WordPress for Dummies !

When I decided to start this blog, I ran into a few issues and had to search around to learn about the features. It hit upon me that all new bloggers might run into the same issue. Therefore in this post I plan to consolidate all the links to some of the articles which helped me get started, hoping it saves time for the newbies !

How does one gets a blog on wordpress ?

Two options

a.) Get a free blog on wordpress.com like this one. How ? Easy, go to wordpress.com sign up and start posting !

b.) Download the software from wordpress.org and create a blog and get it hosted. This option would cost money for hosting.

To know the difference between a wordpress.com and wordpress.org head to this link

The material that follows is for those who decided to go with wordpress.com.

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Alright once you signed up and created a blog what next ?

Customize your blog

a.) Choose a Theme – How ? Follow this link

b.) Set up a Custom Background – Make your blog attractive with a custom background. Click here

Posting

Of course you need to post. How? Head here

Classify your post under appropriate Categories and Tags this helps people with similar interest to find your post

How to get the word out? Use Publicize to share your posts

Tips

Setting up Sharing buttons for your readers

Setting up f like & f share button under each of the posts at the same time

Check this link to learn how to format your posts

Setting up Custom Menu – These are helpful to create tabs like structure as on top of my blog (Fiction, Non Fiction etc)

Need inspiration to write ? You can join one of these writing challenges

Friday Fictioneers – a weekly challenge to write a 100 word story based on a photo prompt. I myself participate in this and am enjoying it.

Trifecta – again a writing challenge. Check out the site for more information.

WordPress Host a daily photo, weekly & daily writing challenges. Click here to find out more

Finally here is the wordpress.com support link which can be very useful !

Hope this information was useful? Please share your comments below. Also if there is some other useful information that can be added in this post share in the comments and I will update it in this post !

New users of wordpress can ask questions in the comment section and I will try to help out if I can πŸ™‚

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2 thoughts on “WordPress for Dummies !

  1. This is great! Thank you so much Shreyank, for taking the time to do this to help those of us who aren’t quite sure what to do πŸ™‚

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