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The WordPress.com Editor: Five Quick Tips

Compose posts distraction-free in the speedy, streamlined editor.

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To create a new post, go to My Sites → Blog Posts → Add

On The WordPress.com Blog, we announced our new post editor, one that embodies the excellent feedback you’ve shared with us about creating posts and pages on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve got a few tips to help you get comfortable and productive in the editor straight away.

Autosaving: focus on your content

You focus on creating; we’ll save as you go. The editor autosaves ever-so-unobtrusively, so you can work on your writing and photos, distraction-free:

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If you feel the need to save — you can. As soon as you make a change to your draft, you’ll see a blue Save link appear below your site’s title:

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Calendar-based scheduling

Handy legend:

  • The light gray circle signifies a previously published post.
  • The red circle signifies the current date.
  • The dark blue circle signifies your post’s publication date.

Once your post is ready, you can choose when to schedule it to appear on your blog. Click on the calendar icon, select a date, and enter the time you wish to publish your post. To help you schedule accurately, the calendar reminds you of your blog’s current time and time zone:

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Drag and drop images and galleries

Have the perfect image to augment your post? Want to create a gallery in a snap? Drag and drop a single image into your editor; drag and drop multiple images to create a gallery.

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Streamlined and functional

Click on the down arrow next to Draft Saved to reveal features at your fingertips. Click on the date to bring up the calendar and reschedule your post; stick your post to the front page and/or flag it for review by sliding the toggles:

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Set a post to Pending Review and you’ll see it flagged yellow under Drafts. This is a great feature that helps identify posts ready for review/editing on sites with an editorial workflow and multiple authors:

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Connect and share to social networks

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Sharing your work on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ can help draw readers to your blog. Connect to social networks right from the Sharing box, customize your message, and you’re all set. We’ll append a link to your post automatically and broadcast your work on publication:

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A penny for your thoughts?

Do you have feedback on the editor? We’d love to hear it. Check out our lively forum discussion and give us your two cents.

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  1. This new interface looks nice, but there are two things that bother me: you’ve taken out text formating from the html editor and this editor freezes randomly, but very often. Maybe somebody else is not upset, but I use just the html editor because I don’t like the spacing between the lines of the other. As of the freeze, despite not being normal, it adds to my laptop that freezes often and keeps me angry day by day, hour by hour.
    Thanks for listening and I hope you fix this soon!

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