How to removed linked blogs from wordpress.com

WordPress.com is a most wonderful gift to humanity, powering thousands and maybe millions of blogs and websites for everyday people along with some VIPs too.

One thing that’s a bonus feature in the WordPress admin is to link self-hosted (powered by WordPress.org) blogs to the global dashboard at wordpress.com for all blogs, both the ones at wordpress.com and self-hosted ones, under a section currently known as Linked Blogs. And having one dashboard for all your blogs is nice to view stats and to do other admin things in one place.

A little background for those that like context: how blogs get added to the “Linked Blogs” section of the global dashboard is using the JetPack plugin from the self-hosted blog/site’s admin, and your blog/site gets linked when you click on the “Connect with Jetpack” button.

But, sometimes a domain expires with a self-hosted WordPress blog and you can’t access it no more, or you just want to remove the linked blogs from the global dashboard while you’re here.

Some others have come across this dilemma too, as these search results indicate:

After some intensive searching, found the answer at Disconnect Jetpack Sites, where it says:

You can find step-by-step guides below that will help you remove a self-hosted WordPress site you had previously connected to your WordPress.com account thanks to the Jetpack plugin.

And here’s the answer! Remove an old site that is no longer online from your WordPress.com account. In other words, these are the instructions for how to remove linked blogs from your wordpress.com dashboard.

In case you don’t see the “disconnect site” link on the left-hand side, try selecting that site  (by clicking on blog/site title) & go down under section “Configure” & click on “Settings”. You might see this notification:

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That’s ok. Then scroll to the bottom of that page and look for this:

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There it is, click on “DISCONNECT SITE”, confirm, and you’re good.

Aside: There are clear instructions for how to delete a wordpress.com site or blog. But be fully-aware that deleting a site permanently removes it and you’ll never be able to re-use its WordPress.com address (such as yourgroovysite.wordpress.com).

 

what’s not allowed on a WordPress.com blog

It’s not the easiest thing to find with mobile devices driving web design and oversimplified user interfaces, but having a blog powered by wordpress.com does come with some basic guidelines and rules for what content is allowed or prohibited at a wordpress.com blog, known as its Terms of Service (https://en.wordpress.com/tos/). And, occasionally the terms are updated and noted in the change log, most recently on October 9, 2016. The content that’s prohibited isn’t unreasonable but they should be made known and easier to find. Thus this blog post.

Here’s a mention of what content is prohibited and not allowed on wordpress.com blogs:

“make sure that none of the prohibited items (like spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence) appear on your website”

… you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By using WordPress.com, you represent and warrant that your Content and conduct do not violate these terms or the User Guidelines.

Here’s more details about prohibited content from the WordPress.com User Guidelines—

User Guidelines

To be transparent about what is and isn’t allowed on your site, we’ve put together this set of guidelines. The following activity/material isn’t allowed on WordPress.com.

  • Illegal content and conduct.
  • Intellectual property infringement.
  • Pornography.
  • Technologically harmful content.
  • Impersonation.
  • Directly threatening material.
  • Posting private information.
  • Advertising.
  • Hotlinking to WordPress.com.
  • Spam or machine-generated content.
  • Bear in mind that these are just guidelines — interpretations are up to us. These guidelines are not exhaustive and are subject to change.

And, WordPress.com is not to be used for archiving of tweets, as noted in a previous post titled WordPress.com is not for archiving. In case your blog gets an “account suspended” notice for an unknown reason, contact the good people at WordPress to inquire, via en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs.

unable to migrate posts from here to my main blog djchuang.com

I used the export command here at this wordpress.com and wanted to import my posts over to my main blog at http://djchuang.com but most of those posts didn’t import properly. Here’s what I was thinking: I’m starting to pick up significant traffic here with my random blog posts and I thought it’d be better for people to connect with all of my content in one place at my main blog, rather than having 2 or 3 or more blogs scattered all over the internet.

