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Posts here on The Daily Post run the gamut from widgets to photography to social networking to grammar: anything and everything that might boost your blogging prowess. We’ve got lots more ideas up our sleeves, but we thought we’d check in with you — what questions do you have?

We’ve got a talented group of bloggers contributing to The Daily Post, and we want to know how we can support you to reach your blogging goals. Do you want to learn more about customizing themes? Interested in pet photography tips? Trying to figure out if you need a Tumblr in addition to your blog? Want to explore different poetic forms?

Ask away! If we don’t know, we’ll track down someone who does — we’ve got friends in bloggy places.

We’re not going to be answering questions in the comments, but we will compile all your requests and use your needs to shape our calendar in the coming months. We’d ask that you keep your questions blog-related — either design, administration, or content — although between us, we’re also competent to answer questions about 18th-century French literature, Canadian Football League rules, drum n’ bass music, rabbit husbandry, gelato, and high-altitude mountaineering lore.

Help us help you! Tell us what you’d like to learn about in the comments below.

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  1. Hey, I want to add some plug in to my blog to make it better but I do not see the option on my dashboard..I really dont understand why, is it because I still haven´t purchased my domain??

    1. @nsatiableDR
      Please iIgnore the response from bhumika as it’s not correct.

      If you want to install plugins of any kind then you will have to hire a web host and set up your own WordPress.org install.

      There is no FTP access and no blogger installed plugin capability on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. There is no upgrade you can purchase here that provides FTP access and the ability to install plugins and or any third party themes.

      See here for a full comparison WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
      http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    1. Here’s how I do it, step-by-step, and if I’m telling it wrong, please correct me.
      1. Go to the post you want to ping.
      2. Copy the URL in your browser bar.
      3. Go to your own blog post.
      4. Highlight the piece of text that you want to become the link. You can use the title of the post you want to ping, or anything else.
      5. Look at the tool kit at the top of the text box in your new post or editing mode. If you have highlighted text, you will see the link icon is highlighted/active. Click on it.
      6. You will get a dialogue box that has a space to copy the URL that you grabbed in step 2.
      7. Paste that URL in the space and click “Done.”
      If you now go back to the original post in step 1 and refresh the page, you will see that you have left a pingback! Remember to refresh the page or you won’t see it.

      Again: if any of this is wrong, or if it doesn’t work, PLEASE let me know.

    2. I’m the same with pingbacks, I get them as comments for me to approve or not, but have never had any idea how to do them. Thanks so much for asking Emily, I’m going to try one now and see if it works for me.

    3. Also, don’t use the shortURL but the full one from your browser address bar. Using the shortURL doesn’t send a pingback, which is useful if you don’t want someone to know you linked to them for whatever reason.

      Keep in mind the person you linked to also might choose not to approve/to delete your pingback. The link in your post will still go to that person’s blog, but unless they approve no link back to yours will appear in their comments.

      1. @moi
        Suffice to say that there are some who link to my posts and when I check their sites out I find they are not keepers of blogs that I wish to send any of my readers to so I do not approve those pingbacks. I delete them and approve only pingbacks from high quality blogs with excellent resources for my readers to use.

  2. What Emily said, plus: Widgets!! I have *never* been clear on how to use them, and it limits my participation in your daily-post prompts.

  3. I want to register my domain but I was planning to do it elsewhere. If I go ahead and register elsewhere how do I transfer my content, would I need to transfer it at all? Please explain (NB I have no programming background so a simple exp. would suffice). Thanks in advance.

    1. Buy a domain and then map with your WordPress site. WordPress have an option of domain mapping :-)

      1. @phenomenallady

        In order to map to a domain one must have an underlying .wordpress.com subdomain blog to map from. If you have registered a .wordpress.com blog you log in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the blog and purchase a domain name by purchasing an annually renewable domain mapping upgrade for the blog.

        See here for mapping an existing domain that you already own http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

        Dashboard > Store > My Upgrades is where you do the primary blog set up knowing it can take between 24 – 72 hours for domain name propagation to take place throughout the internet. What’s important during that stage is to be patient.

