Ultimate Guide: How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step)

Set Up Your Blog in Five Steps

Congrats, you’ve registered your blog — maybe you’ve even published your first post! Run through these five steps to make sure you love the way your blog looks, and wow all your new readers.

Each of these sites uses the same free theme, Adelle. Add a few personal touches to give your theme a custom look.

Each of these sites uses the same free theme, Adelle. Add a few personal touches to give your theme a custom look.[1]

1. Update your title and tagline.

You chose a URL like http://myawesomeblog.wordpress.com when you registered, but your blog’s title can be anything. Get naming tips from other bloggers and tell readers about your blog before they read a single post!

Learn to edit your title or tagline

Settings »General Settings

The General Settings let you control how your site is displayed, such as the title, tagline, language, and visibility.

To change your site’s general settings:

  1. Go to the General Settings page.
  2. Select your site to open that site’s General settings tab.

General Settings Tab

Changing your Site Title and Tagline

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, and read below for more examples and settings.

The first setting you will see is Site Title. The Site Title is displayed in the title bar of a web browser and is displayed in the header for most themes. Your Site Title will also appear in the following locations:

  • Admin Bar — blog menu (top left) when viewing your blog
  • Admin Bar — main menu (top right) when viewing the blogs linked to your account
  • My Sites on the WordPress.com home page
  • The sender’s name when your followers receive notifications

Your site title can be anything you’d like; it doesn’t have to be the same as your blog’s URL or your username. You can use a cleaned-up version of your URL (e.g., myawesomeblog07 can become My Awesome Blog), or change it to whatever best reflects your site’s personality and topic. Note: No matter what you change your site’s title to, your address remains the same.

General Settings - Site Title

Tagline is next and is a short description or catchy phrase to describe what your blog is about. Some themes will display the tagline in the header or in the sidebar.

General Settings - Site Tagline

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Language

The Language option lets you select the language to use for some of the theme text shown to your blog visitors. If you select an RTL language (for example, Hebrew), then the theme’s layout will mirror itself so that the text can be read properly from right to left.

General Settings - Language

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Privacy

The Privacy settings control who can and cannot view your site.

Privacy Settings

 

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2. Pick a theme you love.

No one spends more time on your blog than you, so make it comfy and homey.  There are hundreds of themes available, and we’ve got great advice on narrowing down the options.

Learn to browse and activate themes

 

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3. Add a header or background.

Headers and backgrounds are easy ways to customize your blog — and they’re free! Add a favorite photo for instant personality, or a custom background color.

Learn to play with headers and backgrounds

 

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4. Add a Site Icon.

Site Icons show up in visitors’ browser address bars instead of the WordPress.com “W.” Try adding the image you use as your profile pic or header for a detail that makes a difference.

Learn to upload a site icon

 

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5. Add a widget.

Widgets are add-ons that give your blog more functions and content. They do everything from highlighting your archives to displaying Instagram photos to counting down to your wedding day. (Check out the full list.) Start with a simple text widget and put a short description of your blog on your home page.

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