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Getting Help With wordpress.com

In an earlier post, I talked about the different versions of WordPress available, and I want to direct your attention to where you can get help for the different versions. Some of the help crosses the lines between versions.

WordPressMU

While WordPressMU is the power behind wordpress.com, and the software running it is an alpha version of WordPress 1.6, if you are a host or want to host a WordPressMU site, then all the help you need can be found at http://mu.wordpress.org, the WordPressMU Support Forum. The issues handled there relate to installation, and care and feeding of WordPressMU sites.

While WordPress 1.6 and WordPressMU continue to be in alpha and beta testing, it is best to report problems and issues you may have with wordpress.com there, or through the new Feedback button on each of the Administration Panels in WordPress.

wordpress.com

Bloggers using wordpress.com are limited in what they can and can’t do. You can choose a WordPress Theme but not adjust or edit it. You can create as many Pages and Categories as you like, and you can post whatever you want, including images, podcasts, music, and other media. What you cannot do is get under the hood of WordPress and manipulate it to your heart’s desire. That’s for the full version of WordPress.

For help on passwords, access, error messages, and problems with Themes and posting, contact your host server, be it wordpress.com or one of the other hosts offering WordPressMU blogging services.

As WordPress 1.6 is still in alpha-testing, it is best to ask questions and find answers in the WordPressMU Support Forum. But there are a few other places where you can also get help to understand what you can do and how it all works, like in the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress users. Some of the following cover the full version of WordPress, but they also apply to various features found in wordpress.com.

Full WordPress

Just about everything you want to know about WordPress can be found on the WordPress Support Forum and the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress users.

With the full version of WordPress, you can customize and change just about everything and anything. Sometimes that freedom ends of breaking your blog, so take care to read the many instructions, help, tips, and advice found on the Forum and the Codex. WordPress member volunteers have worked overtime to make sure that the Forum and Codex are as helpful as possible, so search first as you are probably not the first with this problem, and ask on the Forum if you need more help.

To help you find specific information, the WordPress Codex is divided up into related areas:

Getting Involved and Contributing to WordPress

For the most part, just about everything the user gets with WordPress is free and developed by volunteers who do the programming, code writing, documentation writing and editing, answering questions on the forum, promoting WordPress, and…okay, you get the point. The whole thing is open source and run by volunteers.

If you want to help WordPress, there are many ways to contribute your time, effort, and money. Come join the fun as a member of the WordPress Community.

3 Comments

  1. Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    This is an excellent adjunct to the WordPress community. Keep up the good work and let all the newbies experience what is offered. I’m still in the learning stage and would love to get as much references and information possible!

    Alvin

  2. Posted November 20, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, I am a beginner blogger. I cannot working out how to add images and utube clips to my blog. It comes up with a HTTP error. Why is this? It is driving me in sane! Can anyone help me?? I have asked so many people but noone can work it out. I am doing the right thing apparently. Can you help please??
    Thanks!!


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