I answered some of your questions in WordPress Q&A #1, WordPress Q&A #2 and WordPress Q&A #3. Now I’m back with more answers to more questions.
Question: Some widgets can be used many times, but others can only be used once. My theme lets me have multiple sidebars, and I want to use a particular widget multiple times that I can only use once. Is there a way to make single-use widgets into multiple-use widgets?
Platform: self-hosted WordPress
Answer: Yes, there’s a plugin called Duplicate Widget that will allow you to use a widget as many times as you need to, even if the widget was originally designed to be used only one time.
Once you install and activate the plugin, you’ll find a widget called Duplicate by clicking on Appearance and then Widgets. Place that widget in whichever sidebar(s) you want and then you’ll get a pull-down of all the widgets that are available, and you can choose the widget you want to duplicate from the pull-down.
Question: I’m thinking of paying for a premium WordPress theme for my WordPress.com site, but I’m wondering if there are any limitations I should be aware of before I invest the money. The theme I want is $65.
Answer: Keep in mind the overall limitations of having your site on WordPress.com. You can’t place your own ads on your site, and you can’t add plugins.
With a premium theme on WordPress.com, you won’t have access to all the features of the theme as you would if you were using the same theme on a self-hosted WordPress site. Premium themes on WordPress.com have been, if you will, retrofitted to work with the limitations of WordPress.com. The most important thing you need to determine, and you’ll most likely need to contact WordPress.com support for this, is what functionality is missing from the premium theme when it is used on WordPress.com.
One other thing to consider is that the premium theme on WordPress.com can’t be transferred if you decide to change to a self-hosted WordPress site.
Question: I’ve changed hosting companies, and I’m trying to move my WordPress site. I got all my content exported, but my new post won’t let me import the whole file because it’s too big. I don’t want to lose any of my stuff. What can I do?
Platform: self-hosted WordPress
Answer: You’re going to need to export your content in pieces and not as one, single file.
One the export page, you have a choice to export all content or you can export one type of content at a time.
If the bulk of your content is posts, then you may have to go even further with the breakdown and export each year separately. If each year is to much, then try a quarterly export.
Once you have all your files, you can import them one-by-one to rebuild your entire site. If you’re using the same media file on more than one page/post, then the importer will show “already exists,” and it won’t try to duplicate that media file.
This method takes longer than importing one file, but it’ll keep you from losing any of your content.
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