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  1. New on the block, so forgive me for my lack of understanding.

    Just about to launch a blog. I'm starting on the free version and wondering: Is there a limit to the number of followers/friends/subscribers I can have to the blog?

    Likely looking at about 100-200.

    I'm assuming it's fairly easy to migrate/upgrade to a more robust version at a later date? OR should I just do that now... I've already registered a user/blog name.

    Thanks in advance for your time and insights.

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

  2. Is there a limit to the number of followers/friends/subscribers I can have to the blog?

    There is no limit.

    I'm assuming it's fairly easy to migrate/upgrade to a more robust version at a later date? OR should I just do that now... I've already registered a user/blog name.

    Yes you can moveb log content (not themes) to a WordPress.org install > http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    I suggest you read this entry on the differences > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Given that explanation, it seems like going with the free version on the dot com side makes sense. Thanks for your quick reponse... I'm not sure if I clicked on the submit button before your response came up.

    Any videos, tips or tutorials that I might look at or watch that would be insightful for a beginner?

    Have a great weekend.

  4. WordPress.COM is about as "robust" as it comes - you can have thousands of page views a day to your blog and the servers won't even blink - there are about 30,000,000 blogs here plus many company sites - think CNN ,many radio stations, Ford Motor and the list goes on -

  5. On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
    The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/

    Note: the numerous videos and articles on the interent apply to WordPress.org installs and not to WordPress.com free hosted blogs unless they clearly state WordPress.com and we experience bloggers on this forum who are confused because they have relied on tutorials that do not apply to their WordPress.com blogs.

    Now here are my opinions:

    1. If you are committed to blogging over the long term then I recommend purchasing a domain mapping upgrade ASAP http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    2. If you have a professional or business site where you are building your brand I recommend you purchase a No-Ads upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    3. If you have a personal blog and you have CSS editing skills and you are willing to pay for a custom design upgrade every year then go for it, play and have fun. But do don't fool yourself into believing that a custom design upgrade is required to create a successful blog. When it comes to attracting and maintaining readers it is the quality of your content (original and unique content) and not the container it's displayed in that attracts and secures faithful readers/subscribers/commenters.

    Note also that the CSS editing is theme specific and any CSS editing you did cannot be used if you move your blog content later to a WordPress.org install. The same goes for premium themes too - they are not transferable.

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