In This Chapter
Signing up for a blog
Familiarizing yourself with the Dashboard
Important options to set before you begin
Finding the help you need
If you're just starting out and don't want to spend money purchasing a domain name and hosting your site with a third-party Web host, then
WordPress.com has a great alternative for you.
This part takes a complete look at the hosted service offered at
WordPress.com, and in this chapter, you discover how to create a free blog through this service. You also find out how to get your hosted blog up and running.
WordPress.com with the blogging software available for download at
WordPress.org! The two were created and developed by the same folks, and they do have the same name; however, they are different varieties of WordPress. (See Part III for information on installing and using the self-hosted version of
To create your
WordPress.com user account, follow these steps:
In your browser, enter the URL
On the page that appears, click the big Sign Up Now! button (shown in Figure 3-1).
Figure 3-1. On the
WordPress.com main page, click the Sign Up Now button.
You're taken to the
WordPress.com signup page at
In the Username text box, enter the name you want to use to log in to your blog from now until forever ...