WordCamp  Jerusalem – September 12th

Israel’s Illuminia Web Presence Agency is again producing WordCamp Jerusalem, which is being held September 12th at the Begin Center in Jerusalem. The focus this year is on homegrown, local talent and is mostly in Hebrew. The full schedule is here, but here are the sessions that I’m currently planning to attend:

•Blogs, Bloggers and the Mobile World (בלוגים, בלוגרים והעולם הסלולרי) Hebrew

How to Set Up and Manage a site on WordPress.com (כיצד להרים ולנהל אתר בוורדפרס.קום) English #FTW

•Site Building Agreements: How to Protect Yourself from an Unsuccessful Developer and The Client from Hell (הסכמים לבניית אתרים: כיצד להגן על עצמך ממפתח כושל או מלקוח מהגיהנום) Hebrew

•Blogs and Social Networks (בלוגים ושימוש ברשתות חברתיות) Hebrew

If you’re coming to WordCamp Jerusalem and want to talk WordPress.com, let me know by leaving a comment here or during the event you can ping me on twitter or look for the woman with short, gray hair wearing rimless glasses and a pin with three dots, like the one on my About page.

http://twitter.com/#!/wysiwygjt/status/111143552200871936

This will be my fourth WordCamp and it looks to be another great event.

See you there!

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Blog Privacy and Subscribers

One of the first things you are asked to decide when signing up for your WordPress.com site is your site’s Privacy setting. Most people have already thought about whether they want their site visible to casual readers or have their site out of public view, but they may have not thought about the subscriber aspect of this decision.

Sites whose Privacy settings are either public or blocked to well-behaved search engines are open to subscribers, whether by RSS feed, Email subscription or, for WordPress.com users exclusively, the WordPress.com Reader (“Blogs I Follow”). Subscribers can also find your site through the tags and categories you have used on your Posts by browsing the WordPress.com global tag listings or by searching. The global tag listings also automatically send out notifications of new posts via Ping-o-Matic.

privateloginSites that are private do not publish an RSS feed, do not have their Posts added to the global tag pages, nor do they appear in any search. Visitors arriving to your site will see a log-in page and unless you have invited them to view it, they will not have access. In order to be invited, visitors must have a WordPress.com account.

New to WordPress? In addition to that WordPress.com address you really want for your public site, register a second, private site for testing settings, themes and features.

Up to now this is pretty straightforward. So what happens if you start out with a public site and later decide to make it private?

First of all your site’s feeds will no longer be available. Anyone who has subscribed by RSS feed will not receive notice of new posts, nor will new posts be pinged by WordPress.com to the various services they connect to through Ping-o-Matic. Categories and Tags on your posts will no longer appear in the global tag listings. Subscribers, both WordPress.com users and those who have subscribed by email, will still show up on your Subscribers stats page. However, in spite of any misleading dashboard messages, like the one below that appears after you publish a new post, new posts are not sent out to your previous subscriber list. The only people who will be able to subscribe to your private site are the people you’ve invited to view it.

If you change your private site to a public one, keep in mind that all the posts that were previously published will now be visible to your site visitors, subscribers and search engines. Any private users that you have invited will be removed from the invited list, however, if they have also subscribed to your site, they will continue to receive notice of new posts.

•••Note: The behavior described in this post is correct as of today’s post.

•••Additional Note: This post deals with privacy settings for your entire site.  In addition, there are visibility settings for each post and page that allow you to selectively keep them out of public view. Information on this and other privacy settings in an upcoming post.

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Getting Started on  WordPress.com

WordPress.com is an online service that hosts websites/blogs free of charge. Users signing up for the service must be at least 13 years old and agree to abide by the Terms of Service.

What do you get when you sign up?

  • A unique website URL, which is a sub-domain of WordPress.com.
  • One dynamically updated page (the blog page) and an unlimited number of static pages per site.
  • Over 130 themes to choose from. Many of the newer themes can be customized with layout options, color options and/or the ability to upload headers or backgrounds.
  • All themes are “wigetized” to further customize your blog.
  • 3 Gigabytes of storage space and unlimited bandwidth.
  • The ability to embed media from YouTube, Vimeo, flickr, TED, Google Docs, Scribd, SoundCloud, etc. (Full official list: Support-Media.)
  • Built-in stats
  • Built-in comment and feedback spam protection
  • Social tools that publicize your posts and let your readers share your posts as well.
  • Subscription tools that make it easy for your readers to keep up with you.
  • A site that is mobile and iPad ready
  • Free apps for mobile blogging.
  • Help close at hand to assist you in getting the most out of your WordPress.com experience thanks to a very active and creative user community, learning resources and Support docs.

Many of the above free features can be extended even further with paid upgrades, such as Domain registration and Mapping, Premium Themes, Custom Design, Space upgrades, Videopress and more. Here’s a full list of the available upgrades

The fine print:

  • In order to keep free services free, WordPress.com runs advertising on sites hosted with them.
  • Plugins, additional themes and FTP access are not available.
  • Some code, such as javascript, cannot be used.
  • WordPress.com takes its Terms of Service very seriously and so should you. Sites with a Domain Mapping upgrade are still hosted at WordPress.com and bound by the same Terms of Service.
  • New features in core WordPress (the standalone program) are typically rolled out to WordPress.com first for testing.

The fine print shouldn’t put you off at all! Hundreds of thousands of WordPress.com bloggers publish new content every day and a very few have their posts featured on “Freshly Pressed“, WordPress.com’s hand-curated showcase. If you are a foodie blogger or write about environmental issues, you might also see your content featured on FoodPress or EcoPressed, WordPress.com’s collaborative e-zines. Also, every post to which you’ve added a category or tag is fed into WordPress.com’s Global Tag Listings to help people find your content.

So there you have it in a rather large nutshell. Even if you aren’t yet convinced that you’re ready to publish your words to the world, sign up for a Private blog and you can test out WordPress.com to the max before going public.

More WordPress.com Learning Resources:
Getting Started
Introduction to WordPress.com
Learn WordPress.com
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