With WordPress.com, you can truly tailor a blog to your own tastes and needs. All the tools are out there. It takes a little research, knowledge, and time on your part to put together a blog that suits your needs and gives your readers an exciting experience that keeps them coming back for more.

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The WordPress main page.

Click the Get Started Here button to get going with WordPress.


Setting up an account.

WordPress does not allow duplicate blog addresses.


Getting an account is easy.

Select the free WordPress suffix for your blog address.


Get the right look.

Choose a theme and start blogging.



The Welcome to WordPress box appears in your Dashboard when you first log in.


Getting around WordPress.

Navigation tabs are on the WordPress home page.


Get an overview of your blog with the Dashboard.

The Dashboard page serves as the control center of your blog.


The Stats section of the WordPress Dashboard.

A visual graph of your blog stats for the past several days allows you to see how many people visited your blog each day.


The General Settings page in the WordPress Dashboard.

Go to the General Settings page to begin personalizing your WordPress blog.


Date and time settings.

You need to adjust the Date and Time settings for your WordPress blog.


The My Public Profile page in the Dashboard.

You can adjust all sorts of personal settings to let your visitors get to know you better.


Cropping your profile photo.

Use the WordPress image-cropping interface to crop your profile photo or avatar.


The Add New Post box.

This the area in which you write your post in Visual Editing mode, as indicated by the Visual tab that appears above the text.


Add media files.

You can upload images, audio, and video with the WordPress media uploader.


Publishing status.

The WordPress post publishing status section with available options.


The categories page.

Use the Categories page in the Dashboard to add and manage categories.


Managing your blogroll.

Manage your WordPress blogroll on the Links page. Open the Links page to see the default links that are already included in your WordPress blog.


The Add New Link page.

Add a link to your blogroll by using this tool from WordPress.


Invite friends and other people you know.

The WordPress Invites page allows you to invite people you know to sign up for WordPress accounts.


Viewing reader comments.

The Comments page shows all the comments on your blog.


Setting up your front page.

On the Reading Settings page, you can set how many blog posts show up on the front page of your blog and/or change your front page to display a static page rather than your most recent blog posts.


Deciding who can view or access your blog.

Blog Visibility options in the Privacy Settings page.


Choosing a look.

The Browse Themes page helps you choose a look for your blog.


Build your custom menu.

You can build your custom menu by adding links from Posts, Pages, Categories, or Custom links to the menu interface on the right side of the page.


Select a custom background color.

The color-wheel selector on the Custom Background page.


Make your blog iPad friendly.

WordPress gives you a nifty interface, Onswipe, to create an iPad-friendly theme for your blog, which helps create a beautiful application-like experience for anyone browsing your website on an iPad.


Crop a header image.

The Crop Header Image page appears where you can crop the image and adjust which portion of the header image you would like displayed. The dotted lines indicate the area of the header to be displayed.


Adding handy tools to your sidebar with widgets.

WordPress Widgets page. Widgets allow you to easily arrange the display of content in your blog sidebar.


Enhancing your blog with upgrades.

Although WordPress is a free service, it offers enhancements for a fee. WordPress calls these items upgrades, and you can purchase the upgrades from within your WordPress Dashboard.


Naming your domain.

For a fee, WordPress lets you use your own domain name for your WordPress blog.