Welcome to WordPress Blogging Tips at blogging.wordpress.com

Posted on September 6, 2005. Filed under: blogging, WordPress 2.0, WordPress.com |

I recently received an invite to WordPress.com, a hosted multi-user version of WordPress that I assume aims to compete directly with TypePad, Blogger, and other hosted blogging platforms. As those who have used WordPress know, it is an extraordinarily versatile and feature-rich blogging platform that is hard to beat — unless you a) don't have web hosting; b) don't have access to mysql databases (something your webhost should be able to install for you); c) don't feel comfortable or know how to use FTP to upload files; and/or d) want to customize the look and feel (theme) of your blog, but aren't familiar with php or css.

WordPress.com is a hosted, somewhat modified version of WordPress (actually it's based off of the WordPress Multi-User code) that takes all of those worries away, but at the expense of offering less customizability and power than the downloadable/install-on-your-own-server version of WordPress. I've got to say that it's very impressive for a free hosted blogging solution, and easily knocks Google's Blogger out of the water (categories and trackbacks are critical features that blogger doesn't have), but it will remain to be seen whether the final public version of WordPress.com bulks up it's feature set a bit more in order for it to dominate the hosted blog field and be the platform of choice over Six Apart's TypePad for those who are more interested in blogging than in mucking with code.

I run the website How to Blog, which used to be hosted on TypePad but I finally took the plunge and ported it over to WordPress. On that site I have documented my own experiences with learning how to blog, comparing the different blogging platforms and tools, and providing tips and tricks to help other bloggers get going.

Here at WordPress Blogging Tips, you can expect more of the same – but the focus will be for WordPress users – especially wordpress.com users.

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12 Responses to “Welcome to WordPress Blogging Tips at blogging.wordpress.com”

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Hi,

I was wondering if you could pass your invite in a FCFS( first come first serve ) basis unlike a competition. And I hope I am the first one to make that request. If you have an invite plz invite me.

Thanks.
Rajan

Lol, interesting way to ask for an invite.

Sorry to say I’ve already given away my invite. (and thanks again OMEITOR for providing me with *my* invite!

welcome! This is what i’ve expected from OMEITOR to give you one 🙂

Welcome, Emily!
Andrew, usually at changingway.net, also happy to be andrew.wordpress.com

Welcome Emily,

I thought of giving an invite to you, as soon as I got one.

but then you already have one ! 😉

Good Luck and welcome to wp.com !

Hello Emily,

Welcome to WordPress.com – Thanks for the comment but what I believe you’re talking about is in-store pickup and on the special I got it says “Not available for in-store pickup” so I don’t believe that would work. I do know what you’re talking about and that’s a good idea if it’s possible. But I wonder if you could price match any online store. (If you would like to discuss this we could do this outside of the comments – check my site for my email (http://gamersmurf.thebattlegrounds.net/)

Oh, by the way I, I look forward to reading any tips you have for WordPress!

hello everyone ,boy!

Hi Emily. I recently stumbled across your blog over on Typepad and love it. Unfortunately I’m unable to find the new one at emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/ What’s up?

It’s there! Are you still having trouble reaching it? Thanks for the heads up

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