Signing Up and Choosing Your Template
- Go the WordPress.com website. Click on the Sign Up Now button.
- On the next page, you will be asked to create a user name and password, give your email address and agree to WordPress.com's Terms of Agreement.
- On the next page, you will be asked to choose your blog’s domain name and title as well as set your privacy settings. Once you’ve filled in these fields, simply press the Sign Up button.
- On the next page, you’ll be asked whether you want to write a post, choose a template or visit your blog’s main administration page.
- Clicking on the Change Your Template link will bring you to a page that allows you to choose from any number of WordPress.com's pre-designed templates. (Keep in mind that your template selection will be relatively limited and not especially flexible without the purchase of a Custom CSS Upgrade.) Choose the one you like best. You can always change it later by clicking on the WordPress.com interface’s Presentation Tab.
Your First Post
- WordPress.com uses a rich text editor that operates exactly like a word processor. What you see is what you get.
- Enter a title for your post in the Title field and begin writing.
- You can insert images into your post by clicking on the Add Image button. If you know HTML, you can click on the Code tab to edit your post’s source code.
- When you’re done writing your post, you can either save it as a draft or publish it to your blog by clicking on the appropriate buttons immediately beneath the text field.
- You will then be given the option to view your post.
- Whenever you're ready to write a new post or manage your old ones, simply click on the Write tab of your WordPress.com Dashboard.
Fig. 7: WordPress.com Text Editor: Add Image Icon
Exploring the WordPress.com Dashboard
- The other tabs that run along your WordPress.com Dashboard allow you to switch templates, upload a picture to use as your blog's banner, manage comments, control your settings and update your profile page.
- You also have the ability to set-up your registered domain name, if you’ve purchased one, by clicking on the Domains link in the Options section of your Dashboard.
Fig. 8: WordPress.com Dashboard
Your Profile Page
Fig. 9: WordPress.com Blog Sidebar: Link to About Page
- In WordPress.com, you have a behind-the-scenes profile and an About page. A link to your About page automatically appears in your blog's sidebar.
- To edit the information that appears on your About page, view your blog by clicking on the View Site link at the very top of your Dashboard.
- On your blog, you'll see an About link in the sidebar. Click on this link. It will bring you to your About page and give you the option to edit this entry.
- Click on the edit this entry link. It will bring you to a text editor that will allow you to create your About page.
- Whenever you need to access your About page again, you will it find under the Write tab of your Dashboard at the Write Page link.
- To edit your behind-the-scenes profile, which is not linked to from your blog's homepage, click on the Users tab and then the Your Profile button. Don't forget to click the Update Profile button to save your changes.
- WordPress.com offers domain mapping capabilites for those users who wish to "point" a registered domain name toward their WordPress.com blog By utilizing this option, your blog's URL address will be www.yourblogname.com instead of www.yourblogname.wordpress.com.
- You will find WordPress.com's domain mapping option under the Options tab of your WordPress.com interface.
- WordPress.com Domain Mapping Instructions
Deleting Your Blog
- You can always delete your blog by clicking on the Delete Blog button under the Options tab of your Dashboard. Your blog will not be deleted, however, until you click on the confirmation link sent to you via email.