Read posts from all the sites 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 posts across all the sites you follow in the order they were published, with the most recent content appearing at the top. You’ll see an excerpt of each post, an image if available, and thumbnails of any other images in the post. From there, you can like, comment, share, or visit the blog.
To get started, log into your WordPress.com account. You’re automatically taken to your Reader, where you’ll find the latest posts from the sites you follow, along with other tools for browsing WordPress.com.
Return to the Reader at any point by clicking Reader near the top-left of your screen. It will always be visible while you’re logged in to WordPress.com.
Finding and Following Blogs
On the left, you’ll find a few tabs that help you discover great things to read:
Followed Sites shows you the newest posts from the sites you follow, and is the default Reader view. Here, you can manage your preferences for these sites — you can choose to receive new posts by email as well as in your Reader.
Discover is a destination site showcasing the best content published with WordPress, including daily editors’ picks, recommended sites, and weekly features.
Recommendations are sites suggested for you by WordPress.com.
You can add new sites to the Followed Sites 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 Manage button next to Followed Sites. At the top of this page, you can enter the URL of any site.
From the Manage Followed Sites page, you can also import your own feed using the Import button and selecting your OPML file from your file picker. OPML allows you to link subscriptions between different services, and is a standard format, like HTML.
To export your feed in OPML format, just click on the Export button.
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:
Learn more about creating and managing lists.
In the Tags section, you can browse all WordPress.com sites by topic. Click Tags to open the list of tags you’re following, or to start following more.
To read the latest posts on a topic, click Add, then type the tag into the box that appears and hit enter. 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.
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 sites I follow?
- Click Manage next to Followed Sites.
- Find a site you wish to stop receiving email notifications from. Click the arrow on the left to open the site’s settings. Turn off the setting next to Emails for new posts.
How do I turn off email subscriptions for all the sites I’m following?
- Click on your avatar in the top right to access your profile.
- Click on Notifications.
- Go to Reader Subscriptions in the top menu.
- Scroll down and check the box next to Block all email updates from blogs you’re following on WordPress.com.
- Click Save Notification Settings.
Why aren’t my posts showing on the Reader tag pages?
- To appear on the Reader tag pages, your site must be public and able to be indexed by search engines. You can check the site visibility settings in My Site → Settings → General.
- Make sure you’re looking at the correct language in the Reader.
Why my photo isn’t being shown?
Images must be over 350 pixels wide to be usable. If the image on the post is less than 350 pixels, it’ll be skipped.