    1. @ricksackrose
      That’s a technical support question that you need to post to the support forums by starting a thread using this link. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/?new=1

      Please note when you do post there you ought to provide links to posts or pages you see this issue in. Then we won’t waste your time in getting an answer because we were fruitlessly trawling through your blog looking for what you describe.

  4. I am somewhat new to using the ability to custom design. It’s a lot of fun, but I am wondering if there is an easier way to look at all of the backgrounds instead of having to cycle through all of the colors. I come across something that I like and then I am unable to find it.Some repeat themselves and the ones I want to go back to appear to be gone. If there was a way to save the ones I like and then go back to decide would be cool. It can be a long process trying to find it or them again..Thank you! ps I can visualize some vintage backgrounds with softer colors. At this moment I am using my own background..

  5. How can we block a spam user from liking our posts and a spam bot who reblogs my posts? I’m tired of seeing the Fatspecialist like my stuff! LOL! I can’t help but feel he knows I’m not in shape!!
    Thank you!

      1. Akismet only blocks spam comments, not spam likers and followers. As far as I know you can’t block them from liking aside from removing the like button from your posts. If they’re hosted on WordPress.com you can report them, though. If you hover your pointer over their blog name in the menu bar up top there will be a report option in the drop-down menu.

      2. @girlychristina
        In fact every WordPress.com account is a Gravatar account – together forever. The link to report spam like button clickers with Gravatar accounts that used to be on the bottom right hand corner of the Gravatar profile page has been removed.

        I’m sorry but it’s clear from past responses in multiple support forum threads that Staff do not consider it to be an issue that they have a means of assisting with. The bottom line here is that none of us can prove that any like button clicker did not actually like our blog posts.

        We cannot delete the individual likes others leave on our posts, even those that are from obvious like button spammers. All we can do is disable likes on our whole blog, or on specific posts.
        http://en.support.wordpress.com/likes/#likes-and-your-site

      3. They could, however, take away the “Like” button on the http://en.wordpress.com/read/following/ page: now, a spam liker can do many spam follows, then “like” without reading their daily posts, by scrolling and clicking like. 4 likes on a post before it had one page view, this morning. That they do not shows they are not serious about spam likes.

  6. I would like to share the media libraries of my four WP blogs so that I can access any from any. Is that possible?

  7. I would like to get some new tricks to get new audience for my blog. I would also like to know how understand variations of readers from a week to another. That would be so helpful!

    1. @Belette Optimiste @quincy harley jr

      Have you two considered following WordPress.com blogging tips blogs like the one linked to my username? I’ve been here for over 7 years both bloggin g and answering support forum questions. I have lots advice to share on the subject of encouraging others to read your blog published in my blog as well as what I share in the support forums.

  8. Hi! I have a question regarding pingbacks as well. I understand how to create a pingback, but is there ettiquet to follow when receiving a pingback in your blog’s comments? I have received pingbacks in my comments before, approved the comment, but wasn’t exactly sure what to reply. Thank you???? I am thinking that it is a way for someone to say “Hey, I liked your post, now come read mine!” Am I right? I just want to make sure I acknowledge all comments. I don’t want to come across as rude to readers. Thanks for the help WordPress!

    1. Hi Annie. I think the least you can do is to read the post where they linked to you (Which is a good idea in any case – before you approve the pingback on your own blog make sure you’re okay with being associated with that post. You can’t prevent them linking to you but you do have control over whether or not you link back to them.) and leave a comment thanking them for referring others to your blog as they’re essentially driving traffic your way. I don’t think you need to reply to the pingback on your own blog unless you want to highlight it for your own readers.

  9. I would like to know how I can secure my blog against advertisements. Do I need a domain name and, if I do, can I keep my current blog content?

  10. My blog right now is private and only if you sign in to WordPress can anyone read it and I´ve been trying to change that. The WordPress bulletins on how to make your blog public are not helpful because I think that when those were written the screens looked differently because when I try to follow the instructions the sections they say to look for don´t actually exist on my screen. By the way, have you seen this guys reply to someone´s questions? Personally I think he was out of hand. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-do-i-make-this-blog-public

    1. Hi. Your blog is wordpress.com and it seems you went to the forums for wordpress.org. The two platforms work differently. Go to your dashboard and select settings – reading. Under visibility change your selection from private to one of the other two options. That should make it visible to others.

