What’s New on WordPress.com: Focus Mode, Promotion From Your Pocket, and Risk-Free Redesigns

At WordPress.com, we’re always pushing our platform to do even more so that you can create, design, and publish amazing things with ease. 

The last few weeks have found us as busy as the springtime bees improving the writing and publishing process even more, bringing our ad platform to mobile, and ensuring that previous edits to your work are readily accessible. 

Let’s jump in and take a look.   

Write without distractions 

One of writing’s biggest challenges has nothing to do with the words — it’s filtering out the noise (both literal and figurative) so you can focus. We can’t change your physical environment, but we’re doing what we can to help you get into “the zone” a little more easily. Enter distraction free mode, a minimalist WordPress experience that removes the buttons and menus.   

From the top toolbar, click the three-dot menu on the right-hand side. Select “Distraction free” and you’ll notice the top toolbar disappear. (To bring it back, simply hover over the top of the page and it’ll pop back down.) Your pages and posts will be distraction-free until you deselect this mode. 

When to use this feature: You can’t resist experimenting with various settings or styles, but you also really need to get that new post finished. (Believe us, we’ve been there.) With this cleaner interface, you can focus on your words and your words alone. 

Promote your content from your phone 

Blaze, our self-serve ad platform, makes it easier than ever to spread the word about whatever it is you’re writing, creating, or selling. Now, you can Blaze on the go with the Jetpack app

From the main dashboard, simply click on the banner that says “Promote your content with Blaze.” You can also promote your work directly from the Posts or Pages menus by clicking “More” or the three-dot menu and selecting “Promote with Blaze.” 

When to use this feature: You’re waiting for take-out at your favorite Indian restaurant. While scrolling the Jetpack app, you notice traffic spiking on one of your recent blog posts — something about it is resonating with readers. Maximize its impact by boosting it to an even wider audience with Blaze.

Easily find and add free images 

Need a featured image for your post? You can now find and add free-to-use images even faster. Open the Inserter (the red “+” button at the top left of any post or page), navigate to the tab labeled “Media,” click “Openverse,” and find the perfect option from our favorite open-source library

You can also still access Openverse from the Image Block or Media Library. 

When to use this feature: You’re on the hunt for just the right image to use in your new blog post. Rather than doing a Google search in a separate tab — and running the risk of using an image you don’t have rights to — use the Inserter to search and place exactly what you need. 

Give readers a timetable

Here’s a fun built-in feature that a lot of folks don’t know about: The WordPress.com editor’s “Outline” function displays a post’s various headings for easy scanning, as well as a word/character count and a “time to read” estimate of how long it would take an average reader to get through the content on that page: 

You can even display that estimate to your site visitors with the new Time To Read Block. (Styling and other customization options are on the way.) 

When to use this feature: You do a lot of longform writing on your site, regularly publishing posts that go over 1,000 words. With this new block, let readers decide whether to start your post now, or wait until they have time to read it in one sitting. It’s a small touch, but a surprisingly thoughtful one. 

Access previous edits to your templates 

Access to previous versions and revisions of posts/pages has long been a staple of the WordPress experience. We’ve now added that same functionality to templates and template parts in the Editor.  

This can be useful for restoring a previous version of a template that you’ve made changes to, or simply for reviewing the changes you’ve made over time. 

When to use this feature: You experimented with some stylistic changes to your homepage template, but after a couple weeks of trying it out, the new look just isn’t hitting quite right. Head over to revisions to easily restore the previous version of the template. 

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  1. ton otworiba

    A great article,wanna try

    Liked by 7 people

  2. Nomad Skateboarding


    Are you going to be rolling out the ability to Blaze other’s posts as well? Or still waiting for the feedback from the Tumblr group?

    I feel I would spend the little money I had supporting others, more than myself.

    But either way, I think this is an awesome addition and I’m here for it! ❤️

    Liked by 17 people

  3. petchary

    All very useful tips for me! Thank you.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Stefan Ayers

    Time to read block is great–now I can eliminate a plug in.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. cluelessadultin

    Great one, thank you 🙂

    Liked by 8 people


    All useful photo and tips thanks for information me!🤩

    Liked by 6 people

  7. Vimal Mohan

    The “read time” was much needed. I had been using a reusable block and manually adding read time.

    Also regards the reader, does anyone feel the need for a font size option or is it just me?

    Thanks for making WordPress better.

    Liked by 6 people

    • supernovia

      Thanks for that feedback!

      About the font size: Do you want to get in touch with support with more details, particularly if adjusting your browser or system font doesn’t help much? We’d be happy to pass along screenshots and any other context you can provide.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Vimal Mohan

        You are welcome.

        system font setting doesn’t help much since the size change is not consistent across apps. I’m using the inbuilt reader which is where I am looking for the font size option. Let me write to support.

        thank you supernovia

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  8. Prof.Trends

    Very helpful. I find I’m glad I made the switch to WordPress more and more lately.

    Liked by 9 people

  9. markvanisland

    This goes to an old email that I infrequently check. I’d like to have it come to my new email address but it doesn’t work. 😦

    This is my new address: [redacted]

    Liked by 5 people

    • Carolyn S.

      Hello! Can you clarify what “this” is? Do you get an email when we make a new post on this blog? If so, you would need to update the email address on file for your WordPress.com account – https://wordpress.com/me/account – then your email subscriptions will go to your new email address.

      If it’s something else, can you give us more information so we can better advise? Thanks! 🙂

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  10. John Dobson

    Thanks for the useful information.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. tituninamarta

    Great one, thank you 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

  12. Ailis58

    Could you please tell me what happened to My Blogs? I was told to install Jetpack mobile and did. then I was told to delete my WordPress mobile app and Did that too. So where are they? according to my account I have no blogs. So What Happened????

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Meeshell J

    Useful info. Thanks.

    Liked by 4 people


    Useful and awesome information.THANKS👌

    Liked by 2 people

  15. AHURU WordPress Design & Cyber Security

    Very useful stuff for whoever spend hours on a daily basis blogging around…

    Liked by 2 people

  16. linda.schreiber@starshiptravel.com

    Problem with my website build on WordPress. It there any human I can talk to?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Carolyn S.

      Hi there! Can you let us know the URL of your website and what problem you’re having? Once we have that information, we’ll be better able to advise or point you in the right direction to get help.


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  17. Onuoha Linda

    The world is evolving indeed…

    Liked by 4 people

  18. George

    Thank you for your Jetpack.app, it really changed the way we do blogging. Keep up the good work WordPress.😊

    Liked by 4 people

  19. devidguru48

    Useful info. Thanks.

    Liked by 4 people

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  21. pen Man

    This is amazing, thanks for sharing.

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  22. kuroit

    Wonderful information. Glad you have shared with us.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. alissahbarlow

    Very Helpful Tips! Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

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