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  1. Hi. I am completely new to this. I am going to be creating a blog with wordpress. I am wondering if I have to download wordpress in order to create links in my blog? Also, if I download wordpress to a computer, all of the activity and changes that I make to my blog will have to be done from that computer, correct? I am sure you have the answer to these questions on your site, but I haven't been able to find them. I guess I'm a little overwhelmed with blogging information.

    Thank you for you time,

    Jodi

    The blog I need help with is jodatha.wordpress.com.

  2. First be clear in understanding that there are different flavors of WordPress. If you want to use wordpress.com your site is hosted for free. You don't need to download any software. You don't pay for a name (unless you want an optional domain name), nor for hosting your site.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    http://jodatha.wordpress.com/ is live and online now. If you want you can use an off-line system such as WindowsLiveWriter or Ecto, but you can post to your site from a browser on any computer without that.

    If you want your own domain name without the ending ".wordpress.com" then you can buy an upgrade here, called domain mapping—but that is optional:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/

    Your best investment of time as a beginner is to work through this very helpful tutorial:
    http://learn.wordpress.com/

    Do a bit of posting, experimenting, and come back to these forums when you have questions.

    happy blogging
    ≥^!^≤

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