Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac

You have big dreams for your websites. We want to see them come true. Introducing: the new WordPress.com and WordPress.com desktop app.

What if WordPress.com helped you…

… update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app?
… manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device?
… spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating?
… find the best content people publish with WordPress every day?

What if we rebuilt WordPress.com from the ground up to make it all possible?


Welcome to the new WordPress.com. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Your home on the web has a home in your dock

You’ve already been using parts of the new WordPress.com, in the new editor, improved stats pages, and refreshed Reader. You deserve web tools as powerful and flexible as your ideas.

The WordPress.com for Mac app is the next step in a suite of improvements that help you realize your vision on the web — and it’s an app you already know how to use. Look familiar?


Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined but accessible. Build your site anywhere, in whatever way helps you get your best work done: the app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com, creating a seamless experience for publishing and browsing whether you’re in a browser, a mobile app, or the desktop app.


And all of WordPress.com, app included, is built with new technologies that are faster and smoother. Use the time you save uploading photos or configuring menus to focus on your magnum opus instead. WordPress.com should be nimble enough to keep up with you, today, tomorrow, and ten years from now — and now it is.

(Windows and Linux users, we haven’t forgotten you! Visit the download page and sign up to be notified when your apps are available.)

Download the app

Publishing tools for anyone — and everyone

This isn’t just for WordPress.com. The Jetpack plugin now gives your self-hosted sites access to the new WordPress.com publishing and site-building tools and the app, along with a host of features to speed up, secure, and simplify site administration like automatic backups and plugin auto-updating.


And because everyone should have access to publishing tools for building a more beautiful web, we open-sourced the entire codebase on GitHub — anyone can see, copy, and work with the code that now powers WordPress.com.

Get Jetpack

The cream of the (one-quarter of the web) crop

The web is about both creation and discovery, and your tools should help with both. Say hello to Discover: a new way to hone in on the good stuff and celebrate the beautiful things published with WordPress. You’ll find it right in your Reader, both online and in the app.


Browse recommended posts and sites. Dive into blogger interviews. Find original work from your favorite new writers. It’s all lovingly curated and edited by the WordPress.com Editorial team to shine a spotlight on some of the greatest writing, photography, and art published across WordPress, including self-hosted WordPress sites.

Since WordPress now powers over 25% of the web, it’s a one-stop shop for the best voices out there — yours.

Visit Discover

What will you build with WordPress?

Every day, we watch you push the boundaries of WordPress.com. With the new WordPress.com, you can spend less time dealing with the mechanics of your site, and more time telling your stories. Sharing your photos. Building your businesses. Finding your fans. And isn’t that the point?

Want more? Take a guided tour of the new WordPress.com:

Download the app, visit Discover, learn more about the technologies underlying the new WordPress.com and the process of building it, or read what our CEO has to say about the changes. Excited about the work we’re doing? We’re hiring.

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  1. Egill

    Reblogged this on Egill R. Erlendsson.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Chris Lauzon

    Reblogged this on Chris Lauzon's Blog and commented:

    Isn’t this the coolest thing ever?

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Paolo

    Reblogged this on Paolo Belcastro and commented:
    This has been an amazing journey, so happy to finally share with the World!

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Sarah Blackstock

    Reblogged this on sarahblackstock.com and commented:

    This is awesome (and I really love the desktop app)!

    Liked by 7 people

  5. Zé Marques

    Reblogged this on Starving the Robots.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. Jathan Fink

    I just want to send a great big ‘thank you’ to the whole WordPress dev team! They’re always working to make our favorite platform work harder, faster, and simpler than ever before.

    Liked by 10 people

  7. Tyler Calleja Jackson

    =D =D =D Can’t wait to download the app!

    Liked by 8 people

  8. Luca Sartoni

    Reblogged this on Luca Sartoni and commented:

    I’m very proud of being part of this. Check it out!

