November went by in kind of a daze for me. Then suddenly in December, I discovered this piece of blogging information that had somehow slipped my radar. The nice people at Automattic should have made this much bigger news. They should have given it a big fat headline. That is after all what a company does when they re-brand one of their products or replaces it with a new one.
The Headline should have read something like this:
Breaking News: Discover is the new Freshly Pressed
(Yea I know they made an announcement, but it did not have this headline. Many of us missed it.)
No, your eyes are not fooling you. Freshly Pressed has been retired and replaced by a new better product.
For those that don’t know – Freshly Pressed used to be “the front page” of WordPress.com.
I must say I do like the new front page “Discover”. My verdict – I like it. It truly is better than Freshly Pressed. For once the people at Automattic have gotten it right with their updates.
The comparison: What’s new – what remains the same?
What little things are new?
You can follow “Discover” in your WordPress reader – like any other blog. The label “Discover” has replaced the one in the dashboard, which used to be labeled “Freshly Pressed” – so you don’t need to follow “Discover” to discover new content on WordPress.
While is used to be a bunch of rectangle blocks with the title of the blog post and its feature picture, the look and feel of this new Freshly Pressed is more blog-y. It even has an “about page” Now, editors give their little introductory comment and the layout is much more visually appealing.
The twitter handle has changed to @WPDiscover. The twitter account itself still functions pretty much the same. New posts featured on Discover get tweeted by them as well if you’ve read an awesome blog post you can still tweet it at them and they will go check it out.
There are however, two new changes, which have a bigger impact on bloggers.
The big changes:
You can submit your post for a recommendation
It used to be like winning the lottery. A Freshly Pressed editor somehow stumbled across your post and it was featured. Now they have provided a submission form on their “about page” where you can pitch to them why your post should be featured. This does not mean that they will actually put you on Discover… but it does at least direct them to your blog.
There is however one aspect of the new discover – which needs to be pointed out, which I think could make a huge impact for bloggers on wordrpess.org (self-hosted WordPress) and Jetpack-enabled blogs.
This new Discover is not only for WordPress.com users!
That is huge. I have read posts in the past where a wordrpess.org user complains that they cannot have a post featured on Freshly Pressed. It used to be a WordPress.com deal only. That is no more.
Let them tell you yourself, I know this is somewhat unbelievable – but this is what it says on their about page:
“We want to promote your stories and projects: the best original content published with WordPress. We highlight different types of content — from writing to photography and art to poetry, from personal blogs to publications. All genres and styles. All word counts. All flavors of WordPress, from WordPress.com to Jetpack-enabled and self-hosted WordPress sites.”
I know! This is totally a game changer for all the wordpress.org users. Check out their guidelines for getting featured on “Discover” here.
Head on over to the new “Discover”. What do you think about the new look and feel?