SIGNING UP WITH WORDPRESS
It is easy and safe to register with WordPress. Just go to WordPress.com here and type in a name for your WordPress site, even if it is just a “test site”. For those new to WordPress, see the sign-up form below. You don’t have to fill out the fields other than a name or title of your blog.
After typing in an answer to at least “What would you like to name your site?” which becomes your Site Title, click on Continue. On the next screen, type in a name or title which will become the Web Address of your blog. Important: check your spelling and that your web address name (URL) is what you really want.
WordPress will find out if the URL is available and if it is not, will offer suggestions. WordPress will also try to get you to pay for a plan, BUT go for the FREE option. Example shown below. We would click on the blue Select button next to the first suggestion (if this was a real thing, which it isn’t – in reality we wouldn’t want such a long-winded Web address, so would change the Site’s address (URL) to something more appealing and see if that was available free, or a close variation).
On the next screen, click “Start with Free” under the first Plan (Free Best for students). Note: the default (in blue) is the Premium paid plan but do NOT click on the blue button “Start with Premium” if you want a completely FREE blog.
On the next screen, fill in your email address and enter a password and choose a language if you want (English is the default), then check your In Box. Activate your WordPress account by clicking on the link in your email.
Once you have registered with WordPress, you can make your WordPress blog private by clicking on Settings in the pale blue dashboard then scrolling down the General page to Privacy then checking/ticking “Private”. It is a good idea to have your blog Private, while you are setting it up.
Once your new WordPress.com site is ready, you then need to understand how Menus work and how to configure or set up Sharing, Likes and Comments; and how to create blog posts and pages and edit them, add images, and other options such as how to schedule posts, if you want the latter option.
It can be fiddly for a beginner to initially work with WordPress, but once you get the hang of it, you will join the tribe of happy and satisfied WordPress bloggers. I wrote WordPress Guidelines on how to set up and maintain a WordPress.com blog, because I love writing and I see great benefit in having written instructions, to easily refer to and to share.
I am making my guidelines available to new WordPress.com Bloggers, as I believe that the WordPress Guidelines are a valuable & complete resource to the person who is new to using the WordPress.com platform.
Newly released WordPress Guidelines are now available!
Comprehensive guidelines with simple navigation to find solutions.
Save time when setting up or refining your WordPress blog or website.
For a small fee you could potentially save hours of your time by simply looking up what you need and finding the relevant content and instruction.
Written by an experienced WordPress Blogger to help people new to WordPress.
The WordPress Guidelines are for use with the free WordPress.com platform
Make sure you are 100% happy with your Blog title when signing up, and check that the spelling of your Blog title is correct – because your Blog Title may not be able to be changed later.
Make sure you enter a User Name for your WordPress account or registration, that you will be 100% happy with, because this is the Name that will appear as the name of the Author of your Blog Posts.
When registering with WordPress, don’t get bewildered with what type of website to choose. I recommend starting off with a Blog type (because you can always amend your WordPress Theme and site elements & structure later).
Click here to get the Guidelines!
The thumbnail image below shows the Features of the Paid Plans with WordPress.com – click on the picture.
Don’t get confused – WordPress.com will do the “hosting” for you. If you pay for a Plan with WordPress.com, this will enable benefits for your blog, such as removing advertising and increasing storage space for your blog / site. A lot more information is in the Guidelines about setting up a FREE WordPress blog or site with the WordPress.com platform (which is DIFFERENT to running a “self-hosted” WordPress site, using a hosting service provider other than WordPress).
For differences between WordPress.com & WordPress.org click HERE