We have shared many WordPress tutorials in the past like how to get started with a professional WordPress blog.
Technically speaking, a self-hosted WordPress blog is the “professional” side of WordPress blogging as you have total control over your website on the other hand WordPress.com is good for starting a free blog where you just need to start a blog. The biggest limitation of WordPress.com blogging platform is you can’t monetize with popular ad platform like AdSense & many others. I have covered this in-depth over here.
But for a beginner, it’s always wise to start a blog on WordPress.com or BlogSpot without spending a dime (ie it’s free).
The WordPress team just announced a new portal for those who wish to learn WordPress and start their first WordPress.com blog.
This is really helpful for beginners who wish to know how to sign up and start writing their first blog post.
I’m sure many of you who have not started blogging yet will welcome this new portal from the WordPress team.
Step by step guide to create a free blog on WordPres.com:
To get started, click on this link & click on get started.
On the next page select the kind of website you want to start on WordPress.com.
For the sake of this tutorial, I’m selecting “Start with a blog”. Do remember, many options like online store & few others would require you to get a paid subscription. In that case, you are better of by creating your blog on self-hosted WordPress by following this guide.
Next step for you is to select the theme you want to use. You can always change your theme at a later stage as well.
Next step is to pick the name for your blog. By default WordPress offers .WordPress domain name which is free. However, you can also select a custom domain name like yourname.blog, yourname.org to make your blog sound professional. For using a custom domain name, you need to upgrade to WordPress.com premium plan. Since we are creating a free WordPress blog, let’s stick to WordPress.com domain name.
Click on select & on the next page you will be given option to select from various WordPress.com plans including free plan.
Select free & on the next page you need to create a WordPress.com account to finish creating your free blog. After this, everything is easy & your free blog will be up & running in no time.
What do you think about this new official portal from WordPress? Share your thoughts in the comments below!