The Basics of for the Clueless

by BrendaReeves is a self-hosting website. You own the website and can do anything you want with it, and you don't share the revenue with anyone else.

Techies you're excused. Reading this will be like watching grass grow. But, if like me, you need information broken down into small pieces; fed to you slowly and you have to chew it over and over again before you understand it, you've come to the right place.

First, let me introduce myself. I'm a former resource specialist/teacher. I taught learning disabled students for several years. I have a Master's degree in education/learning disabilities. I have three teaching credentials from the state of California: K-12, Secondary English and Resource Specialist. I am also learning disabled.

Whether you are learning disabled or not, I know how you think. I know because I think the same way. I had a colleague who would tell everyone:"Brenda, could teach a rock how to read." So, if like me, you are a rock when it comes to learning new things, stick around. You are going to learn something new, and I'm going to break it down into the most minute particles possible. It's called a task analysis. and

The Difference

The difference between and is simple. Both are software programs that you use to build a website and both are free. has some control over what you can post on your website. They do not let you make money by placing affiliate marketing ads on your blog or website. They keep 100% of the money they make.

When using, the website is 100% yours. You can monetize it (make money off of the ads)  all you want. You don't have to share money made through advertising with anyone. You choose the advertisers. If you want to set up a store and sell goods you may do that. You do need to find a website hosting service also known as an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

A website hosting service such as BlueHost stores your  website on a public server so the public can access it.

Since your goal isn't to become a techie, that's all the information you need right now. Let's get your website up and running so you can start making money.

Do You Catch on to New Things Quickly


It's Easy: So They Say

Don't you hate it when people say "it's easy" yet you find it difficult? Me too. If the truth be told, there are probably thousands of other people who find it difficult too, but they keep it a secret so they won't appear stupid. That's what we're all thinking: We're stupid.

When we go to school, we're taught by a teacher who must follow a curriculum. She/he plugs every student into that curriculum as if everyone learns at the same pace and manner. It's not her fault. It's called mass education. It's sink or swim. We all learn differently. I could give you a lesson on what learning disabled means, but you want to get to building that website. Just keep in mind that you aren't stupid whether-or-not you are learning disabled. Here's a piece of trivia for you: Many geniuses are learning disabled.

Go to That's very important. Make sure you're not on You'll see a blue button that says "Download Wordpress 3.5.1". You are going to click that on and go through their five minute install. It's easy!

As I recall, I ran into trouble with this. I don't remember if it was because I couldn't figure it out, or if I took one look at it and became overwhelmed which I often do. I solved the problem though. Read on to see how I did it.

Finding a Web Host


There are many web hosts to choose from on the Internet. Since we are clueless, we need one that provides a lot of support. provides a list of hosting sites from which to choose. They recommend Bluehost as their favorite provider. That's the one I signed up for since wordpress vouched for it. I once used Host Gator, and was happy with them as well.

When I first signed up with Bluehost, I took one look at their website and immediately became overwhelmed. It was panic attack time. I knew it would take me hours if not days to figure this stuff out, so I did what I always do in those situations. I called them up and explained that I was trying to set up a website, but I was clueless and would they please connect it for me. They did.

An even better approach would be to call them and say that you are shopping for a web host but you know absolutely nothing about this stuff and would they connect you to your website. They want your business, so they'll say yes.

I'm going to be honest now: If you sign up under my Bluehost link, I will make a commission. As of today, it's $65. Once you are signed up with Bluehost you can also make a $65 commission for every new customer you send to them. I've been very happy with them. They've provided a lot of support. The techs probably get frustrated with me, but they don't show it.

So there your have it, you can now start building your website. I'm writing a series of articles on how to build a website on Wordpress for all of us clueless people so be sure to check back later for a link to that information.

Updated: 05/25/2013, BrendaReeves
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katiem2 on 01/23/2017

I pick up on most things relatively quick and easy but when it comes to topics like wordpress there is just so many aspects to include and therefore find this article helpful and well written, slow and all inclusive. Great work!

BrendaReeves on 09/25/2013

Thanks for the comment, olog. Learning it is more labor intensive than anything else.

ologsinquito on 09/24/2013

Hi Brenda, you have such a nice writing style and this was so informative. I've been afraid of Wordpress because I heard it was difficult.

Tolovaj on 05/25/2013

It's a bit confusing when we see COM is free and ORG is payable service. I use only free Wordpress at the moment to support my sites which are made by Joomla, but in the future I will probably set few self hosted Wordpress blogs because I found it much more SEO friendly. We just set couple of sites aiming at US. I am thinking about using Bluehost as a hosting service too because I have heard a lot of good reviews about it.
But we'll have to test a lot of things before we make this step, so this won't be before next year. Thanks for your recommendation.

BrendaReeves on 04/01/2013

As I said, I am writing a series on this. Bluehost offers special pricing for the first year. I got it really cheap, because I signed up for three years. I knew I would be keeping my blogs going.

katiem2 on 04/01/2013

Thank you so much. I'm the wordpress clueless. I've only worked with host gator which is dummy proof but a bit pricey. I need to get on the wordpress know how list. I'll be reviewing this over again. :)K

BrendaReeves on 04/01/2013

I bought a premium theme from them about a year or so ago. With a premium theme, you are still limited to what you can do with the site, because it's really just a template. Are you saying that with the upgrade, they will put the ads on and give you a share of the profits. What does an upgrade do for you?

dustytoes on 04/01/2013

No, that site was an "ungrade" offered by WP, so I don't know anything about it. I upgraded so I wouldn't have to worry about the selling part. Now I have the option to "buy a premium theme" also. I don't know how much good that would do.

BrendaReeves on 04/01/2013

That's right, Pam. Did Anne transfer it for you? It will still say .com. If she did, go ahead and start monetizing it. My next article will be about navigating the website and then designing it.

dustytoes on 04/01/2013

This is a good beginning page about websites Brenda. I assume that if you have a .com site it can be changed to a .org - since I think that is what happened with my seashell blog. You can have a .com URL on a .org WP site? I didn't have to download anything- or is that only for people just starting a site? I guess mine was more of a transfer, and if that's the case I can monetize it.

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