Can I use WordPress.com as a CMS vs. Building Site on Go Daddy?

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  • #831753

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @piperlori as you can see, there are several options in setting up what you want. Both tt and rain are way experienced and have offered you excellent opinions.

    By way of example: A while back there was a photographer who set up her site on 3rd party hosting (ie not WordPress.com), but wanted the ease of use of maintaining her blog here. She set up both her sites using the same theme and mapped a subdomain of her domain to her WordPress.com blog. The entire thing was seamless and very well done. Whether she hired someone to do it for her or not, I do not know, but it does take some understanding of the nuts and bolts.

    Just make certain that regardless of what way you decide to go, that any site you may end up setting up on WordPress.com complies with the ToS, because WordPress.com can and will shut down sites that don’t. If you have the smallest question on whether something is OK or not, please ask Support directly because they are the ones who have the final say. Please read the links that tt gave you above about domain mapping and what it does and does not allow you to do.

    On my personal site, I’m using a theme that has a Custom Menu which includes links to at least three of my other WordPress.com sites as well as off-site links. You can read more about setting up Custom Menus here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ and http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #831808

    piperlori
    Member

    Thanks, Jennifer. Would you mind giving me a link to your personal site so that I can see what you did?

    I’d love to see examples of what you’re talking about.

    RE: WP Support. I tried contacting them with my questions, but I still haven’t heard back from them and it’s been two days.

    Guess the only way to really get help I need is to buy a Premium theme.

    I did contact a site called Solostream (really nice) and they said that for $200-400 they could help me do the third party hosting thing with the Master Site and links to subdomains.

    But I think I should try and use WP.com first.

    Sigh. “If I only had a brain.” (tech wise).

    #831809

    piperlori
    Member

    Where would I find that TOS? And what could I possibly do that wouldn’t comply with those? (I probably wouldn’t even understand whatever it is that I’m not supposed to do anyway.)

    I built my writing portfolio using WP (premium theme) by the seat of my pants and managed to build an extensive, fairly navigable site though I have no idea of how I did it.
    (It was awhile ago.)

    Methinks I will have to do my blogs the same way. Step by step, figure it out as I go, even though I don’t have much of an idea of what I’m doing.

    Oh well.

    #831810

    piperlori
    Member

    @raincoaster My advice (again, from the perspective of a writer who used her blog to get many jobs) is to buy a custom domain and the No Ads upgrade and that’s IT.

    First, by “custom domain” do you mean “PREMIIUM’ domain? If not, I’m not sure what “custom domain” means.

    Second, I already have a writing portfolio, so I’m not looking to build one of those. Rather I’m looking to write several blogs, plus have several WP sites that will serve as a kind of CMS (for two businesses that I’m starting).

    The blogs that I write will be added to my existing writing portfolio for those clients looking for more samples of my blog writing. ( I have an extensive blog that I wrote for a client that was built on Google’s blog software.)

    Third, I COMPLETELY agree with you statement: The #1 mistake I see beginners making is farting around with theme and structure when they should get started.

    So, help me stop farting around and just tell me (a) if you meant “premium” theme, and, if so, which one as writer would YOU recommend. My existing portfolio is on Headlines by Woo.

    #831811

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you’re not sure what “custom domain” means, don’t start buying upgrades. It just means paying to use Whatever.com instead of Whatever.Wordpress.com.

    Just pick a free theme that looks good to you, is easy to navigate, and has lots of white space. Several of the newer ones are very jazzy and customizable, as well as looking clean. There is no reason to buy a premium theme except that you simply cannot live without that particular theme. It doesn’t get you anything at all but a theme; no extra support, nothing.

    Why don’t you tell us what you mean by “CMS.” WordPress IS a CMS and you use it whenever you upload content, ie blog. Tell us how these other sites would differ from blogs.

