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The place to start when you want to build your own blog

How to Install and Configure WordPress

This is where to start if you want to build your own blog with functionality similar to this one, without having to fork out your hard earned cash to a web developer. Of course they can do it much faster and more easily, but then you'd miss out on all the fun of doing it yourself.

If this all sounds too hard, you can create your own blog with minimal effort on a service like or Blogger; but those services have restrictions. For maximum flexibility, you want to host it yourself.

To build a blog, here are the basic steps to take:

Consider Your Requirements

What is the purpose for your blog? Who would you like to reach? How will you reach them? What functionality do you require? In engineering-speak, the process of answering these questions is called requirements gathering and analysis. Blog software is pretty flexible, … Continue reading…

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Why I Switched From Joomla! to WordPress

If you've visited my home site before or are on my newsletter mailing list, you may have noticed that they look rather different now. That's because I recently switched from the Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) to WordPress.

Joomla! is a very powerful system and I know it reasonably well; I even wrote a feature article on building websites in Joomla!, but I eventually got tired of fighting to get it to do what I wanted on my home site.

Here are the main reasons behind my switch:

  • I finally realised that what I really want on my personal home site is a Blog, and blogging is WordPress's great strength.
  • Commenting and pingbacks are vital for engaging visitors and building traffic, and they are built in to WordPress.
  • I got tired of hacking my Joomla! template to get it to do things that WordPress can do by default, like
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