Before you can start using WordPress.com for your blog, you need to create an account. Learn how to sign up for a WordPress.com account, create a website, and start a blog with this video. Also, learn how to use the WordPress.com network to discover great content on the web published by other WordPress.com users.
- [Voiceover] First things first, before you can start creating amazing content, you've got to set up an account on WordPress dot com. The only thing you need to get started is an email address. We'll walk through the set up here in a moment but I wanted to highlight something that I think will help you through the process. During account set up, you'll be asked to make some decisions about things like, choosing a theme for your website or deciding whether to use a custom domain name. While these things are obviously important, just know that these are details you can change at any point in the future. In other words, don't over analyze these initial decions too much.
This flexibility is one of the first things you'll learn to love about WordPress dot com. Having said that, let's go full steam ahead. We'll start our journey over at WordPress dot com. Don't worry if your screen doesn't look exactly like this. It's possible this page has changed a bit from the time I recorded this to what what you're seeing now. Right off the bat, we're presented with an enticing button, inviting us to create a website. Don't mid if I do. The first thing that we're asked is to select a broad genre for our site. If you haven't made up your mind yet, or you're not sure, don't get stuck here.
Your site is not forever pigeonholed into whatever option you choose. This information is more to help WordPress dot com possibly tailor some suggestions for your site later on. I'll go ahead and select family, home and life style. Now, I'm prompted to specify a little further. I'm going to pick travel for this course. The next decision we're faced with is choosing a theme. Themes are used to determine how your site looks. While the design of your site is ultimately not as important as the content on your site, you'll want to choose a theme that reflects the mood and style you're going for.
I've seen a lot of folks get hung up on this step because they wanna choose the perfect theme. But like I mentioned earlier, don't sweat it. You can pick any theme now and always change later. As a matter of fact, you can skip the theme step altogether, which is exactly what I'm gonna do. By the way, later in this course, I'll go into a lot more detail about how to work with themes. So that brings us to the next step in the account creation process, and that's choosing a domain name. You have three basic options here. One, you can go with a free name, which is basically your account name dot WordPress dot com.
Secondly, you can take WordPress out of the URL with a custom domain. And lastly, you can take an existing domain you already have and use it for this new site you're creating. Just like license plates, custom domains are always more fun than the generic domains. With that said, free things speak to me. And if you're creating a blog to share with your friends or family, a generic domain name works just fine. On the other hand, if you're creating a website for your business or personal brand, strongly consider a custom domain. It's much more professional.
I'm gonna start by searching for the name I want. From there, I'm shown the various options available. I'm gonna go ahead and select the free option. This step is where you decide which type of account you want. You can view a comparison chart of the plans here, but I can sum it up like this; the free plan has everything that most folks need in terms of features. The only downsides are that you can't have a custom domain and you have to put up with occasional ads on your site. The ads are what help keep the free features free. The premium plan gets rid of the ads and gives your more storage space for photos and videos.
It also enables you to use a custom domain. Lastly, the business plan has all of that, but it also adds the best access to support, Google analytics integration, a ton of premium themes to choose from, and a handful of features a business would find most important. For this course, I'm going with the free plan. Once we've selected our plan, the final step is to create the account with your email address, username and password. Usernames are completely unique. So if you enter a username already in use by someone, you'll be prompted to select another.
One thing I do want to note, for all the things I've said you can always change later, your username is not one of them. The one you pick here, is the one that stays with you. This isn't a huge deal, but I did want to mention it. The other thing that's unique is this email address. If you try to use an email address here that's already associated with a WordPress dot com account, you'll be prompted to either use another email address or log into your WordPress dot com account and add a new website there. One of the cool things about WordPress dot com is that you can have multiple websites and manage them all from the same account.
Once you're ready, click the create my account button and you're on your way. After the account creation process is complete, you'll be redirected to your WordPress dot com admin area. You'll also receive a confirmation email, and that email will include a link that you need to click in order to validate your email address. One important note, in order to publish posts on your site, you will need to verify your email address first by clicking the link sent in that confirmation email. So make sure you do that right away. And with that, you are now the proud owner of a new WordPress dot com website.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting