Joined: 28 Jun 09
30 Aug 09 5:39 am
It can be very frustrating trying to figure things out when you don't know what is going on.
Okay. Now, you can get started with a wordpress blog by using wordpress.com (the side that hosts "free" blogs). The only thing to be aware of here is that you are limited by the terms of service which will limit your ability to do certain things. Having a registered domain name that links to a hosted blog frees you up on what can do, as long as you stay within the bounds of the hosting, which generally are more limitations on types of sites you can have (ie not allowing "adult" sites).
The instructions for downloading and installing wordpress from the wordpress.org site is for when you need to install a wordpress blog on a site where you have hosting space. However, before going this route, I would check the hosting tools in the control panel, because the people that provides your hosting just might have a "one click" installation that sets up everything for you with just a few prompts. This is by far the easiest way to install wordpress on a site.
Wordpress is a database driven program, as are most "blogging" software tools that are available, so you would want a hosting site that allows you to have databases, which should be fairly easy to find.
Now, the instructions you were mentioning were for cases where you would have do set up the connection to the database yourself, which you would need only if the hosting site you choose does not have a tool to install wordpress for you.
I hope this helps somewhat. The best way to learn is to keep asking questions!