said 1 year, 4 months ago:
@einsley, I’ve been doing web design for 12 years now, but I love being able to look someone in the eye & say “yes, you can”
I wanted to add my voice to the Yes vote that you’ve already gotten.
Most hosting companies offer some kind of “auto install” of Wordpress. GoDaddy has their version & hosting companies like Hostgator have Fantastico as a part of your Control Panel where it doesn’t take any technical expertise to get it installed.
For the look of your website – there are hundreds/thousands of quality themes out there, and you’re safe from people potentially siphoning off information if you go with a professional/premium theme. [Some free themes have additional code inserted by the theme creator that sends them information about your site visitors - if you need it, I can dig up the article that I read on that for the details]
Expanding on the basics of what Wordpress offers is given to you in the Plugins that are there. And, there’s an excellent thread in the Blogging club on people’s favorite plugins.
Learning Wordpress – there are so very many resources out there including many video resources (http://wpacademy.tv/, http://www.wp101.com/ – etc) that you’ll easily find the steps you need depending on your bent towards “geek” or “extreme simple”.
Go for it , beat on it, & as @laurachristianson said, when you grow to the point that you can pay someone to take you to the next level, what you have learned will be invaluable because you’ll know the process & the expected outcome.