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  1. I can't tell whether or not I need to use .com or .org

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

  2. The choice is up to you. We don't assist with non- WordPress.com technical issues here. That being said .org is commonly used by non-profits and other organizations.

  3. In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog.

    See here as you do not own a domain http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

  4. Thank you. I went onto wordpress.com and was reading the support topics ...I have a domain name which I purchased through godaddy.com and was trying to use the web tools of wordpress to publish through. When reading through the support topics it discusses the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I'm fairly computer illiterate, so don't really understand if having the domain name through godaddy.com means that I will self-host??

    I 'think' I paid $13 to link the two together, however I didn't receive a receipt from wordpress.com confirming it.

    Essentially, I want to create my own 'look and feel' and being not super computer savvy, I'm not sure how to go about it!

  5. I have a domain name which I purchased through godaddy.com and was trying to use the web tools of wordpress to publish through

    Yes you need to pay $13 per year for the upgrade.
    All your billing history is found here > Dashboard > Store Billing History where you can print your own receipt.
    Also see > Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades

    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog.

    See here for mapping an existing domain that you already own http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

  6. If you are asking about the software to use and if you should have your own host or host here - if you are struggling with what is what - then hosting on WordPress.COM would be easier as long as your blog observes the terms of service -

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    It is not the extension of the name .ORG or .COM - but in your case the software used

  7. Thank you. It looks as though the $13 didn't go through. I have a wordpress.com subdomain name blog ...victoriaross.wordpress.com . I added thecyclingchefs.com under that. I'll now go in and pay the $13.

    I'm just trying to decipher whether the $99 upgrade is what I actually 'need' or not. Is there a number I can phone and speak with someone to get more detailed info than on the website? I'm not entirely understanding what I get with the $99. I know it is well detailed on the site, however as I said before, I'm not super computer savvy, so still have questions!

    Thank you.

  8. This is a peer support forum where Volunteers and Staff work cooperatively to deliver WordPress.com support. There is no phone support here and we Volunteers do not provide support by email.

    Volunteers answer most questions posted into forum threads and Staff monitor. When Volunteers cannot provide the required support we flag threads for Staff attention.

  9. My advice is not to purchase any bundle of upgrades unless you need every upgrade in the bundle. See here for details of all 3 plans http://store.wordpress.com/bundles/

    Upgrades are also available for individual purchase on a per blog basis. With the exception of the Guided Transfer, all upgrades are per year and per blog. You will find the relevant links to available upgrades here. http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/

    Note that none of the plans allow you to run advertising or to upload your own themes or plugins. WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for eCommerce transactions. If you need a site that requires a custom theme or plugins — e.g., if you want to be able to sell things directly from your site, or if you want to install discussion forums — a self-hosted WordPress site might be right for you.

    WordPress.org offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. Learn about the differences here. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  10. Unless you describe what you want to do with your blog - nobody can even guess at helping you and a phone number would do you no good.

    Many people get hung up with grand plans when all they should do is a plain blog for a while (add the domain name if you want) until you decide what you really want to do -

  11. Thank you so much for your advice. Essentially, all I want to do is be able to upload photos and text from a wine course I'm starting this week so that friends/family can see what we're learning ...no selling or chatting or anything fancy.

    I have a design for the header which I've drawn and wanted to be able to use that instead of one of the generic ones on the site. I'm happy to pay the $13 to link the godaddy.com domain name with the wordpress.com functionality, however if I can't use the header I've designed regardless of which 'bundle' I pay for, then perhaps I should find another way to publish.

    It's all confusing to me ;-)

    And I really appreciate your time. Thank you.

  12. You're welcome from me as well.

  13. Thank you, auxclass.

    I'm a chef, food writer and travel writer. I'm starting a sommelier program (learning about wines) and wanted to use the site as a documention of what we're learning and drinking.

    I have a number of recipes to publish, as well as a number of travel stories. Essentially, I want somewhere to put all this information so that I can easily reference it, as well as friends/family.

  14. @auxclass
    Apparently I wasted my time here speaking to myself. LOL :D

  15. @TT - sometimes it takes a few tries to get to the real question - I don't think the info was wasted however

    @victoriaross

    OK - you are in the right place - WordPress.COM will work for you

    Custom header graphic, many themes here have the ability to put a custom image at the top for free - the site linked to my name is one of many

    Look at the themes at Dashboard >> Appearance >> Themes - 150 or so free themes - my guess is there are a dozen or so that will appeal to you -

    My advice is to not get real hung up on the fine tune of the looks - put two or three recipes in POSTS / or what ever on your blog to get the hang of doing things - you can change themes without loosing the Posts / Content

    A custom domain name has more class and is easier when you give the address to people - so go ahead and do that

    This is a simple place but it has a bit of a learning curve like any new activity - did your recipes all work the first time? Mine did not (on a different site) - so expect some fits and starts -

  16. See also

    http://learn.wordpress.com/

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/

    The site linked to timethiefs name also has a ton of good advice on making your blog work

    Good luck

  17. Thank you very much to both of you ...both had pearls of advice which I'm grateful for!

  18. You're welcome and I'm not offended much ... sniff lol ;)

  19. You be welcome & good luck

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