Starting a FREE blog is really easy and should not take more than 5-10 minutes for you to set this up.
But even before you start a FREE blog , I would suggest to read this…
WordPress.com is a FREE blogging platform and is really good if you want to have a blogging experience. However certain topics like Porn,Gambling are strictly not allowed.Many people start their blog journey from WordPress.com and you are no exception, but very soon they buy personal domains and move to self hosted blogs.
WordPress.com will offer you a sub domain for creating your FREE blog. Sub domain is basically part of a larger domain and this is because you are blogging on someone else’s website. Hence you will have URL’s like below.
startbloggingtodayblog.wordpress.com < I Created this blog especially for my users to understand what a free blog looks like>
Here Sub domain is startbloggingtodayblog and domain is wordpress.com
I suggest you also read the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org before yo u start a FREE blog.
OK, Let’s GET Started
Head straight to WorPress.com and you will see below page.
As you can see, you have various options like Start a blog, Create a Website. So just click on Start a Blog and will you will below page.
Now click on “Get Started” and you will quickly see below page.
Step 1 of 4 ( Let’s Get Started)
You can chose one of the Themes displayed on the page, or scroll down and click on SKIP FOR NOW and move to next page.
Step 2 of 4 ( Let’s find a domain)
Think of a catchy domain name for your blog. Should not be clumsy and easier for readers to remember. Its generally difficult to get one as there millions of bloggers on WordPress.com and i am sure whatever domain you choose, you will have hard time finding its availability.
Lets try this, HowtoStartaFreeBlogonWordPress
If your domain is available it will show you a FREE option against the URL , like in this case it is showing Free option against the URL HowtoStartaFreeBlogonWordPress.wordpress.com
Just ignore the Paid options for $25 or $18 as you have better options in case you are planning to start a blog on self hosted platform.
Just click on “Select” and move to next page.
Step 3 of 4 ( Select a Plan)
Just click on “Select Free Plan” and move to next Page.
Step 4 of 4 ( Create Your Account) – Almost Done
Just choose a username you can remember , with your email address and a password. Don’t Worry, None of above details will be visible on your blog and will be kept Private by WordPress.com.
Password must meet the security criteria , hence i suggest you use some special characters and UpperCase letters in the password.
Once you input these details and click on “Create My Account” link, you will see below page for a while,
Soon, you will be redirected from above page to your newly Created Blog and you will see a Page like this, which will say “Welcome to WordPress”.
After you sign-up, you will need to verify your email address before you can use your newly created blog. Just go to your email and click the link sent by WordPress.com. If you don’t find your mail, do not forget to check the SPAM folder. You will below message once you have verified your mail.
Email verified! Now that you’ve confirmed your email address you can publish posts on your blog.
You have learnt to create your FREE blog, check out one i created for this blog especially for my readers to understand.
Customizing Your Blog
Now once you have created your FREE blog, you will be redirected to WordPress Dashboard, which is pretty user Friendly. Your blog is now live and to give it a Good look you can choose a good theme.
Go to Dashboard->Themes->Customize. (Select any theme you like).
I Really like the “Twenty Sixteen” Theme. Its a good theme for blog beginners and is very elegant.
Add New Pages and Post
Once you have applied a FREE theme of your choice or “Twenty Sixteen” , then you are all set to publish your first blog.
Head straight to DashBoard (My Site)-> Blog Posts [ Add]
Add a Title and Category to your blog so that people can find your blog.
Hey, you are now ready with your first blog post, you can check mine as well howtostartafreeblogonwordpress
You can even add images to make your blog attractive. Don’t just head to Google Images to find your images. Read my article on where to find Free images for your blogs.
Its Your turn now !!
Was that difficult? Not at all. So what are you waiting for and in case you decide to set up a self hosted website, then read my tutorial here on how to start a blog.
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