How to Create a WordPress-Hosted Blog

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How to Create a WordPress-Hosted Blog

Creating a WordPress blog is a quick and easy way to get started posting your writing online and building your name in the blogosphere. You can create a WordPress blog for free through the WordPress website if you don’t have your own webhost, or you can upload the WordPress files to your own domain and create your blog from scratch. Follow this guide to learn how to create your blog in a few short minutes.

Step:

1] Decide if WordPress-hosting is right for you.

Decide if WordPress-hosting is right for you

If you’d like a place to post your content online, then a WordPress.com account may be what you are looking for. WordPress does all of the coding and hosting, and all you have to do is upload your content.

  • You cannot make money from ads if you use WordPress.com. If you want to run your ads on your blog, you’ll need to host the site yourself. See the following section for details.

2] Create an account.

Create an account

You will need to enter a valid email address, create a username and password, and come up with your blog’s web address. If you want to create a free blog, your site name will be <yoursitename>.wordpress.com.

  • You can choose more direct URLs for a yearly fee, including .com, .net, .org, and more. The proce varies depending on the extension you want.

3] Choose your settings.

Choose your settings
Once you’ve created your account, you will be taken to your new blog’s Dashboard. This is where you control the look and feel of your new blog. Click the Settings button in the left menu of the Dashboard.

  • Set your title. Your Site Title is what appears at the top of your blog and in the title bar of the web browser. Set the title to whatever you want. Changing your title will not change your blog’s address.
  • Set your tagline. A tagline is a quick description of your blog. Some themes will display it beneath the title, and some browsers will list it in the title bar after the title.
  • Set your email. The email address you list is where all of your comment moderation emails are sent to.
  • Set your blog’s timezone. The default timezone is for London, so set the timezone to your local time.
  • Set your date and time format. The date and time format will change the way the date and time is displayed next to your blog posts and comments.

4] Change the theme.

By default, your blog will use the standard WordPress theme. You can change the theme by clicking the Appearance menu in your Dashboard and then selecting Themes. You can browse through a large selection of themes that are available to install on your blog for free or for purchase.

5] Add widgets.

Add widgets

Widgets allow you to add tools to your sidebar that connect to information from other sources. For example, you can include a Twitter widget which will show all of your recent Twitter posts in your WordPress blog.

  • Click Appearance in your Dashboard and select Widgets. Drag the widget that you want to install from the Available widgets section to the portion of your blog that you want it to appear. Click the arrow button next to the widget to open its configuration options.

6] Create your first post.

Create your first post
Open your Dashboard and select the Posts option from the menu. Click the Add New button to open the post creation screen.

  • Give your post a title that catches the eye and invites the reader in.
  • Write a welcome post to open your blog. Let readers know what you intend to accomplish by writing a blog, and any plans you have for content.

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