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I want to remove ALL widgets

  1. I can't seem to figure out how to do it.

    I have searched many questions and answers, but they don't resolve the issue.

    I tried "Use an HTML/Text widget : write nothing in the text -box and stick it to sidebar." -- didin't work.

    I jus want a clean blank slate for my blog, where I can simply post my text, without any widgets.

    Is that possible? If so, how?

    Thanks,
    Erich

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

  2. Note: If you are under the impression that removing widgets from sidebars allows you to expand the blogging area in posts and pages then it just ain't so. There is no free way to do that unless you choose a theme that provides for full width display in posts and pages.

    If you do not have such a theme then you will need to purchase an annually renewable Custom Design upgrade and do the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

  3. If you are trying to create a website appearance what follows applies. 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/

  4. Thanks. At this stage, all I need to do is remove three things on my blog:

    1) the Search box

    2) the following message:

    "Not Found

    Apologies, but no results were found for the requested archive. Perhaps searching will help find a related post.
    Search for:"

    3) the "Home" thingy with its horizontal double lines below my title

    Is this possible to do easily?

  5. 1. I don't see a searchbox on this site http://erichtheformatter.wordpress.com/

    2. The 404 (page not found) error message on the front page of your blog appeared because you deleted the placeholder Hello World post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/not-found/ As soon as you publish a post, not a page it will disappear. http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    3. That's the horizontal menu bar that provides access to all Pages. It cannot be removed without purchasing an annually renewable Custom Design upgrade and do the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

  6. This does not require CSS editing.

    This page > Settings > Discussion
    Discussion settings is where you set up defaults for comments.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    We can also override the default settings and enable or disable future comments on any individual post or page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/enable-disable-comments/

    Note 1: By default, new blogs on WordPress.com will have the Discussion hidden. You can reveal it by clicking on Screen Options http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options/ on the top right corner of your Admin page, and checking the box that says Discussion so the module is included. http://en.support.wordpress.com/modules/#list-of-modules

    Note 2: To disable comments on already-published posts or pages, you can edit each post and uncheck the "Allow comments" setting. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/enable-disable-comments/#enabledisable-comments

    To disable comments on already published pages (not posts), you go to Pages > All Pages, click the little square to select all the pages, select "Edit" from the Bulk Actions pulldown, click Apply, select "Do not allow" from the Comments pulldown, click Update. Same thing for already published posts, in Posts > All Posts.

    P.S. Make sure you disable pingbacks as well.

  7. Thanks for your prompt and detailed replies. I will try to get to your suggestions soon.

  8. I hope they help you. You're welcome.

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