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  1. I'm wanting to make modifications to my template that aren't permitted on WordPress.com so I'm considering hosting my own installation of WordPress. I have a concern with my template though. Is it possible for me to export all my settings, posts and template?

    I'm also unable to customize the menu on my site.... the "menu" administrative section doesn't have anything in it, so I can't figure out how to modify the navigation.

    Any help would be great.... thanks!

    The blog I need help with is whatrockandrollcandoforyou.com.

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    Themes here are modified to work with the unique features here and to fit within the restrictions, so it is best to find the theme you are using that was made for self-hosted sites.

    The first place to look would be http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ . After that, a search for the theme name on the internet, such as "theme name wordpress theme."

    If it is an older theme that no longer exists outside of wordpress.com, then it can be downloaded, but in some instances it may require modification to get it to run cleanly on a self-hosted site. I've had to modify a couple from here for self-hosted sites and sometimes it is a bit of a pain.

    Many themes for self-hosted sites have not been updated to support the custom menu feature. There are, or were some (less than complete) instructions over on the wordpress.ORG forums I found once and you might try the documentation over there (codex).

  3. thesacredpath
    Staff

    All your content (pages, posts, comments) can be exported and then imported into the new site. Any custom text widgets you might have will have to be manually moved over via copy and paste.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

  4. Thanks for all the details... I'll see what I can do. One thing that really bothers me is that I can't seem to be able to modify the menu. That seems incredibly silly. Am I missing something or is that just the case? Is there anywhere other than the "menu" section of the admin panel that might control the links displayed on the navigation?

    http://whatrockandrollcandoforyou.com/

  5. What, exactly, are you trying to do? You should be able to do that with a Custom Menu easily, if I'm understanding your intention correctly.

  6. Re: custom menu
    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or custom links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus

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