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  1. I am not following along with how this is all structured. I can see in my head how I want my website to look. But I don't know how to translate what I see in my head with your phraseology. The tutorials are not as helpful to someone like me (upper 40s, never built a website before). As a result, I have no idea how to get started.

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

  2. You can create a custom menu and add only the items you want in it to it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ The "menu" is the entire bar including all items in it.

    Among the most common misconceptions is that bloggers fail to understand is
    (1) there is only one page we can post to in any blog and
    (2) the static pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ they create do not automatically update.

    Only the dynamic pages like Categories, Tags and Archives created by the software when we publish a post we that we have assigned Categories and Tags too will update automatically update with new posts.

    By default the front page of the blog is the post that displays all posts in your blog. Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ 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 into the custom menu.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#changing-the-order-creating-sub-menus

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

  3. The only themes we can use on free hosted WordPress.com blogs are found here http://wordpress.com/themes/

    On one hand, none of the characteristic "blog" features like categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog, without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    On the other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. Read the comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    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.

    Any WordPress blog can be restructured from being post based to being page based, but let's put that aside for the moment. Understand that what attracts search engines is unique content the cannot be found anywhere else on the internet and that content is found in POST based structures. For greater clarity read > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    Then see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

  4. Um, sorry, I appear not to be from your country. I don't understand any of this except for: "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." I want the latter.

    What I want to do is write posts (I've done sports journalism and I want to have a website of my own). I want readers to be able to call up Adobe PDF files that I've already created, but I need to know how to post those PDFs to the blog but not as a blog entry, as a sidebar. Eventually I want to be able to add pictures.

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