Thank you all SO much for helping me with this!! I purchased a domain name and hosting plan from Linksky, who I used to use for a Frontpage-designed website I ran for my Kindergarten class. I don't know exactly how to proceed from here, but the instructions with the WP download said to open up that sample thing in notepad and it wants you to insert database stuff...where do I get that info? Thanks so much for helping me! (I'm totally clueless, LOL)
P.S. I currently have a free blog at wordpress.com...is there a way to transfer it to my own domain name and use it in WordPress.org?