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Tony Burgess

    I like the changes. Good stuff!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. dakisha

    Reblogged this on My WP and CH Experience and commented:
    Great news!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Derek Springer

    Reblogged this on 12-inch pianist and commented:

    Big OSS release today as Automattic open-sources new WP.com front-end!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Michael Alexander Savich

    Will the Mac app for WordPress be available on the Mac App Store?

    Liked by 5 people

  13. d3athaddict2089

    not everyone uses a Mac! 😦


  14. petchary

    Oh I like!! My desktop Mac is my “hub” and I am delighted to have this!


  15. compscidiary

    I have been waiting for this for so long!!


  16. Deborah Edwards-Onoro

    Excited to hear the news! Congrats to everyone on the team for all their hard work! Wish Windows and Linux apps were available now. (Yes, I signed up to be notified.) Just curious, what’s the usage on WordPress.com for Mac, Windows, and Linux users?

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Navjot Singh

    The mailing list for subscribing to the app updates regarding Windows and linux version is sending email to spam box in Gmail marked with the following error

    “Why is this message in Spam? It has a from address in wordpress.com but has failed wordpress.com’s required tests for authentication. Learn more.” – https://support.google.com/mail/answer/1366858?hl=en&authuser=1&expand=5

    Liked by 2 people

  18. happyface313

    🙂 Sounds excellent! Will this be added automatically if I have subscribed to Jetpack or do I need to do something to get these new features?
    Thanks! 🙂


    • Michelle W.

      You’d need to download the app if you want to start using the site management/publishing tools that way, but otherwise, if you’re already using Jetpack and connected to WordPress.com, you’ll be able to use all the same tools on WordPress.com, no other action needed on your part.


  19. Steve Mullen

    Tried the new Mac App. Being able to drag image from Flickr is great and just what I’ve been needing. Thanks!


  20. gilbertwsatchell

    Just loaded the app…looks great and I’m an old Mac addict from before time began, it feels like a Mac app. should…Big Thank You because it feels very secure not having to be using a browser, WOW what a change…5 Stars…


  21. Manju Hariharan

    Eagerly waiting for the windows app!


  22. robotissmiling

    Reblogged this on robotissmiling.


  23. slash.andy

    Reblogged this on Me. (Andrew) and commented:
    Super excited this happened. It’s the first leap into something massive for WordPress.


  24. ruralbwoy

    Awesomeness team WordPress, this is the best Christmas gift!!!


  25. cocowoodburn

    Looks like I picked a good day to start blogging on here 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Chiradeep Patra

    Keep loving the fact that we are part of the same space called: WordPress.com…

    Excellent development and thank you…


  27. vilmoskörte

    I just wonder: Which advantages does it offer? It looks and behaves exactly the same as in a browser window.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Michelle W.

      The main advantages are (1) it gives you a new way to use WordPress, so you can work on your site distraction-free, outside the browser, or keep the app open but out of the way to keep an eye on your notifications and (2) if you have multiple sites and/or self-hosted sites, you’ve got a spot on the desktop to manage them. How useful it is depends on how you like to work — it’s not about advantages so much as it is about more options for how you work with your site.

      Liked by 4 people

  28. Job

    Reblogged this on Job Thomas and commented:
    I was quite skeptical towards the new interface at first, and I find myself going back to the wp-admin dashboard from time to time, but that’s decreasing fast. The new WordPress.com interface is fast and fun to work with. It focuses on writing and that’s exactly what WordPress is there for. The app (currently only on Mac, but coming to other platforms soon) is fun to work with, especially since you can easily manage all your websites (both WordPress.com or self-hosted ones) into one single place and manage everything. Go check it out if you haven’t already.

    Liked by 3 people

  29. Wojciech Zawistowski

    Awesome! The desktop app runs beautifully!
    And I’m so happy you’re finally on GitHub!
    This year, Christmas gifts come a month earlier. 🙂 Thanks, guys!

