery hover animation it’s classic fade effect.
  • Batch images upload – gallery have advanced media manager which allow to upload batch of the images by one click. Just drag and drop set of the gallery images and it’s upload automatically to the server.
  • Auto-resizing for thumbnails and images – gallery media manager allow you make additional customization of the gallery images, like: rotation, flip, crop, manual resize.
  • Customizable 15 hover effects – all gallery hover effects working in cooperation with gallery interface configuration options. You can easily change style and colors of the hover animation elements.
  • Implemented to avoid AJAX libs conflicts – all gallery code implemented in native WordPress style as result our gallery don’t have any conflicts and work really stable.
  • Polaroid style gallery – with our gallery you can create Polaroid style gallery just with few clicks.
  • Build in colors selector – in gallery you can easily change color of any gallery
  • Social sharing – gallery lightbox support social sharing in twitter, facebook, google plus and pinterest
  • Build in borders and shadows settings – gallery borders and shadows have advanced options for configuration design and style of this gallery interface elements
  • Font settings – gallery have build in advanced text style editor options. With this options you can fully cusyomize title, caption, description of the every gallery image
  • Different resolutions – gallery have implemented advanced size control options where you can define layout or fixed size for the gallery elements on different screen resolutions
  • Implemented in native WordPress style using native classes – gallery fully native for WordPress implemented without any hacks and tricks
  • Multi Categories – gallery implemented with multi categories support. You can create your own galleries tree, depend of your needs
  • Classic gallery layout – layout of the gallery could have classic style or grid layout, every gallery on page could have own styles and settings
  • Advanced pagination function – pagination function of the gallery implemented in google load more style
  • Work in IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome – gallery work properly in all latest versions of the popular browsers
  • Lazy loading option – in gallery implemented advanced lazy loading options, for the case when you have big sets of the images you can define amount of the galleries images for the first load and for the next steps of the load more option
  • Advanced cache options – in gallery implemented advanced images caching options
  • Overlay effects – all hover effects of the gallery thumbnails are highly customizable and have full set of options
  • Backend text settings preview – all gallery images titles, captions, descriptions are highly customizable also we have life preview of the changes in gallery backend
  • Resizing crop function – in gallery media managed you’ll find great set of very useful features for example gallery images crop, and manual resizing
  • Optional mobile touch support – our gallery support mobile devices and you can customize gallery layout settings for different screen sizes
  • Custom ordering of the images – ordering for all images of the gallery could be easily changed manually in media manager or you can find order by options in general gallery settings
  • Ability to insert gallery to the WordPress post, page, widget – every gallery could be insert in to post, page or widget with build in shortcode tag or using wizard button – shortcode generator in post or page editor
  • Gallery lightbox social buttons – in gallery settings you can turn on/off social buttons
  • Gallery lightbox background color – in gallery lightbox settings you can change color of the background with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox background transparency – in gallery lightbox settings you can change transparency of the background with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox font color – in gallery lightbox settings you can change color of the font with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox font transparency – in gallery lightbox settings you can change transparency of the font with comfortable color selector
  • Clone gallery – if you have hundreds of galleries on the website this feature is really useful for you! Clone settings of another gallery to apply it to another galleries. So you can copy styles of the source gallery to as much galleries as you need just by one click.
  • Custom Thumbnails Shadows – shadow it’s very stylish element of the thumbnail images on the front end. You can make your gallery looks absolutely different with different styled shadow.
  • Advanced Compatibility – in our gallery we implement advanced compatibility options to avoid conflict with libraries of another plugins and theme. You can switch between modes to find properly value for your gallery and your case.
  • Advanced Social Sharing – advanced social sharing functionality in lightbox. Implemented deep linking functionality for the gallery images social sharing services Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+
  • Click Thumbnails – advanced click functionality. You can use click on buttons or on the gallery thumbnails to enlarge gallery image or open gallery image link. With new functionality you can combine absolutely different features of the gallery clicking functionality.
  • Gallery alignment – implemented gallery alignment option. Possible to select one from implemented alignment modes: left, right, center for gallery alignment inside post or page content. Alignment could be disabled.
  • Gallery Padding – new padding options. Define custom values in pixels for padding gallery block in post or page content. Is it possible to define padding from left, right, top and bottom side.
  • Backup – new gallery backup functionality. In backup section you can easily export settings of the galleries which you already create to transfer it another wordpress installation. Another feature import settings of already backed up galleries. With this useful feature you can transfer galleries from one to another wordpress websites or restore created galleries on this wordpress in the past.

