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A Quick Guide to Using Free High-Quality Photographs on Your Site
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Displaying professional, high-resolution images across your posts, pages, and headers can elevate the look of your site. But what if you need a specific photo — an adorable pup portrait at the park, for instance — but don’t have one of your own? With the new Free Photo Library, you have access to over 40,000 free images, thanks to Pexels, a library of stock photos. Learn how to make the most of this new feature in your Media Library.

Find a featured image for your latest post

Want more options? We also recommend these sites for free images and patterns.

Here’s the scenario: you’re finalizing the new destination guide to New York City on your travel website. ...Read more

Draw The Line: Bringing Comic Artists Together to Effect Positive Political Change
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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In response to the political climate around the world, Myfanwy Tristram wanted to give voice to people feeling hopeless and powerless. The result? Draw The Line , a project that brought together over 100 comic artists sharing practical ways to take positive action. The site is a toolkit for people who want to make a difference, big or small, and offers resources for engaged organizations and campaigns. Myfanwy tells us how the website came to life, and the crowdfunding effort to make the printed version of Draw The Line a reality.

You originally envisioned Draw The Line to be a small project — a print comic to sell at festivals and conventions. But it evolved into something ...Read more

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

The Phantasmagoric Magic of Ely Cathedral
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Ben Huberman
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The travel photoblogger at feelosophical highlights the imposing architecture of Ely Cathedral, in England, in stark black and white.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

Tokyo’s Most Stunning Spots for Cherry Blossoms
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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At Travel with Nano B. , Nano shares a photographic tour of well-known places and her own favorite spots in and around Tokyo to see cherry blossoms and enjoy the hanami season.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

Epilogue
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Krista Stevens
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Ever wanted to travel North America ? The blogger behind Streaming thru America just completed one year on the road, adventuring in an Airstream trailer, “blogging my way across America , searching for enriching and meaningful experiences with people and places, and anything that would make a good story.”Read more