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I want ads but I don't know CSS - do I have to leave WP?

  1. Sadly, I think I'm fed up with WordPress. I want ads I sell/coordinate and/or Google ads. I don't want the name 'wordpress' in my blog URL any more. But I don't want to learn CSS - I hear it's a pain in the ass, time-consuming, and there's little support for learning it. From what I can determine, my only options are 1- pay someone to CSS-savy to shift my blog over so that I'm allowed to have ads, or 2- leave WordPress.
    Am I missing any mid-options?
    Lisa

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

  2. I want ads I sell/coordinate and/or Google ads.

    You can hire a web host for between $5 and $7 per month and get a free software install from wordpress.ORG.

    don't want the name 'wordpress' in my blog URL any more.

    Yes and that's easily remedied by purchasing a domain like I have done for my blogs.

    But I don't want to learn CSS - I hear it's a pain in the ass, time-consuming, and there's little support for learning it.

    There is no connection at all between the first two topics and CSS editing. All you can do with CSS editing is change the appearance of the blog but not the function.

    Please read this > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. pay someone to CSS-savy to shift my blog over so that I'm allowed to have ads

    CSS has absolutely nothing to do with moving blog contents. We click export and import buttons and move blog contents.. However, as you do not appear to know the basic stuff required to manage your own wordpress.ORG install on your own domain I do not recommend that you do this.

    I recommend that you get a blogspot blog from Blogger. Goggle owns both Blogger and Adsense and you can have what you want there.

  4. In addition to what timethief said, CSS is for STYLING the markup. In other words, CSS determines the way your blog/website looks. If you pay the CSS upgrade or not, you still cannot have ads here at wp.com.

    If you move to a self-hosted blog or to another blogging service, CSS still has NOTHING to do with ads. If you've been told that you can use CSS to place ads, you were lied to.

  5. Re: lied to ... no, I think in fact I'm darned sure it's all my own confusion.

    I don't usually feel like I need any of those '...for Dummies' books, but reading he comments, I'm feeling like I do!

    I thought it went like this:

    Want your blog URL to be something like http://www.lisamighton.com? Can't happen unless you move from a wordpress.com account to a wordpress.org account. If you do that, you need to know some CSS to operate some of the stuff you need over on the other side (in wordpress.org land).

    But I think I'm reading from you guys that I'm rather muddled.

    I do own a handful of domains, http://www.latitudemedia.ca which currently auto-forwards to my blog because I've been too lazy to update my main site's content, and some for brand protection and eventual use.

    You're right, I have two different needs I'm talking about here
    - not liking having 'wordpress' in my URL
    - possibly wanting the freedom/option to have ads on my blog/website, should I choose to

    A couple of other clarification questions, from @timethief comments:

    - you write, 'as you do not appear to know the basic stuff required to manage your own wordpress.ORG install on your own domain':
    - If by that you mean it's possible to install wordpress.org on the
    http://www.latitudemedia.ca domain that I own, which if I'm understanding you guys
    right, would solve the 'I don't want 'wordpress' in my URL' problem? -- Yup -
    you're right - I didn't know that was possible.

    - you write, 'You can hire a web host for between $5 and $7 per month and get a free software install from wordpress.ORG'... OK I don't completely understand that, but I can try to research to understand it more -- are there web hosts like this that you'd recommend?

    Thanks for your time I appreciate it

    Lisa

  6. Oh, one more question -
    Re: @timethief comment 'I recommend that you get a blogspot blog from Blogger. Goggle owns both Blogger and Adsense and you can have what you want there.' ...
    - Any downsides to that option? Eg. in your opinion what's not so great about Blogger as compared to WP?
    Thx much.

  7. You can just buy the domain mapping upgrade and use Whatever.com instead of Whatever.wordpress.com.

    Ads are totally out of the question EXCEPT with the VIP upgrade, which costs about $600 to set up and $600 per month, which means it's totally out of the question.

    If you want ads, you can buy hosting from somewhere and install WordPress software from WordPress.org, but then you are on your own for tech support. I mean on your own; the forum over there is not very user-friendly and it's hard to figure things out sometimes. There are some hosting suggestions I think on TT's blog http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com

  8. Downsides to hosting at Blogger: Well, it's not as nice as WP, it doesn't have the googlejuice that any WordPress blog of any type does, and the support forum sucks. Also, Blogger blogs look cheap and old-fashioned, except for the themes which are basically ripoffs of WordPress themes.

    Also, I don't think you can use unique domain names over there. Not 100% sure though.

  9. Thanks, I will explore all these suggestions/comments.
    I appreciate it!

  10. Blogger delete blogs as they see fit. Their version of freedom of expression seems to be inspired from countries outside the culture that invented it.

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