WordPress.com is a free blogging platform where you can submit your articles and posts for public. However porn, gambling and pharmacy related topics are not allowed.
That’s quite obvious, right? Many people tend to start their blogging hobby from there, but most of them quickly move on to personal domains and start using the self-hosted option.
WordPress.com has way too many restrictions and it’s not wise to keep blogging on a sub-domain. Wait, what is a sub-domain?
In short, you are basically blogging for another website. In this case it would be WordPress.com and your blog URL/link address will also be part of WordPress domain.
Here are some examples of blogs hosted on WordPress.com:
But the point is, you will still be doing what you love (writing) as you still try to figure thing out on the web.
The great thing is that it’s not a rocket science at all. There are five steps. All you need to do is go to WordPress.com and click start and it will help you setup your blog.
I’ll be doing this with you in six simple steps with the help of pictures.
- First, choose a homepage layout
- Then, choose a theme
- Next, choose a domain (blog address/blog name)
- Pick a plan
- Create your account
1. Choose a Homepage Layout.
Let’s say you are here because you want to write, share your story, encourage others and build a community. I would recommend Personal/Random Thoughts layout.
If you are a photographer or have really nice photos, then you should choose “a grid of Photography”.
For businesses, “a welcome page for my site” or “an online store” are most appropriate.
2. Choose The Kind of Site You Need.
The list is great. In order to start sharing your ideas, stories and photographs with your followers, you will need to choose start with a blog. Simple, right?
3. Choose a Theme.
A theme is what your blog looks like. Good thing is, you can change the theme including the colors and pictures later!
If you pick something similar to what you’re looking for now, it will save you a little time down the road.
4. Choose a domain(Blog address/Blog name)
It’s pretty difficult to find unique and somewhat catchy blog address on WordPress.com because most of them are already taken.
Here’s what I tried to get: Patrick,Patricklumumba, patlumumba – but they were all unavailable.
Finally, I was able to get myself registered but the blog name turned out pretty clumsy – patricklumumbablog.wordpress.com
Should I buy a domain name?
Don’t worry – you don’t have to buy a domain from WordPress in order to use their blogging software.
What blog name should I pick?
I suggest you to keep looking until you find something good. Take some time off and brainstorm with ideas and names. If you can’t decide, using your real name is fine.
Some of the most famous bloggers have their name in the domain, and you won’t be locked into writing about one topic.
5. Pick a Plan
Once you have completed the basics steps above (including your blog name), you need to click on the “Select Free” button.
There is no need to use the paid version since it’s quite expensive and does not give you much advantages.
6. Create your account.
This is the simplest step. You will need an email address and I’d recommend the one you always use.
Choose a username and a strong password and boom! You are done!
Now you are almost done! But before you can start blogging you need to verify your email address.
Simply head over to your mail and hit the “verify” link (it should appear in few seconds). Once you have done that, feel free to log in from http://wordpress.com/wp-admin
This is the log-in screen you should see:
Adding new pages and blog posts
Log-in and let’s move forward. The WordPress dashboard is quite straightforward and user-friendly.
To create new posts and pages you have to use the dashboard options. For posting use “Post” -> “New” and for pages use “Page” -> “Add new”.
I usually don’t bother myself much with pages. In short, “pages” are usually your Contact or About me location while posts are your blogging posts. Quite simple, right?
So let’s create first blog post and see how it goes. In order to do that, you have to click on “Post” and then on the “Add new”.
After you hit the Publish button, you can add some “tags” to make it more “searchable”. In other words, if you add some tags, it’s easier to find your blog from the search engines.
That was very simple, right? Congratulations!!
If you want a blog that is more than just a platform where you can share your ideas and just write stories, something like a business blog or a blog promoting some kind of product, or a blog that you can be able to monetize, here is the solution: Here is a complete guide to help you start a self hosted WordPress blog for only $3.95/mo.