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Is there anything out there superior to Wordpress for starting a blog?

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My response will only start the conversation, and it will only be partially helpful. It depends on what kind of "superior" we're looking for. WordPress is popular (not necessarily superior) because it offers so much flexibility. With the vast number of possible themes, and then the vast, vast, vast number of plugins that you can add to enhance your site, you have an extraordinary number of possibilities without having to write any code. It's the website builder's answer to LEGO building blocks.

 

To those who can do HTML coding and want **real** flexibility, WordPress would be restrictive and limited, while the vast number of choices that WordPress offers might make it unnecessarily complicated for someone who's intimidated by lots of menus and choices and who just wants a simple, no-frills site.

 

Figuring out exactly what you want is important, though, 'cuz you'll be living with it for a long time. Don't let that shake you up; probably no one makes the perfect decision, but we can all make one that's good enough. Just take a little time to organize the info, and you'll make a choice that's reasonable for you.

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I do not know HTML and have no time or interest to learn. I tried to build a site before using RV Site Builder with great frustration.

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There are plenty of hosts that offer a free WordPress site. Not all of them are people you'd want to pay for an upscale site, but you can get a free site, just to play around with it, and see how WordPress works.

 

Sadly, some frustration is "part of the experience," I think. Google will show you lots of tutorials on setting up WordPress. Many, many of these are by hosting providers, whose instructions will include getting a website from them. If you're just playing around with a free site to learn, it won't matter, I suppose. You'll just throw it away, anyway.

 

I'd set a free Saturday aside, or whatever free day you might be able to manage, and give it a try. If you decide WordPress is for you, you might consider buying a book on setting up & using WordPress (there are a lot of them; try to avoid one that's outdated).

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Up and running on Wordpress.com. (I paid extra for the extra support because I will need it.)

 

Thanks for your help.

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