  11. I have two questions: 1) How do I link my post to the Daily Post without code showing up at the beginning of my post? 2) Why do my posts sometimes publish when I click on Publish Post and sometimes they stay in Drafts?

    1. @lindaricke
      If you want to know how to create links in posts and pages then go to the support docs. Type this into the search box and type the word links into the searchbox.

  12. I would love to read more grammar tips. Also, styling/writing tips. Good writing is much more than grammar, right?

    I would love to know more about how the best bloggers engage the audience and make them come to their blog again and again. How do they weave magic with words?

    I like some of the recent posts I read in daily post. Just continue the awesomeness :)

  13. Hello, I have my wordpress website but I need an upgrade. I want to offer users the possibility of filling a purchase order form and than press a button that will send the form to me. Is that possible ? How can I make it ? Thanks!

    1. @Genevieve
      WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for Ecommerce transactions with the addition of shopping carts. However, you can post a contact form and an unencrypted PayPal button for the sale only products you personally make and/or services you personally provide. Alternatively, you can set a shopping cart up somewhere else online, can create a custom menu on your blog, and place a custom link to it in the custom menu. Consult the support docs for more information or post to the support forums where I answer questions like every question posted here day in and day out. :)

  14. Why won’t my color scheme save? I log in and customize the look, save it, and it’s not there when I view my blog! When I revisit the customize page, all the colors I selected are still up and the customize page shows the blog with the color I selected. I tried to change stuff around just to refresh it and resave, but still, nothing! What the heck am I doing wrong?! Whew…
    I’d appreciate any help I can get on this.
    Love,
    Disgruntled blogger

    1. @colletteseline
      If you have not purchased the custom design upgrade note that no changes you try out aside from those such as Custom Background, Custom Header, etc. which are stated on the theme description pages in the features column (right hand side) will be visible to visitors.

      You do not need to load the design tools unless you have the Custom Design upgrade. All of these functions can be accessed from your dashboard – without loading the custom design tools – no upgrade required.
      Appearance > Header
      Appearance > Background
      Appearance > Theme Options (applicable only to some themes)
      Settings > Reading (set a static front page)
      Site Title and Tagline > Settings > General

      If you are using the preview mode for the Custom Design upgrade some of the settings in that mode will save but they won’t show up on the front end unless you purchase the upgrade.

      To go back to the free options, go to Appearance → Themes → Customize → Colors and click the “exit the preview” link in yellow at the top of the panel on the right.

  15. I would like to see a Google Analytics widget for wordpress.com blogs. The stats included with the blogs is just too basic. I specifically want to be able to drill down to the city level (at least) for locations and also know who is a returning visitor, times of the day that have more traffic, etc.

    1. @lupitatucker
      If you consult the Stats section of the support documentation you will discover that Google Analytics cannot be used on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. No plugins can be installed by bloggers as there is no FTP access.

      The other information you desire can be obtained at this time by using non-JavaScript free third party stats tracking codes like sitemeter, stat counter, feedjit, whosamungus, getclicky. Don’t forget that all WordPress.com blogs are tracked on Quantcast. Your blogs is too new to have any stats reflected there as yet.

      I’m also assuming that you know you cannot reliably track any individual by their IP as ISPs place hundreds of us in the same IP block to save money and have been doing so for over a decade. Lastly, note some of us have dynamic ie. ever changing IP.s

      1. Thank you! I have a bunch of other Word Press blogs that are not hosted on WordPress.com, and I do use a Google Analytics plugin for those. It works really well, and does give me city & town in real time. I will check out the 3rd party stats tracking codes for my WordPress.com hosted blog. Thanks again!

  16. When looking for posts to feature on Freshly Pressed, such as the highlighted DP Challenge selections that are put up on Fridays, does the number of revisions that have been done to a post play a factoring role in deciding whether or not its worthy of being featured?

