WORDPRESS.COM – GETTING STARTED (by John Carruthers)
It is very important that you develop an understanding of how WordPress.com can be used to create a blog or website. I strongly recommend you go to http://learn.wordpress.com/ and peruse the first five sections. (Home, Get Started, Get Acquainted, Get Focused, and Get Customized). You may even find it useful to do this two or three times until you get the feel of how the process works.
Section One – Preparations Before You Get An Account
After you have finished reading the first five sections of http://learn.wordpress.com/ you are ready to make some decisions about your new blog or website. That is: Title of Website, Blog Address (URL), Username, Password, and E-mail Address. These are more fully explained below.
Title of Website
Carefully consider what title you want to give your website. The reader should understand from the title what to expect in the website. Say I want to create a website promoting the Genealogy 101 SIG At Big Blue And Cousins, I would title the website “Genealogy 101 SIG At Big Blue And Cousins”. Blog Address (URL) Your website address should also reflect the contents of the website. A website address like http://www.123abc.wordpress.com would not be very meaningful. For the website “Genealogy 101 SIG At Big Blue And Cousins” I would use the web address http://www.genealogy101sigatbigblue.wordpress.com . Username Your Username is what you will use to sign in to your account at WordPress.com and edit your website. You can make up any Username you want. Like “retiredandbroke”. But I prefer to use something more meaningful. Like “gensigatbigblue”.
When you create your account at WordPress.com you will be asked to give an e-mail address. You can use your regular e-mail address like email@example.com or you can consider making a webmail account just for traffic about your website. I use firstname.lastname@example.org for all e-mail concerning the Genealogy 101 SIG.
Section Two – Create An Account At WordPress.com
Fill In The Form
Go to http://www.wordpress.com . Click on Get started here. Type the necessary information into the boxes and then click on Create Blog.
Section Three – Create Your Website Decide On Format – Static or Blog
If you want a static website follow the tips below
Decide On Theme
I recommend Twenty Ten. Some themes allow you to strip out the social networking widgets. Some do not. Twenty Ten can be configured to give you a simple, informative website that does not allow the person reading the website to add comments or follow on Twitter/Facebook, etc.
Section Four – Modify Your Website Format
Create A Static Homepage
First, log into the admin panel (i.e., with the URL plus “/wp-admin”) and log in with your username and password. Your dashboard, media, links, and other items should appear on the screen.
Then go to where it says “Pages” on the left- hand column, and click on “Add New.” Enter a title for the webpage, and type in your content in the text box beneath.
Select a template from the Page Attributes box. Scroll down and untick allow comments if you do not want them on the page and finally, click on the box on the right- hand side that says “Publish.”
You will probably need to create other pages on the site. If you are operating a business site, for example, then you will need to set up pages for “Services” and “Contact Us” among others.
To further make the homepage a static one (meaning that it does not vary with customer responses, which applies to dynamic webpages), click on “Reading” (under “Settings” on the left) and select “Static Page” from the front page display.
When you click on “Front page,” it should pull down a list of all the pages that you have created; select the one you want to make static. Then from “Full text” and “Summary,” choose the former and click “Save.”
Once all this is done, click on “View Site”. You should see the pages exactly as you created them.
12 Sep 2012