links to my site in custom header

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  • #452508

    eniemtzow
    Member

    Hello, I am debating between wp.com or wp.org. I understand I can have a custom header with certain themes if using wp.com.
    In my custom header, can I include a logo that links directly to my personal website?
    Thanks, Elisa

    #452723

    timethief
    Member

    No. The only link in the header of those themes that can have custom image header is to the blog itself. Moreover, the TOS states wordpress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites. I think you should read about the types of blogs allowed at wordpress.com and those not allowed as well as the advertising restriction >
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    #452725

    timethief
    Member

    There are two entries Staff has prepared to clarify the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org >
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #452726

    timethief
    Member

    Some people get confused and think that if they purchase a domain upgrade they can do things that other bloggers being free hosted by wordpress.com can’t. For example they think they can have FTP access and upload themes and plugins or have advertising and shopping carts, or use javascript, etc. That’s not true.

    The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes and plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and must still abide by our Terms of Service accordingly.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    #452727

    timethief
    Member

    Others think they can purchase a CSS upgrade and import theme and/or style sheets in and/or edit the underlying HTML and/or php in theme templates. That’s also not true. The only themes available to us are the 80 found here > Appearance > Themes and we cannot access let alone edit templates. The CSS editing is for altering appearance only. It’s not for altering functionality. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-css/

    #452728

    timethief
    Member

    Provided you choose a theme that does allow for a custom header, you can have a logo in the header, and you can even make a blog “look like” your personal website. You can link to your site in a text widget or from a static page or from a link in your blogroll (Links), but as I said above the header cannot be linked to an external site. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/custom-header-image/

    #452862

    rkpowers
    Member

    Thanks. That explains why I couldn’t find it…. You mentioned a text widget. Does that mean that I add that to every post that I do? I’m sorry to be a dolt and have not read all of the instructions, but sometimes they just confuse me more than help

    #452863

    timethief
    Member

    The blog linked to your name is not a wordpress.com blog. Before I put out time and energy to answer your questions please post the URL for the blog you are referring to.

    #452864

    rkpowers
    Member

    That’s interesting. It should be rkpowers.wordpress.com. I may have changed it internally at some point to rkpowersphoto.com/blog, but I didn’t think that ‘took’ because the rkpowersphoto.com site didn’t have the link on it yet

    #452865

    rkpowers
    Member

    Yeah…that’s how it comes up in internet explorer. http://www.rkpowers.wordpress.com

    #452866

    timethief
    Member

    OOPS! Pardon me. You do have a wordpress.com blog behind that static front page. http://rkpowers.wordpress.com/

    Here’s the support documentation link > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/

    #452867

    rkpowers
    Member

    I will check this doc..thanks, but meanwhile, what is the ‘static front page’? or is that one of those “Don’t worry about it” things?

    #452868

    timethief
    Member

    There’s no “‘www” in any wordpress.com URL. You can link your blog to your username here > Dashboard -> Users -> Your Profile -> then scroll down to ‘contact info’. In the spot where it says ‘website’ fill in http://rkpowers.wordpress.com/ and save the changes.

    #452869

    timethief
    Member

    When I clicked your username I ended up looking at an image of the word blog http://www.rkpowersphoto.com/blog
    When I dumped the word “blog” I got this http://www.rkpowersphoto.com/

    #452870

    timethief
    Member

    When I clicked the word ” Blog” on the bottom of that page I found the actual blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    #452871

    timethief
    Member

    Static front pages annoy readers and cripple your blog’s ability to earn page rank. Why you would choose to get a domain and set this up this way is beyond me.

    #452872

    rkpowers
    Member

    I don’t even know what it is. Are you talking about the page that you went to that said “blog”? If so, that was a mistake, and I think I just fixed it. If that’s NOT what you’re talking about, then you lost me. Now, to the text widget. Do I need to enter the http…..the WHOLE URL? I’m telling you, I’m a babe in the woods here…though too old to be a babe

    #452873
    #452880

    timethief
    Member

    @panos
    As the TOS states we cannot use wordpress.com blogs to drive traffic to third party sites I wonder about this linking of headers to websites. Has anyone asked Staff about this?

    #452881

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    It might well be worth asking staff about this, but lots of people link their blogs to their sites elsewhere and it is probably a case by case issue.

    If the main purpose of the blog is to direct people offsite it would certainly be against TOS, but if it is a real blog that happens to link to the blogger’s other (professional) site that it’s not so clear

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