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  1. I'm a newbie. I've had a blog for a couple of years, which is fine. I now want to do something different, but I can't figure out what I need to do/get and at what price for the features I need.

    I see sites with event calendars - great. I figured out that the calendar widget is not what I need (simply provides a calendar of past posts), and I need to get a calendar plugin. So far I'm OK. My other requirements are very limited (collaboration on events with a handful of folks) - I get it that this many not be what WordPress was initially designed for - if anyone can figure out better without me spending weeks of research...

    So I just want to have a private blog with a few friends with a calendar of events. Obviously not willing to pay 100s of dollars every year for this, but certainly willing to pay something. But all I see is either "free" or a smorgasboard of options, widgets, themes and plugins with no easy way to find my way throught it.

    Is there any useful guide to features and cost? WordPress' own material reads more like a marketing glossy without much actual information.

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

  2. A private blog is no extra charge - just set your blog to Private - then invite in those you want to read your blog - again no extra charge. Dashboard >> Settings >> Privacy

    You can I think embed a Google Calendar in your site - no extra charge but I have never tried it so can't be much help.

    Search a bit in the support docs and you should find the links: http://en.support.wordpress.com/

  3. Privacy settings > http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/
    Also note Google clears their caches every 3 - 6 months and the content that has been indexed will appear in search engines results until they flush their caches.

  4. Thanks for the input. I've been using a password on blog pages I want to keep private, but hadn't discovered the Privacy settings - that should be useful.

    I hadn't found how to embed a Google calendar, so I'll research that too.

    Again, much thanks for the help.

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