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New Theme: Twenty Twenty

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We’re pleased to announce that Twenty Twenty — the new WordPress default theme designed by Anders Norén— is available to all WordPress.com sites. Twenty Twenty was designed with the flexibility of the new WordPress Editor at its core. If you want to use it for an organization or a business, you can combine columns, groups, and media to create dynamic layouts that show off your services or products. If you want to use it for a traditional blog, the centered content column and considered typography makes it perfect for that as well. It also has been designed and developed to take maximum advantage of the creative freedom enabled by the block editor. Extra care has been given to the Columns and Group blocks, which can be combined into impressive landing pages with intricate blocks layouts. Twenty Twenty includes full editor styles for the block editor, so what you see in the editor will almost exactly match the end result. Learn more about WordPress’s latest default theme here, or check out the demo site!

PHP 7.4 Just Came Out, and So Did Our PHP Version Switcher

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PHP is still one of the most popular languages used to build the web. The newest version, PHP 7.4, was released today — and Business and eCommerce plan customers can opt to start using it immediately. WordPress.com sites run PHP 7.3 by default — it’s still our recommended version, since it’s been stress-tested across all of WordPress.com — but if you have a site on the Business or eCommerce plan and want to be on the leading technological edge, you can opt to switch to version 7.4 immediately. Head to My Site > Manage > Hosting Configuration to find the new PHP Version Switcher: Choose which version of PHP you want your site to run on, click the “Update PHP version” button, and voilà. (Note: All sites with eCommerce plans can make the switch right now. Sites on the Business plan need to have either an active plugin or a custom theme to use the PHP Version Switcher.) PHP’s evolved with each version 7 release, and PHP 7.4 promises to have the strongest performance yet. It will eventually power all WordPress.com sites, but Business and eCommerce customers can take advantage of the update today!

A New Way to Earn Money on WordPress.com

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It’s hard to be creative when you’re worried about money. Running ads on your site helps, but for many creators, ad revenue isn’t enough. Top publishers and creators sustain their businesses by building reliable income streams through ongoing contributions. Our new Recurring Payments feature for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites lets you do just that: it’s a monetization tool for content creators who want to collect repeat contributions from their supporters, and it’s available with any paid plan on WordPress.com. Let your followers support you with periodic, scheduled payments. Charge for your weekly newsletter, accept monthly donations, sell yearly access to exclusive content — and do it all with an automated payment system. With recurring payments, you can: Accept ongoing payments from visitors directly on your site.Bill supporters automatically, on a set schedule. Subscribers can cancel anytime from their WordPress.com account.Offer ongoing subscriptions, site memberships, monthly donations, and more, growing your fan base with exclusive content.Integrate your site with Stripe to process payments and collect funds. Enable Recurring Payments in three steps Start accepting ongoing payments in just five minutes, without any technical background.  1. Connect (or create) a Stripe account WordPress.com partners with Stripe, one of the internet’s biggest payment processors, to make sure transactions are fast and secure. You’ll need a Stripe account to use Recurring Payments.  Head to your Earn page and click Connect Stripe to Get Started — we’ll walk you through the setup and help you create a Stripe account if you don’t have one. 2. Put a Recurring Payments button on your site Recurring Payments takes advantage of the powerful block editor. To start collecting revenue, open a post or page, click the (+) to add a new block, and insert a Recurring Payments button. 3. Customize the details of the recurring payment You can create as many payment plans for your site as you’d like—different currencies, amounts, payment frequencies, and names, so you can offer different tiers or subscriptions. You can also choose one of your previously created plans when you insert a new button. Bravo! You just set up Recurring Payments for your site. Now your fans can support you, just like they do on Longreads.com and around the web. For more detailed setup instructions, visit the Recurring Payments support page. So many options to grow your supporter base With Recurring Payments, you can turn your content into revenue, accept donations, or fund your next big idea.  Sell access to members-only newsletters.Collect club membership dues automatically.Let fans fund your next art project. Some people even collect rent with recurring payments! Recurring payments is the latest addition to the monetizing tools found on WordPress.com. Here are the other tools you can find by visiting WordPress.com/earn. Use Simple Payments to take one-time payments, or to sell digital or physical products with minimal configuration.Add WordAds to run advertisements on your site, and earn revenue from your traffic.Move to WooCommerce when you’re ready to create a full shopping experience for visitors — it’s the most customizable online-store platform on the web, with thousands of extensions. Ready to add Recurring Payments? Head to your site’s Earn section right now.

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