WordPress.com Beginners’ Guide

Updated: November 3rd, 2014. Every day new bloggers arrive in the wordpress.com support forum looking for help either to set up their new blogs or the blogs they have imported from other blog hosts. I’m publishing links to some resources that those who are new to WordPress.com may find useful.

Welcome to WordPress.com

(1) Before you begin to blog I recommend that you read this entry “I’m new to blogging. Where do I start?

(2) The wordpress.com features page provides a useful overview too.

(3) Please be sure to look into the types of blogs allowed at wordpress.com as well as the provisions of the Terms of Service and the policies on advertising.

(4) Bookmark this link to WordPress.com Support Documentation as there is a search box there that I predict you will be using frequently. The documentation includes screencasts that will assist you in following step by step instructions.

(5) Bookmark this link to the support forums as well because the search box is full of information and it’s going to become your friend in no time at all. Note that WordPress.com offers a number of options for getting support.  Before posting to the support forums the sticky post at the head of the forum eight things to know before posting to the wordpress.com forum is a must read. And, In the event that volunteers answering forum questions cannot help you, then here’s the link to contact wordpress.com support.

(6) Another important entry to read is WordPress.com or wordpress.org – the differences is a comparison of wordpress.com and wordpress.org services found in the support documentation.

(7) The tag pages will help you find other wordpress.com bloggers who are blogging on the same subjects and using the same category tags. Here’s an example of how to access the tag pages. Note that the last word or category can be changed but the rest of the url remains the same.

(8) You may find the Learn WordPress.com Tutorial and WordPress.com in house blog promotion to be helpful as well.

Happy Blogging!

12 thoughts on “WordPress.com Beginners’ Guide

  1. I like the way wordpress looks. It looks more professional.

    1. i agree with you….that’s also a reason why I switched to switched to WordPress. Later, I’ll switch to WordPress.org.

  2. I’m just beginning my journey into blogging, thanks for such an awesome blog. I see this is an
    invaluable resource.



    1. I’m glad you are finding your way around and locating what you need. :)

    2. If you are new to WordPress.com or if you are interested in supplementing your knowledge I can recommend a comprehensive tutorial. The Learn WordPress.com tutorial is divided into progressive levels and presented as a series:

  3. You’re welcome. I hope you have noticed that this guide applies to wordpress.COM

  4. thanks! Very useful! i´m starting to use wordpress for some projects :D

  5. This post was written prior to the upgrade and complete change in the dashboard which will change again on November 10th. I have dropped an email address into your BC shoutbox and I will coach you via email. Get familiar with the content in the FAQs. They are excellent. http://faq.wordpress.com/

  6. Very useful. Since I’m back to the beginning I felt I probably should go back to the beginning of this blog. WordPress is a little more complex than blogger but I must say it looks a lot more professional and less cartoony.

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