Getting Started

Web/Blog Design Worksheet – Download Your Copy

Introduction To Blogging – Download Your Copy

Web/Blog Design Sketch Sheet – Download Your Copy

Top Attention Getting Blog Headlines – Download Your Copy

 

WordPress Blog Training

This is a 10 Video Series on setting up and using WordPress.com.

With WordPress.com the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of for you and is Free. 

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free and much easier to setup
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc
  • Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your posts are backed up automatically
  • You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags
  • You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer
  • Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wifi

WordPress.com Cons

  • They provide 100+ themes (and are adding more every day) which you can modify and edit the CSS, but you cannot run a custom theme*
  • You can’t modify the PHP code behind your blog*
  • You can’t upload plugins

This 17 Video Series will show you how to customize the standard free theme that comes with WordPress.

This is a 42 Video Series that walks you through setting up web hosting, your WordPress blog and advanced blogging techniques.

With WordPress.org you need to install the software on your own server or with a 3rd party provider.

WordPress.org Benefits

  • Ability to upload themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Great community
  • Complete control to change code

WordPress.org Cons

  • You need a good web host, which generally costs $7-12 a month
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You have to handle backups
  • You must upgrade the software manually when a new version comes out
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic (like Digg or Slashdot) your site could go down unless you have a robust hosting setup (unlikely)

With WordPress.org, you can install themes and plugins, run advertisements, edit the database and even modify the PHP source code. Anyone can download the software for free but it must be installed on a web server before it will work. Web servers are generally not free. Hosting your own WordPress software can be fun and rewarding; it also places full responsibility on the blogger. If you mismanage your web server, you can lose your entire blog.