Wordpress is one of the few popular scripts out there that really is easy to learn and master. Like anything it will take time to get the hang of it. The more time you spend with it the easier it becomes. If you spend enough time experimenting it will become second nature. You won’t even need to think, you will be able to just whip something out in a matter of minutes.
Quote from WordPress:
[quote]WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.[/quote]
With that in mind it truly is one of the easiest and most popular platforms out there right now. The number of websites powered by WordPress is almost astronomical. And, if you are tired of fighting your current website software script, then it might even be worth switching.
It is possible to learn a lot about WordPress totally free just by signing up at wordpress.com. The backend will be nearly identical to a self-hosted WordPress site. The exceptions or drawbacks are that you won’t be able to install many 3rd party plugins, templates/frameworks, edit template files, and things like that. However, for free you will be able to get a feel for the backend administration area. You can learn how to post pages, insert images, create pages, create navigation menu’s, add and move widgets, and much more.
Sample sreen shots from within a FREE WordPress.com account:
You won’t have to commit or spend money on paid hosting right away. Spend some quality time with it and see if it is something you would like to pursue. Keep in mind you will be able to do a lot more with a self-hosted / paid hosting WordPress site.
If it is something you think you can handle and you like what you see consider using a good paid wordpress hosting company. You can get a decent host for $4-$10 per month, which is more than adequate for most sites. Other than that all you need to do is register and purchase a domain name, which will cost you $10-$15 per year.
Whether for personal or business it is relatively cheap when you crunch the numbers for an entire year. You certainly aren’t going to be able to start a business in your local community for a few dollars per month.
You can continue using the free WordPress.com website and pay nothing if that works for you too. There is nothing wrong with that aside from the advertisements they insert into your posts, and a few missing features you don’t get access to.
The bottom line is you can either use it for free, or use it as a free testing and learning ground before making a commitment.