New Website (I don't want a blog) and Pricing
I would like to build a wordpress website, not a blog, but your pricing is very confusing. I want to build and upload a new WEBSITE not a blog. You say the price is $18 a year for a .com extension website, but you do not provide what you offer for the amount/what it includes. Further down the page, you state that the price for a website is $99 a year. Please help me to understand. Which one is which? Are you offering hosting price as well? I do not want to fill out your form that binds me to any terms. I do not want the website linked to my current blog (literarynomad11.com).
Blog url: http://literarynomad11.wordpress.com/
The blog I need help with is literarynomad11.com.
I want to build and upload a new WEBSITE not a blog.
That’s not possible here at WordPress.com. You will need to hire a web host and set up a WordPress.org install. http://wordpress.org
Please read this for clarity > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Every upgrade is described in detail in the support documentation.
Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com.
The only themes we can use are those found here > Appearance > Themes
This is a multiuser blogging platform. All blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template and we cannot access the underlying files and edit templates or themes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/
On one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features likes categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
On the other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge.
Then why do you at WordPress use the terms WEBSITE and (WE)BLOG interchangeably? You need to make a distinction between the two platforms for the general public.
A blog is a website.
A website is a lame blog that’s frequently deliberately crippled by the creation of a static front page.
5 Blog and Website Differences
1. The main difference between a blog and website is the communication style. A website has a noticeboard communication style. A blog is a website designed for interactive communication. Collectively blogs create the blogosphere, while websites are like standalone islands.
2. It’s because blogs encourage conversation that businesses with websites are adding blogs, and sometimes forums and wikis to them for complaint handling, customer feedback purposes and for collaborative purposes.
3. Blogs feature dynamic content and position it front and center. The entries have date and time stamps, and blog entries are customarily displayed on the front page in reverse chronological order. Most most websites do not have dynamic content on their front pages. Many websites have static front pages. The information most websites provide is static, rarely updated, and the sites are often poorly maintained.
4. Blogs have RSS feeds, websites alone do not.
5. Usually but not always, blogs rank higher in Google as “freshness” is extremely important when it comes to content appearing in the SERPs.
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