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How do I get rid of a WordPress ad in the middle of my home page?

  1. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    I recently took my blog public and see there is now a WordPress ad in the middle of my free Sela home page picture? Can I get rid of it so people can see the picture? There is no X to x out of it - is this stationary ad part of free WordPress sites?

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

  2. Hello @thehomeplaceweb,

    Yes, it's part of the free WordPress sites. If you want to remove the ads, you can do that by upgrading your site.

    You can find more information from this link.

    Regards,
    Rose

  3. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks Rose......this morning I see a message at the end of one of my blogs telling me that - that from time to time adverts may appear there and I can get rid of them by upgrading etc...... I don't mind the occasional ad but the one on the front page is right in the middle of my picture!

  4. Hi @thehomeplaceweb, yes, we don't have options where those ads would show.

    Regards,
    Rose

  5. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks.....it just seems weird it would show right in the middle of the picture and there is no way for the person viewing to get rid of it by xing out of it?

  6. I don't think there's a way for you to choose where the ads would appear. :)

  7. Hi there,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have reported the issue and we'll be working on providing a fix. I'll keep you updated on this topic.

    If you have any other questions, just let me know and I’ll be happy to help.

  8. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks, that would be great! I don't mind if the ad is at the bottom of the page, as per some of the blog posts, but not in the middle of my picture or the white space on my picture.

  9. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Help! You must be working on it....but now my home page is messed up. I used to have Home on the menu and it's gone, and when I try to add it to the main menu it says invalid in pink????

  10. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Ok, panic over, I got the word Home back on my main menu, but the invalid home item is still there on the hidden menu list when I customize it. Does it matter if it stays there, or is there anyway to delete it without deleting the whole menu list? I noticed my home page picture went back to the original one I used at the beginning, so you must have reset something from your end, but I have set the picture back. The wordpress ad is now gone from the centre of the picture, and I can live with the big white space I guess.....this is way too nerve-wracking for a newbie......I don't want anything else to disappear!

  11. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    When I view the home page as a viewer now the wordpress ad is back in the middle, but I think I would rather live with that, than have stuff disappear from my site and have stuff messed up....thanks, anyway...

  12. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Attn: Fstat - when I was reviewing my stats today Oct13 I see you are showing up as an author on my stats page.....at least it looks like your picture? You have been there since Oct 2 when I asked for help with fixing the ad on the front page. Are you signed in on my page still? Help!

  13. Hi there,

    I was temporarily signed-in into your site to check the issue you're having with the ad placement. This is the only way to see if we can fix some issues and there's nothing to worry about.

    Also, regarding the ads issues, we're still working on a solution and I'll keep you updated.

  14. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks Fstat/Fotis for letting me know.....I was just in a panic that I had been hacked. Since the ads show up in the white space in the middle, is there any way I can get rid of the white space and just have the picture background, or is that a permanent part of the free Sela theme? Because when I see other people with the Sela theme, they don't seem to have that white space?

  15. To remove the white space you'll need to use some CSS code which is only available on the Premium and Business plan. Also, you don't get to see that issue on other people's sites probably because they have a purchased a plan that removes ads.

  16. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks fstat......I have thought of trading up but as I don't have many followers right now and am not sure I am going to stick with the blog I think I'll wait for awhile....

  17. You can also switch to another theme that doesn't have this ad placement issue.

  18. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks fstat but I don't want to switch to another theme because I have spent hours setting this one up with all the widgets etc. I noticed you are still signed into my account as an author? You are there every day - is that normal?

  19. I noticed you are still signed into my account as an author? You are there every day - is that normal?

    There's been over one week that I have signed-out from your site. Try logging off and logging back on from your account and you'll see my name disappearing :)

  20. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Fstat....are you still working on a solution to my big white ad in the middle of the home page, or are you saying that to get rid of it I have to upgrade? When I chose the Sela theme, the white space in the middle was not that big according to the picture. Thanks.

  21. Hi there!

    As you can see from the following screenshot the ads have now been removed from the middle of your homepage:

    http://cld.wthms.co/BBKy5S

    If you are still seeing ads or a white box, please clear your browser's cache and try again:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-your-browser-cache

  22. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Thanks Fstat....when I check the box is now as you have on your screenshot. The ads are gone, but the white box is bigger than i would like.....it seems big for the two lines I have posted there. But I guess I will just have to put up with it. You are also removed from my admin. page.....thanks for your help!

  23. You're welcome!

    To make the box smaller, you can remove the sharing buttons from it. Here are the instructions on how to do it:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/#disabling-sharing-likes-on-specific-posts

  24. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Will that just remove the sharing buttons from the home page or from all the posts/blogs too?

  25. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Fstat - see question above. Also a friend told me for $60 annual fee you could get rid of the ads without having to sign up for a monthly plan? Is that correct, and if so how do you do that?

  26. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Fstat - if I sign up for the Personal $60 annual fee, will it change my custom domain name? If so, how do I know what domain names are already taken, can I find that out in advance?

  27. Hi there,

    Will that just remove the sharing buttons from the home page or from all the posts/blogs too?

    This will only remove the sharing buttons on that specific page.

    Also a friend told me for $60 annual fee you could get rid of the ads without having to sign up for a monthly plan? Is that correct, and if so how do you do that?

    Exactly. By upgrading to the Personal plan ($60 per year), all advertising is removed. Plus, you can register a custom domain name and have access to email and live chat support. You can read more about the Personal plan here:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/plan-features/#wordpress-com-personal

    if I sign up for the Personal $60 annual fee, will it change my custom domain name? If so, how do I know what domain names are already taken, can I find that out in advance?

    You don't have to change your current domain name if you don't like. The custom domain is optional. To check for a domain name availability, use this search tool:

    https://wordpress.com/domains/add/

  28. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    Can I only get a custom domain name with the more expensive Premium plan or does it come with the Personal plan $60?. Also if I do change the domain name does all the web content already posted automatically transfer over, including my followers? Or do I have to do something manually?

  29. thehomeplaceweb
    Member

    PS. See above questions.....I am nervous about changing the domain name as so many people posting in the forums seem to have problems with it or with their content transferring? Do I have to import my data to the new domain name?

  30. Hi there,

    Can I only get a custom domain name with the more expensive Premium plan or does it come with the Personal plan $60?.

    All WordPress.com plans (Personal, Premium, Business) come with one domain for free.

    Also if I do change the domain name does all the web content already posted automatically transfer over, including my followers? Or do I have to do something manually?

    All your contents will be unchanged. The only thing that'll change will be your site's address (URL).

    I am nervous about changing the domain name as so many people posting in the forums seem to have problems with it or with their content transferring? Do I have to import my data to the new domain name?

    Your site won't be transferred elsewhere. Your site will remain hosted on WordPress.com and it'll be accessible via both your current address (thehomeplaceweb.wordpress.com) and your custom domain.

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