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Is Domaine mapping useful without an actual website?

  1. I am trying to set up something to promote my Voice Over business. I have a domaine name registered, and just noticed I can pay a small fee to 'map' it. In using my critical thinking skills, I am now understanding that this wouldn't be useful without an actual site, correct?

    Also, because I have the 'grandfather' Macbook, it doesn't look like I can access the plug-in to upload music files. Is this correct? I have an account with soundcloud, but also incorrectly typed in my Soundcloud address name and can't fiqure out how to edit it?? I am really having a difficult time figuring out how a WordPress site can be of benefit. I can't afford a website right now.

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

  2. I have a domaine name registered, and just noticed I can pay a small fee to 'map' it. In using my critical thinking skills, I am now understanding that this wouldn't be useful without an actual site, correct?

    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable $13 per year domain mapping upgrade for the blog. See here for mapping an existing domain that you already own http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

  3. Also, because I have the 'grandfather' Macbook, it doesn't look like I can access the plug-in to upload music files. Is this correct?

    I don't know anything about 'grandfather' Macbooks. I'll tag this thread for a Staff follow-up. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  4. You can map a domain to your rosslynsmusic.wordpress.com site, or create a new one, if you wish.

    We do not allow users to install their own plugins. We have instructions here for how to use Soundcloud: http://en.support.wordpress.com/audio/soundcloud-audio-player/

    In a nutshell, you can embed any file on Soundcloud by using the code they provide with the Share option on their site.

    As far as your Mac is concerned, please also note that WordPress.com works best in current browsers. With your outdated version of Safari you may still be able to use WordPress.com most of the time but there may be some features that will not work for you.

    If this becomes an issue for you, one idea I've been suggesting to users with older versions of Safari comes from the Mozilla support forum (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/894856):

    For older Macs that aren’t supported in Firefox 4 thru 8, try TenFourFox for PowerPC’s running Mac 10.4.11 & 10.5.8 . http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

    This is essentially a different version of the Firefox browser for older machines, built on top of the Mozilla open source code. I can’t promise it will help, but if you run into issues with WordPress.com or other websites, it may be worth a shot as a stopgap until you can get a newer machine that can run current software.

  5. Thanks for all the input!! I really appreciate it. I was able to post my link to my Soundcloud files :) But I am trying to wrap my non-techie brain around the rest ;)

    Sincerely,
    Rosslyn

  6. If you have further questions about the domain mapping issue, please let me know. As for the rest, I just posted it as an FYI, and you might hang on to the link to this forum thread in case you start running into trouble with your current web browser.

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