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Getting Familiar with WordPress: Moving To WordPress Part 1

Getting Familiar with WordPress:  Moving To WordPress Part 1

Getting Familiar with WordPress: Moving To WordPress Part 1

 

Getting Familiar with WordPress:  Moving To WordPress Part 1

 

In the past I had a bit of a hate/hate relationship with WordPress because I just didn’t get all of the hoopla!  I saw it as just another blogging platform and a rather involved, difficult blogging platform at that!  This is primarily because I started with a relatively easy platform, Blogger and thought it was perfectly fine, at the time. From Blogger I dabbled with the now defunct Posterous, Amplify and Tumblr.

 

Although I dabbled with other platforms, my platform of choice at the time was Posterous.  I had quite a few people that were on the WordPress bandwagon, back then advise me to try WordPress.  I kindly passed until, Posterous jumped the shark and that was the beginning of my journey in discovering just how wonderful WordPress is, as a platform.

 

I started with WordPress.com, which is less complicated than what is traditionally known as the self- hosted WordPress platform, WordPress.org. In subsequent blog postings I will go into some detail about the differences and ways that you can master both.  However for now I will just get you acclimated to WordPress.com.

 

WordPress.com is the best blogging format to get started on especially if you are new to blogging or moving from another blogging platform like Tumblr or Blogger to the Wordpres platform. It is a little different than Blogger and Tumbler, a little more involved but getting acclimated to WordPress.com will allow you to be familiar with the similar backend layout of a self-hosted WordPress.org layout if you select to ultimately utilize WordPress.org in addition to or in the place of WordPress.com.

 

When I moved to WordPress.com I had a steep learning curve but over time I have been able to master this platform AND the more difficult self hosted WordPress.org platform. So,  I wanted to share with you some things that may make the learning curve less steep for you.

 

WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platforms being used by bloggers. Most people star with WordPress.com and move on from there because of its ease of use and again, it gets you acclimated to the layout.

 

This blogging platform has an extremely powerful database that is the driving force behind its great performance.  It takes some getting use to, so lets get started:

 

Go to WordPress.com and check Get Started. This is where you will select your username, password and blog name.

 

select your username, password and blog name

select your username, password and blog name

 

You have the option of selecting to attach it to a domain, so instead of having a blog title something similar to MyBlog.Wordpress.com you could have Myblog.com or something similar depending on what you select for your blog name.  You will select this option at the Blog Address section.  You can also opt to upgrade for a price.

 

Select for your blog name

Select for your blog name

 

After you sign up you will be prompted to check your mail to confirm your account. Once this is done you will be ready to move on to customizing your new wordpress site. The Dashboard is so important to the WordPress platform so you are going to want to familiarize yourself with it. This is the area that you will need to be familiar with in order to make change, create blog posts and generally all of your blog tasks. Ok, so moving along.

 

Set Up Your Blog

Set Up Your Blog

 

So, after you confirm your account, you will be prompted to select a template, this is when a lot of confusion can enter the picture. When I initially started I just selected the first template that had a cool look but I realize that I should look at the many options available. This is primarily because each template has something different to offer. Some can be customize, some can’t, and some have social media icons built in and additional options. So it’s good to test a few out to see what best meets your individual blogging needs.  There are paid options and FREE options but all are not created equal, paid and FREE. So think about what you need and go with the template that best meets those needs. REMEMBER that you can change your template anytime (even after you start blogging) you want and it will not affect your blog posts. This is one of the GREAT things about WordPress in comparison to a traditional website.

 

Select a template,

Select a template,

 

Two of the most popular templates are Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten. These templates were once only offered to those using WordPress.org, so it is very exciting that they are now offered for WordPress.com as well. Twenty Eleven has amazing customization options that some others may not have. You can create a custom menu header image and background just to name a few.  If you opt not to go with one of those, you can scroll through and select another that best fits your needs. There are many to choose from some are free and some are offered for a fee.

 

Twenty Eleven

Twenty Eleven

 

After you select your template you will be prompted to create your first post.  You can select to create a new post if you are ready, or explore some of the other areas that you should become familiar with.

 

Create your first post

Create your first post

 

If you select to explore choose Finish. Go to My Blog and you will get a list of your blogs, select your blog and it will take you to your new blog! If you select the name of your blog from the top, you will see a menu that will have a list including Dashboard this is the area that will be covered in part 2 of Getting Familiar with WordPress: Your Dashboard.

 

My Dashboard

My Dashboard

 

If Getting Familiar with WordPress:  Moving To WordPress Part 1 was helpful to you do forget to subscribe so you don’t miss Getting Familiar with WordPress: Your Dashboard.  If you have any questions or topics about WordPress that you would like me to cover go to our Facebook page and post your question or topic.

 

Good luck and Happy Blogging!

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