WordPress.com got a facelift

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The WordPress.com homepage has a purrty new look for logged out users. The team at Automattic created a more modern look that targets potential new users directly. The post image above is from one of the new slides letting users know that WordPress.com is a perfect place to blog your cat pictures. There are a few other slides for other… umm, niches.

The new design also shows a couple of random themes from the .com theme showcase (which also just got a small redesign and some performance enhancements) as samples of what is available. And there’s a fancy graphic for all the networks you can share content on from within the platform. The option to enable a custom domain is also highly visible.

In case you are wondering, the headline font on the new design is Lato Ultra-Light, which in my non-designer-and-therefore-worthless-opinion, looks delicious.

Go give it a look if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s likely many WPCandy readers are logged into WP.com most of the time, but now you know what your friends will see when you recommend to them the easiest way to get started with a blog.

edit: I’ve learned (thanks Matt Thomas!) Joen Asmussen was primarily responsible for the redesign. Go say hi to him on Twitter if you liked his work!

Aftertaste #31: After WP Late Night 22

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This week’s episode of Aftertaste was a bit shorter than most WP Late Night after shows, but that’s because there are technically two after shows this week. The first is the one you’re used to, and the second is the recording that took place in a Google Hangout. Both are embedded below.

Listen in to the first half of the after show:

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WP Late Night #22: “I brought kittens” with Sara Cannon

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Sara Cannon from Range was this week’s guest on WP Late Night. We discussed WordCamps, the _s theme, and Shit WordPressers Say. I mean, more than usual.

This episode is brought to you by Event Espresso, the event registration plugin for WordPress. You can use the discount code “wpcandy” during checkout to save $25 on your purchase.

You can listen to the episode right here if you like:

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Aftertaste #30: After WPCandy Podcast 34

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This episode of Aftertaste followed up this week’s episode of the WPCandy Podcast with Brian Krogsgard and I. We caught up a bit since, well, we haven’t done a podcast in a long time. We also chatted about our picks for the week.

Listen in if you like hearing us jabber on:

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Sara Cannon will join WP Late Night tonight!

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Tonight I’m happy to announce that Sara Cannon of Ran.ge will be joining the crew tonight for the WP Late Night podcast recording. We’ll be broadcasting from the WPCandy Stream tonight at 8:00 PM EDT, and of course we’ll have the WPCandy chat room open (#wpcandy on freenode) throughout the show.

If there are any specific topics you would like to see us discuss, or questions you might have for Sara, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

WP Late Night #21: Twenty Twelvish with Drew Strojny

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Episode 21 (we’re legal!) of WP Late Night saw an awesome guest: Drew Strojny of The Theme Foundry and, of course, lead designer for the new Twenty Twelve default theme. We discussed themes (duh), plugin reviews, and of course I asked for Drew’s opinion of Retina/HiDPI displays — much to the dismay of Brad and Dre. Fun ensued.

This episode is brought to you by Event Espresso, the event registration plugin for WordPress. You can use the discount code “wpcandy” during checkout to save $25 on your purchase.

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Aftertaste #28: After WP Late Night 20

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Now I would never make the argument that grand, all-important discussion takes place during our podcast aftershows. Let’s face it — they are unplugged and unplanned. But in this case, I do have to warn you: a good deal of this Aftertaste episode is devoted to typing tests and races.

You’ve been warned.

This episode immediately took place after last week’s Speaking in Cursive episode.

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WP Late Night #20: “Speaking in cursive”

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With this episode of WP Late Night we crossed twenty episode threshold. Wait, does that mean we have to keep doing these now? In this episode we discussed WordCamp San Francisco a good deal, updates to BuddyPress, and the announcements regarding the WordPress Community Summit.

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WP Late Night #19: “Just a wheel on this Mac Truck baby”

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It’s time for another exciting episode of WP Late Night. This episode we discussed the new media wireframes on the table for 3.5, how to end-of-life a WordPress plugin, and of course Brad and Dre became grumpy old men when the topic of retina HiDPI displays came up.

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WP Late Night #18: My name’s Shelby and it hurts so good

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Episode number eighteen of WP Late Night brought together the three main hosts once again for a discussion about upcoming WordCamps, bbPress.org, and of course a topic or two we talked about a few episodes ago.

You can listen to the episode below, or of course subscribe to the show on iTunes to get every episode delivered right to you.

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