There are two user interfaces at wordpress.com and the one you see depends on how you log in. When the site is first set up and you log in to it for the first time, a simplified interface is displayed, but there is a more advanced one and this is what we will use here.
Why not use the simple interface, after all, it is easier to use?
Building a website at wordpress.com should be a learning experience and you will learn much more if you use the standard WordPress back end.
If you ignore the simple interface and use the traditional WordPress admin interface, you will learn valuable skills that can be applied to self-hosted (sometimes called .org) WordPress websites.
The aim is to use wordpress.com to learn WordPress by building a small test site and then to launch your real site on a self-hosted installation.
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