  17. I have a custom domain name for my business but am in the process of changing the name. I have already registered my new domain name and would like to know if I can close the other site but transfer my premium theme and content to the new site or just change the domain name of my current site. Thanks

  18. I have a question/comment…I just saw that on sidebar of the reader screen there is a menu that say “02” with a sub-menu of “automatic” on there, but when I click on it nothing shows up. Any idea what that is?

  19. I have a question …. I just noticed this a few minutes ago, on the home page between Reader and Topics shows this :
    O2
    Automattic
    I’ve refreshed….I’ve logged out….but it still shows up.

  20. How come WordPress does not have a phone# for customer support??? They are required by law. I have emailed them several days ago about my issues and have not heard anything from them! Does anyone have a customer support number I can call to talk these guys??

  21. My blogs are posted at school and the background theme (greyzed and bueno) is being blocked or doesn’t show up on student computers. The tech guys say that nothing on wordpress is blocked. Is there anything else I can look at. Thank you!

    1. @J.Kallhoff
      You can check with the computer techy at your school because schools are notorious when it comes to blocking images and I’m sure you can guess why that is.

  22. i think i accidentally pressed the wrong thing and am now registered and i just got started with the Robin Ellis blog and so unhappy please help

    1. @georgiegirl2013
      The correct place to get assistance with any WordPress.com technical support issue is here > http://en.forums.wordpress.com Note also that “Robin Elkilis blog” is meaningless to those who provide support as I do. What we need in order to help when you post there is the blog address ie. the URL.

  23. Is each person’s blog safe? Are blog pages backed up by wordpress incase a server crashes?

  24. I am new to blogging and in hindsight I foolishly started 2 blogs simultaneously, with the result that stuff from one blog ends up on the other blog, and it just looks rubbish. I have tried in vain to delete one blog but it seems to be linked with the other somehow. Losing the will to live here, and also trying to find my way around the dashboard as well. Anyone have any useful suggestions, before I explode with frustration.

  25. Do you know if I were to purchase the WordPress.com Premium package for $99/yr., would I get access to all the premium themes or does it only include the custom design upgrade?

  26. When I publish a post sometimes it gives me the opportunity to also publish to my Facebook timeline. I would like to have all my posts show on Facebook but I cannot find where I do that if it doesn’t ask me when I first publish a new post.

      1. @Trina
        You have two options:
        1.Clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the emails you receive to unsubscribe.

        2.Visiting the blog you subscribed to and clicking the follow link again to unsubscribe ie. unfollow.

  27. Some of my posts are seasonal, such as for hay fever or tornado seasons, and I like to re-post them. Which is better for the search engines and robots–to redo the post entirely and thereby making two posts on the same topic with different wording, to re-post it by changing the date to move it forward, or to re-blog it, using the re-blog button?
    Thanks!

    1. @Katharine Trauger
      Neither one id the best SEO choice. Create a new post and include new and relevant updated information in it and then backlink to your earlier post in it.

    1. @rache1renee
      You got to the support documentation and type delete site into the searchbox and follow the instructions provided there.

      You must be logged in under the exact same username account that registered a blog to delete the blog. To prevent accidental or inadvertent deletion of blogs, there are multiple warnings given that blog deletion is permanent and irreversible. Lastly, a verification link is sent in an email and must be clicked to delete a blog. If clicking that link does not work then copy and paste it into your upper browser window and click.
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/delete-site/

      Deleted blog URLs are not recycled, regardless of who registered and deleted them and no exceptions are made. It’s always good to have private blog for testing themes and widgets. etc in. So I recommend not deleting the blog but changing the visibility to private instead. To change blog visibility go to > Settings > Reading.

  28. Sorry but I’m fairly new to WordPress. I’m just wondering about my Avatar. Sometimes it shows as a pink geometric type shape and other times my gravatar photo thumbnail will show. There have even been times when it showed a completely different avatar altogether. How can I make it consitently show just my photo thumbnail and then link back to my wrodpress site?

