The WordPress.com Year in Review (and Resolutions for 2018)

It gives a nice feeling that WordPress is getting better and better
Sincerely
Theo Herbots

Some years go by slowly โ€” not because theyโ€™re busier, but maybe thereโ€™s just more out there in the world to stop and notice. We hope the WordPress.com andย Jetpackcommunity offered you some of those moments this year.

Maybe it was a helpful chat with someone on our Happiness team, or maybe you discovered a cool new feature that made business or blogging even easier. Perhaps you read something on WordPress.com that inspired you. We just want to say thanks for being here, and weโ€™re excited to see what you all accomplish in 2018 and beyond.

Below are some highlights from the year in WordPress.com โ€” and make sure you check outย WordPress.com Discoverย to see more favorite moments from 2017. Happy New Year!

Viral Hits and Notable Moments

โ€ขย TIME, powered byย WordPress.com VIP, announced its Person of the Year โ€”ย The Silence Breakers.

โ€ขย WordPress.com blogger Hospey used an online resume to scoreย an internship with Chance the Rapper:

โ€ขย Baby Ellie became the youngest person to thru-hike all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail! She made the trip with her mom Bekah and her dad Derrick,ย who wrote about their adventure.

โ€ขย One user got a nice surprise: JK Rowling tweeted their blog post:

Great response to the ‘soon I’ll be accused of rape if I sign an email with a kiss’ hot takes. https://daviddpaxton.com/2017/10/21/woe-is-man/ย โ€ฆ via @wordpressdotcom

Woe is Man

The average heterosexual British man, be he a journalist or not, is in considerable peril.

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โ€ขย Robert E. Kelly and his family became worldwide celebrities whenย his appearance on the BBCย was interrupted by his children. โ€œWe are just a regular family, and raising two young children can be a lot of work. Because of that, it seems that the video has resonated with parents around the world,โ€ heย wrote on his blog.

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โ€ข Over atย Longreads, Laurie Penny wrote the siteโ€™s most popular story of the year โ€”ย The Unforgiving Minute.

โ€ข We wishedย a happy 11th anniversary to Smitten Kitchen, one of the webโ€™s most popular and longest-running food blogs.

โ€ขย INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and blogger Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, released his bookย Text, Donโ€™t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life.


The Year in Building Your Business

This year we worked to make it even easier to create the perfect website for business and ecommerce โ€” from fashion to fitness, salons to school fundraisers.

In March we introduced unlimited themes for Premium and Business plan users so you can experiment with more designs โ€” includingย the newย Radcliffe 2ย theme for small business. We made it easy for you toย collaborate in Google Docsย and publish straight to WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites. In May we launchedย Business plan support for third-party plugins and themes, giving you total control over customizing and monetizing your site:

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Of course, no website is an island: itโ€™s more important than ever to distribute your blog posts and pages across social media, so in July we introducedย social media scheduling, allowing you to plan tweets and Facebook posts far in advance and resurface popular posts from your archives:

social scheduling

Then in August, we made it even easier to earn money from your siteย with the new Simple Payment feature:

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To top it all off,ย we teamed up with Rebrand Citiesย to bring 10,000 small businesses online, and we partnered with inspiring folks likeย Creative Morningsย and legendary designers like Michael Bierut and Marian Bantjes toย create new sites with students in Appalachia as part of Project A3.

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The Year in Photos (and Making It Easier to Post the Perfect Shot)

You published some incredible images and illustrations in 2017! Take a look:

Ascending the Andes

โ€œAfter climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb โ€“ Nelson Mandela.โ€ Thirdeyemomย ascended the Andes, and captured this stunning photograph.

Illustrations by Jeremy Graboyes

We fell in love withย the illustrated work of Jeremy Graboyes, a Washington, D.C.-based artist who specializes in pen-and-ink and watercolor.

Child laborers of Bangladesh

Photographer Sophia Hsinย documented the child laborers of Bangladesh. The Vancouver-based Hsin is using the project to raise awareness among consumers about how some products enter their food chain.

Street photography in Puerto Rico

Omar Z. Roblesย brought dance and street photography together. Robles captures moments with dancers around the world, from the streets of Cuba to Hong Kong. (Above: dancer Courtney Stohlton in Puerto Rico.)

We also wanted to simplify the process of sharing your gorgeous images: You can now connect yourย Google Photos accountย and insert images straight from Google, as well asย export photos from Lightroomย straight to WordPress.com.


The Year in Publishing on the Go

mobile apps

Photoblogging is even better with a world-class mobile app. We made a ton of improvements toย WordPress for iOS and Android, withย a brand new editor, new features toย manage your site, and a whole lotย more.


A Warm Welcome to WordPress!

Did you know that nearly 30% of all sites on the internet are powered by WordPress? Hereโ€™s just a small sampling of the new sites we welcomed to WordPress.com, Jetpack, andย WordPress.com VIPย in 2017:


Resolutions for 2018

We resolve to keep working toย make the web a better placeย โ€” and work with all of you in the WordPress.com community to keep building your dreams.

What do you want to accomplish in the coming year? Tell us in the comments.

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Some years go by slowly โ€” not because theyโ€™re busier, but maybe thereโ€™s just more out there in the world to stop and notice. We hope the WordPress.com and Jetpack community offered you some of those moments this year.

Maybe it was a helpful chat with someone on our Happiness team, or maybe you discovered a cool new feature that made business or blogging even easier. Perhaps you read something on WordPress.com that inspired you. We just want to say thanks for being here, and weโ€™re excited to see what you all accomplish in 2018 and beyond.

Below are some highlights from the year in WordPress.com โ€” and make sure you check out WordPress.com Discover to see more favorite moments from 2017. Happy New Year!

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