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  1. I am a travel photographer and writer. And have been running a travel blog at WP.com for several months now (www.bhavenjani.wordpress.com). I also have a photography website on Photoshelter (www.bhavenjani.photoshelter.com), which is turning out to be expensive. I'd like to switch my photo website to WP too. I request suggestions on:

    - Which is the best free theme for display of photography portfolio? Pls provide links to any sample websites
    -Are there bloggers here who have a blog and photo site on WP, if yes, can you pls share your links?
    -Any suggestions on how to integrate a photography site and blog on WP, without having to create two different sites? On a single site, is it possible to enable/disable the 'Comments' section for some pages/posts? i.e. If I have two menu items, Photography and Blog, can i disable the comments text box for Photography, while continue to have it under Blog?

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

  2. - Which is the best free theme for display of photography portfolio? Pls provide links to any sample websites

    1. Choosing a theme is entirely subjective and Volunteers answering support questions on these peer support forums don't do that for you. This is a link to the Themes Showcase. There you will find the searchbox has filter features. Each theme has a description and a live demo site.
    These themes may be of interest to you - photoblogging and portfolio.

    2. There are 31 million bloggers here qand no they will not be link dropping into this thread. You can use the live demo sites for eavh potatnetial theme you are considering as I explained above.

    3. This page > Settings > Discussion
    Discussion settings is where you set up defaults for comments.
    We can also override the default settings and enable or disable future comments on any post or page.
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/comments-off-1/
    Depending on the theme we use when we close comments a phrase like "comments closed" or a similar phrase may appear and if so, it can only be removed by CSS editing after purchasing a custom design upgrade.

  3. 4. 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. You can create a custom menu and add the categories into the custom menu.

    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 Tags 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
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/

    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/

  4. Thanks timethief for your prompt responses. I am keen to look at sites that double up as blogs and photo portfolios too. In terms of pages/ posts/ menu structure etc, I think I am fairly comfortable with using them.

    Isn't there a way to view ALL sites created by ALL users under each theme in WP? Suppose, I wanted to view all sites created on WP using the theme TwentyEleven, shouldnt it be easy for WP to create such a link? This will make it so easy to view all types of layouts and customizations that users would have made. Or maybe this is wishful thinking at the moment.

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