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  • Resolved Peter Christian


    I am trying to get started. Am I to understand that I need a hosting plan to install my wordpress blog? Do I also need to register a domain name or can I use an existing one?

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  • @mercime


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    WordPress has many flavors, inlcuding
    1) setting up a free account at and have it hosted there e.g. at (provided it’s not taken yet) and then choosing your theme and starting to blog. Later you can buy a domain name e.g. and have it mapped over
    – this model aleviates you of many technical aspects of setting up and let’s you start blogging right away
    2) downloading WordPress from, buy domain name, buy webhosting (or self-host in own server) then installing it yourself, customizing your own theme and take care of spam, hack attacks, etc. and of course blog
    – or hire a person/company to set it up for you and/or maintain the site
    3) download WordPress Multi-User from – but that’s on the more advanced level and includes virtual directories etc.

    Your choice. Good luck.


    WordPress has a whole lot of documentation on ‘Getting Started’. You should check it out:

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