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Recommended reading for new wordpress.com users

  1. Hello - I am a new blogger looking for recommended reading to get started with WordPress.com. I am looking for technical information about using WordPress.com in the form of a book for a beginner like myself.

    I am a web designer with no experience with css or html. I am also interested in using plugins on my site to enhance the design since I am a designer. Any recommended books for a beginner would be greatly appreciated. URL listed below: Much thanks! Heather

    http://littlepuzzlepieces.wordpress.com/about/

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

  2. I can highly recommend timethief's "WordPress.com beginners' guide".

  3. Looks like a great place to get started. Thank you

  4. There is no FTP access to our free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we bloggers can't install plugins for security reasons. http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/ Also note that there is no upgrade you can purchase that allows FTP access and the ability to install plugins. Only those with WordPress.org installs can use plugins http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  5. Every WordPress.com blog and every WordPress.org install can be used as a content management system. One does not need any sort of upgrade to create a website structure.

    A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based blog structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    See here for a step by step guide > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
    See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    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.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    On that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That's why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  6. I am planning on blogging about our craft with blog entries running on the home page. Is the Twenty Twelve theme suited for this?

    Can I easily switch over to wordpress.org at a latter date if I would like to utilize plugins or widgets to link to my etsy store?

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