Getting Started with WordPress.com
Here's an example of how easy it is to start using WordPress. Let's assume you have been tasked with creating a website for your local chapter martial arts club.
To start with WordPress.com, follow these steps:
- Go to the main WordPress.com site at http://wordpress.com.
- Click the Sign Up Now button.
- Create a user name and password, and fill in the email address. Be sure to review the terms of service and check the box that states you have read and agree to them. Click Next. See Figure 1.1.
Figure 1.1 The Sign Up screen on WordPress.com.
- Name your blog. The blog domain is the web address where people will find your blog. By default, it is the same name as your user name. Change the blog domain if you want to use a web address different than your user name. The Blog Title is the name of your blog. You can change this at any time in the blog settings. Select the language your blog uses and choose your privacy option. Finally, click Sign Up. See Figure 1.2. For our example, I used the blog domain bostaff.wordpress.com, the title "Fox Cities Martial Arts," left the language as English, and chose to make the blog visible to search engines.
Figure 1.2 Choose your blog address and title.
- Update your profile. Enter your first name, last name, and little text about yourself. When you are done, click Save Profile. See Figure 1.3.
Figure 1.3 Include a little more information in your profile.
- Check your email. When you get the confirmation message from WordPress.com, click the link to activate your blog. The link takes you to a page that says Your Account Is Now Active. See Figure 1.4. Click the link on the page to view your site or log in. Until you receive the email and click on the link, you cannot publish any content to your blog.
Figure 1.4 After your account is active, you can log in and start creating content.
- Click View Your Site.
Congratulations, you've just created your first blog! When you come back to WordPress.com, you can either log in directly at your blog address—for example, http://bostaff.wordpress.com—and use the Log in link, or go to http://wordpress.com.