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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.

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  • 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)
    • Tumblr(service)
    • Posterous(service)
    • Many others
    • Wordpress.Org(software)
    • Wordpress.com(service)

Tom Brander 2009 http://oswco.org 3. Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org

  • .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)
  • .com
  • 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)
    • Write something
    • Post
    • Refine

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

  • http://tbrander.wordpress.com(Real Estate)
  • http://tombrander.wordpress.com(Tech)
  • http://bigcityblink.wordpress.com(Personal)
  • http://teewinot7.wordpress.com(Dogs)
  • http://uakd.wordpress.com(College Sorority)
  • http://birminghamblogging.wordpress.com/(Consulting)

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