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  1. Hey all,

    First and foremost, I'm really happy to finally be part of the wordpress community. I think the templates are spectacular and im having a great time with the site. I have a few issues though.

    1. First and foremost, the reason i'm using wordpress is as a homepage to a store hosted by a third party. I'm using wordpress for video descriptions and what not, and then linking to my store. However, wordpress keeps red flagging my links to my store. WTF? Why is this not allowed? How can I change it?

    2. I'm going to be pointing the nameservers of my domain to my wordpress site when its ready. Though the site is of an adult nature. How do I make a disclaimer page before the visitor can enter the wordpress site?

    3. Can I take the "powered by wordpress" footer off?

    4. How do I change meta tags for the wordpress site?

    5. My final goal is to have a membership based site on wordpress. How can I do this.

    Thanks a bunch for all the help.

    Take care folks,
    - Robby

  2. Sorry meant to say new to wordpress :P My bad

  3. No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.

    Please read very carefully:
    WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: The Differences

    Reference links:
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/

  4. Please also read this section > mature content

    3. Can I take the "powered by wordpress" footer off?

    No you cannot. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions

    4. How do I change meta tags for the wordpress site?

    You can't. This is a multiuser blogging platform and we bloggers cannot access and edit metatag files; only Staff can. Moreover, Google does not use metatags and has not done so since 2009. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html

  5. If you are looking for an opinion then I'm prepared to offer mine. You will be best served by hiring a web host and setting up a free software install from WordPress.org for self hosting. http://wordpress.org/support/

  6. Hi Timethief!

    Thanks a bunch for your quick response and for pointing me in the right direction. I'm still a little confused though. You're saying that if I had self hosting (wordpress.org), then I would be able to link to my store without being flagged. But how would I customize it? Would I have to open the files in notepad and just screw around with the coding? I would much rather take advantage of the wordpress dashboard while still being able to link to my outside content. Is there absolutely any way around this? Can I pay some kind of fee to wordpress.com to allow me to do this. Almost every single other free hosted blog allows this... I dont understand what the big deal is.

  7. The bif deal is that all blogs here are on the same multiuser blogging platform. They are not free standing sites like WordPress.org installs are. WordPress.com free hosted blogs on this multiuser blogging platform cannot be equipped for ecommerce - period.

    The kind of site you describe is what one sees on self hosted WordPress.org installs. You can edit themes and templates on self hosted WordPress.org installs. You can customize a theme on a self hosted WordPress.org install provided you know how to edit CSS. All support for those with WordPress.org installs is found here http://wordpress.org/support/ Please read
    WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: The Differences

  8. I also suggest you read all the links that timethief gave you, including the Terms of Service you agreed to when you signed up, and then you'll understand better why WordPress.org would be a better fit for the kind of site you want to do.

    As far as customizing your site, there are literally thousands of free themes available for self-hosted WordPress.org installs. Maybe you will find one that suits your needs or maybe you'll hire someone to custom design a site for you.

  9. @ Timethief: Yes I understand... The question is why? Blogspot and thousands of other free blog hosts just like wordpress allow these links. There is no reason why they can't as well. I can edit in CSS to a certain extent, but it's much quicker and easier to have a dashboard to do it in. I suppose I can go for the free standing wordpress powered site using wordpress.org, but that would defeat the whole purpose. Might as well stick to my current site that I have to constantly re-write. I guess I won't know until I actually try it out.

    @justjennifer: Thank you for the reply! So do I download these themes and just FTP them to my domain as I would a regular script code? How would I customize it afterwards? Is there some kind of special compiler?

    Thanks for all the help people,
    - Robby

  10. The question is why?

    Each and every company has the right to state what their Terms of Service are and when we agree to them of our own free will then we have created a contract. If you do not like the Terms of Service then don't agree to them.

  11. So do I download these themes and just FTP them to my domain as I would a regular script code? How would I customize it afterwards? Is there some kind of special compiler?

    I reapeat that all support for Word[press.org installs is found at this link http://wordpress.org/support Please register a username account there and start posting to those support forums where you will receive answers that apply to that software, which is not the same as WordPress.com software.

  12. No shit, theres just no reason for it. There would also be no reason to use wordpress.com over other free hosts if they needlessly take away such simple freedoms. It's just a freakin link to a store... why the hell would it be flagged.

    Thanks for your help timethief. Some constructive crit though? Read your posts before you hit submit. You have an incredibly condescending tone in your writing; and a knack for stating the obvious.

    But thanks no less.

    Take care all.

  13. Let me also make another suggestion. If our answers are not to your liking, since this is a peer-to-peer support forum, then please contact Support directly with your questions. Only they would be able to tell you why the links are being flagged.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    Cheers and good luck!

  14. And, FWIW, tt is entirely correct in pointing you to the WordPress.org support forum for questions regarding how WordPress.org, including the self-hosted themes, work. Even if it's called "WordPress" here, we use different software.

    Again, cheers and good luck!

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