Gallery Pro Key Features

  • Fully responsive and Mobile features – advanced mobility gallery. Gallery implemented with advanced settings for different devices screen size.
  • Grid layout – in gallery implemented not only classic gallery layout, but also grid layout for the modern style gallery with different size of the gallery thumbnails.
  • Fully customizable interface – all interface elements of the gallery are customizable. You can easily change colors, size and position of every gallery interface element. Gallery thumbnails description could be customized with build in tags and HTML/CSS.
  • Fade effects – one of the gallery hover animation it’s classic fade effect.
  • Batch images upload – gallery have advanced media manager which allow to upload batch of the images by one click. Just drag and drop set of the gallery images and it’s upload automatically to the server.
  • Auto-resizing for thumbnails and images – gallery media manager allow you make additional customization of the gallery images, like: rotation, flip, crop, manual resize.
  • Customizable 15 hover effects – all gallery hover effects working in cooperation with gallery interface configuration options. You can easily change style and colors of the hover animation elements.
  • Implemented to avoid AJAX libs conflicts – all gallery code implemented in native WordPress style as result our gallery don’t have any conflicts and work really stable.
  • Polaroid style gallery – with our gallery you can create Polaroid style gallery just with few clicks.
  • Build in colors selector – in gallery you can easily change color of any gallery
  • Social sharing – gallery lightbox support social sharing in twitter, facebook, google plus and pinterest
  • Build in borders and shadows settings – gallery borders and shadows have advanced options for configuration design and style of this gallery interface elements
  • Support Videos – every gallery image have option where possible to define video link for every particular gallery image
  • Smart Links – in our gallery implemented smart images links and video links parsing algorithm. Implemented auto detection links with turned off link navigation buttons
  • Hover layout template – gallery hover effects have set of advanced options. For example you can customize layout of the gallery hover effect with build in tags
  • Customizable Grid – every gallery image have additional options for customization of the layout of the gallery, as result you can build fully custom gallery grid, depend of your needs. You can decide which size of the gallery matrix you need on your website
  • Font settings – gallery have build in advanced text style editor options. With this options you can fully cusyomize title, caption, description of the every gallery image
  • Different resolutions – gallery have implemented advanced size control options where you can define layout or fixed size for the gallery elements on different screen resolutions
  • Implemented in native WordPress style using native classes – gallery fully native for WordPress implemented without any hacks and tricks
  • Multi Categories – gallery implemented with multi categories support. You can create your own galleries tree, depend of your needs
  • Classic gallery layout – layout of the gallery could have classic style or grid layout, every gallery on page could have own styles and settings
  • Advanced pagination function – pagination function of the gallery implemented in google load more style
  • Work in IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome – gallery work properly in all latest versions of the popular browsers
  • Lazy loading option – in gallery implemented advanced lazy loading options, for the case when you have big sets of the images you can define amount of the galleries images for the first load and for the next steps of the load more option
  • Advanced cache options – in gallery implemented advanced images caching options
  • Super fast grid – all algorithms of the gallery grids tested hard so we can sure you that you getting one of the best product
  • Customizable hover icons – all icons of the gallery buttons fully customizable and every icon could be easily changed with build in icons wizard
  • Overlay effects – all hover effects of the gallery thumbnails are highly customizable and have full set of options
  • Backend text settings preview – all gallery images titles, captions, descriptions are highly customizable also we have life preview of the changes in gallery backend
  • Resizing crop function – in gallery media managed you’ll find great set of very useful features for example gallery images crop, and manual resizing
  • Optional mobile touch support – our gallery support mobile devices and you can customize gallery layout settings for different screen sizes
  • Custom ordering of the images – ordering for all images of the gallery could be easily changed manually in media manager or you can find order by options in general gallery settings
  • Ability to insert gallery to the WordPress post, page, widget – every gallery could be insert in to post, page or widget with build in shortcode tag or using wizard button – shortcode generator in post or page editor
  • Gallery lightbox social buttons – in gallery settings you can turn on/off social buttons
  • Gallery lightbox background color – in gallery lightbox settings you can change color of the background with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox background transparency – in gallery lightbox settings you can change transparency of the background with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox font color – in gallery lightbox settings you can change color of the font with comfortable color selector
  • Gallery lightbox font transparency – in gallery lightbox settings you can change transparency of the font with comfortable color selector
  • Clone gallery – if you have hundreds of galleries on the website this feature is really useful for you! Clone settings of another gallery to apply it to another galleries. So you can copy styles of the source gallery to as much galleries as you need just by one click.
  • Custom Thumbnails Shadows – shadow it’s very stylish element of the thumbnail images on the front end. You can make your gallery looks absolutely different with different styled shadow.
  • Advanced Compatibility – in our gallery we implement advanced compatibility options to avoid conflict with libraries of another plugins and theme. You can switch between modes to find properly value for your gallery and your case.
  • Advanced Social Sharing – advanced social sharing functionality in lightbox. Implemented deep linking functionality for the gallery images social sharing services Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+
  • Click Thumbnails – advanced click functionality. You can use click on buttons or on the gallery thumbnails to enlarge gallery image or open gallery image link. With new functionality you can combine absolutely different features of the gallery clicking functionality.

