I started my blog www.stevechasedocs.wordpress.com two years ago. The purpose of this document is to share with you how I started mine and give you a set up guide so you can begin writing your first blog posts.
It is very easy to get started. Just click the “Get Started” button from www.wordpress.com. The four requirements are as follows:
- Email address
- Blog address
After entering your blog address, wordpress will accept/reject it based on availability. Registering a free account requires that you have “.wordpress.com” to the end of your blog address. The current rate to ditch the “.wordpress.com” to just a .com site is $18 a year. There are also different account subscriptions. I’m using beginner which is free. Premium and business accounts are the other account types that offer more services than the free account.
Ok, so once I created my blog account I log in from any computer with my username and password going to wordpress.com.
The first thing to do after I creating a blog account is to pick a theme. This process is very easy. Lots of choices, some are free and some are not. It just depends what you are looking for. I went with the free “Twenty Ten” theme. After picking the theme I was ready to start managing the dashboard. The dashboard is the place to write blog posts and manage settings. Here is a look at my dashboard.
To get started with a new post, I hover my mouse over Posts on the left side bar and click “Add New”. It is a simple editor. Below is a screenshot of a blank new post.
I write the title and body text in the new post window. I insert pictures by clicking “Add Media” and then browse to find ones I want to include in the post. There is a “Preview” button to examine the post in a browser. I add tags which are keywords to help improve the search engine results. One thing I didn’t realize going into this would be the international readers the blog attracts.
I have the option to “Save Draft” and when everything is ready I click “Publish”.
Depending on the theme you click you will need to manage “Pages”. Pages are the category headings on the main header section. For example I have a “home” and “about me” page. In order to have more than 2 pages you need to purchase an upgrade. Generally you will have a blog roll page “home” and a contact page “about me”.
So you can manage your pages by clicking pages on the left side bar from within the dashboard.
Another consideration to customize the look and feel to the blog is to go to the widgets section. Find widgets under the appearance menu.
The widgets I have include:
- Top Posts
- Follow Blog – email subscriptions
Hey, thanks for reading this post. No one can stop you from hitting that “Publish” button!
Download this resource document and my “How I started my Video Tutorials on YouTube .pdf” from my SkyDrive folder.
UPDATED June 29 2016: Below is a PowerPoint with new screenshots of new WordPress editor and a video tutorial.