I'm working on a site: http://www.beautibasics.wordpress.com, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to do. The client wants more fonts, which requires a font upgrade. Then she wants a video on her site that doesn't take clients off her site, so that requires a video upgrade. And to get to the CSS for general stuff, we need a CSS upgrade. What the heck? Is there one upgrade that will take care of all this, or do we keep nickel and diming it? It seems so very confusing!!!!!!!!!!
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Massive confusion about upgrades!
It looks like the $ 99.-- / year Premium Bundle will save you at bit - includes
Space Upgrade -
CSS (should have fonts in it also)
The above will save you a bit over the individual costs - the No Ad Upgrade is also included and would be nice since sounds like this is a professional site and the "free blog" is because WordPress.COM sometimes sells ad space to pay for your "free" site and the No Ads removes the Ads (yes it is in the Terms of Service)
A domain name is also included if you want to add a custom domain name in the future
I recommend carefully examining the differences between free hosted WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogs for self hosting, prior to making the decision with regard to purchasing upgrades. All upgrades are annually renewable and it may be in the client's best interest to pay for web hosting and get all else he/she wants free of charge. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
I also need a plugin to collect email addresses for use for email newsletters.....it seems that that it is a plugin, and as such, is not available for wordpress.com....only wordpress.org. Will the premium upgrade to to the wordpress.com enable us to to that? This is why I'm so confused....every little thing I come across that I need to add I need to figure out how to do it,, and if I need to upgrade or move to .org or what. I have gone through the pages that describe the differences between .com and .org, but they tend to be brief, and not answer my questions!
But thank you for your answer. I appreciate your time.
That's not possible at WordPress.com Please see what I posted above. Our highest level of service is acceptance into the VIP hosting program. http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/
The three other plans are found here "Choosing the WordPress plan that’s right for your site" http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/#wpplan
Note that none of the plans provide FTP access and allow you to upload your own themes or plugins. If you need a site that requires a custom theme or plugins — e.g., if you want to be able to sell things directly from your site, or you want to install discussion forums, or"collect email addresses for use for email newsletters" — a self-hosted WordPress.org install is the way to go. Don't waste any time here.
Please allow me to be blunt. Don't waste your client's money by hanging out here and asking this, that and the other. It's clear to me that you ought to be instructing your client that the best use of their money is on hiring a web host and using a WordPress.com install to create a website.
A blog is a website and any WordPress blog can be restructured from being post based to being page base, but let's put that aside for the moment. Please read this entry > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
You can use any theme here at WordPress.com to create a page based structure ie. a website rather than a post based structure ie. a blog. Before you make any decisions at all read this comparison carefully please http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Also note that no WordPress.com themes can be exported and used on WordPress.org software.
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.
On the other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That's why I suggested you read the comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences
No-bluntness is appreciated!
One question though: you say "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." but, if you look at the site, I have already removed all that stuff from the existing no-frills no-additions free version of wordpress.com. It seems to me that we could indeed make the free .com blog work (with the custom design upgrade-I think the most complicated thing she would want is the collecting of emails. She's not intending to do anything further like ecommerce or anything like that....
No blogger initiated advertising is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. We are allowed only to advertise products that we personally make and/or services we personally provide on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
What I see is a blog flogging mass produced cosmetics from Skinlogics® Lip Apeel®
For clarity please read what gets a WordPress.com blog suspended:
Oh THANK YOU! I had NO IDEA. This certainly puts us over to .org. I did not realize at all, and had no intention-as neither did the client-to do something we are not supposed to.
Good catch @TT - missed that part completely
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