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WordPress for beginners: .org or .com ?

If you are thinking of starting a blog or creating a website, probably you’ve considered WordPress. You search on the web and come across wordpress.com AND  .org. Why are there two? Are they both official? Is one only for blogs? Is just one free? For beginners, this can be a bit confusing. To help you understand the differences, I suggest reading WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which Is Right for YOU?, by Jazmine Betz at G2 Crowd:

“Before getting into the differences between .com and .org, it’s important to understand what WordPress is. WordPress is a free, open-source CMS based on the MySQL database management system and the PHP scripting language. While it can be used for any type of content, it’s a popular option for web content management. Web content management systems are used to build out websites, notably ones that frequently post fresh content, such as blogs, news sites and online stores.

WordPress has been so successful because it’s easy to use and offers users mobile- and SEO-friendly websites and hundreds of plugins. And since WordPress isn’t owned by a company — it’s maintained entirely by volunteers — the software is completely free.”
Keep reading the article on G2 Crowd

If you need a bit (or a lot!) of help to get your website designed, I can help you with that! Feel free to get in touch — I’d love to work on a project with you.

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New Skills & Courses I’ve taken – 1

Hi, all.

I’m a life-long learner. I’ve always liked trying to learn new skills or gain knowledge. I find this is even more important now that I’m not a spring chicken anymore – I really want to keep up! Here are some recent courses I’ve taken, some tiny and others extensive. I hope to keep adding to this:

I learned web design and development at Fleming College. By far the steepest learning curve was JavaScript. I was intrigued by that and by the UX design fundamentals we were taught.  Learning about web accessibility was a highlight.

my certificate from Fleming College in web design

Before I came back to Canada, I was pretty stressed-out about reintegrating into the labour force, so I took some time to take some courses on GoSkills.  I took courses in Finance, PHP, MS Word, and MS Outlook.

I also knew I needed to know Excel well, so I took an accredited class through Ontario Learn at Niagara College. I started it in Korea and then finished it up in Canada. So convenient! Yeah, Internet.  Here is the badge I earned:

So much more to come.   Keep learning no matter your age!

Thank you to Emily Morter for the stunning photo:

Emily Morter