In This Chapter
Bloggers have a wealth of software platforms to choose from. You want to be sure that the platform you choose has all the options you're looking for. WordPress is unique in that it offers two versions of its software. Each version is designed to meet the various needs of bloggers.
One version is a hosted platform available at WordPress.com that meets the needs of bloggers who do not want to worry about installing or dealing with software; the other is the self-hosted version of the WordPress software available at http://wordpress.org, which offers users a bit more freedom and flexibility, as described throughout this chapter.
This chapter introduces you to both versions of the WordPress platform in order to enable to you choose which version suits your particular needs the best.