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If you’re just starting out as a blogger and don’t want to spend money purchasing a domain name and hosting your site with a third-party web host, WordPress has a great solution for you. You can create a free blog with the hosted service offered at WordPress.

To create your WordPress user account, follow these steps:

  1. In the address bar of your browser, enter the URL http://wordpress.com.

  2. On the page that appears, click the Get Started button.

    You’re taken to the WordPress signup page.

  3. Type your e-mail address in the E-mail Address text box.

    This address isn’t made public on your blog; rather, it’s used for communication between you and WordPress. You can change this address later, in the Options section on your WordPress.com Dashboard.

  4. In the Username text box, enter the name you want to use to log in to your blog from now until forever.

    Your username must be at least four characters, with lowercase letters and numbers only. WordPress automatically fills in the Blog Address box with the same username you entered in the Username box; however, you don’t have to use that one. If you like, type a unique name in the Blog Address field.

  5. Type a password of your choice, first in the Password text box and then again in the Confirm box.

    You use this password to log in to your new WordPress account. Choose and then type a password that you’ll remember, but not one that would be easy for anyone to guess. Your password must be at least four characters. WordPress gives you a visual indicator of the strength of your password choice, with strength meaning how easy or difficult it is for someone to guess your password.

  6. In the Blog Address text box, type the word you’ve chosen as your blog address.

    Whatever you enter here becomes the URL address of your blog. It must be at least four characters (letters and numbers only), and don’t worry about choosing the perfect thing; you can change this later.

    You can use any blog address you want; however, if you choose a blog address that doesn’t follow certain rules, WordPress displays a warning message. If you see this message, you need to pick a new one because WordPress doesn’t allow duplicate blog addresses. Keep in mind that search engines catalog your content based on your chosen URL, so use a domain name that relates well to your site’s content.

  7. Select the suffix for your blog address.

    In the drop-down list to the right of the Blog Address text box, you have several options. One is free, and the others cost you $18 to $25/year. In the Blog Address text box, if you typed wpfd6e as your blog address and chose the wordpress.com suffix, WordPress creates the full blog address of wpfd6e. wordpress.com.

    However, WordPress gives you the option of purchasing the available domain name wpfd6e.com if you want to spend an additional $18. WordPress also makes the .net, .me, and .org suffixes available for purchase. For now, select the free wordpress.com suffix; you can always upgrade to a paid domain later if you want.

  8. Review upgrade options.

    WordPress has several upgrade options, such as domain names, space upgrades, and custom design. During the signup process, WordPress offers a premium upgrade that provides you with upgraded features for $99, which you can add to your blog by clicking the Upgrade button in this step. For now, though, move on to Step 9 to obtain a free blog.

  9. Click the Create Blog button.

    This step completes the signup process, and a new page opens with a message that WordPress has sent you an e-mail containing a link to activate your account. As you wait for that e-mail to arrive, take a moment to fill out the Update Your Profile! form on this page. Enter your first name, last name, and a few sentences about yourself. Then click the Save Profile button. Later, you can choose to display your profile information on your blog.

    By clicking the Create Blog button, you also indicate that you fully agree to, and understand, the WordPress Terms of Service. If you’d like to read the fine print, check out the Terms of Service.

  10. Choose a theme and start blogging!

    The final step is to choose one of several themes that WordPress provides for your blog. Don’t worry about your choice here, because you can come back and change your theme anytime. For now, find the Twenty Fourteen theme and select it for your blog by clicking its thumbnail.

  11. Check your e-mail and click the Activate Blog link in the e-mail message from WordPress to activate your new WordPress blog.

    The Dashboard for your WordPress account loads in your browser window with a message welcoming you to WordPress. The Dashboard also displays a few helpful items to help you get started, including

    1. A video titled “Welcome to WordPress.com” that gives you a quick tutorial of the WordPress.com services.

    2. A link to the WordPress Zero-to-Hero guide that gives you an introduction to WordPress: http://learn.wordpress.com.

    3. A link to the WordPress 24/7 support documentation: http://en.support.wordpress.com.

    If you don’t want to see the Welcome box at the top of your Dashboard page, click the Hide This Screen link in the bottom-right corner of the Welcome to WordPress.com box.

Your new blog is yours to use for the life of your blogging career on WordPress.com. You can log in to your blog anytime by going to http://wordpress.com and clicking the Log In button in the top-right corner of the WordPress website.

Have you ever signed up for a service on the web only to forget your username and/or password for that service mere weeks later? File that e-mail from WordPress in a safe place for future reference — just make sure you remember where you put it. Or you can tell WordPress to remember you each time you enter the site. To do so, select the Remember Me check box. WordPress places a cookie in your browser files that tells it to remember your login credentials the next time you visit the site. (You need to have cookies enabled in your browser configurations for this feature to work.)

If you delete your cookies in your browser and then visit WordPress again, you won’t see the WordPress menu bar and will have to log in again. Likewise, after you delete the cookies in your browser, when you visit your new blog, it appears to you as though you are a visitor (that is, you see no menu bar with quick links for logging on to your Dashboard). In this case, you have to revisit the WordPress main site to log in again.

You can get help and support for your WordPress account in the Support Forums. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions.

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