As I mentioned in a previous post, I first considered using "wordpress" instead of FrontPage 2002. I went through numerous hoops and loops of this "easy" process and ended up with nothing.
I think I've found the answer at the following excerpt from a post on the wordpress.com Forum:
Something that has confused many people is the distinction between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. Let's clear it up.
wordpress.org is free blogging software. With wordpress.org, you can install themes and plugins, run advertisements, edit the database and even modify the PHP source code. wordpress.org is the home of this software. Anyone can download the software for free but it must be installed on a web server before it will work. Web servers are generally not free. Hosting your own wordpress software can be fun and rewarding; it also places full responsibility on the blogger. If you mismanage your web server, you can lose your entire blog.
For no charge, wordpress.org provides downloadable blog software, community mailing lists, community support forums, hosting recommendations, documentation, and free themes and plugins.
For no charge, wordpress.com provides web hosting, unlimited database storage with redundancy and backups, automatic software upgrades, community support forums, multi-lingual administration and themes, basic traffic stats, comment tracking, blog and post rankings and other features not available anywhere else. These features will always be free for blogs started on wordpress.com; if you ever find yourself being charged for these at wordpress.com, pinch yourself and wake up!
wordpress.com is a commercial enterprise owned by Automattic, a company started by the founding developer of wordpress and staffed by full-time developers, designers and support agents. It runs a multi-user version of wordpress called wordpress MU. WPMU is also free, open-source software. Developments sponsored by Automattic are regularly contributed back into wordpress.org so the community can benefit.
wordpress.com offers paid upgrades as a way to provide premium features without forcing bloggers to host their blogs elsewhere. These upgrades are optional. Basic blogs will always be free on wordpress.com and the basic services will continue to be upgraded with better features.
It is my understanding that wordpress.com installs only on the server and can only be used from there. Obviously, in my attempt to download the software onto my machine, I was using wordpress.org even though that is no excuse for it not to install properly.
Nevertheless, to make the switch to whichever form of wordpress is recommended, I need much more guidance. And since we want to make sure our pages look the way we want before uploading and we aren't doing a blog in the truest sense of the word, I don't think WP is for us.