Gallery Advantages

  • Gallery Images and Videos – Robo Gallery support different type of the content. You can upload to the gallery images, insert links to the video on Youtube or Vimeo.
  • Gallery Borders and Shadows – All borders and shadows of the gallery thumbnails have multiply configuration options. You can fully customize size, color, transparency of gallery interface. Shadow also have additional blur option for gallery thumbnails shadow. All options could be configured with slider control or defined values manually in edit fields of the gallery options.
  • Styling Text of the Gallery – All text on the front end gallery interface could be styled in backend. For title and description of the gallery images we have advanced settings for customization of the font. You can select font style, size and colors for the static and hovered text of the front end gallery interface elements. Use HTML tags in gallery thumbnails description.
  • Gallery Icons Library – For link and zoom gallery buttons integrated advanced icons selector with library of the hundreds icons. Every gallery button have fully customizable color settings for borders, backgrounds, icon colors of the gallery thumbnails. Different for static and hovered gallery buttons.
  • Gallery Color Selectors – For all front end gallery interface elements implemented very comfortable color selector. With color selector your can define color multiply ways. For every gallery interface element you can select transparency for the color. Colors could be defined in HEX or RGB style.
  • Advanced Media Manager of the Gallery – Upload of the images into gallery implemented with advanced drag and drop media manager. Batch upload of the gallery images by one click. Gallery media manager have wide set of the options for sorting gallery images, crope, rotate, flip, scale of the original gallery image.
  • Gallery Custom Layout – Advanced options for customization layout of the gallery. Ability to define custom size and columns amount of the gallery for different screen resolution. Ability to enable auto size option different way for every gallery screen size resolution. Every gallery image have columns option where you can customize size of the image. Every image could take different amount of columns.
  • Gallery Lightbox customization – Gallery lightbox support set of advanced functionality. You can easily enable social buttons in gallery lightbox or change galley images description font color. With color selector you can change color and transparency of the gallery lightbox background.
  • Clone Gallery – Gallery will copy all settings from selected source gallery. Very useful option for the webmasters who planning to create a lot of galleries. You don’t have to configure gallery every time. Just setup styles of the gallery in one place and use the same options for another galleries on your website in another galleries. Very fast, comfortable, advanced tool to speed up your workflow!
  • Gallery Compatibility – Gallery implemented in native WordPress style. All code implemented based on WordPress api and base classes. Also we tried in our gallery code avoid conflicts with other plugins and libraries. If you accordantly meet with some erros, conflicts or other related problems feel free to contact us and we’ll to sort everything in short time. Also we have implemented set of gallery options which allow you to manager your gallery general settings to avoid conflicts.

