General

Getting Help in the Forums

Below we’ve gathered a few answers to some common questions about using our support forums to help get you oriented.

How do I Start a Topic?

There are several ways to start new topics. The easiest is to navigate to the forums homepage where there’s a link to “Add new topic“. Clicking that link will take you to a form to fill out to start a new topic.

Note that you must have a WordPress.com account, and you must be logged in, before you can start a topic. If you click the “Add new topic” link and are not logged in you will be redirected to the login screen before you are taken to the new topic form.

To ensure you receive the best possible help, please keep the following in mind:

  • Use descriptive titles – Summarize your question or issue. The more descriptive your title the better.
  • Make it easy to read – Don’t use fancy formatting in your posts if it’s not necessary. Lists are great if you’ve got several questions, or if you need to outline steps to reproduce an issue you’re having. CAPSLOCK IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. 🙂
  • Search before posting – Chances are that someone has had the same problem as you before. Check to see if there are similar topics, and try not to create duplicates.
  • Be patient – There are hundreds of posts made a day. Don’t worry if you don’t get an answer straight away.

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Which forum do I need?

When you start a new topic you have an option for which forum you want to post it to. Your choices are:

  • Support – To get help with problems/questions on your WordPress.com blog
  • Widgets – For issues with adding or using widgets
  • Themes – A place to discuss the WordPress.com themes (folks with a Premium Theme upgrade can get help from their theme designer direction in our Premium Themes forum)
  • CSS Customization – For people who have the Custom Design Upgrade and are looking for CSS help
  • Ideas – Have an idea for how to make WordPress.com even better? You can add it to the Ideas forum
  • Translations – This is the forum for the folks working to translate WordPress.com

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How do I know if I'm talking to staff?

All staff posts will have a dark blue bar under their profile picture that says “Staff”:

Staff profile

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Are there any forum rules I should be aware of?

Our forums are a place where members of the WordPress.com community can help each other with their questions. To keep the forums friendly and helpful we have drawn up a WordPress.com Forums Community Standards that we expect all forum participants to abide by.

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How do I add tags to topics?

Tags help people find and contribute to your discussion. There are two ways to add a tag:

  • When you first add a topic you have the option to add tags to the new topic form.
  • For existing discussion topics you’ll find a Tags box in the right-hand column on every page. Just type in the tag you want to add, click the add button, and voila.

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How do I get a Moderator/Staff reply for my question?

Some issues require staff member help. If you see or add a topic that you know needs staff intervention, you can add the modlook tag to the tags area of the topic to make sure we see it. You can add a modlook tag when starting a new topic, or add it to an existing topic.

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How can I get private help?

If you have a paid upgrade, head over to our contact form and you’ll be able to put in a private support request that way.

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Is there phone or live chat support?

We currently only offer support by email and forums, except for users who have purchased the WordPress.com Plan. Users with a paid Plan have access to live chat support. Read more about live chat support.

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What do I do if I see spam in the forums?

Spam is a violation of our forums code of conduct. If you see it you can add a tag that says ‘spammer’ to the topic, and another that says ‘modlook’ to make sure staff see the spam so we can remove it.

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Can I get help for my WordPress.org site here?

These forums are focused on helping WordPress.com users. Folks with a WordPress.org site can get help in the WordPress.org Support Forums.

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Do you need any help?

Always! A community is only as good as its members, and new volunteers are always welcome. Take a look at our Volunteer Guidelines, and jump right in!

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