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journal and guestbook for wordpress hosted wordpress.com

My wife is going through chemotherapy treatment as is finding the management of her facebook page a pain right now.  She wants to re-direct people to darlapenner.wordpress.com where she will have a picture and her story.

The plan is to give the site only to her closest friends via a group login and cut-off the need for her to respond even to those people by giving them only a Guestbook to sign, and giving herself a Journal by which she can keep them updated on her status all at once.  There will be no way to send her a message on the site except by signing the guestbook.  My web developer says that at wordpress.com vs housing it ourselves, he can set the Journal just fine but the Guestbook is more difficult.

An example of this journal and guestbook approach can be found at www.caringbridge.org/visit/darlapenner.  The only difference between ours and theirs really is that we won't be asking for donations.

Can the guestbook similar to the site above, be done at http://darlapenner.wordpress.com ?
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jeremyjared74Commented:
I couldn't find one for a .com account, but there is a nice on for Wordpress.org. You can find a host for .org accounts fairly cheap. There is a plug-in called Wordpress Importer to export the .com account and then import it to the .org account; http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/

Here is the guestbook plug-in:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dmsguestbook/

Here is a screenshot for the plugin:
http://www.danielschurter.net/dmsguestbook/screenshots/

Here is a very good and cheap wordpress.org hosting site:
http://www.hostgator.com/


Let me know if you decide to go with the Wordpress.org account and need any help, I will be more that happy to help you get this going. Good Luck
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