Introduction

WordPress is an open source blogging platform with the largest user base of any self-hosted blogging tool. Users can set up a blog on WordPress.com or install WordPress with a hosting company or on a personal server, allowing for flexibility and easy customization. It’s highly extensible, with a veritable treasure trove of add-ons and plug-ins available both on the official WordPress.org site and elsewhere on the Internet. Since the project is open source, it’s easy for developers to work with—and it’s free!

In this introduction, we talk about what a blog is and how to use it. We’ll tell you a little more about WordPress and give you an overview of the new features in WordPress 2.8. We’ll also explore the differences between WordPress.org ...

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