Read posts from all the blogs you follow (even the ones that aren’t on WordPress.com), find great new reads, and keep track of your comments and replies in one convenient place: the WordPress.com Reader
You’ll be taken to the Reader automatically upon logging in to WordPress.com. Your Reader displays all the posts across all the blogs you follow in the order they were published, with the most recent content appearing at the top. You’ll see an excerpt of the each post, the first image, and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains. From there, you can like, comment, share, or visit the blog.
To get started, log into your WordPress.com account. That’s it! You’re automatically taken to your Reader, where you’ll find the latest posts from the blogs you follow along with some other tools for browsing WordPress.com.
Return to the Reader at any point by clicking Reader in the bar across the top of your screen. It will always be visible while you’re logged in to WordPress.com.
Finding and Following Blogs
At the top of the left column, you’ll find a few tabs that help you discover great things to read:
Following shows you the newest posts from the blogs you follow, and is the default Reader view. Click on the gear icon to edit your preferences for those blogs — you can choose to receive new posts by email as well as in your Reader.
Freshly Pressed is a collection of excellent posts on a wide range of topics from across the WordPress.com community. New posts are hand-picked daily by our editors.
Recommended Blogs are blogs that consistently publish great content, also selected by the editors at WordPress.com. They’re organized by topic, so you can hone in on exactly what interests you.
You can add new blogs to the “Following” section of your Reader by clicking on the Follow button in the bottom right hand corner of any WordPress.com blog (You must be logged in to see it.)
You can also add any non-WordPress.com site with an RSS feed to the Reader by clicking the gear icon next to Following, which allows you to enter the URL of any blog. Alternatively, you can import a list of subscriptions from another feed reader by clicking the Import link:
Learn more about adding and managing the blogs you follow.
Next, you’ll see a section called Lists. This allows you sort the blogs you follow into groups. You can browse your lists for your own reading pleasure, or share them with the world for others to discover.
To create a new list, type a name into the New List field and click the plus sign. This will create your list and open its settings, where you can give the list a description and add topics or specific blogs to it:
Learn more about creating and managing lists.
In the Tags section, you can browse all WordPress.com blogs by topic:
To read the latest posts on a topic, enter a term into the Follow a Tag box, and click the plus sign. Your Reader will load up the newest posts published with that tag, and the tag will be added to your Reader so you can find it easily when you return:
You can follow as many tags as you like. When you’re in the Reader, the tag you’re currently browsing will be highlighted in blue. Remove a tag from your list at any time by clicking the “X” to the right of the tag.
Alternatively, click Explore Tags to see a cloud of the most popular tags currently being used across all of WordPress.com:
Click on any term to view the latest posts published with that tag.
Under My Activity, you can quickly access comments you’ve left on other blogs or revisit posts you’ve liked:
My Comments tracks comments you made on blog posts across WordPress.com so you can see when people reply to you. It will show your comment and replies after yours. The blog post with the latest replies will appear at the top of the page. You can also click to view all comments on the post and jump back into the conversation with a new comment of your own. Click on My Likes to pull up a list of all the posts you’ve liked.
You can also access the Reader using the WordPress app on an Android or iOS mobile device.
Why can’t I like a post?
If you add a blog to your Reader that isn’t hosted at WordPress.com, you won’t see the Like button since that feature is specific to WordPress.com blogs.
How do I stop receiving email notifications for the individual blogs I follow?
- Click the Cog Icon located next to Blogs I Follow.
- Find the blog(s) you wish to stop receiving email notifications from and in the Get new posts by email column, pick Never from the dropdown box.
How do I turn off email subscriptions for all the blogs I’m following?:
- To to the Notifications tab of your WordPress.com profile by clicking this link, or clicking on your Gravatar on the far-right of the bar at the top of your screen, then selecting “Notifications” in the left column.
- Check Block all email updates from blogs you’re following on WordPress.com.
- Click the Save Notification Settings button.