    1. @KidazzleInk
      The pink image is an indenticon not a Gravatar. Gravatars do not show up instantly after uploading them. Gravatar images are cached and frequently take several days to display after a change. Do not keep uploading! Login and delete all earlier images from your Gravatar account. Then wait patiently for the last remaining image ie. the one you want to appear to display.

    1. No! Don’t follow everyone. Be selective. Otherwise, you end up Liking things you actually don’t think much of – and spending all your time reading other people’s stuff. Pick blogs you really enjoy, for whatever reason, and support them. The alternative is a shallow numbers game. Alienora

  29. If a blog’s content is composed mainly of images, what’s the best way to entice existing wordpress.com followers to visit and browse instead of simply viewing posts via wordpress.com’s reader? I have just started, and am happy with my growing number of followers, but I have noticed that ‘likes’ often outnumber visitors and visits. I presume this means that the likes are coming from posts seen in the reader.

    I’d like my blog to feel more like a gallery than an update, but it seems that even slightly old posts are unlikely to be seen. I understand that the nature of a blog favors the timely, but I would like to minimize that to some degree.

    I would love it if you would post in the future about turning “views in the reader” into visits, and about image-based blogs in general. Of course, I am appreciative of views and likes via the reader–I don’t want to look that gift horse in the mouth.

    1. @Mr. Gentleduck

      If you provide full posts and sharing links in your Feed URL then there is no motivation to click into the blog, view the post and create a page view stat.

      Likes and shares and reblogs are not page views.In fact, likes, shares and reblogs are completely misleading when you are talking about page view stats.

      Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can “like”, “share” and “reblog” your posts in several locations such as the Reader, without ever clicking into your blog and creating a single page view stat. Visitors using a mobile can read the full post without creating a page view stat.

      You can control the length of the entry sent out on your RSS feed here > Settings > Reading. Choose the “summary” setting for your RSS feed rather than to “full text”. That will compel followers who are not using mobiles to click into the blog to read the full post which will create a page view stat. (Note that setting the RSS Feed to summary does not affect the length of the post displayed on the front page or main page for posts on the blog.)

      1. Thanks Timethief, I appreciate the reply. You do a great service on this site as I’ve already seen from my short time here.

        I checked and see that I did already have ‘reading’ set to show only the summary. Most or all of my 15-posts-so-far have only a few words. In the reader-view for my posts, it typically shows an image or a gallery, and then either all or most of my text. Since an image (featured) is the post, and the post is an image, the reader-view is essentially showing the post.

  30. @Staff
    I had some hesitation when it came to clicking the like button on this post. The reason for that is that the majority of the questions asked here are answered in support documentation and have been answered zillions of times in the support forums. My concern is that new bloggers posting here are not using the links to the support docs and to the support forums found on the bottom of their Admin pages in their blogs.

    So my request is that what you please publish future articles aimed at teaching new bloggers how to use the search functions here at WordPress.com. My second request is that Staff acknowledge the fact that there are very good WordPress.com blogging tips blogs that predate this one and that they are kept by Volunteers who have freely provided support for many years in the support forums – please send them to us there and we will teach them how to fish.

    1. @alema0795

      This is a common question posed by bloggers who do not understand that they must go to the relevant theme description page and read what they find there. There will be options and instructions they find there to set the theme up the way they want it to display.

      See here http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/vintage-camera/
      Note the featured image support in the Vintage Camera theme is different than in other themes. It is only used if the Post Format Type is set to Image. If the post type is set to “Standard” it will not be shown.

      If you have additional questions on this theme post to the support forums for help.

    1. @elleestbelleavecdumiel
      What do you see using this search syntax site:buddhawalksintoabar.wordpress.com when you type it into Google and click the search link?

      1. This is very interesting. Now it’s number 2 hit using the search syntax you provided me! but then I realized that when I tell people to search for my blog they must be entering “Buddha walks into a bar” and “WordPress” with all the spaces in between the first term as opposed to all one word. Should that make a difference? I guess it does!

