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Can't figure out how to make a site...AND...not have it go live before I like it

  1. Hi. I'm new to WordPress. After two days of trying to figure out how to set up a website (or is it only a blog site) I am at a loss to figure anything out. 1. It appears I cannot put in my own photos? That is not possible, as you
    say I can. How is that done? 2. Is there NO clicking and dragging? I am MacBook Pro. 3. Women Outward Bound, the site I have created, seems to be live....oh god!!! Is there no way to play with it before it goes live? Can I make it unlike for now? HELP HELP HELP!

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

  2. Haven't you used the step by step tutorial Staff have linked to the bottom of your Admin page? It's very helpful and it's at http://learn.wordpress.com

  3. .oh god!!! Is there no way to play with it before it goes live?

    Set the whole blog to private temporarily here > Settings > Reading
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    P.S. All support documentation is at the link on the bottom of your Admin page here http://en.support.wordpress.com

  4. I'll try what you suggest. But I have NEVER done this before
    and haven't the faintest idea what I am doing. I was told this
    would be easy. IKEA table construction isn't easy for me.

    Mostly I want to put in my own photos, and I only see templates with other photos. Do I need to pay to put my own photos in? Where do I find that to buy?

  5. 1. It appears I cannot put in my own photos? That is not possible, as you say I can. How is that done?

    Prior to uploading any image into your blog, regardless if it’s a header image, a featured image, an image in a post or page, in a Post format (Gallery or Image), an image for sidebar display in an image widget or a text widget, you can optimize and re-size it in either a desktop image editing software or online image editing software to fit the space you intend to use it in. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/03/26/cropper-or-proper-image-preparation-2/

    These are the accepted file types:
    .jpg/.jpeg
    .gif
    .png

    You can upload image files by clicking the Add Media button right above the editing area of a page or a post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/add-media/
    Instructions here http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/

    See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/images-the-three-link-options/

    You can edit any post or page and add images to it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/edit-posts-screen/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/edit-pages-screen/

    For troubleshooting see http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/troubleshooting-images/

  6. First things first. I DO NOT SEE HOW TO MAKE THIS PRIVATE UNTIL
    I'VE FIGURED IT OUT. It is live and I don't know what I'm doing!

    Who do I hire to do this for me????????

  7. Mostly I want to put in my own photos, and I only see templates with other photos. Do I need to pay to put my own photos in? Where do I find that to buy?

    There is no upgrade involved here at all. There is common sense though and what we Volunteers note is that people assume they can upload a GIANT image straight off their camera into their blogs. Well, by analogy that would be akin to trying to park a Mac Truck and semi-trailer unit in a Vespa sized parking space. That is why I included the link to my post above on proper image preparation.

    This is the link to the detailed theme description for the Yoko theme.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/yoko/ Note the sizes in the Quick specs provided there please.

  8. You do not need to hire anyone.

    Read first http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    Click this link http://womenoutwardbound.wordpress.com/wp-admin/options-reading.php
    You arrive at Reading
    scroll down to Site Visibility
    and choose option 3 _ I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose
    Then click "save changes".

  9. Ok. I did the site visibility thing.
    When do I get going making my site look the way I want it?

  10. I put in womenoutwardbound and it still comes up on line!

    Do I kill myself now or later?

  11. I don't have a giant image. Just want to put in a photo.

    You are an angel. I am 65, and don't understand this.
    I'm on Facebook, that was easy.

  12. Beginner bloggers fail to appreciate that each theme is uniquely designed. Rather than reading and comprehending how the theme is designed they erroneously assume they have a blank canvas and can drag and drop what they want where they want it to appear.

    This is the theme description http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/yoko/

    When do I get going making my site look the way I want it?

    I am sorry but I cannot answer that as I don't know what you want the site to appear like. I have no specifics and without them I'm sorry but I have no answers to provide.

  13. I just looked to see if the site I selected supports my own photo.
    It doesn't. Where can I SEE simple sites that I can use that will support my own photo. Using just a name is ridiculous!

  14. I put in womenoutwardbound and it still comes up on line!
    Do I kill myself now or later?

    Your clear your browser cache and cookies as you are viewing a cached copy and the blog is private now. I checked and know that for a fact.
    http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=32050

  15. Thank you.

    How do I find a site like YOKO that can take my simple B&W photo?

  16. I just looked to see if the site I selected supports my own photo. It doesn't.

    Your theme support a custom image header image
    Images should be at least 1102 pixels wide. Suggested width is 1102 pixels. Suggested height is 350 pixels.

    It also supports images in every post and page and that's just some of the locations as images can also be displayed in widgets.

  17. How do I find a site like YOKO that can take my simple B&W photo?

    What size is the photo?

  18. 1452x1040 172 KB

  19. I can cut it down to size, as needed. But it looked like I
    could do that on the wordpress.com site.

  20. Okay then what you need to do is create an image that is 1102 pixels wide and 350 pixels in height first. You can do that here free of charge and easily http://www.imageoptimizer.net/Pages/Home.aspx

    Then you upload it to your computer. Lastly, you upload it to the blog here > Appearance > Header

  21. OK. I used the image optimizer. My photo is downloaded on my computer. How do I get into my Yoko blog and then do what you say:
    Appearance>Headder?

  22. Is this blog the same as a wordpress.com website? What I really want is a website. On WordPress.com are they one and the same?

  23. A blog is a post based website designed for interactive communication.

    A website is a page based site designed to operate as a one way means of communication ie. a noticeboard.

    blog = site with post based structure
    website = site with page based structure

    Any WordPress blog can be restructured from being post based to being page based. http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

  24. Yoko is not on the list of sites that supports a personal image.

  25. Yoko is not on the list of sites that supports a personal image.

    That's not true.

  26. I didn't see it on the list.
    I'll try it. Thanks.

  27. You taking off soon? Gone Friday? god, you are helpful!
    Thanks.

  28. All blogs here support multiple images in various locations like header images, post images, page images, sidebar images, gravatar images, etc.

    Are you referring to an avatar/gravatar? http://en.support.wordpress.com/avatars/gravatars/

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