A tutorial for people curious about Wordpress, highlighting wordpress.com, The free service as distinguished from Wordpress.org, the software you can use on your own (paid for ) hosting service.
Text of Wordcamp Birmingham 2009
1. Wordcamp Birmingham 2009 Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org How to get started with Blogging and Wordpress.com Tom Brander, September 26, 2009 Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org
2. Popular Blogging Platforms
Blogger(service owned by Google)
MS Live (service)
TypePad(paid service six Apart)
Live Journal(service; paid upgrade; now Russian owned)
Movable Type(software six Apart)
Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 3. Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org
Open source software that you install on a paid hosting service (starts about $7.00/month domain inc.)
Many features and add-ons to support many options
No restrictions for commercial use
Requires some technical expertise (as much as you want)
You can do many tons with it (much covered at this conference)
Free hosted service (minor paid upgrades available)
No commercial use
May have some ads (have seen very few and not obnoxious)
Very suited for non technical users
You can do a ton with it (not as well covered at this conference!)
Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 4. How to get started with .com
Sign up (Your site will be at http://acctname.wordpress.com)
Select theme (optional)
Next we will review screenshots of the steps, followed by screenshots of features for refinements Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 5. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Sign up! 6. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Follow Instructions! 7. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Extra info if you need 8. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org The dashboard 9. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Theme Selection Demo a few themes here & explain only those here can be used and that the themes define how much customization can be done 10. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Your 1st Post 11. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Jazz it up! 12. Some example sites
Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 13. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Free Features Page 14. But I don't want .....
if you don't want any chance of ads..
Minor paid upgrade, $29.97 per year
If you don't want a .wordpress.com address but do want your own i.e. http://tombrander.com vs. http://tombrander.wordpress.com
Minor paid upgrade
Domain name registration + domain mapping costs $14.97per year, per domain.
Domain mapping for a domain (or subdomain) you already own costs $9.97 per year, per domain.
I don't want a blog I want a web site...
Just use pages and right theme
I want a static front page...
Same as above
Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 15. Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org Extra cost options 16. My DashBoard Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 17. Stats Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 18. My site features Want to do live but just in case! Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org