Chapter 3

Getting Started with WordPress

In This Chapter

arrow Signing up for a blog

arrow Familiarizing yourself with the Dashboard

arrow Understanding important options to set before you begin

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, WordPress has a great solution for you.

This book takes a complete look at the hosted service offered at WordPress, 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.

remember.eps Don’t confuse WordPress with the blogging software available for download at! Both 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

Creating a WordPress Account

To create your WordPress user account, follow these steps:

1. In the address bar of your browser, enter the URL

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

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