Who’d have thought the customization aspect of WordPress.com (yes, the FREE one) could be so… addicting.
I can barely make time for school, let alone a decent post, after applying this new theme. And to think I simply implied the extent of customization from the word ‘free.’ I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
On the exterior, WordPress.com looks relatively simple. At a glance, the Dashboard can even appear entirely blog-oriented. But, what I failed to understand until recently, is that every basic element of a website is present (to some degree) and accessible to the novice blogger.
This is news to me.
The elements of a free WordPress blog are themselves very simple. It’s clear that WordPress.com aims to make starting and maintaining your first blog an effortless experience. And effortless it is!
To my knowledge, a blogger can go from concept to their first published post within minutes; truly an awesome service.
What remains unclear to the first time blogger is the ability to combine these elements as they increase in number. Combining Posts, Pages, Links, Menus, and Widgets, with a tad of basic HTML, to create more than just the average blog, requires a better understanding of the role each must play.
Experimentation led me to discover several ways of creatively combining elements to achieve desired effects. Most notably, I found the ability to add additional HTML code, to nearly any text, useful in making subtle, yet distinctive changes in my blogs appearance.
However joyful the discovery, it has only fueled my desire to self-host. WordPress.org is incredibly attractive. The ability to edit fonts and the color palette, two aspects that play such an instrumental role in overall appearance that you must pay for them separately, is undoubtedly the biggest drawback to a free WordPress.com blog.
All of this my opinion, of course.
Summary: Learn the basics of HTML. It’s almost too easy to comprehend and, most importantly, you’ll have no excuse for an ugly blog.
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