Did You Know You Can Have Your Own Domain Name With WordPress.com?

Now many of you who read the title may get confused. You are saying I already have a domain name with this hosted blog platform. Well, the key is the term “hosted blog”.

Remember that WordPress.com is a Hosted Blog Platform. WordPress.org is a self-hosted blog platform.

With the WordPress.com (hosted) platform your blog address will have “username.wordpress.com. However, when you go to a self hosted platform you will need domain name that you purchase. Your url will read username.com/org/net/info, etc

Now, the good news is that if you are on hosted WordPress.com you can still have your own domain name WITHOUT the .wordpress.com at the end. All you have to do is go to UPGRADES on your Administration panel.

It is the very last, I mean very last option on panel. Click it on and for a small fee you can upgrade. You will first need to purchase a domain name and then place it the the field indicated.

Ok, now if you want a video just let me know. Hope this helps.

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How to Resize Your Photo When You Do Not Have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Here is a FREE download you can use to resize your photos for the web. This excellent blog post you read will also have a tutorial. Try it out.

But a friend of mine is doing a full 2 hr webinar on how to handle your images. I will post more info on it later.

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Pictures You Can Legally Use On Your Blog Posts

Here are some pictures you can legally use on your blog posts compliments of Ray Horner. If you use in other areas just contact him for permission.



New Orleans 2003


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How to Add Pictures to Your Blog Post from the Web

  • First locate a picture that is LEGAL to copy.

  • right click on your mouse on the image you want to copy. you will be given the option to save the link or save target as. or
  • Click on the properties option and you will see the url. Copy that url.

Click on the Add An Image Icon  (That is the first icon you see after the title bar)

·         Click the FROM URL tab in the ADD an Image window. This will open the Add Media Files Window

·         Type the full URL including the http and www of the address.

·         Type a title for the image in the Image Title text box.

·         You can, if you wish, type a caption of the image in the Image Caption text box. The words you type here will actually display underneath the image on your blog post. Also, this will provide something called an alt tag which enables someone blind to know what the image is all about. It also enables the search engines to read it.


·         Choose an alignment. You may choose to select None, Left, Center or Right.

·         Decide where you want your readers to go if they click on the image. You can do this by typing in the URL you want the image to be linked to.  None means you don’t want the image to be clickable. Whereas, Link to Image means that readers can click through to the direct image.

·         Click the Insert into Post button.

Exercise:  Copy one of the images below. Create the post URL or add the url you captured from the properties to a blog post.

Have fun-These are my pictures and you have permission



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How To Add An Image From Your Computer To Your Blog Post

Yes, the information you have been waiting is finally here. I am going to show you how to add images directly from your hard drive to your blog post.

  • Click the Add an Image icon directly under the title page.  It will be the first tab next to From URL and Media Library.
  • Click the From Computer tab
  • Click the Select Files button. This will open a box (called a dialog box) which will give you the opportunity to select images from your hard drive.

Critical Note: The interface that is used by WordPress.org and WordPress.com is based on Adobe Flash. Now, you really don’t need to know what that is right now but only that if your operating system can’t handle Adobe Flash applications you will know it as soon as you click on the Select Files button.  If things act stupid then click on a Non-Flash option which is Browser Uploader.

  • Select your image(s) then click Open
  • Type a title for the image. If one is already there you can type over it.
  • Type a caption for the image which will be displayed in your blog post.
  • Type a description of the image.(Optional)
  • Under the field Link to Url you can type the Url(web address) you want people to go to after they click on the image. Now, if you do not want the image clickable then you can leave that space blank.

Let us take a closer look at your options.  The None button means you DO NOT want the image to be clickable.

The File Url button means that your readers can clickthrough to the direct image itself.

The Post Url means that your readers can click through to the specific post that the image appears in. You can type your own URL  in the Link Url text box.

  • For Alignment you can choose None,Left, Right, or Center. It is also important to note that in some Themes the alignment options may not work unless you play around with the code in the style sheet.  I know that is a mouth full but just know that you may need help if the alignment does not work.
  • Choose the size you want to image to appear in on your blog post. Your options are Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size.  I always choose medium if my image is very large. In some instances you may need to bring your images into software like Photoshop Elements to resize them.

What questions do you have? Or, tell me what I should have said and did not.


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9 Common Types of WordPress.com Blogs

What Are The 9 Types of Blogs You Will See on WordPress.com?

WordPress.com lists the blog types as follows:

  1. Personal:

This is the broadest category and includes blogs by individuals about personal topics like politics, music, family, parenting, travel, health, holidays, religion, books, photography, you name it.

2.  Business:

Professionals ranging from realtors to lawyers and stock brokers are using WordPress to share their expertise, and companies have discovered the power of blogs to more directly and personally engage with their customers.

3.  Schools:

WordPress is a great way for teachers and students to collaborate on classroom projects.

4.  Non-profits:

Foundations, charities, and human rights groups are finding our blogs to be great tools to raise awareness and money for their causes.

5.  Politics:

We’ve got members of parliament, political parties, government agencies, political groups and activists using our blogs to connect with their various constituencies.

6.  Military:

Members of the military blog to report what they see happening in various parts of the world, to stay in touch with their families, and some of those families are in turn using blogs to support each other.

7.  Private:

Some people make their blogs private to share photos and information within families, companies, or schools.

8.  Sports:

We’ve got teams, athletes, and fans using blogs to express and share their passion for various sports.

9.  How-to, tips and reviews:

There are lots of blogs that share tips and reviews about cooking, products, games, music, books, movies, and so on.

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Adding A Picture To Your Post

Here is the video for how I added a photo to this post. Enjoy and leave your questions as a comment to this post.

A Baby Boomer Diva

A Baby Boomer Diva

Listen to her interview

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