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  1. For one blog, is it possible to map a domain name, my business name, registered with Go Daddy AND register a domain name, say a name for my Blog, for the same blog with WordPress?

    So two domain names for one blog, one mapped and one registered with WordPress?

    Thanks! Hollie

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

  2. I don't believe it is necessary to do what you suggest (two domains/1 site). Since you already have an active website @ hollisinteriors.net, I'd suggest connecting your WordPress.com site to a subdomain, such as blog.hollisinteriors.net Unless I am missing something and that may be.

    You can read more about mapping to a subdomain here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-subdomain/

    Please note the highlighted message on that Support doc:

    Same Rules Apply – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required abide by our Terms of Service.

  3. Thank you and sorry about the double post. My thought is to use a new WordPress theme for a new website and blog. My current website is old and outdated technology. So to start new with WordPress and have two addresses, one my @hollisinteriors.net mapped to you AND @thenameofmyblog registered with WordPress. Is that possible to do?

  4. First, let me make it clear that I am an experienced forum volunteer and do not work for WordPress.com. These support forums are mostly peer-to-peer.

    If you intend to bring your business website to WordPress.com, there's really no need to deal with 2 domains, unless you want to. You can either incorporate your business site into your current WordPress.com site and map that to your existing domain name or you can set up an entirely separate WordPress.com site and map the subdomain for your existing blog, as I mentioned above.

    But before anything else, please do read carefully the Terms of Service and the types of blogs document to make sure your business needs fall within its terms. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/ The message I highlighted earlier is relevant as well.

  5. Also, I don't want to overwhelm you even before you begin, but here is an example of a website where the owner/author used 2 WordPress.com sites for her business; the main site is domain mapped and the blog is not domain mapped. She used the same theme on both sites to unify them visually and simply used a Custom Menu to link the two together. http://cathyscholl.com/

  6. If for whatever reason you don't believe your website can fall within the Terms of Service here on WordPress.com, you may want to consider setting up house with a web hosting service that offers the standalone WordPress software or download it from WordPress.org and install it yourself. Working with the standalone software does require some technical knowledge. Here's some basic info about the benefits of each flavor of WordPress for clarity http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  7. Thank you for the website example. You are brilliant! That is exactly what I want to do. Home page will be my portfolio, I am an interior designer, and for the blog I want to have its own name. So people can search me for my business name AND my blog name. I did not realize it involved TWO WordPress.com sites and a custom menu to link them. Now I understand. So tell me if you can help me with the following questions:
    - direct me to support info on how to set up two sites and link them
    -does it make the most sense to take my existing site, I want to change the theme and map it to my domain through WordPress THEN get a second site, use the same theme, use it as my blog with a WordPress domain and map it as a sub domain of my existing site.
    -I am looking at templates to purchase either within WordPress or at Theme Forest, does that complicate the process at all or just add steps to bring the template into my account?
    Thank You!!!

  8. I am looking at templates to purchase either within WordPress or at Theme Forest,

    Here again, I'm going to direct you to the message I highlighted earlier:

    Same Rules Apply – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required abide by our Terms of Service.

    So, if you host both your site and blog here at WordPress.com you will be able to use any of the themes displayed in the Theme Showcase and only those themes, including Premium themes. You will not be able to use themes purchased from external sources, such as Theme Forest or anywhere else. If you want to use other themes than the ones in the Theme Showcase, then you are looking to host your site elsewhere and not on WordPress.com.

    Also, to be clear, if you set your site up on WordPress.com as you have described above, domain mapping for your site (hollisinteriors.net) and subdomain mapping for your blog (blog.hollisinteriors.net), those are 2 domain mapping upgrades. If you want to use the same Premium Theme on both sites, those are two Premium Theme upgrades. No upgrade purchased here will give you the ability to use advertising, plugins or restricted code or FTP access.

    But, most importantly, before anything else, please confirm that you have carefully read the WordPress.com Terms of Service to ensure that your site and blog will be able to conform to them.

  9. Ultimately, I want a set up like the http://cathyscholl.com/ example you shared with me. I understand I need to select from the Theme showcase. And the purchase of two domain mapping upgrades and two premium themes.

    To be clear, I can map my hollisinteriors.net domain to be one address for the business AND the blog which is one domain mapping upgrade and purchase one premium theme like Photography that includes a blog in the template?

    I would use WordPress.org for a theme purchased through Theme Forest?

    For the Terms of Service, I don't know enough to know what I don't know about them and will get some outside help to review them.

    Thanks for all your information and patience.

  10. Also, I think I am back to my original question?

    If I map hollisinteriors.net domain to my WordPress site, can I do a custom domain, mynewblog.com registered with WordPress as a subdomain that links my WordPress blog?

    Or does it need to be: domain mapping for your site (hollisinteriors.net) and subdomain mapping for your blog (blog.hollisinteriors.net)

    Thanks!

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