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  1. 1. I don't recommend that, active email links are actually how most spam bots collect email addresses. Instead, use a contact form: http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    2. We don't have a direct way of doing this, but you might find what you're looking for at https://ifttt.com/connect/linkedin/wordpress (please note that we don't directly support these ourselves).

    3. Even if you set a static front page, the page you set as your blog page will be fully functional, just as it was on the front page.

    4. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    5. Yes, you can fully customize your menu following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    6. Not directly, but they can be hidden via CSS if you have a Custom Design upgrade: http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    7. Yes, you'll have to register the blog under that account (visit https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/ while logged in to that account) and export/import the content from the Tools section of the blogs' Dashboards.

  2. Hi Mac:
    I guess I scared off Richard, huh? Gee, and I was going to ask for an address where I could send cookies. (and considering how much grief I've given him, a bottle of Scotch!)

    re: making my e-mail live. Thanks for the warning, but I am willing to take the risk. Studies have shown repeatedly that people hate those contact forms. When a prospective customer wants to contact someone, they want to hit the e-mail or make a phone call, not fill out a form or cut and paste an address.

    I'll try the URL with LinkedIn. Thanks.

    I found the tools area for customizing things.

    AND TODAY"S QUESTION IS:
    how do I delete the content from a blog site? My plan is to move everything to the severnwriter site, so that franstravels is not the address I am using with business clients. There is some stuff there that needs to go away, so the transfer is to an empty site. The support area says I should contact a Happiness Engineer -- like you! Kindly guide me, oh Guru of Happiness.

    Also, can you check to see who has reserved fransevern.com? I actually have that as a web address, but I thought WordPress was separate. Is fransevern.wordpress.com the same as http://www.fransevern.com?

    That's enough confusion for today. Tell Richard I said HI!

  3. As long as you're willing to risk it, you can create an email link following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/email-links/

    Are you saying that you want me to completely delete every post, page, comment, and media file from a particular blog? If so, what is the blog's URL?

    http://fransevern.com/ is owned by whomever has that site there, but your fransevern account can register fransevern.wordpress.com at https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/ (please note that you need to be logged in as fransevern).

  4. Super! Thanks.
    I'm considering deleting the data on the severnwriter site and moving franstravels to it. Severnwriter doesn't have much of value; it was my first attempt to learn wordpress. However, I may just create the fransevern.wordpress site. I've found the directions on how to move everything from franstravels to fransevern. Still chewing on that.
    You are a gentleman and a scholar. Take off the rest of the day; tell the boss I said it was OK.

  5. You're welcome!

    If you want to empty out http://severnwriter.wordpress.com/ just let me know.

  6. Thanks. I'll chew over those options this weekend, so whatever I decide doesn't have to be re-done later.

    And tonight's question is:
    how can I hide a post? I am moving testimonials from LinkedIn to a Testimonials category, but I don't want them showing up in the blog. I only want them to be visible when someone clicks and the entries drop dow.The plug ins I've found are old and not working, and the other instructions are all about coding. Yeah, right. It may as well be Urdu. Any suggestions?

  7. There is no way to hide active posts on a WordPress.com blog.

  8. Poo! I'll have to come up with something else.
    Maybe create a separate page and put the nice things I've bribed people to say about me on that.

  9. OK, the separate Testimonial page worked! (It may seem obvious to you, Hon, but for me to figure this out is a major accomplishment!)
    Last question for the night: I want my Home page to become the About page. Don't want the latest blog to show up; want it to be a static page with an intro to me and my business.
    1) How do I do this?
    2) I want to create a "latest articles" page(?) where the new blogs will appear. They can be cross-referenced and archived by category. How do I set that up? Right now, they are automatically published on the Home page.
    It's probably very simple, but I am so brain-fried after working on this all day, my eyes are no longer focusing. No great rush to answer; I won't be around tomorrow or Sunday.
    THANKS!!!

