first time need direction

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  • #1096076

    tinacook55
    Member

    This is my first time to wordpress and I want to build a website. I’m confused because I did the sign-up on the wordpress.com site. I checked out the dashboard and couldn’t find where I can do a webste from scratch without a template. Then I downloaded wordpress from a website and I don’t understand a bit of it!!

    I just want to build a website before I sign-up for upgrades and such. I want to make sure I like it. I have built many many websites so I just wanted to check out your editor platform and I am not having success.

    Please help. Tina Cook [redacted] [redacted email]
    Thank you

    The blog I need help with is tinacook55.wordpress.com.

    #1096167

    timethief
    Member

    Please read this comparison do you are clear on the differences between free hosted WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org installs for self hosting. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Blogs are post based structures that provide for and encourage interactive communication. Websites are page based structures that operate as a one-way noticeboards.

    A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based blog structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    See here for a step by step guide > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
    See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #1096168

    timethief
    Member

    On one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features like categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    On that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That’s why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #1096421

    zandyring
    Staff

    Hi Tina,

    I just want to check to see if Timethief’s information helped you, or if you had any further questions about the distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

    Cheers!

    #1096425

    raincoaster
    Member

    Given your foundation knowledge, I suggest you start here with no upgrades at all and get comfortable with it before trying to decide about upgrades, self-hosting, or other technical issues. It’s easy to start.

    #1096430

    timethief
    Member

    I agree with raincoaster.

    #1096459

    zandyring
    Staff

    I also agree, as it turns out.

    Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

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