 

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mySTAT

mySTAT is a unique product in the area of statistics, analytics and SEO optimization.

Minimum system requirements to run the plugin:

  • PHP 5.2 or higher
  • WordPress 4.0 or higher
  • System memory 256Mb
  • PHP modules need to install:
    • ZIP
    • DOM XML
    • XSL

    Plugin must be regularly updated database definitions. When you first start this happens automatically. Subsequent updates you control by yourself. To use the updates require access to the resource http://my-stat.com

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    mySTAT is a comprehensive set of tools necessary for collecting and classifying data from all areas. The product is a multi-platform one, so it can be installed onto both existing popular types of CMS and onto any other third-party developed sites. If you have your own web-site, you should definitely have it in your arsenal for running a successful business, blog or any other Internet project. The previous version of mySTAT has over 500,000 downloads and strictly positive reviews! mySTAT can help you with correct organization of working on any resource, help SEO optimizers, programmers, bloggers, designers, advertising agents, and later updates of this product will further expand the area of its application. Each licensed product copy owner will be able to receive all updates and get full technical support totally free of charge. mySTAT has unique capabilities for statistics and analytics. mySTAT is completely safe, it guarantees full confidentiality of your data, and it is fully configurable to suit specific purposes. Based on all the supplied information one can develop a realistic and detailed strategy for site, business, or any other project development.

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Xhanch – My Twitter

Xhanch – My Twitter (developed by Xhanch Studio) is the best WordPress Twitter plugin to show/hide or include/exclude your latest tweets, replies from other members to you, replies from you to other members, retweets, and direct messages from your Twitter account(s).

You can customize it with our predefined flexible settings/options easily and it can be displayed via sidebar, post or page with advanced tweets filtering system.

You can also post a tweet/status directly from your website and auto tweet your newly published post/page.

An intensive cache system is provided as well that amke this plugin light weight.

Xhanch My Twitter is going to provide complete integration between your wordpress website and your twitter account. This plugin can connect to and access from multiple Twitter accounts.

We will keep improving this plugin in order to make this plugin to be the best Twitter plugin for WordPress

 

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The 2015 WordPress.com Year In Review!

Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments.

That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part of a huge global community of people — WordPress now powers more than 25% of the internet — with interests ranging from the news shaping our world to personal stories that shape our own families and lives.

We talked about the serious and the mundane, the silly and the sorrowful; we talked about creativity, sports, marriage, parenthood, politics, love, romance, differences, divisions, and identity.

From all of us at Automattic to everyone in the WordPress.com community: it’s been a thrill to watch, participate in, and support your work.

 

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Three Ways to Refresh Your Website in 2016

The new year is a great time to hit refresh and set new goals. If your website looks and feels a little stale, now is the time to make a change! Here are three quick ways to freshen up your personal or business website:

Take Inventory

Is your content still accurate? Do you need to update your photos? Are the important links working? Take a step back to think about your site’s purpose and audience. Have your personal or business goals changed since you launched it? Make a list of what needs to be fixed and set a timeline to get it done. Take a look at your most popular posts to know what’s working and target those posts and pages first.

