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Zero to Hero: Day Twenty-Three

  1. This is a follow up from Day 18 where explored publicizing. Now that I've linked my WordPress posts into Facebook, I've noticed that I am getting 'Likes' and comments on Facebook that I would have liked to see appear in WordPress.

    Is there anyway to those comments and/or 'Likes' appear on my WordPress post?

  2. Apologies for the strange spelling and missing words above!

  3. cindycpchanging
    Member

    Hi,
    I'm thinking about buying my domain name. What are the benefits of doing so? Thanks in advance for the advice. :-)

    Day 23 (made it my own...)

  4. @sabrinacaldwell I have the same question.

    @cindycpchanging I don't know what the "real" benefits are, but I bought mine because I thought it looked more professional without the "wordpress" in it, as my blog is related to my work.

    I really enjoyed today's assignment! Can't believe we only have a week left.

  5. @ cindycpchanging... losing the .wordpress.com bit. If there's more i'm sure someone will shout up.

    think a lot of it depends on what you want from your blog. i have WP on a self hosted server and it has it's plus's and wp.com also has equally good points in it's favour.

  6. imperfectlyhis24
    Member

    I don't know if I did the round up right. But, it was fun to do. And I Love having pages! Omg! I have plans. I LOVE <3 this project!!!!!!!!

  7. helenholshouser
    Member

    timethief--I think I finally did a better job on my links! If you have a minute you and or michelle weber--please tell me what you think! Thanks, Helen

  8. I fell behind yesterday so I spent most of the evening catching up on day 22 so now the "challenge" challenge is done and published. I also finished the round up, but since I just published yesterdays thing I am scheduling today's to post at noon, EST, just to space them out a little.

  9. @mancunianrose, if you enjoy and would like to recommend an eclectic mix, then do that! The focused ideas are aimed at those whose blogs have a particular focus, to show the ways a roundup can fit in -- it's all about what you're comfortable posting.

    @cindycpchanging, if you're not using your blog fora business/focused project/portfolio, a custom domain is less necessary; there are lots of great sites that have the .wordpress.com address. That being said, it does add a more polished feeling to your blog, and many folks like completely personalizing their corner of the internet that way; I do, so i use custom domains on my personal blogs. It depends on what you're comfortable with, what you want to do with your blog, and, of course, your budget.

  10. @helenholshouser, your links look good!

    A few thoughts on your blog...
    - You might want to align the image of the daffodils to the left -- it will get rid of all the empty space you currently have.
    - The large, brightly colored font is actually a bit hard to read in large doses. Experiment with simpler colored, less bold fonts, and use bolding/italics to emphasize rather than different colors -- I think you'll find you end up with a cleaner site that is (more importantly) easier for folks to read.

  11. @sabrinacaldwell and @maryslow

    You can change your sharing buttons on your blog to the official buttons which will show the number of Facbook likes, tweets, etc.

    Go to your Dashboard > Settings > Sharing > Scroll down to the Sharing Settings section > look for the "Button style" drop down > change it to "Official buttons" > click "Save Changes" button.

    When you go to your site, you will see the buttons have changed to the official ones.

    As for moving the Facebook comments to your site, there is no way to do it on WordPress.com.

  12. Thanks @daphnec2002, very helpful!

    For the moment I'll change to Official Buttons as you outlined, but I think I'll have to consider whether I want to keep the Facebook link in future and just post something to Facebook that links to my WordPress post. Because right now I have thoughtful comments on Facebook that would be much better co-located with those that people, including some great bloggers from this challenge, have made on my posts.

    Maybe I could keep the WordPress/Facebook link and then when I post, go to Facebook and edit the version posted there with deletion and a 'more...' link so that people end up at the WordPress post if they want to read it. (That would work for me as I have a fewer but longer posting strategy.)

    I'll have to investigate. Thanks again.

  13. Well... I used to publish a weekly "Friday Night Links" which did exactly this; a round up of the links I loved most from the previous week's fb friends... they weren't necessarily other blogs, but some were...

    I haven't done it in a while though and hey it's Friday night and further hey there were some pretty good shares around fb this week... so maybe there will be a come back FNL on my blog tonight. ;>

  14. I'm into my fifth year of blogging and over the years I have done many posts that link to other bloggers. They are all down in my 'Well of Lost Thoughts', so I have rescued many of those links and put them on pages. I've named my Pages 'Inspiration', 'Blog Links' and 'Awards' and I will keep adding links regularly!

    I've enjoyed reading your Zero to Hero topics to see if there is anything I've missed doing, or neglected to update.

  15. eastsheenliving
    Member

    Hello,

    I have a query, related to a past assignment but I can't remember which one, adding pages. I added a contact page and with this a contact form.

    Problem is, the contact form puts down my domain as
    livingineastsheen.wordpress.com
    but it is
    livingineastsheen.co.uk (because I bought the domain and its mapped to wordpress all good and correct)
    and with the former link, ie wordpress.com it doesn't work

    How can I change this please?

    Thank you :-)

  16. eclecticoddsnsods
    Member

    I did it, yes I did it, didn't think I would have much to input on this one, but it's done, hooorah!

    Hopefully it will be of interest somewhere

  17. I started out thinking this was merely a repeat exercise from one of the previous assignments. Then I realized I had never done it as a theme. The theme became obvious from the many posts I read today, all discovered by looking at topics completely unrelated to the theme. Also curious, I hadn't yet added theme-related topics to my Reader. Sometimes the best ideas pop up out of nowhere.

    http://atypicalamateur.com/2014/01/25/fathers-eyes/

    I think this assignment/post might turn out to be my favorite for the month.

  18. Better late than never, right? Here's my Day 23 :-)

    http://wildandfreeandme.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/interesting-blogs/

  19. eastsheenliving
    Member

    Wondering if someone can help me, I did an assignment on this blog from a couple of days back, ie introducing a new page, so I made up a contact page, put all my social sites in etc plus a contact form.

    I bought the domain name which is livingineastsheen.co.uk and this is mapped etc to my wordpress account and shows as the URL up top, however on the contact form it says this:

    Name(required)

  20. eastsheenliving
    Member

    sorry that didnt work, the URL says

    http://eastsheenliving.wordpress.com

    but the URL for my site is livingineastsheen.co.uk

    How do I change this on my contact form that I added to my page please?

    thank you, and sorry for messing up questions it just didnt post right, only half came out for some reason

  21. @eastsheenliving, that address only appears to you -- when other people see the contact form, they'll see it with their own emails and URLs filled in.

  22. eastsheenliving
    Member

    @michelleweber thank you so much :)

  23. eclecticoddsnsods
    Member

    I got one like after this assignment, so I've spent some more time looking up other people's blogs and reading, it's very time consuming as well as trying to write yourself, I don't know how there are prolific bloggers who also get time to read lol

  24. michelleweber
    Staff

    NOTE: Zero to Hero forum threads will close after five days. If you're just starting out, welcome! Feel free to visit a more recent thread to say hello, ask questions, or seek feedback. Happy blogging!

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