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    Does anyone have a good tutorial I can follow with some good learning tips for WordPress? I currently have a blogger blog, which I'm not too crazy about & I've heard WordPress has a lot of advantages.

    View my blog here: http://blog.wedwithease dot com/ (hope this is okay, just for illustration purposes!)

    But, I'm not familiar with wordpress at all. I use Blue Host and it's already installed on the server for me to use, I just need to set it up & start using it.....

    Of course, I'm not much of a tech person, so it'll probably take me an entire day :-) so, I'm hoping someone has some tips for me.

    Thank you so much!!

    ~Layla D. Smith

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    Layla,
    Definitely check out Traci's Genesis Blogging blog for a lot of great info. She also has a new course called Beginning to Blogger that will take you step by step through everything Wordpress. You'll find the link to that on her blog.
    ~Angie~

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    You're wise to consider a move, though many Blogger blogs last for years. Blogger has a lot of limits, most obviously you're essentially a guest on a free hosting service that can (and occasionally does) delete blogs from time to time. Blogger can be very useful as a secondary webspace, but it's generally best to have your own paid space.

    Don't make the common mistake of confusing WordPress with the free hosting service at WordPress.com. WordPress, the blogging software, originates from WordPress.org and must be installed on your own web space. WordPress.com is simply a free host, like Blogger, but using WordPress software. It also has a reputation for being more restrictive than Blogger.

    Setting up a site with your own WordPress installation is... easier than most any other way to start such a website, but you can expect some hair-pulling moments. Thankfully, there are so many users of it on the web, that it's usually easy to get an answer to a question.

    If you sign up with a low-cost hosting service like HostGator or Dreamhost (the 2 that I use), you can go into your user control panel and install WordPress very easily by automation. In HostGator, it's done through something called "Fantastico". In Dreamhost, it's "Free Website Software" > "One-Click Installs". You always want to use the "advanced mode" not the "easy mode". Some people will argue that there's some benefit to hand-installing WP through FTP, but I've done both many times and see no reason not to do it the automated way.

    Follow the instructions and you'll have your own WordPress site very quickly. Now you can customize it by choosing from the thousands of "themes" or templates available, plugins and so forth. There are scores of free plugins at WordPress.org that automate websites in ways that could otherwise cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to do.

    I recommend that WordPress users eventually (not necissarily right away) read up on the basics of the HTML and PHP, which are at the core of WordPress. A good and free place to do that is w3schools.com.

    As for where to learn about WordPress, the best place to start is WordPress.org, which has a huge inventory of tutorials.

    I have the rough beginnings of a site on WordPress, myself (no ads or aff. links yet!). I've got my list of essential plugins and some other beginner WP articles there: WordPress Business Review.

    Wade Watson

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    Take a look at video #2 in my website - it shows you how to auto instal Wordpress. Also, if you scroll down to the bottom of my website, you will see a download to "The Free Web Design Ebook", which is a tutorial on basic Wordpress installation and what to do after you have installed it.
    Last edited by Getagrip; August 15th, 2009 at 03:01 PM.

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    Angie: Thanks for that information. One question though, with so much stuff "free" on the web, is there something that makes that ecourse worth paying $40 for?

    Wade: the wordpress software is already on my websites server. I just need to get it up & running, basically, set the blog up. Once it's up, I need to know how to "import" my blogger posts into the Wordpress blog. Is that even possible? I use BlueHost. And, the blog will be the button on my site. if you go to http://www.wedwithease dot com, there is a menu option for the blog. It currently takes you to the blogger one. That's the one I want to replace. So, it won't be a WordPress site, but it will be a WordPress blog on my site. Hopefully, this makes sense. Thanks for giving me the links for the information. I'm very glad to see there are plenty of places to find helpful information.

    Getagrip: Thanks, I'll def check out the video, perhaps I won't need to call my host for help with the install. :-)

    Bostdorff: Thank you! I'll def check out these videos too.

    Thanks to everyone for all the assistance. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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    You can import a blog from Blogger into WordPress. It's basically simple, but it can get complicated depending on exactly what you want to do. Getting the text is easy. In your WordPress Dashboard, go to: Tools > Import > Blogger > Authorize. The process is built into WordPress. You'll just need to log into your Blogger account at some point.

    If you have images on your blog, there's more you should do. Once you've made the above transition, you will have all of your Blogger entries in WordPress and you will see you images there. However, those images will still be hosted at Blogger. I've not found any fully automatic way to move images. You'll have to move them by hand. If you have a lot of them, there's a Firefox addon called Down-Them-All that downloads all the images on a page. It can help with the process.

    Remember that all the incoming links you've built up while using Blogger will still go there and not to your WordPress blog. Blogger dislikes users using redirect scripts on their blogs, so the only real way is to have a note in your last post that tells gives visitors a link to your new site.

    If you want to make the transition gradual to minimize search standing loss, the best way is to register your new domain name, then, in Blogger's settings, place the domain on the Blogger site. This way both traffic to the old blogspot address and to the new .com address will go to your Blogger blog. Keep the old blog a few months this way while getting the word out about your new domain name. Then move the domain name to your new WordPress blog.

    I hope that helps.

    Wade Watson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layla D. Smith View Post
    Angie: Thanks for that information. One question though, with so much stuff "free" on the web, is there something that makes that ecourse worth paying $40 for?
    You're welcome!

    As for the e-course, I would say it's worth it because everything is in one place, Traci walks you through blogging every step of the way and it's much easier to follow one person teaching rather than 50 million on the Internet (OK maybe an exaggeration but it's easier to follow one successful person and get things done the right way the first time).

    Sure there is tons of free info out there but I value my time and would rather learn it all in once place if it could get me started on the road to success faster
    ~Angie~

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    Okay, my mistake, I didn't really make my point, the niche it appears is for people who are "brand new" to blogging. I'm not brand new. I'd just hate to spend the money if it's information that I already know. Of course, if it's specific to WordPress, I won't know it. But, really, how different is WordPress from Blogger? 1) Are they very different from each other and 2) does her e-book focus on specific details about WordPress or just blogging in general?

    Thanks again!

    ~Layla

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    Layla try this it is free http://mattgarrett.com/ - there's an ebook and video on the right hand sidebar

    All The Best

    Alex

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    Hi Layla
    Sorry - just now saw your questions about my eCourse. To answer your questions specifically: yes, the eCourse is about WordPress specifically, aside from week one when you get a domain name registered, hosting setup and WordPress installed via Fantastico (which you already have); the remaining lessons also cover things such as:

    • finding your way around the wp-admin area
    • finding your way around the wp-admin area
    • setting up Categories and special considerations when doing so
    • How to Write/Edit Posts & Pages
    • How to use the HTML Editor, including how to insert links, images, video &
    • audio - as well as how to 'cloak' affiliate links
    • How to Install Plugins, Widgets & Themes (including my recommendations)
    • How to update your blog and tips on keeping it up to date
    • Customizing a WordPress Theme
    • Adding an Autoresponder form to your theme


    .... surprise bonuses and more.

    All lessons are in both PDF and video format - so you can read them, or watch me do each lesson on video. The lessons are geared toward those who are new to blogging and/or new to WordPress. Since the lessons go into great detail on using WordPress specifically, if you are new to WP, then this eCourse will help you learn WordPress.

    Let me know if you have any other questions, I'd be glad to help.

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