UPDATE: June 17, 2010
Provided that you change to a theme that does have the custom menus feature you can achieve what you want to do.
Have you ever wanted to have a different title for one of your pages than the label displayed in your site’s navigation?
Ever wanted to change the order of the list of pages to an order you chose yourself?
Ever wanted to be able to mix pages, categories, and random links in your navigation instead of your theme deciding for you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck! The new custom menus feature will do all those things. The themes that have this custom menu feature are listed in support documentation and here’s an article Custom menus arrive at wordpress.COM that provides more insight into setting up a custom menu.
Update: August 24, 2010
WordPress.com has now added “more ways to share“, and you can find the instructions for adding these social networking buttons to your posts in the support documentation at this link – Sharing.
Blogger Sucks: WordPress Rocks!
Like most bloggers I began on a free hosted blogging platform. In contrast to those who wish to make an income from blogging – I had no such agenda. I began blogging on Blogger software and found it easy to use, but when I decided to try WordPress.com I found there were remarkable contrasts between the software, the features, and the availability of support. Today there’s no doubt in my mind that free hosted WordPress software is superior in every way.
My major beef with Blogspot has to do with the validation. My SEO mentor claims that w3c validation isn’t important for optimization, but I disagree (not to his face, of course) if the code can’t be read easily, how is it supposed to be indexed and consistantly referenced in the SERPs?
The validation errors exist regardless of the template, it’s the way they have the XML set up – the navbar especially has a bunch of validation errors (of course, you can get rid of the navbar legally with your own domain). But wordpress blogs seem to validate like cake right out of the box. — codesucker
Well, there were at least 9 reasons I chose to delete my blogspot blog in 2006 and remain at wordpress.com instead. Here they are summarized:
(1) lack of timely Staff responses to technical support tickets;
(2) lack of a peer-to-peer technical support forum and no sense of community;
(3) templates that did not validate;
(4) limited theme selection and very few themes I considered to be suitable and attractive as well as functional;
(5) no ability to create static pages in the software ( workaround must be used);
(6) awkward comment systems and lack of plugins to increase functionality;
(7) no capacity to use categories or tags that search engines treated as keywords, and consequently no central global tagging pages like wordpress.com that provides traffic from search results;
(8) the blogspot subdomain had many RSS scraper blogs and splogs;
(9) there were also many no quality or low quality content blogs, as well as, blogs with plagiarized content that were obviously just being pimped out to make an income from adsense clicks and affiliate schemes.
One of the reasons I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress in 2006 was because the WordPress.com interface had more of the features I wanted and used. Many changes have been made since then and now the WordPress interface is even better.
I had no difficulty when it came to exporting the contents of my Blogger blog out of it and into a WordPress.com blog, as WordPress software provides for the import of blogs from Import from Blogger, Yahoo! 360, LiveJournal, TypePad, MovableType or another WordPress blog. Blogger provides only for import from another Blogger (blogspot) blog.
Spam Blogs and Splogs
Blogger was full of splogs and spam blogs in 2006 and is even worse today due to the recession and blogger initiated advertising is allowed on free hosted blogspot blogs. Google owns Adsense and Blogger is where you find people who have stables of free hosted low quality blogs and no quality splogs pimped out for pennies.
This is not so at WordPress.com where advertising is not allowed on free hosted blogs and where free hosted blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites. Moreover, WordPress.com members do not hesitate to report and WordPress Staff and have a zero tolerance level for sploggers and spammers.
In contrast to the black abyss that was Blogger support I discovered that WordPress.com had two forms for technical support and both rocked. I quickly discovered that WordPress.com had a peer to peer technical support forum where I could ask questions and get prompt answers to my questions from volunteers. Therefore I rarely needed to contact Staff but when I did they delivered – support is 24/7 at WordPress.com. The FAQs at WordPress.com was not extensive in 2006 but today WordPress.com Support is an outstanding resource.
The comment systems for Blogger sucked. I had difficulty leaving comments on Blogger blogs and receiving them as well. I could moderate comments but could not edit them. In contrast, the comment systems on WordPress.com blogs were excellent, and one can both moderate and edit comments as well.
The Akismet comment spam protection was also better at WordPress.com than what was available at Blogger and this still is the case.
Categories, Tags and Search Engine Referrals
WordPress.com supports categories and tags which are recognized by search engines, indexed and deliver targeted readers to blogs, Blogger does not. One can’t sort posts into different focuses at Blogger unless you know how to hack the platform.
Woth WordPress, not only can you add categories and tags with ease, but you can also display each category differently on your front page. Moreover, the search engines acknowledged and indexed the categories and tags on my posts, so I had a better flow from search engine referrals than I ever had at Blogger.
Also at WordPress.com the assigned categories and tags on my posts were automatically posted onto the WordPress.com global tag pages upon publication, and that meant the WordPress.com global tagging pages sent me referrals as well.
Speed of Indexing
There was propaganda that since Google owned Blogger, they tended to favor Blogger accounts. My experience of having a blog on each platform demonstrated that it was rubbish.
Static Pages and Password Protected Posts
The ability to create static pages that sit outside the blog structure was and still is absent from Blogger software. It can only be achieved by using a hack ie.creating a horizontal nav bar and linking to it and creating posts that had to be backdated. However, at WordPress.com I could create static pages as easily as I could create posts. I also discovered I could password protect a post at wordpress.com, but could not do so at Blogger.
I preferred the tinyMCE editor at WordPress.com as it has two functions. It’s both a visual and an HTML editor and one can switch back and forth from one to the other in a single click.
At Blogger one has to use third party widgets which they must find on the net. Some work well and others do not. At WordPress.com I could simply go into my dashboard and drag widgets to a sidebar and activate them.
Although Blogger provided only 1 gigabite of storage space, every WordPress.com blog comes woth 3 gigabites of strorage space and additional upgrades can be purchased to increase it.
Users can upload the following file types to their WordPress.com blogs:
Images: jpg, jpeg, png, gif
Documents: pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
.doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document), ppt, pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation), odt (OpenDocument Text Document)
Additional file types can be uploaded to WordPress. com blogs by purchasing Space upgrades.
Blogger vs. WordPress.com Comparison Chart – 2009
10 Reasons to dump Blogger and date WordPress right NOW!
Self hosting wordpress bloggers see:
The Beginner’s Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog