Takes seconds, costs nada
You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. All you need is an email address. You'll get your own WordPress.com address (like you.wordpress.com, you can switch to a custom address later if you'd like), a selection of great free and customizable designs for your blog (we call them themes), 3 gigabytes of file storage (that's about 2,500 pictures!) and all the other great features listed here. You can blog as much as you want for free, your blog can be public to the world or private for just your friends, and our premium features are completely optional.
Over a hundred gorgeous themes
You can change the look of your blog with over 100 hundred attractive themes ranging from professional to fun to crazy, and you can switch themes instantly with just a click of a button. Each theme allows you to customize your sidebar using widgets, and several themes let you upload your own photo or image for the header bar. We add themes regularly based on user requests. If you're a CSS pro, you can also customize your CSS code.
Integrated stats system
One of our most popular features is our stats system. It's designed to give you up-to-the-minute stats on how many people are visiting your blog, where they're coming from, which posts are most popular, and which search engine terms are sending people to your blog. It's also available as a plug-in for self-hosted WordPress.
A great tool for writing
It's easy to create great posts with WordPress.com. Uploading photos is easy, as is using services like Flickr or Photobucket. You can embed videos from YouTube or Hulu. And we know how frustrating it is to lose hours of work, so when you're writing we continuously save your post, just in case.
Let's get those 15 minutes
When you write a post and add relevant tags, we automatically add them to our global tag system and tag surfer, driving new traffic as other people interested in the same topics as you will find your post and leave comments on your blog. You'll be at the top of our Blogs of the Day in no time.
Over 50 languages
So far, we've been able to offer native versions of WordPress.com in over 50 languages. Not just our home page—we're doing Blogs of the Day, forums, and even tags in whatever language you prefer. If you're a polyglot, you can help with the community translation process.
A great blogging community
WordPress.com is a community and conversations continue from one blog post to another and through the comments. Our tag surfer feature makes it easy for you to find like minded bloggers interested in the same topics as you and connect with them.
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I have my own WordPress site and I find it very engaging to write my thoughts and express myself through my blogs. One of the strengths of this tool is that it walks you through making a website for free even if you are just starting. It will help you build your own themes, platforms and other widgets on your site through the dashboard. You can also check your daily stats. Although I agree that when I first use the site, I got confused when using the dashboard myself but I get by easily because of the helpful FAQs.
Through my blogs here at WordPress, I talked about my personal experiences and learning in life and when I talked about a certain topic with regards to my lessons, I let my students share their thoughts and opinions with it. I recommend this to all.
I use WordPress as for building full websites. Over the years it has grown functionality far beyond it's original basic blog structure. A huge strength of WordPress is that it is open source. There are countless free "themes" available to customize the look and feel of ones blog or website. It is a highly flexible platform. One complaint I have is the backend/administrator page is sometimes less than intuitive. Overall I have not found a better platform for creating websites and blogs quickly and easily.
I am a wordpress fan, and use it for my own blog. I would not agree with their self-assessment that it is easy to use, however. Perhaps easy to get started, but mastering the full suite of tools at your disposal on the dashboard requires some skill and experience.
A better student blog tool might be google sites.
I use wordpress for my blog and love its simple and easy to use interface. As a teaching tool, if used properly, it is very engaging for students. I have seen student blogs with thousands of followers all over the globe! Think of an ongoing formative assessment for the world to see.