    #831812

    timethief
    Member

    CMS stands for content mangement system and a WordPpress.org install with apprpriate plugins becomes a fully fledged light-weight CMS. WordPress.com blogs have no FTP access and we cannot upload plugins into them. Our ability to use the WordPress.com software is more limited than WordPress.org software. For heavy weight CMS you are looking at Joomla software. There are those who advetise CMS themes and that gimmick sucks in people who do not comprehend that it’s not the theme that supporst creating a CMS it’;s the software underlying it.

    Like raincoaster I want to cut to the chase here. Select a WordPress.com theme – any theme and start blogging.

    #831813

    timethief
    Member

    P.S. I apologize for the typos. I have an issue with my eyesight right now but the good news is that it will improve over time.

    #831814

    raincoaster
    Member

    CMS just means Content Management System. What are you going to upload that’s more complicated than text?

    #831815

    piperlori
    Member

    @ raincoaster – CMS just means Content Management System. What are you going to upload that’s more complicated than text?

    Text, photos, videos and links to other blogs (including my own.)

    That’s it’s. I did all that with my writing portfolio (using premium theme Headlines by Woo where yes, I did get “extra support” ) and it worked great, though the videos eventually turned into unwanted advertising. Guess I need to buy the “No Ad” upgrade to get rid of those.

    It’s good to know that I don’t need a premium theme to do what I need to do.

    So…onward and upward …

    #831816

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Sorry for coming back so late. I’d forgotten to subscribe to the thread. :->

    Terms of Service: linked at the bottom of each and every page here on the forums. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/ specifically the types of blogs allowed.

    So, hit that Learn WordPress.com link and get going.

    #831858

    piperlori
    Member

    No problem, Jennifer. I just appreciate yours and everyone else’s advice/help/suggestions! (And will try to implement them the best I can.)

    I did just scanned the TOS (way too time consuming to read it in depth) and have a few questions (for anyone to answer).

    Just so I get things straight and do not unintentionally “violate” any of the stated terms, I’m going to site one term as an example to see if I “‘get it.”

    @You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others….

    What does this mean, exactly? Say, for example, I write a blog entry about the merits of Meryl Streep winning the Oscar vs. Viola Davis, the perceived favorite. Would just mentioning (or discussing either one’s career) be construed as “trading on the name of others”? I mean, it’s no doubt true that more people MIGHT link to my blog because I talk about a celeb, but I wouldn’t be doing that for that reason. In other words, I’m not throwing a popular name in there just to get more hits.

    Or is that not what this means? Honestly, it’s hard to understand a lot of what these TOS are saying. Maybe once I’m a regular blogger I’ll get it (Or I get cited for some unintentional violation.)

    #831859

    timethief
    Member

    Good day to you,
    This is the kind of question that must be submitted directly to Staff. We Volunteers don’t make or interpret Terms of Service or policies, and I’m sure you don’t want to base your business decisions on anything less than practicing due diilgence, which means going to Staff for a definitive answer.

    #831860

    raincoaster
    Member

    Honestly, if you don’t know what it means, you’re unlikely to be doing it. Don’t worry about it; this is the kind of thing spammers do. If you are not a spammer, you aren’t doing it.

    #831861

    piperlori
    Member

    @justjennifer – RE: On my personal site, I’m using a theme that has a Custom Menu which includes links to at least three of my other WordPress.com sites as well as off-site links.

    Would you mind please sharing the URL to that site? It would be very helpful to have a visual on what you’ve been suggesting. Thanks so much!

    #831863

    timethief
    Member

    Click my username and then click any tab in the custom menu at the top of the theme under the header, and know that the tabs could be linked to another one of my blogs if I chose to do that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Tags pages and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide.

    #831888

    piperlori
    Member

    Time Thief, thanks for all this info! Sorry it took me several days to respond but I’ve been working on my eBay business and haven’t had a chance to get back to the blog thing.

    I really think I understand a lot more then I think I do. By that I mean, when I created my online portfolio I did it on the fly—asking questions as I went, as well as reading helpful posts, etc. Eventually I figured it out, though if you asked me later exactly how I did it I couldn’t tell you!

    So it’s clear that I will have to do that again. Almost start from scratch and hope that the concepts & principles will all come back to me. :)

    #831889

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome and best wishes.

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