In 2012, three friends — Jeri, Erin, and Allysa — founded a full-service event and styling company, bon évé Events. After refocusing their company’s priorities and goals, they recently relaunched their website. Their rebrand includes a new name (My Simple Soirée), a logo, and WordPress.com website.

 

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Refocusing our business meant an extensive rebrand and rename. This can be challenging for a small business as your brand and name are your lifeline. WordPress.com made it easy to implement the changes we needed for social media first impression.

— My Simple Soirée

Evaluate your website in light of your objectives and make the most of what WordPress.com has to offer, from uploading a new site logo or custom header image to exploring our Premium and Business plans to unlock more space for media, design customization, and eCommerce integration.

Boost Your Brand

Every website can benefit from custom branding, from hobby blogs to eCommerce websites. Create a cohesive brand experience by aligning all the elements that identify and set your website apart: domain name, website name, and logo.

Adding a logo to your website is an achievable first step to branding your site. In your menu, click on Customize to launch your Customizer, and click on Site Title, Tagline, and Logo. Here, you can upload a new image or select one from your Media Library.

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Click the Save & Publish button at the top right of the Customizer to activate your new logo.

In a few clicks, you can take your website to the next level with a custom logo. (And if you switch to and from any logo-supported theme, your logo will still be there!)

Textile artist Krista blogs at Looming Jane. She has a custom logo at the top of her website — a stylish cursive display of her brand and shop name. While each theme’s default fonts are carefully selected, you can transform the look of a theme by swapping out the Header Text with your own designs.

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Add Fresh Content

The best way to have a vibrant and active website is to publish new content regularly. If you feel stuck, look to Automattician Andrea Badgley, who has developed a great strategy to help you meet your blogging goals this year.

In her post Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day, she shares her secret sauce for blogging regularly. It has two ingredients: carve out 10 minutes per day and keep topics on hand.

Giving yourself meaningful topics to write about and then carving out the time to write will get you not only practicing, but will get you publishing again. It will make your blog active and will bring visitors to your site.

— Andrea Badgley

Committing to a blogging schedule can be a challenge, so a New Year’s resolution is the perfect motivation to kickstart a new routine. Make your resolutions a reality by investing in your WordPress.com website.

Planning on Turning Your Website into a Lean Mean Marketing Machine?

Consider upgrading to WordPress.com Premium or Business to unlock features like advanced customization, more space for your photos and videos, and stellar customer support.

Our Premium and Business plans also include a custom domain and access to premium themes. Try it out for 30 days.

 

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“Discover” Great Features You Might Have Missed

Late in 2015, we launched Discover — a site to showcase the people who use WordPress and the amazing things they make and do. There, we publish editors’ picks from across the WordPress landscape as well as in-depth features on WordPressers making a splash in the world. Here are five thought-provoking features you might have missed.

Anne Thériault: one gutsy feminist

Image: "Fight" by seven_resist, (CC BY-SA 2.0).

You may already know Anne from her incisive blog, The Belle Jar, where she writes candidly of her experiences as a woman and a mother. In “Too Loud, Too Outspoken, Too Feminist: Anne Thériault Writes Her Truth,” Anne talks about learning from her mistakes, protecting her family’s privacy and safety, and handling trolls. She has great advice for women bloggers who may shy away from sharing their true thoughts online.

If I had to give advice to a woman who wanted to write but thought no one would care, I would tell her that reading stuff by other women has been so incredibly validating and affirming and enlightening. Hey women! Please keep writing! And if you’re thinking about writing, please do it! You are a treasure and your thoughts are interesting and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

— Anne Thériault

Curiosity meets camera: on the passions of Cameron Karsten

Photo by Cameron Karsten.