  10. Create an About static page and put whatever you want on it and publish it, then under Settings->General (or it might be Reading) set the blog to open on that particular static page.

    As for 2) just publish regular posts and they'll go on the Blog page and be sure and use categories. If you want to get extra fancy, read this: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/

  11. Hi to all you patient, helpful Happiness Engineers! (Do you put that on your tax form under "employment?"
    Today's question is: can I delete the "leave a comment," "leave a reply" from my home/about page (which is now one and the same)?

  12. You can disable comments following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/enable-disable-comments/

  13. And today's question is:
    Can I set the number of posts listed under each category? Currently, it shows about 5 titles, with an arrow for "older posts." I would like to expand that. I'm sure there is a setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it!
    Thanks!

  14. The short answer is no.

  15. Whether or not full posts are displayed on Categories Pages and Archives pages is theme dependent ie. it's coded into the template and we cannot edit templates or themes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    In the majority of themes, posts on category or other archive pages show up just as they do on the main posts page in the blog and the number displayed is also the same. (See this page > Settings > Reading and note how many posts you choose there sets it for all). But in some themes only the beginnings of posts are shown, and in a few themes you only get titles or thumbnails. See here for a theme list of themes that may display the way you want > Category/archive pages: full posts or not http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/full-posts-in-archive-pages/

    Here's a comparison of the two "flavors" of WordPress http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  16. I'm not sure I made myself clear. When someone clicks on the category at the top of the home page, there's a drop down of titles in that category. Right now, only 5 or so titles show up, and people have to hit the "older posts" arrow to see another 5 or so. I don't want the full posts or excerpts to appear there, just more of the titles. Especially since with just that small handful showing up, the rest of the page is blank and it looks somewhat as though there are no more posts (unless they notice the "older posts" arrow).

  17. Got it! Thanks timethief!
    (Hey, I'm slow, but trainable!)

  18. Is there a way to rearrange the order in which the post titles appear?

  19. And today's problem is ----
    I want to move my blog to another address. I tried to move it to severnwriter.wordpress.com using the My Blogs tool, but I got a message that the site is already reserved. I know it is; it's mine. So I created a new blog: Fransevern.wordpress.com and tried to transfer franstravels to it. Same message. OK, I'm slow, but I now get it: I can't move things to an existing blog. At least not without deleting that blog and starting over, which is getting 'way out of my abilites and comfort zone.
    So, Oh gurus of the gigabyte, how do I move franstravels to fransevern.wordpress.com?
    Thanks in advance!!

  20. http://severnwriter.wordpress.com/ already exists, and you cannot change a blog's address to one that already exists.

    Instead, you can transfer your content by exporting/importing from the Tools section of the blogs' Dashboards.

  21. Damn! I got too clever. I thought the new blog had to exist. OK, let me try to import/export. Any clever tips I need to make it work?
    (And welcome back!)
    Fran

  22. Nope, no clever tips really, just export/import. :)

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-between-wordpress-com-blogs

  23. Got it! Oh God, but I feel so empowered when I don't totally screw things up!
    NEXT QUESTION: I want to take my severnwriter.com domain from Earthlink and use that as my address with wordpress. Earthlink says I can "point the domain to wordpress be getting the DNS server from wordpress."
    Like I have any idea what that means. I read the domain mapping information, but I started hyperventilating as I read. How do I get a DNS, and what do I do when I get one?
    Thanks, as always.

  24. You can do that following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    The name server changes are made through your domain registrar. If you have any trouble, you'll need to ask them for help with that.

  25. OK, Earthlink says the name server is in the hopper and will be completed between 24-72 hours. I found the rest of the instructions, thanks. Um, dumb question, but how will I know when the change is completed? Is there an e-mail or something?

  26. They probably won't send a notification, but I'm not 100% sure. Basically, you'll know when you see your blog at the domain. Assuming you've mapped the domain already.

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