While my main blog also runs on WordPress, the self-installed wordpress.org kind, apparently there is more to it than just export/import to migrate content. I don’t want to expend the time to figure out what else needs to be configured or tweaked to get all the posts here migrated over.. what I might do is the old-fashioned copy/paste of the popular posts to migrate the content over, and that’ll be a lot easier than trying to work at the code or XML level trying to debug and troubleshoot why importing didn’t work right.

If you have a quick tip on how to get the export/import to work better, please add a comment here and let me know, ok? thanks a bunch

Which wordpress.com account is JetPack connected to?

When you have a self-installed WordPress.org website/blog, it can get Site Stats using the JetPack plugin when connected via WordPress.com . But, how do you know which wordpress.com account your website/blog is connected to via JetPack? Here’s the response I got from tech support:

While you cannot find any information about the WordPress.com account linked to your Jetpack site in your dashboard, this site will appear in your list of blogs on WordPress.com.

If you do not remember which account you used to make the original connection, the best solution is to go to the Jetpack menu in your dashboard, and disconnect from WordPress.com.

You can then reconnect with your current WordPress.com account… Once you have reconnected, your Stats, subscribers, and other Jetpack options will be reconnected to your site and associated to the right WordPress.com account.

Custom Page Templates Not Showing Up in WordPress | EliteFreelancing.com

The problem

I uploaded a custom page template to my FTP and and wasn???t not showing up in the WordPress admin.  So I double and triple checked to make sure my Template tags were all cool, and they were. Normally, a drop down that lets me choose which page template I want to use will show up, but for some reason: no dice.

The fix

What seemed to fix the problem was the following:

  • Activate a different theme (I just activated the default)
  • Reactivate your desired theme
  • Go to Manage > Pages
  • And you should now see the Page Template

This fixed it for me too.

content not allowed on posterous, blogspot, tumblr, or wordpress

According to Posterous TOS http://posterous.com/tos

Allowable Content and Use

Posterous is an easy way to share your personal thoughts, photos, and home videos. We want to keep it a safe, fun, friendly place, and that means a few rules. You may NOT:

  • Post unlawful, harmful, or obscene content.
  • Forge headers or otherwise impersonate someone.
  • Post content you do not have the right to transmit.
  • Post content that infringes on trademarks or copyrights.
  • Post viruses or malicious scripts.
  • Post spam or link bait.
  • Stalk or collect data about others.
  • Crawl content without permission from Posterous.
  • Use Posterous Spaces for file sharing.
  • Link to files on Posterous Spaces without a link to the original post.

 

According to Blogger / blogspot http://www.blogger.com/content.g

Our content policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for you, the users. Please respect these guidelines. From time to time, we may change our content policies so please check back here. Also, please note that when applying the policies below, we may make exceptions based on artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific considerations or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.

Adult Content: We do allow adult content on Blogger, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity. But, please mark your blog as ‘adult’ in your Blogger settings. Otherwise, we may put it behind a ‘mature content’ interstitial.

There are some exceptions to our adult content policy:

  • Do not use Blogger as a way to make money on adult content. For example, don’t create blogs where a significant percentage of the content is ads or links to commercial porn sites.
  • No incest or bestiality content: We do not allow image, video or text content that depicts or encourages incest or bestiality.

Child safety: We have a zero tolerance policy towards content that exploits children. Some examples of this include:

  • Child pornography: We will terminate the accounts of any user we find publishing or distributing child pornography. We will also report that user to law enforcement.
  • Pedophilia: We do not allow content that encourages or promotes sexual attraction towards children. For example, do not create blogs with galleries of images of children where the collection of images or text accompanying the images is sexually suggestive.

Hate Speech: We want you to use Blogger to express your opinions, even very controversial ones. But, don’t cross the line by publishing hate speech. By this, we mean content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. For example, don’t write a blog saying that members of Race X are criminals or advocating violence against followers of Religion Y.

