How to set up a blog in WordPress.com step by step
set up a website or blog, and have also decided to use WordPress.com as the platform?
If you have decided to set up a website or blog, and have also decided to use WordPress.com as the platform on which your new project will be based. There is a wealth of information about using WordPress available, but the best way to learn about this powerful and adaptable piece of software is to start using. With that in mind, let’s take a look getting everything set up.
Head to www.wordpress.com in your Internet browser to see the very simple sign in/sign up page. You can click the arrow at the bottom of the screen to read more about WordPress.com features (and there are lots of new features to discover) or just click the “Create Website” button.
The first thing you need to do is choose the type of website you want to create. This choice will define the themes you can initially choose and a few other options, but it can be changed at any time so you don’t need to worry about it too much at this point in the process.
Next, you can choose an initial theme from the selection provided. As mentioned, the exact choices available will vary. Again, if you are unsure, just pick anything and move on, you can change your theme at any time once everything is set up on WordPress.com.
It is now time to choose a website address to use. If you are using WordPress.com as a host, the address will always finish with .wordpress.com. You can change to a self-hosted URL later on if you wish, but for now, go ahead and choose a name you like.
As you type your chosen domain name, you will see different top-level domain options (such as .org, .net and .com) along with the yearly price for each. You can also search for a completely different URL using the search field. Again, you can always upgrade later if you wish.
There are four different account options to choose from when using WordPress.com: Free, Personal, Premium and Business. Although both Premium and Business offer a free trial, there is a yearly charge for each after the trial ends. They do, however, offer a lot of additional options.
Now that you have your URL, theme and plan STEP 10 picked, you will need to create your login username and password, as well as entering a valid email address. As with the URL, the username you choose will need to be unique to your account. Make a note of your login details.
To fully activate your WordPress.com account, whether Free, Premium or Business, you will need to validate the email address you entered during setup. When the email arrives shortly after completing all set up steps, click the “Activate Account” button.
Back in WordPress, you will see that a basic site is displayed with some holder content, based on the theme you chose. The menu bar on the left lets you choose an action to perform (add a post, etc.,) You can open and close the menu by clicking “My site” at the top-left corner.
If you click on the site title at the top of the left sidebar to view the website or blog as it will appear in a browser, on a tablet, or on a phone. Use the controls at the top of the preview window to choose the view. Lots of sites are now viewed mainly on mobile, so this is a useful tool.
You can view and manage your blog via WordPress.com, as shown here. Alternatively, you can manage your blog through the more powerful Dashboard. To get to the dashboard of a specific blog, open the site in the browser and add “/wp-admin” to the end of the URL.
You should notice that the style of the backend changes (closer to how WordPress looks when self-hosted) and the URL changes. Rather than WordPress.com/ Your site, it will now display as oursite.Wordpress.com/wp-admin. This tells you that you are in the right Dashboard.
You can now start to explore the Dashboard, and take a look at what you can do for your WordPress. com blog. The main Dashboard contains a lot of useful information (or rather it will when you begin posting), such as a total number of published posts and pages, visitor stats, etc.
You don’t need to sign out every time you finish in the Dashboard, although it is a good idea if you share a computer with friends or family. To log out, roll your mouse pointer over the small avatar image in the top-right corner of the screen. From the menu, click “Sign Out”.
To sign back into your WordPress backend, you can either load www.wordpress.com in your browser, click “Log In” and enter your username and password. Or you can type www.yoursite.wordpress.com/wp-admin into the URL field, and then sign in.
If you have not already done so, it is now a good idea to take some time to sketch out the important pieces of your site, like the critical information and the pages you want to include. Making a plan now, even a rough one, can help make your blog or site easier to manage as it grows.