New Themes: Gigawatt and Pinboard

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Happy Thursday! I’m pleased to announce the two newest additions to our ever-growing Theme Showcase.

Gigawatt

First off, it’s grungy meets vintage with Gigawatt — a clean and bold premium theme from Obox Themes.

Designed especially for filmmakers, editors, creatives, and professionals working in motion picture-related industries, Gigawatt displays your big screen talents in the best way possible on the small screen. Among its features include dark and light color schemes, a showcase page template that contains a large featured slider to place your latest video posts front and center, and up to four widget areas — one in the right sidebar and three in the footer.

Learn more about how you can get your own show going on your blog by visiting Gigawatt on the Theme Showcase.

Next up is Pinboard, a crafty, textured premium theme designed by Themify that allows you to create your own virtual…

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New Themes: Babylog and Delicacy

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Happy Thursday everybody! Today I would like to introduce you to the two latest additions to our family of themes. Let’s start first with the most adorable …

Babylog is the perfect theme for chronicling your little one’s first year (and beyond!) The playful, sweet design will take you from first smiles to first steps, and you can even customize the baby graphic to look like your own bundle of joy! Read more in the theme showcase.

Delicacy is a stylish theme perfect for food bloggers. Your image and writing will look great with Delicacy’s subtle textures and clean lines. You can also use the featured content section to help draw attention to your most delicious posts. Read more in the theme showcase.

Babylog was designed by Caroline Moore and Delicacy was designed by Aleksandra Łączek.

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Improved Publicize

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Fall is the season for changes and we’re in the spirit on WordPress.com! We’ve been working hard on some changes to the Publicize feature that we are happy to share with you today.

Publicize has only allowed you to connect to one account from another social network at a time. That makes it difficult if you want to post to two Twitter accounts or multiple Tumblogs. Today, we’re changing that. You are now able to connect to as many accounts at each service as you like.

Publicize can now also share connections between users of a blog, rather than needing each user to make their own connection to each social media service. When you initially make the connection, you will be asked whether you want to share it or not. If you do, all users who publish on your blog will be able to use that Publicize connection.

We’ve also…

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New Themes: Something Fishy and Blissful Blog

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Another Thursday, another theme day! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to our two newest themes: Something Fishy and Blissful Blog!

Something Fishy

From the depths of the creative mind of our very own, wickedly-talented Caroline Moore, Something Fishy is an adventure-rich, fun and fanciful animated theme. Full of subtle details that respond as users interact with your blog, this theme will bring a smile to your face, while still providing you with all the tools you need to share your life’s adventures.

Read more about Something Fishy on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your own site by going to Appearance -> Themes!

Looking to take a different plunge? Blissful Blog, from Blissful Themes, is perfectly designed to share your wedding day with grace and style. With delicate details and a clean look that emphasizes your photos and videos, Blissful Blog is the ideal…

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Embedding Images from Instagram

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We know many of you document and share your experiences with Instagram, so we’re excited to announce that you can now embed images from Instagram on your blog.

As with other embeds, it’s quite easy. First, copy the image’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the image:

Then, while you are editing a post or page, simply paste the URL on its own line:

http://instagram.com/p/QI9cbtAdvW/

So for example, this text and URL:

will display this on your blog:

The URL automatically embeds the largest size of the image that fits into the content area. Alternatively, you can control the size of an image using shortcode. For example:

A few days to catch my breath. Finally.

A post shared by cheri lucas rowlands (@cherilucasrowlands) on

embeds this image instead:

An image is automatically linked to the URL of its original Instagram page, so when readers click the image on your blog, they are taken to its full-size version.

It’s another quick and easy way to…

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WordPress.com is Proud to Help Power Red Cross Relief Efforts

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WordPress is way more than just a blogging platform — it’s a full-featured Content Management System that powers over 17% of the web. We love seeing the myriad ways people use it to get their messages across.

Today, we’re proud to highlight the American Red Cross’s Disaster Online Newsroom, a hub for photos, videos, and vital on-the-ground information that’s central to their relief efforts.

The Disaster Online Newsroom is more than just a press center, it’s a way for the Red Cross to share critical information like shelter and emergency response vehicle locations, ways we can all help or offer financial support, and more. Understandably, the Red Cross Newsroom is now focused on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but it’s updated in all crises, U.S.-based and international. As websites go, it’s relatively simple but is packed with information, and offers a great example of how easy it is to create…

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Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for October 2012

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Narrowing down all the fantastic posts featured on Freshly Pressed in a month to just ten is a challenge, but one that we relish — it reminds us of how much great content you’ve published, and of the depth and diversity of the WordPress.com community. Here are some of October’s standouts:

Silk Road Ramblings: Lost Empires, Gobi Fugitives, and The Secret Meth Habit of Marco Polo

I have conquered the Silk Road—venturing through the wild frontiers of Central Asia all the way to the dynastic heart of China, through a land of unforgiving beauty and a blood-splattered past; a land of lost empires, camel caravans, mummies, treasure-filled caves, and Imperial tombs. I am a modern-day Marco Polo, except I can’t grow impressive facial hair or call people ‘Orientals’ or ‘barbarian mongrels’

We read many great posts about travel each month and scope out tons of great photography, but Backpackology gave us…

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