It’s a good video for the basic concept, but it doesn’t really distinguish WordPress from any other free blogging system.
I did like the fact that it took the newbie through the process of signing up. A lot of times, the registration process is the most baffling, least well-designed part of a site! So I’m sure a new person would find seeing the simple procedure very reassuring.
IMO, just an average. It was like a homemade video uploaded for YouTube (wasn’t it?) obviously because there was a part when the word “theme” was almost mispelled wrong. But well, the word “FREE” says it all about WP.Com. That’s it and thank’s for sharing.
Good production quality. The goals seemed to be portraying WordPress.com as fast and easy, and it met them. I like showing the signup process. I’ve signed up for every service on the face of the earth, and I really appreciate ones that get me “inside” as quickly as possible.
It’s ok, and offers a simple description of wordpress. It’s a bit biased, but who cares? WordPress is great
The only real problem I had was that he said you had “total control” over your blog which you really don’t.
It’s a pretty good video, perhaps a touch long? Although it does clearly explain some of the main advantages that WP offers.
I think it will be a good marketing tool for WP as people do tend to prefer to sit and watch a video rather than read about something. So if this is the reason for producing the video then it should work well.
Are you planning any more instructional videos, say for example when non-bloggers get invited to contribute to an existing blog?
Everything is explained very simply for those who are interested in getting started. Pointing out how to change your presentation was a good extra to have. However, in my opinion, it’s explained in such a way that is geared to newcomers to the internet. In other words, it comes off as super casual like a “(insert topic here) For Dummies” manual.
Really well planned tutorial vid, honestly. I’d just turn down the laid-backness a bit ^^;
anyone who has ever tried wordpress.com (or plain old wordpress) should already know that it’s that easy to configure and mantain a wordpress blog.
i guess this might be helpful for newcomers. they can have a taste of what they should expect. i doubt anyone will have trouble setting a blog up and using it, but, if you’re afraid to try it, fearing it’s going to be messy, this will surely put you on the right track.
It’s a pretty no-brainer tutorial, and only good for somebody who doesn’t already have a WP.com blog (except for the walkthru of how to change your theme).
I think it’s a great concept though (and great advertisement!), and could be very usefully extended to other topics like the following (many of which I have had to repeatedly explain to various friends):
How to create hyperlinks in post text, rather than just pasting in unlinked URLs.
(How to create hyperlinks in comment text)
How to upload pictures into a post, and how to manipulate the editing and linking options
How to use blockquotes in posts and comments
How to find and use permalinks for individual posts and comments
How to upload a custom header image
How to clean unused images out of your history of loaded images
How to use widgets (including some fine points of linkage using text widgets, special integration widgets like flickr, etc.)
It’s a bit weird to watch this. I think WordPress is really great in many ways but I wouldn’t have gotten this impression from this video. Many other places are free and getting a domain is not so hard. I have a domain elsewhere and I still use WordPress. Stealing from another high class product line you could simply say: ‘It just works’.
Overall the video is very well made, but if I wasn’t already using WordPress and KNEW how good it is, I’m not sure it would have sold me unless I’d read about WordPress somewhere else.WordPress is better than came across on the video. I think it could/should include more of a WOW! factor…
I would have ended with Free, rather than started with it. After, all aren’t other blogs, like Blogger for example, free as well? So free doesn’t really set WordPress apart from the pack. Although I do think you do get much more on WordPress, which didn’t really come across. Also to compare the “freeness” with “cost” of hosting is interesting. I would agree totally that you pay when you host, but you also have much more flexibility when you host. It isn’t comparing apples to apples really. Which brings me to the next point… saying you have total control over your WordPress.com blog – that isn’t true at all, and it’s the price you pay for the WordPress.com vs hosting.
You do have control over the design of course, but design is only one part of the blog, and the video seems to imply that being able to choose a new design = total control.
I’m sorry, but I couldn’t bear to listen to more than a few tens of seconds of it. The accent of the person who did the voiceover grates on my ears. I have no trouble listening to the vast majority of American accents (I’m Australian myself) but this speaker talks in a peculiar, idiosyncratic way that I’m just not accustomed to listening to. Perhaps not the ideal speaker if you want to maximise the international appeal of the video.
BORING!! The voice was too monotonous; the animations were too childish. There is too much emphasis on WordPress being free; you could also have shown about comments and static pages, uploading pictures/avatars, and add more effects with writing a post like Rube Rad pointed out. This video is too focused on starting a blog. You should have a series: on starting a blog (which this could be), one on the various abilities of posting entries and adding pages, one on widgets and other theme customizations (like headers), uploading and embedding outside material, and then one on upgrades.