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  1. I am new to WordPress. I have a rather successful blog on Blogger http://mondaymorningpower.blogspot.com. What I want to do now will need far more than Blogger can offer, or so I am told. I am not a programmer, so as little custom coding as possible would be good. I have been led to believe that WordPress is far more flexible and can better handle a blog that could have tens of thousands of posts.

    I am looking for a template with the following criteria:
    1- 3-4 columns
    2- 5+ customizable pages
    3- The ability to subscribe by email to the comments on each post
    4- Customizable header, where I can import a picture
    5- Customizable colors
    6- Ability to do complex indexing
    7- Ability to create a custom form for user reader submissions

    Is there such a template out there? Any feedback would be appreciated.

  2. The only "themes" you can use on a wordpress.com blog are found here ->Dashboard -> Presentation -> Themes

  3. However, if you wish to hire a web host and download software from http://wordpress.org then you will have a vast selection to choose from. WordPress.com and wordpress.org run on different software http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/07/wordpresscom-vs-wordpressorg/
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=3700 wordpress.com and wordpress.org - the differences

  4. re: wordpress.com themes
    (1) themes with customizable headers - http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/07/08/which-themes-can-i-add-a-header-image-to/
    (2) Unlimited static pages -> Write -> Page http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/11/a-post-and-a-page/
    (3) http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/
    (4) color customization http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/10/18/about-the-custom-css-upgrade/
    (5) ? I don't know what you mean - categories, tags and site indexing are all possible
    (6) all themes have comment boxes for all posts and we have the ability to choose to allow comments on any post or not

    7 things to know before posting to the wordpress.com forum

  5. Additional considerations regardiing moving from blogspot to wordpress.com:
    (1) WordPress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to 3rd party sites (see section 2, 5th bullet http://wordpress.com/tos/
    (2) There can no blogger initiated advertising on wordpress.com blogs http://faq.wordpress.com/?s=adsense
    (3) In the future we will be able to purchase an upgrade to allow blogger initiated advertising or to do the opposite to keep it off our blogs but there is no target date for this change. (See Advertising at the very bottom of this page for details http://wordpress.com/features/)
    (4) If you import the contents from your blog images will not be included and you cannot hotlink http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/09/import-from-blogger-typepad-mt-lj/
    (5) We cannot edit our templates at wordpress.com http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/09/27/edit-my-templates/

    If you write a blog post on this subject then as I have done all your research for you I will appreciate seeing the link back to my blog in it as an expression of your thanks. ;)

  6. I'm familiar with your blog. You definitely won't want a WordPress.com blog; you will want a custom WordPress blog hosted in your own webspace.

    WordPress.com is more robust than Blogger, but less flexible. You cannot, for instance, post forms or Flash or javascript of any kind. But you can do all those things on an independent WordPress blog, so I suggest you head over to WordPress.org and look around there.

  7. /nod and a wave to timethief (your fingers must be tired)

    We can offer email updates through feedburner which will, depending on how you set up your RSS feed and do your posts, either give your subsribers a short summary, or all the text before a more tag (if you use one) or the entire post (less any images) if you do not use a more tag.

  8. Wow, those were very fast response. Thank you everybody. From what I have heard so far it looks like a wordpress blog is not what I want. I need far more flexibility, especially when it comes to advertising. My hope is take a concept and begin with a blog to see if it has merit, then move it to another host for expansion.

    Thank you all for your input.

    I have a lot of investigating to do.

    BTW, what I mean by complex indexing is the ability to index by any combination of 6 attributes, such as Subject, Location, and 3 or 4 arbitrary attributes. I also want my readers to be able to search by attribute combinations.

    All additional comments are most welcome.

  9. A wordpress.COM blog is not what you want; but you can have all the good points of a WordPress blog if you get hosting and install it yourself; go to WordPress.org and you can grab the free software there. I have blogs on both platforms, and blogger as well as WP, and I think that is really going to be your best bet.

  10. You're welcome. And BTW I agree with raincoaster which is why I posted these links for you above http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/07/wordpresscom-vs-wordpressorg/
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=3700 wordpress.com and wordpress.org - the differences
    Happy blogging :)

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