Hudson Hornick here. Just going to take a couple minutes and give you guys a quick video tutorial and how to get started with WordPress.com. One thing I want to highlight right quick is that there is a big difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, and this tends to throw people off in the beginning. What we’re going to be doing right now is to create a site with WordPress.com.
So go ahead and navigate to WordPress.com, so http://www.wordpress.com and you’ll see a screen very similar to this. So once you’re here, what you’re going to want to do is go ahead and click on this orange “Get Started” button. And once you do you’ll be taken to a screen very similar to this.
So this is the “Get Started screen. You’ll have to enter your email and information that you’ll associate with this new blog. So you have your username, email address, password, blog address. What I want ot point out here is the blog address. This will be the URL or “web address” of your site, aka your domain name. Now, you can always change this at a later date, but some people, if it’s business oriented or whatever, they do sometimes get upset that this wordpress.com suffix is added to their blog address. So if I created this as “mygreatwebsite,” my site name, my URL, would be “mygreatwebsite.wordpress.com.”
That is until I went ahead and bought premium domain name hosting, but for the purposes of this tutorial, keep in mind that you can always purchase premium domain name hosting at a later date, and this suffix will go away. So for now, just pick a blog address that will work well for you that is available and free, and keep in mind that you can change it later.
SO we’ll move on from that. Scrolling down you’re going to notice a couple options here. Which one you choose is up to you, but for now, for the purposes of this tutorial, I would say ignore these two columns and go ahead and focus on wordpress.com and create your free blog. Once you click on that, you’ll be asked to confirm your email address and once you do that you’ll be set up with a wordpress.com blog!
It’s really that simple and in the next videos I’ll show you how we can navigate through the wordpress.com dashboard and how you can change certain aspects of your site.
Thanks a lot for watching you guys, and I’ll see you on the next video!