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  1. I'd like to create a page, to highlight a book project I'm working on. It will need to have a few image areas, lots of text, large quotes next to images, site analytics, social networking icons, max visibility on search engines. Do you offer static pages rather than full-on blogs? If so, based upon what I outlined here, would you recommend a static page over a blog? Thank you, Ananda
    http://www.anandafierro.com

    The blog I need help with is anandafierro.wordpress.com.

  2. max visibility on search engines

    Pages are for static content that rarely changes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    Pages and Posts are different http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ and Pages do not ever achieve high SEO like Posts do.
    Other bloggers rarely if ever backlink to static Pages in their published posts. Page structured blogs have a very difficult time:
    1. securing traffic;
    2. securing comments;
    3. securing backlinks;
    4. achieving authority in their niche;
    5. achieving Google PageRank.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    Do you offer static pages rather than full-on blogs?

    No. However, you can create front page on a blog if you wish http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/ but that has negative SEO consequences and it's a traffic killer. Without doubt, having to click through the same blah, blah, blah on a static front page to locate your most recent posts every time they visit is an unnecessary reader annoyance.

  3. It will need to have a few image areas, lots of text, large quotes next to images, site analytics, social networking icons

    That's all possible on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. See the learn WordPress.com tutorial prepared by Staff and the support documentation here http:?/en.support.wordpress.com

  4. your answers are very helpful...thank you...blog with post-ability is the way to go!

  5. Without doubt a a real post based structured blog is the way to go. Setting up a website like appearance without setting a static front page can be done.

    Let's start with this: you can't post to more than one page on a blog. You can only create the appearance that you have done so.

    This explains the differences between posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ that we bloggers create are static ie. they do not automatically update with new content. Only dynamic pages which are automatically created by the software when we publish a post ie. categories, tags, archives pages will update.

    There is only one dynamic page for posts that automatically updates in a blog and all posts will display on that page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page. By default the front page of the blog will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page. We organize posts by assigning Categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the dynamic categories pages created by the software into the custom menu. Note that until there is one published post in any category there is nothing that can be displayed on the dynamic categories pages
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages-to-your-menu

    Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

    There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  6. thanks for your thoroughness! I will go through your suggestions and if I have further Q's, I'll post again.

    But 3 other Q's arise:
    1. I'm interested in buying 'Linen'. By purchasing a blog theme, am I committed to sticking with it? Lets say another one would actually suit me better after all, can I transfer to one that is in the same price structure as the first?
    2. I'm aware of WP's store feature that keeps ads from appearing on blogs. Are all blogs subject to annoying advertisements showing up later?
    3. This blog is designed to spark interest for a photo-info-book I am creating. three possible book titles are in the works. Can I have three different .wordpress.com addresses link to my one blog until the final title has been chosen?

    Very grateful, Ananda

  7. 1. Premium themes

    Note: Premium Themes are customized for WordPress.com usage only, and cannot be transferred to self-hosted WordPress.org sites.

    If a Premium theme doesn’t work out we offer a full refund up to 30 days from your purchase. To cancel your purchase and obtain a refund, please use the Cancel button on the Store -> My Upgrades page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/

    2.

    WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/ Many also do not read features page, http://wordpress.com/features/ or advertising entry http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    3. When we register a username account here the email address we provide becomes our unique identifier. When we are logged into WordPress.com and register a blog it's registered to that username account we are logged in under and to the email address which is our unique identifier. We can register as many blogs as we wish and provided we are using the same username account then all the blogs will be registered under it and the associated email account. We can change our "display name" but that display name will appear on all blogs registered under the same username account.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/email-address/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/change-your-username/#change-display-name-nickname

    In order to completely separate the blogs that you do not want to be associated with each other under the same username account you register another username account using a different email address when you are logged out of WordPress.com and register the blog under it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/

  8. If you want the blogs to be registered under the same username account and associated with each other then you can do that. Remain logged into wordpress.com when you register the blogs.

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