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SXSW 2014: That’s a Wrap!


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Wow…what a week that was! After much anticipation, we’re winding down and reflecting on what was another epic SXSW (South by Southwest).

If you were in Austin, Texas, for this year’s festival, you probably interacted with a WordPress.com team member at the trade show, on a panel, or at one of our sponsored events. If you weren’t able to make it, here are some of our highlights.

Speaking Engagements

We had a couple of top-notch folks representing WordPress on Interactive panels this year. Matt Mullenweg (WordPress Co-Founder and Automattic CEO) discussed the future of open source, while Lori McLeese (Automattic HR Lead) shared her thoughts on working for a distributed company. Both panels generated thoughtful conversations around these relevant, meaningful topics.

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At the Expo

We were excited to unveil our new trade show booth this year at SXSW. The booth included our staple Swag and Happiness Bars staffed…

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The Customizer, Revisited: Mobile Previews and More


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We recently talked about some of the neat features you can find in your Customizer, and how you can use them to preview and generate new looks for your site. Today, let’s continue exploring the Customizer, including a new feature that allows you to see how your content looks on mobile devices.

Experiment with mobile previews

If you’re using one of our 159 responsive themes, you might wonder how your readers experience your posts when they view them from their smartphones or tablets. Well, now you no longer need to guess. When you enter the Customizer (just hover over your site’s name in the top-left corner of the screen, and click on Customize), you’ll see these three symbols near the bottom of the page:

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From left to right, these represent desktop view, tablet view, and smartphone view. Clicking between them will emulate the look of your content on…

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Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!


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Fan of smileys?🙂 We are. That’s why we just redesigned them to be cleaner, simpler, bigger, more expressive, and modern.

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These new smileys are actually vector graphics, so they’ll stay crisp if you zoom in on your page. They’ll also stay sharp on high-resolution mobile displays.

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To find out how to use an emoticon appearing in this post, just hover over it and you’ll see which characters produce it. We’re working on expanding our collection, so stay tuned for more smiley fun.

😄>:D😦😥😐:/😮😛😡O_o^^’

If you’re not a fan of smileys, that’s okay! You can always turn them off and on in your dasbhoard under Settings  Writing. We hope you’ll have fun with these. Smile!

Bonus: We also created a few secret emoticons for you to discover. Good luck finding them!😉

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