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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Choosing a Host

WordPress.org is the application that allows you to create content for publishing on the web. However, you can’t publish that content on the web if you don’t have somewhere to upload and store it as well as a way to display it to people when they visit. That’s where a web host comes in.
 
A web host provides the space for you to store your content and serves it to visitors on the web. Because you have to pay for and maintain a hosting account to use WordPress.org as your blogging application, you’ll often hear WordPress.org referred to as self-hosted WordPress, while WordPress.com, which is hosted by WordPress, is referred to as WordPress-hosted.
 
Web hosting accounts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there’s an option ...

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