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All About Custom Menus: Quick Tips for Organizing Your Content
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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You’ve worked hard on building your site, so it’s important to organize your content so visitors can easily find it. Are you making the most of your menu? Here are tips for creating effective navigation on your site.

Tip #1: Display pages that are unique to you or your organization

Not sure what to promote in your menu? Direct visitors to your site’s most important evergreen pages, including your About page or business mission statement, an online store, or your Contact page.

Your menu tabs, however, can go beyond these common examples. On the collaborative Sewcialists blog, the group promotes pages that are specific to their sewing community, including the #WhoWeAre series, which compiles posts ...Read more

Create Value Through Your Content: How to Be a Resource for Your Readers
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Have you built a website for your professional work or your business? Crafting an online presence isn’t just about promoting yourself or your brand — some of the best entrepreneurs and creators make themselves indispensable to visitors by turning their sites into resources. These WordPress.com Business websites demonstrate how to offer value through your content.

Establish your expertise in your industry

Position yourself as a reputable source in your field, whether it’s raised bed gardening, vegetarian cooking, or tiny house construction. At Inspired by Marvin , the blog of the Marvin family of window and door brands, the manufacturer shares home and interior inspiration and design profiles that help establish the brand’s vision. The blog also has a ...Read more

Six Website-Building Tips for Beginners
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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We recently shared how to set up a fixed front page for those of you who want an online presence that’s more like a website, not a blog. Here are six more tweaks that will refine your website and move it closer to your vision.

Add a contact page

If you’re building a website for a business, consulting gigs, or professional work, offer a method for people to contact you. Take a peek at our resource on evergreen page content — which discusses contact pages — then follow these steps to add a contact form to a page.

Explore creative ways to use the contact form.

Here’s an example of a simple, well-designed Contact page on ...Read more

How to Use Instagram to Promote Your Site and Extend Your Reach
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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This week, we highlighted 10 writers, artists, and photographers using Instagram to promote their content, expand their brands, and tap into a massive social, photo-loving community. If you haven’t taken advantage of the possibilities, here are tips for getting started.

Display your site link in your profile

The simplest thing you can do to build awareness of your WordPress.com content on Instagram is display the link to your site in the Website field of your Instagram profile.

Showcase photography from your latest post

When you publish a new post, promote it to your Instagram followers. Share the post’s featured image or pull your favorite photo from the bunch. If it’s a travel , food, or ...Read more

10 WordPress.com Bloggers to Follow on Instagram
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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These days, sharing and engaging on social media is essential to growing your business or personal brand. Here are 10 writers, artists, and photographers taking advantage of Instagram to expand their reach.

Girls and Their Cats // @girlsandtheircats

Brooklyn-based fashion photographer BriAnne Wills photographs women and their feline companions all over New York City at Girls and Their Cats . To date, she’s showcased over 200 women in this series.

Busy Bee // @tabithebear

Illustrator Tabi at Busy Bee doodles, adores animals, and can often be found exploring the forests in England, where she lives. On Instagram, Tabi shares her latest whimsical sketches and scenes in progress.

Omar Z Robles // @omarzrobles

We featured Omar last ...Read more

10 WordPress.com Bloggers to Follow on Instagram
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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These days, sharing and engaging on social media is essential to growing your business or personal brand. Here are 10 writers, artists, and photographers taking advantage of Instagram to expand their reach.

Girls and Their Cats // @girlsandtheircats

Brooklyn-based fashion photographer BriAnne Wills photographs women and their feline companions all over New York City at Girls and Their Cats . To date, she’s showcased over 200 women in this series.

Busy Bee // @tabithebear

Illustrator Tabi at Busy Bee doodles, adores animals, and can often be found exploring the forests in England, where she lives. On Instagram, Tabi shares her latest whimsical sketches and scenes in progress.

Omar Z Robles // @omarzrobles

We featured Omar last ...Read more

10 WordPress.com Bloggers to Follow on Instagram
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands

These days, sharing and engaging on social media is essential to growing your business or personal brand. Here are 10 writers, artists, and photographers taking advantage of Instagram to expand their reach.

Girls and Their Cats // @girlsandtheircats

Brooklyn-based fashion photographer BriAnne Wills photographs women and their feline companions all over New York City at Girls and Their Cats . To date, she’s showcased over 200 women in this series.

Busy Bee // @tabithebear

Illustrator Tabi at Busy Bee doodles, adores animals, and can often be found exploring the forests in England, where she lives. On Instagram, Tabi shares her latest whimsical sketches and scenes in progress.

Omar Z Robles // @omarzrobles

We featured Omar last ...Read more

From Getting in Touch to Gathering Details: Customize a Contact Form in Creative Ways
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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We see a lot of contact forms out in the wild: they’re an effective way for your readers to get in touch with you privately, and also for you to generate leads. When you add a contact form to your site, it displays four predefined fields: name, email, website, and comment. But you can do much more with this form — let’s take a look at how some businesses and freelancers use it.

Ask questions to gather client details

Add a contact form: When editing a page or post, click +Add , then Contact form .

Roses & Mint is a wedding florist run by Kira Mulvany in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. On Kira’s ...Read more

Refresh Your Site’s Look with Free Fonts
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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We recently explored five design tweaks to help you build a stronger visual brand. Another way to change the look of your site is to display a different font (the style of your site’s text). Every site on WordPress.com comes with free Google fonts — you don’t need an upgrade. Let’s take a peek at what you can do in the Fonts panel of your Customizer.

Fonts have personalities

For a deeper dive into fonts, read our resources on font choices and font pairing.

Every theme is different, with its own layout, color palette, and fonts. Regardless of your plan, you can change your theme’s default fonts and choose from over 30 free Google fonts, including ...Read more

Creating a Community Through Blogging: A Q&A with Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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By nature, blogging is communal — we write publicly and interact with readers. Some people, like Cee Neuner at Cee’s Photography , have built communities around their sites. Cee hosts weekly photo challenges that not only encourage people to practice their shooting skills — they provide a welcoming space for bloggers around the world to connect. Here, Cee talks about her love for photography and what motivated her to launch challenges on her site.

What is your philosophy around photography?

Cee with her camera

I am a visual person, so being behind a camera and looking for beauty and color is in my DNA. I take photos because I enjoy it. The world comes alive. I ...Read more