Yes, all you WordPress.com users, you now have a place to call your own for support services and dialog. The brand new WordPress.com Forums are up and running. This is where, hopefully, you can get the answers you need to your questions and find others who are blogging on WordPress.com.
Volunteers are answering questions in the WordPress.com forum, helping users understand how it works and what you can, and can’t, do with WordPress.com. I’d like to answer two of the most common questions here, so you can get the answers now and not ask in the forum.
1. Can I get an invite? How do I get an invite?
Let’s make this very clear. You get an invite from someone who has a wordpress.com blog and gives it to you. Or you go to the WordPress.com main page and sign up for an invite there. A specific number is handed out daily and your turn will come, it’s just a matter of time. There are plenty of invites, just be patient. And stop asking!
UPDATE: The invites are finished, though you can still invite someone through your own invitations if you want. If you want a WordPress.com blog, then Signup for one and you should get information emailed to you on how to do the next step. For more information on this, see Get Your Free WordPress.com Blog Now.
2. What can I do on WordPress.com? Can I customize my Theme? Can I add a plugin? Can I change this or that or anything?
You can do just about anything you want with your WordPress.com blog as long as it involves blogging. When it comes to customization, the answers are: No. No. And more no. There are a few new WordPress.com Themes that allow some form of customization, but you get what you find when you choose a Theme. Yes, unfairly, there are bloggers on WordPress.com who have special features and customization. These spoiled folks got such favoritism when negotiating with the developers to move their blogs to WordPress.com. When you have the weight they have to throw themselves around, then you can negotiate to get more goodies, too. For now, just like me, you get what is in the package, no more or less. Want more control, customization, use of advertising, and just “more”, pay for a host site and install the full version of WordPress, which is also free but has a lot more bells and whistles.
Customization will be coming down the road and the program is developed more and security is assured. For now, just blog and be happy that you can blog for free. And do your best blogging!
Here are some other resources for help on WordPress.com:
- WordPress.com FAQ Blog
- WordPress Codex
- Introduction to Blogging
- First Steps with WordPress
- What Can You Do With WordPress.com
- WordPress Versions: How Many and What’s the Difference
- Backing Up Your WordPress.com Blog
- How WordPress Users are Benefiting from WordPress.com
- A Guide to the WordPress Codex, the Online Manual for WordPress Users
- A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and WordPress.com Users
- Need Help? The WordPress.com FAQ
- Hello WordPress.com Users and Testers
- What Do You Want to Know About WordPress and WordPress.com
- Adding Technorati Tags to WordPressMU Blogs
- Learning About Blogging and How to Blog
And if there are topics you would like to see about WordPress.com and WordPress in general, be sure and ask. This blog is here to help you, the WordPress and WordPress.com user, to learn how to blog and how to get the most out of WordPress.