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    Hi,
    I am inquiring if I can incorporate my HTML blog from my local storage into WordPress

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    Hi Nick,

    Would I be able to expand into a full website after starting off with a blog site on wordpress?

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      Absolutely! WordPress has all the functionality available to create any kind of website. You can set a static homepage (instead of the blog) and add other pages as needed.

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    So – Just trying to start a blog. Do I have to sign up for WordPress first? Then Bluehost? And do I need them both?

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      You don’t need to sign up to WordPress, since it’s a downloadable piece of software (in this case, the hosting provider installs it for you automatically, so no need to download it). However, you do need hosting to use WordPress. It doesn’t necessarily need to be Bluehost, which we used in this example, but your website needs to live somewhere. More information here: /best-wordpress-hosting-performance/.

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    Is it possible to post podcasts to the blog or just publish links? Im new to all this sorry if the question is redundant.
    Also, with unlimited websites, does that mean you can host pages with different content on each page? Say sports on one,woodworking on another? Thank you

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      Hey Fred, you can post podcasts to your blog as well. There are WordPress plugins for that like https://wordpress.org/plugins/seriously-simple-podcasting/. You can also upload your podcast to a service like SouncCloud and then embed it easily in your posts or pages.

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    Hello Nick,
    This was really helpful thank you. Have got a few questions. Am hoping you’d clear me on them.
    1. I don’t need to add the “-blog” part in yoursitenameblog.com, just yoursite.com is okay right? I mean I find adding the “blog” too long and sometimes boring. Is this okay?
    2. My friends and I are keen on launching a blog soon and we picked the 3-year choice plus plan on Bluehost. Now am bothered about the payment. Can we pay for the plan monthly on Bluehost instead of an upfront just like the plans on Freelancer.com?

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      Hey Gideon, thanks for your excellent questions! Here is my feedback:
      1. You absolutely do not need to include “blog” in your URL. If you look around the web, you will see that most people don’t. Visitors will immediately understand they have landed on a blog when coming to your site. If you want to target “blog” in your SEO somehow, you can include it in the title tag.
      2. Hosting providers all have different ways of handling payment. Some ask for the money up front, others allow monthly payments. Bluehost uses lump-sum payment, so you can not pay on a monthly basis. If that is a deal breaker for you, you can still cancel your plan within the first 30 days.
      Hope this was helpful!

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    Hello, so I should have researched before doing anything, buuuut I didn’t 🙂 I made a WordPress account to start a blog and paid $48 for the year. However, I never used BlueHost or anything else, only WordPress and I am very confused on what to do. As I was customizing, I realized that all of the tutorials looked like yours, because I am assuming it came from BlueHost. What should I do?

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      Hey Rylee, if you want to switch to a self-hosted WordPress site, the first thing I would check is if you are still within the grace period to cancel your WordPress.com account. After that, you just need a hosting account and a domain and you can get started. The article above is a good place to begin. If you already have some content on your WordPress.com site, you can find a tutorial on how to change here: https://move.wordpress.com/

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    I don’t understand the payment part. Like when registering, can i pay only for that month or is it compulsory that I pay for the whole year?

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      Hey Adebo, most hosting providers ask that you commit for at least a year. Some want the money upfront, others bill it monthly. However, you’d be hard pressed to find a provider who offers monthly contracts.

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    Will this allow me to add links to things like news stories, or YouTube sites, things like that? Also, will I be able to transfer my contacts from facebook to my blog so I can send private information to specific people on my list?
    Thanks

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      Hey Ted, yes to news stories, YouTube videos, etc. but no to transferring your Facebook contacts and private chats. That’s not really how blogs work. They are more like websites where you can write articles and publish them. You can, however, set up a forum and invite your contacts if that is something you would be interested in.

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