phone support available?
I am wondering if you offer any phone support? I would like to talk with someone before I financially commit to purchasing a domain name. I would like to know how easy it is to actually set up a website with wordpress. It will have to be very simple, as I am not very technologically savvy.
The blog I need help with is palomaacupuncture.wordpress.com.
No phone support – you can ask a question in the forum and if the volunteers can’t help you we refer you to the staff – but see below for some help getting started – a basic web site using WordPress.COM is fairly easy (I easily say after 3 years or so)
http://learn.wordpress.com/ – a series of getting started
http://support.wordpress.com/ – the main support documents with a quick stat guide
These will be helpful:
Important Notes Before Upgrading http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/#important-notes-before-upgrading
domain mapping http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/
I would like to know how easy it is to actually set up a website with wordpress.
Regardless of the theme one chooses, a WordPress.com blog can be structured either as a post based blog or as a page based website.
Strictly speaking a blog is a website but let’s differentiate.
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) Blogs encourage conversation, websites do not and that’s why 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 and as “freshness” is extremely important when it comes to content appearing in the SERPs (search engine page results).
See > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
Here’s a link to a custom menu walk-through > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/
There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
On one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features like 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 that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That’s why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
How can I choose where to show my contact form. The contact form is showing in all the pages, and I want to choose what pages show the contact form.
To what site address are you referring, when you say “The contact form is showing in all the pages.”?
Or do you mean the box entitled “Leave a Reply”? This is the comment box, which can be turned off by editing the specific page. While Editing the page, click Screen Options at the top right and turn on Discussion Box. The Discussion box will then appear, and you will be able to uncheck the two checkboxes, then save the page.
Thank you for responding,
I have several pages in my website, in every page I have a contact form on the left side of the page. In some pages I like the option of not showing the contact form. You can see what I mean by going to gpsnvision.com and click on any page and will see the contact form.
I believe the designer made that form with a something named srf_prettylinks-include.
hope this clarifies what I’m trying to do.
It appears that your website at gpsnvision.com is hosted at 1and1 hosting using the free software available from WordPress.org. This forum is only for sites that are hosted at WordPress.com. Please post your questions regarding this site at http://www.wordpress.org/support.
For more information on the difference between WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG, see this article: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Interesting, I was not aware of the difference.
In your opinion, is it better to move to the WordPress.com site? I read the difference between the two, but wonder how the .com site can offer free hosting? is there a charge for anything?
The article I mentioned does a pretty good job of explaining the pros and cons of each form of WordPress.
WordPress.com can put advertising on your blog (only viewable to logged out users, I believe), and they make money from Addons like Premium Themes, Domain Mapping, Custom Design, etc.
Which solution works best for you depends on your situation.
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