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Blogging is a great way to express yourself.

To stay connected and to have your voice heard. Now, there are so many choices out there that for a new blogger it can get a little overwhelming.

Here in a few short paragraphs we will try to let you in the world of WordPress platform a bit.

WordPress.com is free, hosted version of WordPress and is a great place to start your first blog. You won’t have to worry about finding and paying for your own hosting, but you’ll still have the functionality of WordPress and can learn a lot about WordPress before you commit to WordPress.org.

WordPress.com does not allow you to run your own ads, but does occasionally run their own text ads on your blog. Considering that this is the free name/hosting it isn’t surprising that they make money from you, and not the other way around.

You can choose any name you like, of course hoping that it wasn’t taken by someone else before you, and your URL would look something like this: yourname.wordpress.com

WordPress.org is the free version of WordPress that allows you to host your blog on a third-party server and gives you free reign over everything related to your blog. You will have your own domain name, your hosting over the company you choose, and completely open hands to make your blog truly your own. You can work on your CSS and PHP, put up ads, etc.

From their site: “WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.”

Working on WordPress is very easy, you just need to be open-minded and want more from your blog than just family pictures, and what you had for lunch today!

WordPress offers:

  • thousands of free themes
  • easy-to-follow tutorials and forums
  • hundreds of plug-ins work with WordPress
  • control of your design and content

If you’re just starting out with a blog, and are not ready to spend money from the start, and maybe still are not sure would you like blogging for long, WordPress.com may be a good option for you. You can learn how to use the WordPress interface and learn the basics via the tutorials and videos.

Than if you realize that blogging is for you, and you are more comfortable and would like more control over your blog’s look and feel and it’s code, you can move to WordPress.org. Because they are essentially the same software, the transfer should be fairly seamless.

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