WordPress.com is a free web hosting service available by Automattic. This tutorial is designed to help you sign up for your first WordPress.com Website from start to finish.
Go to WordPress.com to start to sign up process.
The sign-up page on WordPress.com is where you enter the information WordPress needs to set up your site. You will need to provide:
- Username: Your username is the name you use to sign into WordPress.com.
- Email Address: This is the email address WordPress.com will use to notify you about comments and other site notifications and the address you may use in case you lose your password and username. Be sure it is an active email account and that you have access to your email.
- WordPress.com Sub-domain Address: This is the part of your web address that you get to pick. Try to keep it short and to the point, words or numbers without spaces.
- Choose Free Site: You have several options for extra features on WordPress.com depending on what your project requires. For the scope of this we will be selecting Beginner.
- Beginner: With this feature set you will get a free blog, 3GB of online storage, and community support.
- Premium: With Premium you get all the features of the Beginner plus, your own domain, larger amount of storage space up to 13GB of online storage, no ads from WordPress.com, custom design, VideoPress, and upgraded support from the community to direct e-mail support from Automattic.
- Business: With this feature set you get all the features of the Premium and Beginner with the addition of unlimited online storage, and unlimited premium themes, and upgraded support to live chat.
After picking an available name click “No thanks, I’ll use the free address.” They have a feature to help you create a strong password.
Choose the level of WordPress.com features that you would like.
Click on the button at the bottom of the WordPress.com Beginner column that says Create Blog.
You will then be taken to the screen to fill in your Site Title and Tagline.
Site Title and Tagline
On the site Title Page you will be asked for your
- Blog Name: This is the name that your site will be known by, the title of the site. It may be any word, phrase, or short sentence, the name you will call your site when talking to others.
- Tagline: This should be a sentence or two that is the essence of what your site is about. Consider it the subtitle of your site.
- Preferred language: WordPress.com supports 21 different language interfaces. Choose the language you will need to read the WordPress backend interface.
Click next to move on to the Site Theme Page.
From here, you may just skip the next steps and get right to writing on your site, but if you do choose to continue, here are the rest of the steps, which you may do at any time after completing this process, making changes as your site develops.
Site Theme and Customization
On the Site Theme Page you can look through a few of the different themes that are available. Pick one. You can change it any time you’d like.
The next step is to customize the Theme. It is highly recommended to skip this until you are more familiar with WordPress. You will want to see how it looks with content in it and have the design evolve as you learn more and more about how WordPress works. Next we will be connecting to our social media.
Connect to Social Media
Here you can connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. You will be prompted to login accordingly. The Publicize feature of WordPress allows your site’s posts to publish on your social media channels when you hit the publish button, saving you time and energy doing it yourself.
Once you click next you will be completed with this tutorial and it will move you to the first post of your new site.
Writing Your First Post
For some helpful tips on your first post check out these other articles:
- How to Construct the Perfect Post – ClarkWP
- How to Construct the Perfect Post Part 2 – ClarkWP
- Writing Posts from the WordPress Codex
- Publishing yourself – Learn WordPress.com