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I thought I was signing up for a website, not a blog

  1. Okay, I know this may sound ridiculous, but I thought WordPress was a tool for creating websites, not just blogs. After paying $99 to WordPress.COM for what I thought was website hosting, I have learned there is a site called WordPress.ORG. Apparently, the dot ORG is for creating websites. Are the two sites affiliated? If so, is there a way to switch from one to the other, or have I lost the $99 I already paid to WordPress.COM?

    Any insights are greatly appreciated. :)

    The blog I need help with is folkalist.com.

  2. A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based blog structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    See here for a step by step guide > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
    See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    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 that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That's why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Are the two sites affiliated? If so, is there a way to switch from one to the other, or have I lost the $99 I already paid to WordPress.COM?

    WordPress.org and WordPress.com are completely separate.

    WordPress.com provides a 30-day refund on all upgrades except Domain Registrations, Domain Renewals, and Guided Transfers.

    Provided you are logged in under the same username account that purchased the upgrades, you can request a refund yourself directly from the Store section of your Dashboard
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/#refunds
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/bundles/#canceling-a-bundle

    Note: It takes from 1 - 2 weeks for the refund to be received.

  4. Hi timethief,

    Thank you for your quick responses and the information. I am now going through all the links you provided to see if I can do the same thing using either site. Since paying the $99 for WordPress.com, I have signed up for an online course on Creating WordPress Websites. The instructor has specified we are using WordPress.org, because it offers more templates and plugins than dot COM.

    It has been more than 30 days since I purchased the hosting, so I suppose I need to go the route of just starting over with WordPress.org.

    Thank you again!

  5. It has been more than 30 days since I purchased the hosting, so I suppose I need to go the route of just starting over with WordPress.org.

    Groan ... that's too bad.

    If you’ve registered your domain through WordPress.com and now want it to point to a blog or website hosted elsewhere then you can do this by updating the nameservers.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/#update-nameservers

  6. Well, on the plus side you already own the domain and can point it at your WordPress.org site when it's built.

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