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WordPress.com Resources for Beginners (and video, too)

Learning Nerd has a list of beginning resources for WordPress.com users, including videos from edublogs.org, one of the first to embrace WordPressMU, the engine behind .

We’re still looking for volunteers to help create screencasts and videos for the , the online manual for WordPress users, so if you are interested, let me know or visit the how to volunteer and contribute to the WordPress Codex page and get involved.

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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network

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4 Comments

  1. Posted August 23, 2006 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Is WordPressMU actually opertable to others other than WordPress.Com?
    I always try to install it and I get the d=feeling it’s really buggy and unfinished. The WordPressMU website isn’t very up to date, as well.

    Hmm.. interesting. I would love to a WordPress.Com for Israelis.

  2. Posted August 23, 2006 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Check the WordPressMU forum and installation information for requirements. You need a hefty server setup. It’s not for the timid, it’s for serious networking services. It is not WordPress. It is designed to host THOUSANDS and MILLIONS of users not one or three or even 20, though it can.

    Read through the installation information and requirements and the forum for details. Yes, it is still new and being improved all the time, but there are quite a few WordPressMU sites running including edublogs.org and WordPress.com.

    I’ll talk to Donncha about updating the site. Thanks for reminding me.

  3. timethief
    Posted August 23, 2006 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    I cannot locate the specific article where you were requesting “tips” for new bloggers at wordpress.com. I have just come from the forum with both a migraine headache a tip I would like to submit to you. Please feel free to relocate it to wherever you feel apprpriate.

    As this is a support forum it doesn’t make much sense to post a support request with a title like
    (1) can anyone help;
    (2) help me;
    (3) or any other titles on the same pathetic plea line.

    To secure help on a specific issue it makes sense that you supply specific, and descriptive topical titles for your support request posts for at least six reasons.

    (1) All questions are answered by volunteers with varying degrees of experience and different blogging habits – most are inclined to skim the list of threads and answer questions about topics they deal with frequently themselves. By not including a descriptive title you are ensuring that your request will be skimmed over more than once before someone actually opens and reads it.

    (2) Once answers are provided and issues are resolved the forum search box can be used to retrieve these specific title threads when the same problems present in the future. A thread with a helpless plea title will not be of future use to anyone.

    (3) The overall delivery of support services is improved when new bloggers can lighten the load by using specific terms in the forum search box to get answers to their own questions more quickly than by asking on the forum.

    (4) Using descriptive and specific topic titles leads to speedy information location and consquently those who have used the 3 basic resources (a) the pink sticky topics at the head of the forum (b) the FAQs blog (c)and the forum search box will enjoy a shorter waiting time for answers.

    (5) As the support system works more effectively and quickly the satisfaction level with it also increases.

    (6) Human beings always experience pride when they can do for themeslves. Likewise they experience pride when they work together to improve a support system that they all use. The tradition of self improvement and service delivery improvement is what the WordPress community has been built on. And striving to achieve excellence is an attitude that affirms your place in the WordPress family of bloggers.

  4. Posted August 23, 2006 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    The instructions and guide for using WordPress Support Forums is on the WordPress Codex, with a guide very similar to your well written one. I’ll repost this in a better way. Volunteers and support seekers always need reminding. Thanks.


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