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Urgent Colorado flood related issue

  1. Hi, I set up a blog to provide people in Jamestown Colorado with useful flood-related information. jamestown was destroyed in the Colorado floods and I am from there. I would like to limit the number of posts that display to about 10. The "Blog pages show at most" setting is set to 10 but it does not seem to limit the number.

    Also, if we get a dedicated domain name will people still be able to get to the site by using the url above? many have it book marked and we don'd want them to be affected.

    Thanks for your help.
    Steve

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

  2. . I would like to limit the number of posts that display to about 10. The "Blog pages show at most" setting is set to 10 but it does not seem to limit the number.

    > Settings > Reading
    scroll down and disable infinite scroll
    click "save changes"

  3. Yes, if you gget a custom domain people using the old URL can still find the site.

  4. I disabled infinite scroll and that works. Thanks. However, in the theme I am using there is an Older Posts link that is hard to see. People need access to those but I am concerned they will not notice the Older Posts link in the the high-stress situation we are in. Is there any way to get that link to stand out more with bolding or color or both?

  5. The only way to make it more prominent is to purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade so you can do the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/editing-css/

    Frankly, I would not do that. You can place text widget at the top of the sidebar telling readers:

    "x" number of posts are displayed on the front page of this site. Scroll down and click the "older post" link to display "x" more.

  6. @jimtownsteve

    Yes, if you get a custom domain people using the old URL can still find the site.

    As raincoaster revealed that's what domain mapping does and exactly what's it's for.

    If you want to purchase your own domain then for more details on how domain mapping works read this > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/04/02/do-i-need-a-domain/

    Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading

    In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog. See here http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 - 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. You can view the DNS changes here > http://www.whatsmydns.net/ What's important during that stage is to be patient.

  7. The text widget was a good solution. Thanks everyone for the help!!

  8. You're welcome.

  9. Hey there,
    I looked at your blog and you don't have email subscriptions set up yet.

    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.

  10. This is great stuff. Thanks timethief. I started the blog Sunday and it is a rapidly evolving work in progress. Your suggestions will help. If you think of anything more please send it my way. The goal is to provide factual, actionable information that is easy to find. My town has a e-bulletin board that but it is purely an historical listing. With all the posts they go by very fast and things get lost especially since the majority is "has anyone seen so and so", "did someone find my raincoat". That's all critical communication for community in shock but leads to the problem I mentioned. I pull selected content from the board and other sources that fits the goals I mentioned.

  11. If I were to make any more suggestions you would be surprised at what a dragon I am. The first thing I would do is change themes.

  12. Can you suggest a few themes to look at? We were overwhelmed by the number and chose something that seemed to fit the need after the first one didn't. The requirements that have emerged iun no particular order:

    - Soothing, harmonious colors that are not jarring to people in shock
    - Very clear distinction of where one post ends and the next one starts
    - Always visible sidebar. The first theme has a slide out sidebar and that was no good because it is easlily missed if you are not looking for it.
    - Would like a row of menus across the complete page. The current theme does not do that.
    - Would like a little better formatting of the tag line such as italics. The current one doesn't seem to allow that. I tried so html but it literally comes out in the tag line This is not too important.
    - Would like a widget that allows for insertion of catch looking buttons for links to donation funds sites when have them, which shoukd be fairly soon.
    - Would like the ability to limit the post to a few lines and then someone clicks a "more" link to see more.

    What would also be great if there was a way to easily add something like a membership section to the site for secure, private communications. But it would also have to be one that's easy to set up an account, e.g., person goes to a page, clicks new count, they are prompted for their email and a password, their request goes to an an admin in an email such as me for approval. But also before approving I could open an email back if necessary and ask "who are you?" because I don't know everyone in our small town.

    Any ideas on any of this will be a help.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  13. I'm going to leave the theme selection suggestions to justpi as he knows our themes from the inside out.

  14. Hi Timethief, I set up the Follow the way you suggested. Much better now. Any idea how I can hook up with justpi on theme suggestions?

  15. This is justpi's blog http://wpbtips.wordpress.com.
    This is a link to his Theme Surveys http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/list-of-posts/

  16. Thanks. Will follow up.

  17. I've been hoping @justpi will drop into the forum and locate this thread. If not leaving a comment with the thread URL in it may work for you.

  18. a) Buttons for links to donation sites possible on practically all themes if you use Image widgets or coding in a Text widget.
    b) Limiting the post to a few lines and inserting a "read-more" link is possible on all themes that normally display full posts on the main page.
    c) Themes with one sidebar, top menu, relatively calm look, and italicized or otherwise prominent tagline: Able, Chateau, Comet, Enterprise, Forever, Fruit Shake, Koi, Liquorice, My Life, Retro-fitted, SemPress, Shaan, Sundance, Titan.
    Note that all of them allow you to change the background color; Chateau and Forever also allow you to change the link color; Comet and Fruit Shake have alternative color schemes.

  19. Thanks so much justpi. I really appreciate the help.

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