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

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What Is WordPress.org?

WordPress.org, offering the self-hosted WordPress application, is the most popular free, open source blogging application you can use to create a blog or website. To use WordPress.org as your blogging application, you need to pay for a web host to store and serve your content to your blog visitors. Once you secure a hosting account, you can register a domain name for your blog (also for a fee), upload the WordPress application from WordPress.org to your account, and publish your blog.
 
WordPress.org offers the most customization options of any blogging application by far. Users can access the CSS code and all the files needed to modify their WordPress.org blog design or its functionality, add plug-ins (extra features ...

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