Getting Started

Setting up a WordPress.com blog

WordPress.com is quick and easy to setup because it doesn’t rely on your installing or setting up your own server. Here are the basic steps to get you started…

Step 1:

Using your favorite web browser type in the following URL: http://wordpress.com

Step 2:

Click on the orange “Sign Up Now” button on the right-hand side of the home page.

WordPress Sign Up

Step 3:

You will then be taken to a Sign Up page where you need to enter in a Username, Password, Email Address and then select “Gimme a Blog” and make sure that you’ve ticked the “I have read and agree to the fascinating terms of service”, then choose NEXT.

Get your own WordPress.com account

Step 4:

On the next page you will be presented with another form to fill out. This form allows you to create a “Domain” or “site-name” such as “mywickedblog.wordpress.com” and then give your blog a title, select which language you want your blog to be in and whether or not your blog is a private one or open to the public blog.

setting up your new domain

Step 5:

Once you’ve filled in all these details click the “Sign-Up” button.

Step 6:

The next page will then show you a screen that says to “Check your Email to Complete Registration”, which means that you need to check your chosen email account and follow the instructions in order to complete your registration.

Check your Email to complete registration

Step 7:

On this page you can also add some information about yourself such as your first and last name, as well as a mini biography about who you are before clicking the “Save Profile” button.

Step 8:

When you get your email it will look something like this:

Email from WordPress to activate account

Click on the link to activate your blog, which will take you to a page that says “Your Account in Now Active”.

WordPress Account Now Active

Step 9:

Log in using your username and password which will then take you to the “Dashboard” and you can start your blogging.

NOTE: When you first create your blog WordPress automatically creates a sample post and comment, which I will explain how to delete these later.


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