  31. Hi. I’m from Nigeria and I’ve tried to get my on domain, but I can’t complete this operation because:
    a) I use a debit card
    b) You only have credit card listings
    c) Nigeria isn’t listed under the list of countries in ‘Payment method’

    Please reply asap, because I’m working with a deadline to register the domain name.
    Thanks!

    1. @High Street Muslimah

      WordPress.com uses PayPal as their payment processor, and as such, can only accept payment from countries they support: https://www.paypal.com/worldwide/

      If PayPal have chosen to block payment from your country, so you will not be able to purchase an upgrade here unless you have a source of payment outside of your country.

      Nigeria is NOT a supported country.

      In addition to major credit cards Mastercard, VISA, American Express, Discover, and PayPal WordPress.com can accept echecks and some debit cards.

      The debit card must have a VISA or Mastercard symbol on it, and should work just like a credit card when selecting the VISA or Mastercard option on the payment form, even though it’s a debit card.

      More about echecks can be found in the PayPal help center.

      NOTE: Bitcoin cannot be used for third party purchase of domains or themes.

  32. Hi. Iam new on wp n startd a private blog for my own poetry. I hav seen on a particular poetry WEBSITE (NOT Blog) that they made all d difficult words in d publishd poems, CLICKABLE, so that wen i clik on any such word, its meaning pop-out. I was wondering if there’s any such facility available for free wp-bloggers, where we can manually write d meanings,etc. n make it popout just by clickin d word.

    1. @Sandeep “BASHAR”
      In the editor when composing a post look immediately below the editor box for “Recommended Links” and you will see that you can click to have linked terms with definitions from wikipedia. Is that what you are looking for?

      1. No ma’am..I actualy write urdu poetry, n its traditional words r not as common n easily available online as general english vocabulary..Hence, i intend to create a clickable glossary (manualy) wid such words, n i know dat an alternative cud to create a separate page wid a table of words n meanings, wich cud b utilised wid d search widget, but dats not wat i want…Infact i discoverd via google dat wordpress.org has few plugins/widgets for creating such linkable pop-out glossary, but after searchin wp.com support, cudnt find any such facility available so far…if it does, pls guide. Thanx.

  33. Is there any way to get a URL if the blog is inactive? I want to change to “sistersbydesign” but it exists but is not used at all..like zero posts and looks like it hasn’t been accessed since 2010.

    1. @chelseadiemer
      There is no expiration date on blogs unused, reserved or otherwise. If you can make contact on your own with the owner of an unused blog via a contact form or by commenting and getting a response, then providing the blog owner is agreeable there is a means of a consenting blog owner to transfer the blog to another username account. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account

      In the case that there is no contact information Staff will not breach the privacy policy and provide you with an email address.

      If you are not successful, you can register another blog with a similar name.

      Or you can register a domain via a domain mapping upgrade and it will not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is.

      Bottom line: if you are serious about blogging over the long term I recommend that you purchase your own domain name via a domain mapping upgrade.

  34. Dear WP or any other qualified answerer!

    My partner and I would like to register a new domain name via WP and this name is available because a previous user of the domain name deleted the site. Why are we experiencing problems with securing this particular name since it is really available? Can someone lift whatever hold that is on it to release it to us?

    1. @christiandancer
      You are experiencing exactly what is clearly stated in the support documentation. You cannot recover or register any deleted blog URL because deleted blog URLs are not recycled, regardless of who registered and deleted them and no exceptions are made.
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/recycling-blog-names/

      You can register another .wordpress.com blog. Then if you wish to you can register a domain via a domain mapping upgrade because it does not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is when you are domain mapping.

  35. Hi, I’m new to blogging and need some advice on share settings. I’ve just added twitter, tumblr and Pinterest but am not signed up with them. In the sharing setting it says I need a twitter users name… Also when I google my blog the likes icon on my posts say ‘still loading’. Please help.

    1. Hi. You don’t need a Twitter username to have a share button to Twitter. All that does is when someone shares your post to Twitter their tweet will say “via @username”, so you’ll get a notification in Twitter that someone mentioned you. If you don’t insert a Twitter username it just doesn’t show that.