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There are many reasons to have a blog: to inform customers about new products and specials, to share information and expertise with a worldwide community, or to express oneself and communicate publicly. WordPress.com is a free and flexible set of web-based blogging tools that can be used to launch a new blog in minutes. The tools can then be used to personalize the blog and update and improve it continually. In WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training, Maria Langer walks through the entire process of building and maintaining a blog, from setting up an account to using advanced customization techniques. She explains how to create and organize posts, pages, and links, and also offers tips on how to become a better blogger. Exercise files accompany the course.
Hi! I'm Maria Langer and I'll be take you through the process of building and maintaining a free blog on the WordPress.com website. Why me? Well, I've been blogging since way back in 2003 and currently maintain five different WordPress based blogs and websites. I've co-authored a book about WordPress and I've written a bunch of other computer how-to books. And I spent a lot time in front of a classroom doing computer training. I'm also really excited about blogging. I created my first blog as a journal of what was going on in my life. After a few false starts with various blogging platforms, I settled down with WordPress and I haven't looked back.
To me, blogging is a great way to jot down the things I'm doing and thinking every day and it's great to get feedback from blog readers who give me lots of things to think about. I've learned over my three years of experience with WordPress that it's more than just a blogging platform. It can be used as the basis of websites. As the owner and operator of a helicopter charter company, I use WordPress to maintain my company website and get word of new tours and special offers out to my customer base. I also use a WordPress blog to provide additional content and support for the folks who read my books. Another blog shares information about my little Arizona town with people all over the world.
I'm thrilled to have the chance to teach others how they can build their own WordPress.com blog. So what are we waiting for? Let's get started.
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