Sometime in 2004 I installed WordPress 1.2 on one of my self-hosted domains after hand-coding them for nearly two years. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Suddenly I could write whole site entries without needing to code it as well. This allowed me to concentrate on creating graphics and writing tutorials, which was the focus of my primary website at that time. However, there was still a big learning curve involved in running a WP site and documentation was geared towards people who are fluent in PHP and MySQL, which I still am not.
Then someone told me about WordPress.com, which was already a few months old. Even though I signed up straight away it took me several more months to actually start using the site and, again, there was a learning curve involved. Happily, this time it was a pleasant rather than painful experience thanks to a surprisingly vibrant and involved community of fellow WordPress.com users.
It’s been a long haul since then with lots of ups and downs. Each new version of the standalone WP software gets pounded on here on WordPress.com before being shrink-wrapped and shipped to the WordPress.org community. There’s now lots of cross-pollination of new features between both platforms (Jetpack for example), which has led to some interesting situations and inevitable confusion.
Currently I manage around a dozen sites here on WordPress.com, each of them filling a different purpose. The purpose of this site is to delve into the wealth of information available and assist new and potential users of WordPress.com find the information they need and to offer help to anyone needing a little extra assistance in getting settled in.