Crude Content: Don’t post content just to be shocking or graphic. For example, collections of close-up images of gunshot wounds or accident scenes without additional context or commentary would violate this policy.

Violence: Don’t threaten other people on your blog. For example, don’t post death threats against another person or group of people and don’t post content encouraging your readers to take violent action against another person or group of people.

Copyright: It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. More information about our copyright procedures can be found here. Also, please don’t provide links to sites where your readers can obtain unauthorized downloads of other people’s content.

Personal and confidential information: It’s not ok to publish another person’s personal and confidential information. For example, don’t post someone else’s credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, unlisted phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Also, please keep in mind that in most cases, information that is already available elsewhere on the Internet or in public records is not considered to be private or confidential under our policies.

Impersonating others: Please don’t mislead or confuse readers by pretending to be someone else or pretending to represent an organization when you don’t. We’re not saying you can’t publish parody or satire – just avoid content that is likely to mislead readers about your true identity.

Illegal activities: Don’t use Blogger to engage in illegal activities or to promote dangerous and illegal activities. For example, don’t author a blog encouraging people to drink and drive. Otherwise, we may delete your content. Also, in serious cases such as those involving the abuse of children, we may report you to the appropriate authorities.

Spam: Spam takes several forms in Blogger, all of which can result in deletion of your account or blog. Some examples include creating blogs designed to drive traffic to your site or to move it up in search listings, posting comments on other people’s blogs just to promote your site or product, and scraping existing content from other sources for the primary purpose of generating revenue or other personal gains.

Malware and viruses: Do not create blogs that transmit viruses, cause pop-ups, attempt to install software without the reader’s consent, or otherwise impact readers with malicious code. This is strictly forbidden on Blogger.

According to Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/content

The intent of this document is to clarify what we consider to be acceptable use of Tumblr.

If you are found to be in violation of any of the below policies, you will receive a notice via email. Unless you explain or correct your behavior within 72 hours, your account will be suspended.  [ . . . ]

  • Redundant Content. Tumblr is not intended to be an all-purpose content aggregator. Users who import or aggregate content in a less-than-meaningful way are likely to be suspended.

  • Illegal Use. Tumblr may not be used for illegal purposes. Examples of this include using Tumblr for fraudulent purposes or operating a phishing site (used to obtain account and password information).

  • Spam. Users that do not publish meaningful content, use deceptive means to generate revenue or traffic, or whose primary purpose is affiliate marketing, will be suspended.

  • Identity Theft and Privacy. Users that misleadingly appropriate the identity of another person are not permitted. Users may not post other people’s personally identifying or confidential information, including but not limited to credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, and driver’s and other license numbers. You may not post information such as other people’s passwords, usernames, phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses unless already publicly accessible on the Web.

  • Hate Content, Defamation, and Libel. Hate speech and other objectionable content that is unlawful, defamatory, and fraudulent. Note that an allegation of defamatory expression, in and of itself, does not establish defamation. The truth or falsehood of a bit of expression is a key element in establishing defamation, and we are not in a position to make that sort of fact-based judgment. That said, if we have reason to believe that a particular statement is defamatory (a court order, for example), we will remove that statement.

  • Disruptions and Exploits. We will terminate accounts and block addresses of those who attempt unauthorized use of Tumblr.com.

  • Copyright. Using copyrighted material does not constitute infringement in all cases. In general, however, users should be careful when using copyrighted content without the permission of those who created it. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

  • Mass Registration and Automation. Accounts that are registered automatically or systematically will be removed and access will be permanently suspended.

  • Sexually Explicit Video. Accounts that use Tumblr’s Video Upload feature to regularly upload and host sexually explicit or pornographic material will be suspended.

According to WordPress http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

  • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
  • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  • your blog is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
  • your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
  • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Automattic or otherwise.

There you have it. The world wide web is like the world wild west. Be careful out there.