The Reader is a single, convenient location where you can read posts from all the sites you follow (even sites that aren’t on WordPress.com), find great new reads, and keep track of your comments and replies. Learn how to manage the content you see in the Reader by adding or removing sites to your Follow list.
- [Voiceover] When you login to WordPress.com, you're automatically taken to the Reader. The Reader is a single convenient location where you can read posts from all the sites you follow, find great new reads, and keep track of your comments and replies. 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, a featured image if there is one, and little thumbnails of any other images in the post. This is cool, because from here, you can like, comment, share, or visit the blog.
That's what the Reader is. Let's talk about how you can manage what shows up here. From the Reader link in your toolbar, click the Manage tab by Followed Sites. When you first signup for WordPress.com, they'll automatically add some followed sites to your Reader. I can see my site and another site published by WordPress. For these sites, I can specify whether or not I'd like to receive e-mails for new posts or comments. I can also remove a site that I don't want to follow. If you have a ton of followed sites, you can locate one quickly by using the search feature.
If you know the URL of a site you'd like to follow, you can click the Follow Site button, and add that here. As an example, I'm gonna add a site that I like to visit, Mashable. I'll enter the URL here and click Enter, and that's added to my list of followed sites. Note that it may take a few seconds to add the site. Something really cool to note here, you can add any site, not just WordPress.com sites to your Reader, so long as the site has an RSS feed. You can quickly see whether any site has an RSS feed just by adding /rss to the end of a URL.
If I go back to my Followed Sites and refresh my screen, now I can see posts of the sites that I'm following. Next, we have the Discover link. This is a showcase of some of the best content published with WordPress, including daily editors' picks, recommended sites, and weekly features. If you'd like to follow something you see here, just click on the ellipses and it'll give you that option. If you'd like to discover something by topic versus what WordPress automatically puts in your list, click the link at the top of this Discover page to go to discover.wordpress.com.
From there, you can search specifically for something that interests you, or browse by a list of popular topics. Going back to our Reader, the next thing we have is recommendations. These are additional sites suggested and curated by WordPress.com. From there, we have My Likes. Likes are like little bookmarks. You can like any article in your feed, and then find it again under the My Likes section. This is a good way to bookmark something you want to read or refer to later. Next, you'll see a section called lists.
This allows you to sort the sites you follow into groups. If you follow a lot of sites, this organization can be handy. For example, maybe you have one list for news, and another for recipes. Finally, we have tags. Tags are a way to quickly find posts you're interested in, and that sums up the Reader. You probably already knew that the web was full of interesting content, but the WordPress.com Reader gives you a way to explore other sites and organize that content.
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