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  1. 1. I believe that it is almost time to renew (i.e., pay for) my site, http://www.mazzolindicanti.com

    It uses the Titan theme. I believe I am paying for premium. I like the fact that I have my own .com domain name, and no unwanted advertising.

    However, could you please look at my site and see if I should really be paying for premium. Do I need all those features? (My site apparently is not suitable for the feature I really wanted, a search widget.) Can you easily spot anything I am doing or should be doing to improve the site. (Note: I don't want it to operate as a blog.) Any other suggestions?

    2. I would like to start a second, unrelated site, also NOT a blog. It will have several pages, all with MANY color images (that I will first scan into my computer). Can you suggest a good theme for a site like that? I guess I would want it to have its own domain name and no advertising, but do I need premium for that? Is there any way to economize, with two sites?

    Thank you.

    The blog I need help with is mazzolindicanti.com.

  2. (Note: I don't want it to operate as a blog.) Any other suggestions? ... I would like to start a second, unrelated site, also NOT a blog. ...

    A blog is a post based website designed for interactive communication.

    A website is a page based site designed to operate as a one way means of communication ie. a noticeboard.

    Any WordPress blog can be restructured from being post based to being page based. For greater clarity read > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/07/25/create-a-wordpress-website-step-by-step/
    Then see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    The only themes we can use on free hosted WordPress.com blogs are found here http://wordpress.com/themes/

    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 the other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. Read the comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. However, could you please look at my site and see if I should really be paying for premium. Do I need all those features?

    See here for what's included in the bundle http://en.support.wordpress.com/bundles/ and determine whether or or not you need to renew the bundle upgrade knowing the upgrades can be purchased individually. http://en.support.wordpress.com/upgrades/

  4. It will have several pages, all with MANY color images (that I will first scan into my computer). Can you suggest a good theme for a site like that?

    You may want to browse photoblogging themes http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/subjects/photography/
    For example see Triton Lite, Hatch, Mixfolio, Fontfolio, Autofocus and Imbalance 2 here http://wordpress.com/themes/

    I guess I would want it to have its own domain name and no advertising, but do I need premium for that? Is there any way to economize, with two sites?

    With the exception of the Guided Transfer, all upgrades are per year and per blog. There is no two for one type deal here.

  5. My suggestion is to add the Subscribe Widget so people can be notified of new Posts.

    Personally I don't care for static opening pages anymore since it makes the site look a bit stale after a while, but your site not mine.

    Just a note on Page vs/ Posts - Posts are easier to arrange and sort by Category and Tags, makes finding related content easier.

  6. Thank you all for these suggestions.

  7. It's my not humble opinion that static front pages are traffic killers.

    As auxclass mentioned setting up subscriptions I'm providing more information for you.

    You can set up email subscriptions here > Appearance > Widgets > Follow Blog Widgets by using this guide > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/

    If you would like a follow button to appear on the bottom right hand corner of your site for those who do not have WordPress.com accounts go to > Settings > Reading and scroll down to Follower Settings:

    These settings change emails sent from your blog to followers.
    Logged out users __ Show follow button to logged out users.

    Checking this will present a follow button to logged out users in the bottom corner of their screen.

    Find Friends Who Use WordPress > http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/find-friends/

    You can customize the contact form with multiple fields, change the email address where you'll be notified, and mark feedbacks as spam from your dashboard. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    See also Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers http://en.support.wordpress.com/adding-users/
    Note: As a spammer prevention you are limited to sending out 10 invitations at one point in time. Then wait and send out 10 more.

    Best wishes with your blog. :)

  8. Thank you so much.

  9. Thanks, Timethief,
    especially for all the links. I've looked at all of them and learned a lot. (For one thing, I guess it will be best to stick with the Premium Plan when it is time to renew.) (And thanks to the others who have given me information.)

    With respect to my planned second site, I've looked at MANY of the themes, including the ones you listed. But I could only see their opening pages, not the detailed pages.

    Besides a static opening page, with a photo/graphic/image and some words of greeting, I would like to have several other static pages, such as (I am just making up this example) "Album covers 1940-1949"; "Album covers 1950-1959"; "Album covers 1960-1969" and so on. So, one page will show, by scrolling down, a few dozen album covers (which I will scan), that you can see by scrolling down the static page.
    However, by some (probably not all) of the album covers I would like to type in some of my own comments.

    (BTW, my site will NOT be about album covers or any other copyrighted material, and will NOT try to sell any items, just show them for people's "viewing pleasure".

    So, my question is, with the themes you mentioned (or with Titan, which I am using for my existing site), can I have both scanned images plus my own explanatory text on each of the pages, or will that work only with certain of those sites?

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