Creating a WordPress account

There are a lot of instructions on this page- please read all the way through!

 

Creating an account

  • Go to wordpress.com
  • Click on ‘Get Started’
  • You can press the Continue button without filling in the information
  • Next, it’ll ask for you to come with a domain name. Mine is LaneTechDiamond. It’ll ask you to type in things you like…you can also just type in your name. Please note, you will not be able to change this. MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE FREE OPTION
  • I love photography, elephants, sunflowers, and Ellen (obvy) so this is the option it gave me:
    • Again…make sure to click on the FREE option!
  • The next page will look like this
  • Once again, CLICK ON FREE (it’s the first option on the left!)
  • Add your cps email address
  • Type in a password that only you know. You will not share this password with me
  • Press ‘Continue’ when you are done
  • Most likely, your next page will look like the image below…you do not need to fill out the options that are displayed
  • GO TO YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT AND VERIFY YOUR NEW WORDPRESS ACCOUNT!!!!! (super important you do this, you will not be able to publish anything without it being verified)
  • Customize your theme by selecting the option on the left (it will say Customize and Theme)
  • Click on ‘Themes’
  • Use the filter option to view free themes
  • Pick a theme you like. You can always change this later!
  • Click on the theme, then ‘activate this design’
  • Click on ‘Customize site’
  • You can add different colors, backgrounds, and fonts
  • Press ‘Publish’ when you are finished

Dashboard

  • The dashboard in WordPress is the place where you can make a lot of your changes to your blog.
  • The easiest way to access all the options WordPress has to offer, is to access your dashboard by typing the name of your url and then /wp-admin
  • This might not sound the easiest at first, but you can bookmark your dashboard on your browser
  • For example, I would type http://photographyelephantssunflowersellen.wordpress.com/wp-admin to get to the dashboard on my site.
  • The dashboard looks like the image below

Pages

  • While in your dashboard, hover the mouse over ‘Pages’ (this is on the left) and select the ‘Add New’ option
  • Title the page About
  • Type in a few things about yourself
  • Press the blue ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button on the right (keep in mind that you will not be able to publish your page until you confirm your email)
  • You can change/update your about info later
  • Click on the ‘Add New’ button on the dashboard (make sure you are adding a new page and not a new post)
  • Title the page ‘Quarter One’
  • Press the blue ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button on the right
  • To view your site, click where it says ‘My Sites’ on the top left
  • Make sure your About and Quarter One pages are visible. If you have a ‘Contact’ page, you need to delete it. If your pages are not showing, it is because you have not confirmed your email OR it is because of the theme.
  • If you know you have confirmed your email, then you will need to add a widget.

Adding a Page Widget

  • If your pages aren’t showing on your blog, go to the Dashboard
  • Hover the mouse over Appearance and click on Widgets
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.23.50 PM
  • Find ‘Pages’ and drag it to the sidebar
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.24.08 PM
  • If the name of your pages are still not displaying, go back to the Dashboard and hover the mouse over Appearance again
  • Click on Menu
  • Select the pages you want to appear
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.24.49 PM
  •  Press ‘Save’

 

Creating a Static Front Page

A static front page keeps your website looking professional. You will need to set your About page as your homepage

  • Go to your dashboard and hover the mouse over Appearance and select Customize
  • Select Homepage Settings
  • Select the ‘A static page’ option…NOT the ‘Your latest posts’ option
  • Select About
  • Feel free to customize the rest of the site. The important thing is to make sure you create a static front page. You will not add any posts to the site- everything will be a page
  • Make sure to save it before exiting out