Ask most bloggers what they use, and they’ll say “Blogger.” And why shouldn’t they? Blog is right smack in the title. And Google owns it, and we all love Google, right? Blogger is also ridiculously simple—so simple that any dummy with a computer can use it, which is how, as a matter of fact, so many crazy people get on syndicated news shows (hint: if you want to get on a syndicated news show, just say something crazy and far-fetched). So Blogger…wait! This book isn’t about Blogger!
If Blogger is so ridiculously simple why would anyone want to use WordPress? Easy: because WordPress can put Bloggers blogsack in a knot if the two go fist to cuffs. WordPress is powered by fancy things like PHP and MySQL, and if often used as a CMS in web design. Not sure what those words mean? We’ll get that shortly, but for now just understand that they are unbelievably powerful. If you want to create a blog about different socks your grandma has sewn you for Christmas, then Blogger’s a pretty good fit—but if you want to create a blog that’s knock your socks off gorgeous, then read on and we’ll show you how.
Before continuing, be forewarned—this is not an in depth manual that covers the tiniest details about WordPress; this is a handbook for starters who want to master it quickly or just want to know what it’s all about. We are going to tell you everything you need to know in a way that you can understand.