Basically, WordPress.org is the Open Source (plugin-enabled) WordPress.com version. It’s relatively complicated for most users to install a WordPress installation in their Domain Name, so here are steps to make your life easier…
- Buy a Domain Name, I suggest using GoDaddy.com, since it was a hell of a lot easier to use their control panel compared to 1and1.com and networksolutions.com
Determine a web hosting solution that has a Fantasico Script Installer, which installs programs with 1 click, such as WordPress. Luckily, I use BlueHost.com and they are always up to date with the latest version. $6.95 / month isn’t bad if you are not expecting thousands of visitors every day. I believe that the $6.95 is a 2 year commitment price and that $7.95 is a 1 year commitment price, FYI. Be sure to forward the Nameservers to whichever hosting service you use in order to enable the host to access your Domain. Note, Bluehost.com does have a FREE Domain with the plan.
- When you are done, go to your button in your “Software/Services” section of your control panel…
- Hit “WordPress” under “Blogs”, hit “New Installation”. Note that if you are using the domain as the blog name, be sure to install in root directory, otherwise name the installation directory “blog”.
- Go to www.[yourdomainname].whatever/(and the directory if you chose one)/wp-admin and fill in your user information and start blogging.
Customization and Plugins education to follow.