    Liked by 3 people

  30. williamdidrik

    Awesome! Indeed! Just started, but loving itl

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Noirfifre

    Some feedback. I am on my kindle for hours and I am not seeing the entire buttons to the left of the Reader. I am not sure why but I am not seeing ‘Explore Tags.’ I used it all the time before the upgrade. Some help please.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Michelle W.

      That link is no longer in the sidebar — you can still find the page by going directly to to https://wordpress.com/tags/ in your browser, but you won’t find the link anymore. The tags listing there were not reflective of what’s actually going on in the WordPress community; it was heavily influenced by spammers and listed a lot of common, vague tags, so most folks didn’t find it useful. If you enjoyed browsing it you can bookmark the direct link, and if there were specific tags there you liked, you can add the individual tags to your Reader to make finding them easier:

      Liked by 2 people

  32. pegoleg

    Hi Michelle – I’m not that thrilled with change, but looking forward to seeing all the ways WordPress continues to be great, greater and greatest!

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Martin K.

    Congratulations for a really bold move and the step into a new era. Finally we can see the big picture from the recent updates. I’m already subscribed to the mailing list and eagerly waiting for the linux desktop app. 🙂

    Fun fact – one year ago, I mentioned the mysterious “Calypso” appearance in the english forums and had no idea back then even though most of the new .po file references were Calypso strings as well.

    Liked by 3 people

  34. DrFesty

    I was just looking for something like this last week. Good news, looking forward to trying it out!

    Liked by 3 people

  35. admin

    Why there is no desktop app for GNU/linux?

    Liked by 2 people

  36. JenT

    First of all, congrats again on Calypso. It was really interesting to read the backstory on the Dev blog. However, I do have to ask. Will the development of the WP apps for mobile be discontinued following Calypso’s introduction? At the moment, I tend to favor the mobile app over the New Dash via my phone’s browser. Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

  37. TurboBlaze

    When is there going to be a Windows Phone app for WordPress?

    Liked by 1 person

  38. LekovicMilos

    Will theme and plugins development be done in JavaScript now, or still in PHP? If it will be done in JS, can you create some tutorial?

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Wasipo

    Reblogged this on Sketchbin and commented:
    My favorite CMS got its backend upgraded and it is very good one.

    Liked by 3 people

  40. Fish & Bicycles

    Mostly I love the app and have been using for quite some time, BUT…

    I’ve never understood why Drafts are not sync’d.

    It seems obvious to me that if I start and save a Draft using the Dashboard in a browser, then the app, when loaded, should look for and find Drafts I’ve created elsewhere, and I should be able to complete the Draft and publish it with the app.

    Conversely, if I start a draft in the app, I should be able to find that draft and finish it in my browser.

    Liked by 2 people

  41. Nicky

    I hope the make one for Windows as well


  42. Callib Carver

    I was excited to see a WordPress Desktop App for MAC. I love it. I won’t lie it took me a moment to find a few things and learn my way around. But it’s amazing! I also love this new WordPress.com dashboard, it’s smooth, it flows, and it looks beautiful. I kid you not, I was just thinking about how the site felt due for an update. Amazing and beatufiul Automattic & WordPress.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. SkyPearl

    Yay! one less tab in my browser! Just started blogging so I don’t know what the differences are but I’m sure it’ll be just as user friendly 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  44. Thiago

    With this renewal can we use more third-party apps? I would like to have everything in WP.com, but now I have to keep my forum (a Muut forum) hosted on a another platform (Blogger).


    • Michelle W.

      This doesn’t change the major functionality of WordPress.com; you’re still not able to upload outside plugins to a WordPress.com blog.


  45. angloswiss

    I eventually decided to download the new Mac App on my computer and I must say, yes, it is very good. I have a better control of what is going on in WordPress as it is all in one place. I was pleasantly surprised. I have been blogging for many years in WordPress, but this time I must say congratulations, it works well.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Jo Smith

    Yay!!!! This is way easier than doing it online. I have a Mac, and this is a big advantage.

    Liked by 2 people

  47. webtrafficgeneration244

    They should develop one for windows as well. However, it is a good app!


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