I am, although still extremely n00by, a semi-competent web designer and developer and I have decided to start a blog. I have heard all about this WordPress phenomena and I am really excited to give it a try!
Now, I really want my blog to stand out, and from what I can gather, installing WordPress locally gives me full customizability as I have the freedom to 'create my own theme' so to speak. Is that the correct terminology, first of all?
Also, I've heard that by installing WordPress locally, it removes the limitations of having a 'paid' or 'free' version. This would make sense since it is on your own PHP server.
How difficult is this to do? I'm assuming you create a design, and integrate the WP features through PHP?
Any suggestions are appreciated!