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message 1: by Erika (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) I'm super jealous of everyone who has blogspot because they are able to use Google friend connect. I can't do this with wordpress. Is there something equivalent to it?

Please help! Here's my blog...

message 2: by Ravenous (last edited May 30, 2012 05:11PM) (new)

Ravenous Biblioworm | 26 comments If you are using free wordpress, there really isnt anything comparable. Upgrading your account to premium won't change it either. In order for you to use the photo linky/google connect or anything comparible to what folks have on blogspot you'll have to find a host and use It's the java script that is required that prevents you from using them and restricts it (these "programs" widget) in the widget areas for free accounts. Truthfully, the free version of is very limited. is AWESOME. User friendly for the person who wants a very specialized and personal website. It gives folks who build their own or maintain their own sites easy maintainance with the cool looks and you don't have to be an expert with html(which it the awesome thing). however restricts the users in many ways. I use I like it. It serves it purpose. Yes, I'm also jealous of folks on blogspot, but I know eventually I'll change to a site and the transition of blogs will be so much easier with low issues of importing incorrectly since the two are operated by the same "peoples" (kinda).

If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I'll try my best to answer them. The questions you have I probably thought of myself and wanted to do myself and I probably spent hours researching it, maybe I can save you some time. :D

You just ahve to make your site as intersting as possible by using pictures and link. That's what I tried (still trying) to do.

PS. I'm following you now. You can follow me at:

message 3: by Erika (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) Thanks, Ravenous! I have my own domain (no clue if that makes a difference or not??.
I guess I'll check out and see if that is a better fit for me.

There's so much to learn!!!

I'm following you now too.

Thanks again for the info!

message 4: by Ravenous (new)

Ravenous Biblioworm | 26 comments Owning a domain? You mean a domain name? That's just having the "rights" (being exclusive to you) to your url name. If you have a host and domain name then yes you can pretty up your blog. :D Whose your host? What service host are you using?

message 5: by Erika (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) I think it's Google. My email is gmail. I did it on Wordpress and just followed the prompts. I still use the Wordpress dashboard.

message 6: by Pam (new)

Pam (moonlightreader) | 20 comments I've been wondering the same thing. Just started a blog and network blog and linky friends doesn't work. Have you found anything that works yet?


message 7: by Erika (last edited Jun 01, 2012 07:19PM) (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) I haven't yet. But if I find something I will make sure to let you know!

P.S. I'm following you now :)

message 8: by Pam (new)

Pam (moonlightreader) | 20 comments Yay! I'm following you as well. :)

I just made a facebook page for my site and I'm going to synchronize the RSS feed from the blog right into facebook. This way you can get people to like it on facebook and it will actually show at least the number on the blog. I'm still playing with it but check it out on my site. It's better then nothing right? lol.

message 9: by Erika (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) Good idea!

message 10: by Pam (new)

Pam (moonlightreader) | 20 comments Thanks Barbara! Following you now too. :)

message 11: by Ravenous (new)

Ravenous Biblioworm | 26 comments Awesome, I followed both Pam and Barbara now too! Cause since I'm relatively new to wordpress I may have questions in the future.... always nice to find help.

message 12: by Ravenous (new)

Ravenous Biblioworm | 26 comments Oh and Barbara, you lost your followers when you went from to Hmm would you recommend me changing now while I can so I wouldnt have the hassle? I know I can carbon copy my blog over (layout and all) I thought followers would go too. I like how my blog looks now. I just want java script capabilities and have more pictures in my widget areas (like yours! :D)...

message 13: by Erika (new)

Erika (bibliophile7) Thanks for all the good info, Barbara! I'm now following you. I'm pretty happy with Wordpress and how my site looks.

message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam (moonlightreader) | 20 comments Thanks Ravenous, following you too!

Ravenous wrote: "Awesome, I followed both Pam and Barbara now too! Cause since I'm relatively new to wordpress I may have questions in the future.... always nice to find help."

message 15: by Rose (new)

Rose Cimarron (Rose-C) | 17 comments Wow! I never knew so much else existed! I'm on and it suits my needs (and time available) for now.
Following Erika, Rave and Pam (although I couldn't WP Reader follow Pam? so had to email subscribe) Couldn't spot a link to Barbara's blog...

message 16: by Kim (last edited Aug 08, 2012 09:54PM) (new)

Kim (snugglemybooks) | 3 comments @Ravenous Do you think you could help me? I just switched from blogger to wordpress, because I didn't want to get accidently deleted. The problem is I have no idea how the heck you're supposed to put plugins in! You need an sql and I have no idea how to do that, and... Ahem.
It just sort of confuses me. Please help! Gr. So frustated.
My blog is...
Um. Actually. Does anyone else know how to add the link? Do you just copy it from the sample and put your url where they tell you to?

Does that work? When I click on it it keeps going to Goodreads?

message 17: by Rose (new)

Rose Cimarron (Rose-C) | 17 comments @Kim,

If you just cut'n'paste your URL from the line at the top of the page and hit "send", GR will sort it out and display (most) of the URL path.
There is an instruction on the "Edit Review" page on the HTML code needed to insert a link under specific text.
The link in #18 does just go to GR, which means you didn't fully edit the HTML.

<_a-space-h_ref_=_"URL"_>your text<_/_a_>
is the format, with a space instead of "-space-" and removing the underscores (had to put them in so you could see the code!!)

message 18: by Rose (last edited Aug 23, 2012 12:09PM) (new)

Rose Cimarron (Rose-C) | 17 comments Hi All!!
Anyone got any recommendations on the best way to host a giveaway on wordpress? I've heard rafflecopter doesn't work, so any recommendations on a transparently fair way to identify winners is appreciated!
Thanks in advance :-)

message 19: by Briana (new)

Briana | 63 comments I've done one giveaway on my Wordpress blog, and I just had people leave a comment in order to enter. If they wanted, they could post their email address in the comment. If not, the email address shows up in the comments section of your dashboard, so they don't have to publicly post it.

I think I've seen people use Google docs for giveaways on Wordpress, but I have never tried it myself.

message 20: by Rose (new)

Rose Cimarron (Rose-C) | 17 comments Thanks Brianna! I decided that's the way I would go after doing some reading around...I thought I'd offer extra entries for liking/friending on Fb and for following my blog. I've been recommended to choose the winner.

One blog I saw has the entrants emailing her to say for which category/ies they are eligible.

One WP blog I visited used rafflecopter via a link from the seems you don't have to embed it. I'll need to look at it in more detail, so maybe I'll try that later!

I hope these comments will also be useful to others :-)

One other thing for users: watch out for the WP usage rules and don't contravene the sponsorship ones. I have it from an "admin" that offering a giveaway is ok, as long as you don't advertise it in the sidebar or add adverts for the donator of the prize.

message 21: by Katy (new)

Katy | 2 comments My friend and I just started ours...

And then I just realized everyone and their mom uses blogspot. :(
I'm going to follow all of yours, but ours is...


message 22: by Ravenous (new)

Ravenous Biblioworm | 26 comments @ Kim

Are you using or

Org is the self hosted one and Com is the wordpress hosted one. Com is very restirctive in widgets and plug-ins. What plug ins were you planning to do? Sorry about the delayed repsonse, my feed has so many updates I missed this link...

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