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Am I cool enough to be a DOT ORGER?

  1. Hey - nice forum, found alot to help me, or at least, tell me how to ask it.
    I had a website. I switched it all over to wp.com because all the stuff I read said it was better in the long run compared to blogger, etc. Trouble is, I don't know how to code for chit. Willing to learn, but don't know how.

    So now I have a site that tons of friends and family are being redirected to, and there's not much on it. http://davidandtracie.com

    I found tips for RSS signups, thanks, but I would like some guidance, opinions, whatever on the following, if you please:
    1. Can I/How to link my own youtube videos permantly on the side, opposed to posting them in a post.
    2. install a fancier flickr viewer
    3. install something like "comment relish" that engages more people to leave notes?
    4. and lastly... how hard is it to head the dot org route? Is there a WordPress.org book for dummies that explains all about the process of uploading something on the 4th wednesday of each month so my brother's cousin's sister's friend can read it? it's all just so confusing.

    Any other basics you can suggest that my blog should have would be most welcome. Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is davidandtracie.com.

  2. ps - I just hit the "RSS feed for this topic" and got a huge page of nonesense. I've seen this before, wondering if I'm not set up right for something?
    Here:
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    <description><p>Hey - nice forum, found alot to help me, or at least, tell me how to ask it.
    I had a website. I switched it all over to wp.com because all the stuff I read said it was better in the long run compared to blogger, etc. Trouble is, I don't know how to code for chit. Willing to learn, but don't know how. </p> <p>So now I have a site that tons of friends and family are being redirected to, and there's not much on it. http://davidandtracie.com</p> <p>I found tips for RSS signups, thanks, but I would like some guidance, opinions, whatever on the following, if you please:
    1. Can I/How to link my own youtube videos permantly on the side, opposed to posting them in a post.
    2. install a fancier flickr viewer
    3. install something like "comment relish" that engages more people to leave notes?
    4. and lastly... how hard is it to head the dot org route? Is there a WordPress.org book for dummies that explains all about the process of uploading something on the 4th wednesday of each month so my brother's cousin's sister's friend can read it? it's all just so confusing. </p> <p>Any other basics you can suggest that my blog should have would be most welcome. Thanks. </p></description>
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  3. You need to use a feed reader for the RSS. I use Google Reader. I've used BlogLines in the past. There are others out there, both web based and locally based. I prefer the web based ones because I can read my feeds any where.

    As for moving to a self hosted blog, I didn't find it that difficult, and I'm not very programming savvy (a bit of bash scripting and a bit of Python, neither which WordPress uses). I use DreamHost (yeah, I know they're not the best, but 40 bucks for 2 years hosting was too good to pass up). They have a one click install of WordPress and then they give you instructions to finish up. I exported the contents of my blog from here and then imported it to my new self hosted one. I've not put up a bunch of flash or java script stuff, because I was happy with what I had here at wp.com in terms of widgets. I mostly wanted to build out my site.

    If your curious, http://esladventures.net/

  4. If you are asking for our guidance in determining whether or not you're ready to go independent of WP.com, my answer would have to be no.

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