I'm new to WordPress and was hoping for some insight from those more experienced than I...
I recently started a Worpress.com blog and I really like the idea of moving over to WordPress.org for a variety of reasons.
Mainly though, I would like the flexibility of placing ads in the sidebar to earn a little money and offset hosting costs.
I'm not very good with CSS, but I'm not too bad with HTML. I notice that WordPress doesn't allow access to the HTML, therefore all customization is done via CSS.
I guess my question is, is there an easy way to customize the side bar and plug in banners / ad code using WordPress.org? I don't want to start spending money, and get in over my head without fully understanding the platform.