Email notifications

Standard Emails

  • Posts. Every new post on P2s will be emailed to every P2 member, unless you have opted out of email notifications.
  • Comments. Comments on posts can also be emailed but only if an member has opted in by clicking on the follow button at the bottom of a post.
  • Likes. You will also recieve an email whenever someone likes one of your posts or documents.
  • Invitation accepted. If you are an admin you will receive an email whenever someone has accepted your invitation to join your P2.
  • Access requested. If you are an admin you may receive emails with the message: “user requested access to your private site.” Clicking through you can allow or ignore the email. This happens in some cases where you have invited a user with one email address and they prefer another one

Managing P2 Emails

P2 notifications will be sent to the email address registered to your WordPress.com account.

To update your email address, visit your Account Settings or check out our Email Address guide for more information.

Account notifications sent to this address include:

You can change your activity notification preferences on the Notifications Settings page.

Can I reply to comment notification emails?

Yes. Comment Reply Via Email allows you to send a reply to a comment directly from the comment notification email.

Can I reply to likes or follow notification emails?

No. You cannot reply to any emails that come from donotreply@wordpress.com.

What if the emails are not getting through?

If you’re not receiving notification emails:

  • First check to make sure you are the author of the post.
  • Check the Discussion Settings page to make sure email notifications are activated.
  • Check the Notifications page to be sure you haven’t blocked all emails from WordPress.com.
  • Check the spam folder in your email program to make sure the messages were not sent there by mistake.

If you are still having trouble, please contact Support for help and include an example of a post URL where you expected to receive a comment or other notification.

If you’re using Gmail, please check out our Gmail troubleshooting guide.

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The editor

P2 uses the WordPress editor (also known as Gutenberg) as the main tool to write content.

This editor uses blocks that allow you to create media-rich pages, posts and comments, and to control their layout with ease. You can use paragraphs, lists, headings of different sizes… or embed images, galleries, videos, forms, etc. This provides huge expressivity options to your posts (as opposed to what is possible with email or real-time chat) to make them more interesting, engaging, organized, and easier to read and understand.


The editor is made up of two main areas: the top menu, and main content area.

  • The top menu contains all the different tools such as the block inserter, the settings panel or the list view. You can read more about these tools in this WordPress.com support doc.
  • The main content area is the main section of the editor, where you add and customize the different blocks.

Adding blocks

There are several ways to add a block, but the main ones are:

  • Clicking on the + icon on the top menu.
  • Clicking on the + icon at the side of an empty block.

This will open the block picker, a panel listing all the blocks available organized in different categories. Once you’re familiarized with the different blocks’ names, you can also add a block by typing / and the name of the block.

Remember that paragraph blocks don’t need to be added manually: you can just type in an empty block or press Enter to create a new one.

Customizing blocks

Many blocks have their own settings. These can be found in two places:

  • Click on a block to select it, and a toolbar will appear either right on top of it or under the top menu. The most common settings are usually placed here: alignment, fundamental options, etc. Click on the three dots icon on the right of the toolbar to reveal even more options.
  • The secondary settings are usually located on the Settings panel. It can be opened by clicking on the cog icon located at the right side of the top menu while a block is selected. This panel will show different options depending on the block, from general ones like font size or background color, to very specific settings to make the block look and work as desired.
Settings panel for a paragraph block.

Moving and deleting blocks

Blocks can be moved by dragging the six dots icon shown in the toolbar that appears when they’re selected, or clicking on the arrows next to it.

To delete a block, select it and press the Delete key. Alternatively, you can click on the three dots icon found in the toolbar and choose the option Remove block.

📚 Learn more about the editor on the WordPress.com support documents.


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