“Add New Themes” Link is Not There on WordPress.com-Hosted Sites

The “Add New Themes” link is not available in the Dashboard navigation on WordPress.com-hosted sites because you are not allowed to upload your own themes on WordPress.com. You can pay extra to be able to use custom CSS on WordPress.com, but this is not the same as being able to upload your own theme. There are other limitations with WordPress.com-hosted sites, like the fact that you cannot install Google Analytics and you cannot add plugins.

In general, if you want to start off with WordPress.com-hosted site, I recommend that you pay to register and use your own domain name. That way, if you decide to change your site to a self-hosted WordPress installation, all your links will be preserved.

Here’s what the menus look like in the self-hosted WordPress Dashboard versus WordPress.com:

Self-Hosted WordPress
Dashboard Navigation

On a self-hosted WordPress site, there is an "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

On a self-hosted WordPress site, there is an "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

WordPress.com
Dashboard Navigation

On a WordPress.com-hosted WordPress site, there is no "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

On a WordPress.com-hosted WordPress site, there is no "Add New Themes" link under Appearance

Add a Photo Slideshow to WordPress with Slide.com

It is truly amazing how many resources and tools are available online these days – absolutely free. Here’s one more example. You can create a slideshow on Slide.com and easily embed it into a WordPress page or post. I made the slideshow below by importing images from my Flickr account directly into Slide.com. You can do the same, or upload images from your computer, or get them from any number of other sources.

Choose from prefab themes and custom colors, add captions and a title, give Slide your email address, choose a username/account URL (mine is mcbuzz.slide.com) and password, click Save. Then click on the WordPress option to embed the slideshow. Copy the code for WordPress. Paste that into the HTML editing window of your WordPress editor. Preview or Publish, and BOOM, you’re done.

Using a Free Blogging Service vs. Blogging on Your Own Hosted Site

Using a Free Blogging Service vs. Blogging on Your Own Hosted Site is a slideshow from a July, 2008, presentation by Mark McLaren of McBuzz Communications.

Who can learn from this presentation? Anyone who is new to blogging or at a beginner level of blogging.

Topics covered: Free blog services like WordPress.com and Blogger.com; Third-party hosted blogging; How to decide which of these is best for you; What is a Plugin? What is a Theme? And what is a Widget?

First used as part of a live presentation at Social Media Camp Seattle 2008, these slides have been modified to include much of the spoken component given by Mark McLaren at Social Media Camp.

Insert an Image Using WordPress

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WordPress Example – Inserting Text from Microsoft Word

The following three text samples were created by copying and pasting text from a Microsoft Word document into the WordPress text editor.

The first sample preserves the formatting that appeared in the original by copying and pasting directly into the Visual text editing window. (This only works on a Windows PC, not on a Macintosh, as far as I can tell.)

The second sample keeps the numbered and bulleted list and the bold formatting but nothing else. It indents the bulleted list but not the numbered list, for some reason. This was done by pasting from Word into the “Paste from Word” popup window that is available when you click on the “Paste from Word” button in the Advanced Toolbar for the Visual text editing window. To see the Advanced Toolbar, click on the button on the far right of the text editing toolbar.

The third sample has only the text and the numbered and bulleted lists. This was created by pasting into the “Paste as Plain Text” popup window. The button for the “Paste as Plain Text” popup window is next to the “Paste from Word” button.

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4. Nam aliquet vulputate erat.
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