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This is our Wordpress Megapage. Here is where we keep all our resources to help you understand and use Wordpress.

Why Wordpress?

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

Everything you see here from the Wordpress folks, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 5 web site without paying anyone a license fee.

Not only does the BlueCow use Wordpress because he does not have any credit cards (and he is cheap) but it is simply the best Blogging platform out there bar none. It is the most flexible, extensible and reliable software bar none.

Why Wordpress over Typepad?

Here is Probloggers take:

TypePad is a useful tool for some bloggers depending upon their needs. I’ve set a number of clients up on it and they have been most happy with what it gives them - but in each case the client is an entry level blogger - just starting out and wanting to do a single blog on a non-commercial topic. Their goals with blogging are smaller and they want an easy to manage system that they can’t break and don’t need to tweak too much.

WordPress on the other hand is a system designed for bloggers who need more grunt behind their blog. It’s highly adaptable and has so many more options and features - especially through it’s available plugins. Having said this it is not as simple as TypePad to install and adapt if you’re a complete techie novice so if you want a more managed ‘plug and play’ type system you might find it a bit too heavy on features.

If you are a serious blogger, and by the fact that you are looking at hosting you are, then you need a blogging tool for serious blogging. On the installation part, you have BlueCow to help you out there, and having done a lot of commercial blogs we think we know alot about how they work.

Why Would I Pay for Wordpress Hosting?

It is indeed free to use the Wordpress.com blogging service (www.wordpress.com) but there are a number of things you cannot do with with a free service.

These include but not limited to:

  • You are very limited in what you can do with your templates and stylesheets
  • Packages you can install are limited by the administrator
  • Plugins are not allowed
  • You cannot use Google ads. That is your ability to commercialize your site is very limited indeed.
  • Our biggest challenge is to incorporate media. Although Youtube is supported, what is not are the numerous other platforms out there including Revver that are not supported.
  • If you have an integrated Podcast, then forget it, hosting is the only way to go.

Where do I get Started?

There are basically two ways to get started. First is by googling around and readup some detailed information. However the Bluecow has a better suggesting. Grab some popcorn (or your favorite munchie) and watch a movie:

Open Wordpress Tutorials Click Here

Okay I now need some more information.

There are plenty of resources online to help you understand why you should choose Wordpress.

Here are some places to read to get you started:

Techcrunch

You really need to wander through Problogger, and Blogging Tips.

Then you need to get started.

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