This guide is for those who have not used WordPress before, and who want to create your first blog with this tool. If you already have an experience with WordPress and want to go further, you can read more to refresh your knowledge.
If you want to create a blog for free, WordPress.com is a good option. It is both easy and suitable for those who do not need too many advanced features, and in addition do not need their own domain for your blog.
WordPress.com works directly in your browser, and you do not have to install anything, just register.
If you need a more advanced version of WordPress, with your own domain name and the access to more features, then select WordPress.org.
Get Started with WordPress.com
Start by visiting wordpress.com, then click then Create Website button.
On the next screen you must choose address for your blog, it will say a word placed before wordpress.com, f.ex MYBLOG.wordpress.com.
You should try select a unique address, if the name you chose are already taken you will be told so. Be creative and make the name count.
There are very many users of WordPress, therefore it may take time before you find an address that is unique and that you can identify with.
WordPress.com is basically easy to use, but what is perhaps the most difficult in this process is to select the URL for your blog. The address should preferably be short and descriptive.
On the next screen you must register with an email address, username and password.
You will also get the option to choose a domain for your blog, but this will cost extra and you can skip it if you intend to use WordPress for free. If so, click No thanks button at the bottom.
Next step is to choose a theme for your blog. It is the theme that defines the appearance of your blog. This page can be a little overwhelming because there are multiple suggestions for different themes.
The good news is that you do not have to choose a theme right now, you can do this later. You can choose to click on one topic and then click the Next step button on the bottom, but you can also just click the Next step immediately. It is anyway not dangerous what you do here during the installation of the WordPress blog.
In the next window you will see three options. If you use WordPress for free, select the Free option. Here you have the opportunity to get their own domain, but this is therefore not free.
Enable your blog
You should now have received a message from WordPress in your email account. Use this message to activate your WordPress blog!
If you have not received such a message, you can check whether it has possibly ended up in the spam folder or just try send again.
Your blog is now ready for use!
You should now see a page that includes a chance to post the first post in your blog, chose Start a Post.
Your blog is created. Enter the URL in the address bar in your browser and check! Address of your blog is USERNAME.wordpress.com. You replace username with the name you chose during installation of your WordPress blog.
Hover over the My Site button at the top left of your blog, right click WP Admin from the menu, and select open in new tab. This will bring up the control panel to WordPress in a new browser tab. Now you have two tabs open, one is the blog, and the second tab Dashboard.
What is the Dashboard in WordPress?
The Dashboard is used to control WordPress. This is where you post your post on your blog, and this is where you would otherwise govern your blog.
To add the new post, click the Posts menu on the left and click on the Add new. This brings up a window with an opportunity to write the title and body of your post. Click Publish button when finished, and the post will then be published on your blog.
Want to save your post, without publishing it, click Save Draft, then save the post as a draft. Click Publish when you are ready to publish your post.
To add the new pages, Click on the Pages menu on the left and click on the Add new. This brings up a window with an opportunity to write the title and body text of your page. Click Publish button when finished, and BOOM it´s on your blog 🙂