In this post , I will provide you with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create a blog for free using WordPress.com.
Before getting started, let me briefly explain a little about the WordPress.com platform.
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform that allows you to create and post your articles which are visible to the public. You can create a free blog on a variety of topics with a few exceptions like gambling, pharmacy and pornographic content which are not allowed. This free blogging platform is a great place to start blogging as a hobby as it won’t cost you a dime. Once you are used to blogging and want to take your blog on the next level, you can switch to the self-hosted platform.
Now, why is WorPress.com a good platform for hobby bloggers is a good question to ask.
Since, you are creating a blog for free, you have a lot of restrictions. You do not own the blog – technically. You need to abide by the terms of service as they may delete your blog anytime if you are not compliant. Another important thing is that your blog will be hosted on a sub-domain. Something like this:
To keep it simple, you are blogging on another website unlike a self-hosted site. That’s the reason, it is a good platform if you are just starting.
Tip: Know more about sub-domain.
How to Create a Blog for Free
Creating a free blog on WordPress.com is pretty simple. I will help you to make your blog up and running in just 6 easy steps. To make it even more easy, I will be creating a free blog for myself along with you. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Choosing a category for your free blog
The first step is to choose a niche or category for your free blog. Head over to WordPress.com.
Now, you need to choose a category for your new blog, which you should have figured out by now. If not, have a look at this guide on what to blog about.
After you choose a parent category, you will be prompted to choose a sub-category for your blog. Click on the one that best describes your blog type.
Step 2: Choosing a layout for your homepage
The next step is to choose a layout for your blog’s homepage. You will be presented with four options as shown below. Click on the one that you like.
Step 3: Choosing your blog’s theme
After you have selected a layout, you have to select your blog’s theme. Selecting a theme is an important step as this is how your blog with look like once it goes live. The idea should be to select a design based on your blog topic or niche.
However, if you are not sure, do not worry as you can always change you theme later. A thing to note here is that you will be given various theme options and a few of them will have a price tag attached to it. Since, this guide is on how to create a blog for free, I would recommend you to choose a free theme initially.
Step 4: Choosing a custom domain name
Now, you will be prompted to select a custom domain for your blog on WordPress.com. Keep in mind that your domain name should be self-explanatory if you are planning to start an online business or a blog on very specific topic so that people can find it easily. A domain name is what people type in the address bar of a browser to visit your blog.
A personal blog can be named as per your liking. You can even use your own name for your blog, however most of the times you will be disappointed as the common names would already have been registered by someone. But not to worry, as you can try different combinations and combine different words to come up with a catchy name.
Fortunately, arpitroy.wordpress.com was still available so I did not spare a second in registering it.
Step 5: Choosing a Hosting Plan
You will again get various hosting options here, however you need to choose the FREE option once again.
Step 6: Create your account on WordPress.com
The final step is to create your account on WordPress.com. For this you need to fill up your email address, choose a username and a password.
Once you have filled in the details, click on Create My Account. That’s it!
You will get a notification that you have successfully created a blog for free on WordPress.com and you will be logged in automatically. Don’t forget to open up you inbox and verify your email address.
Congratulation! You now know how to create a blog for free on WordPress.com!
How to log-in to your blog?
Go to http://wordpress.com/wp-admin. Here’s the login screen that will come up.
Enter your username/email address and password that you have entered in Step 6 and click on Log In. You will be logged in to your free wordpress blog.
Creating your first blog post
Once you have logged in to your WordPress dashboard, it pretty simple to publish your first post. Spend some time to get familiar with various options that are available at your disposable on the dashboard.
To create a new post, hover your mouse on Posts and click on Add New.
You will come across the WordPress editor where you can enter the post title and the content. You will notice an option to switch to an improved editor. I would recommend you to click the link to navigate to a new WordPress editor which is simpler and easy to use.
Here, I have entered the title and content for my first post. Once you hit the publish button, your blog post will be live and will be visible by the public instantaneously.
You can check out my free WordPress blog here: https://arpitroy.wordpress.com/
Do not forget to explore additional WordPress settings to take advantage of the platform completely.
It took me just 4 minutes to create a blog for free on WordPress.com. You can probably finish it in 3!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.