Cameron Karsten is a visual storyteller. Armed with his camera and innate curiosity, he travels the world to document people, customs, and raise awareness of environmental causes. In
“Stories of the World: A Q&A with Photographer Cameron Karsten,” Cameron shares his passion for the people, places, and causes he photographs:

I look forward to photographing people when I pick up a camera. I approach a person not as a subject but as a person who has needs and wants, a history of joys and sorrows, of gains and losses. I’ve never connected with the industry’s idea of using a camera to hide behind a lens as if to separate myself from the rest of the world. People aren’t subjects to me. Inanimate objects are what I call a subject. I first try to relate to and connect with a person by just being myself. Taking the photograph comes later.

— Cameron Karsten

Lori Duron blogs through fear and finds her community

Photo courtesy of Lori Duron.

When Lori Duron started to blog about the questions, fears, and challenges of raising C.J., her gender non-conforming son, she — like many of us — had no idea what she was doing. In“Raising a Rainbow: An Interview with Author Lori Duron,” Lori talks about why she writes about her parenting journey and the overwhelming support she’s received from the world community.

I received emails from parents who were struggling with the gender identity of their child; they felt alone and helpless like I once did. I tried to help them the best that I could. I have readers in more than 190 countries. There are little gender-nonconforming boys in Ireland, the Philippines, Iran, all around the world. And, their parents need help.

— Lori Duron

An exercise in process: 365 projects across WordPress

In addition to personal profiles and interviews, Discover features roundups highlighting the things people create with WordPress. “365 Days, 52 Weeks: Bloggers on Posting Daily or Weekly in 2015” profiles a handful of bloggers who participated in a 365-day or 52-week project and posted their sketches, stories, and essays online.

I write because Writing is a box under the category Creativity under the list Happinessthat I have the luxury of checking off every morning. For nearly six years, I committed to writing and posting daily because on the days I didn’t write, I felt an itch of discontentment, and sooner or later, I realized it was because I hadn’t created something.

— Yi-Ching Lin

Danny Gregory on making creativity a habit

Danny Gregory -- self portrait.

Ever wanted to learn to draw, but felt you lacked that special talent? Danny Gregory will be the first to tell you that anyone can learn to draw with practice. In “Making Creativity a Habit: An Interview with Danny Gregory,” the prolific author and Sketchbook Skool co-founder shares the best advice he’s received on establishing a creative habit and his advice on sticking with your drawing dream.

My advice: keep making and stop critiquing. And think about how what you are doing matters to the world in some way, how your creativity solves problems or brings joy. Get out of your head and your own concerns and see how you can make a difference with your art. It’s just a drawing, you say? Well, what if drawing something can bring you peace? Or give you an insight you can share? What if that drawing stimulates your imagination so you can solve a problem that’s been vexing your family or your coworkers? What if that drawing is a way of honoring yourself, of investing in yourself, in freeing yourself…

— Danny Gregory

 

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New Theme: Revelar

Revelar

Revelar WordPress Theme

Designed by Automattic’s own Filipe Varela, Revelar is a single-column blogging theme with a fresh, modern look. Designed to showcase your gorgeous photography and complement your writing, it’s a perfect choice for photographers, travelers, and authors. With support for large featured images, multiple post formats, and footer widget areas for additional content, Revelargives your posts plenty of room to shine.

 

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New Themes: Escutcheon and Orvis

Escutcheon

Escutcheon WordPress Theme

Escutcheon, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce, boasts a smoky color palette and bold typography. It’s a striking theme for writers who want to stand out, with a front page that gives just enough information to entice your readers. Individual posts and pages are stylish and easy to read.

Find out more about Escutcheon on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site.

Escutcheon Responsive WordPress Theme

Orvis

Orvis: Portfolio Page Template

Orvis, designed by Thomas Guillot, is the perfect companion for all photographers and designers. It is a minimalist, vibrant, and flexible theme, whose bold grid design keeps the spotlight on your projects, and scales to fit any screen size. Orvis also lets you share your thoughts and engage in a conversation with your visitors through the blog, which shares the same minimal look.

Orvis: Responsive Design

Check out Orvis on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site.

 

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