Right. But also wrong! I’ll explain the ambivalence shortly 🙂
Let me first explain in a few sentences the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. I’ve already touched this subject in one of my previous posts. Basically, with WordPress.org you have to take care of everything – you need to find a hosting provider that suits you, you need to install WordPress, take care of your site’s security, updates and backups. You have full control, but it comes with a lot of responsibility.
On the other hand, you can set up a blog with WordPress.com in a matter of seconds. The folks from Automattic take care of every single detail I mentioned above and all you need to do is customize your website according to your needs and write, write, write, publish, publish, publish, and then write and publish some more.
Several years ago, my knowledge of the web consisted of some pretty basic stuff – I had an email, Facebook account and I knew how to Google an information that I needed. Below basic stuff actually 🙂 I used my computer mainly for playing games, browsing the web was a roughly 5% of my time spent in front of the computer.
And then, all of a sudden, I had a desire to create a website, so I started learning some basic HTML and CSS. Add a bit of a PHP and I made my first CMS. I learned everything by myself, thanks to the time we live in, anything you need can be found on the web. I also signed up for a class for Joomla! and WordPress administrator.
Taking this class introduced me to some powerful tools that already existed and which I can use in order to expand my knowledge. Although Joomla! was the focus of the lectures and WordPress was only covered in 1 hour (1 hour!), I fell in love with WordPress and I wanted to know everything about it.
So, I started by using WAMP combined with WordPress and I’ve built my first WordPress website in a local environment. Even though it wasn’t much of an achievement, I was amazed by the endless possibilities that WordPress offered. I browsed the forums, educational blogs I found on the web and I also asked my friend, who was already a part of the ManageWP team, to show me some WordPress tips and tricks.
In two months, I’ve already learned so much but I was aware that it was, but a drop in the ocean compared to how much knowledge I had yet to acquire. At the same time, there was a job opening 🙂
Edit (2019): The full (and expended) story ended up being a presentation at WordCamp Belgrade!