Working with WordPress




What I’d like to explore today is a FAIRLY easy system that can get you up and running a blog in no time for little or NO cash—WordPress.

First, what is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source (free) software tool specifically designed for blogging. It essentially provides a template system that allows users to install and change themes that give the look and feel to the blog.

A system of plugins allow users to add over 30,000 features to their blogs.

WordPress comes in two varieties: and

What’s the difference? Glad you asked!

Working with    is free software you can download and install on a web server. You need to use, the software, with a web server.

If you intend on using a specific web address:,, etc. then this is the route you’ll want to take. software allows you to use different themes and plugins as well as edit your database and run advertisements.

If you use a web server it’ll cost you. Web hosts such as,, and others can give you decent discounts for long-term hosting as well as step-by-step instructions on how to install your is a site. We use as our web host. We purchased our domain name ( through before we decided which web host to go with. If we had it to do over again we’d probably purchase our domain name through our web host.

The nice thing was, talked us through the setup and it was pretty easy. In fact they have a one-step setup for Check out my link on the page. ———>

To recap, use if you plan to have your own domain name and don’t mind spending around $100 a year for your domain name and web hosting.

Working with

If you’re interested in setting up a free blog that doesn’t have your domain then is for you. Your web address will looks something like:, or

With you don’t get as much functionality as—but it’s totally free!

And that’s why can be your best bet for building your business. Check out my new travelblog Adventures of a Freelancer on

With you can test your idea for free and if it takes off you can then upgrade to a personal domain name.

Think about it. You can run a blog to see how it’s received BEFORE you commit to a specific domain name or expensive web hosting.

While the functionality may be a BIT more Spartan than you’ll be able to test before you leap.

Another benefit is let’s you get comfortable using the dashboard inside your blog.

The dashboard allows you to add posts, media, links, and even add pages. You’ll get the chance to work with different themes and learn how to use widgets.

Take the plunge and try for free. It’ll give you an opportunity to “try before you buy” so you can build your business fast!

For more information  are plenty of good guides on WordPress to help you get started.

Here’s to your success!


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