How to Make a Free Blog With WordPress

Set up your presence on the web in minutes

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Starting a WordPress.com blog can seem intimidating if you're new to this space, but the entire process is easy for beginners. You can create a free blog in just minutes at this popular blog hosting website and begin posting your comments and articles for the public to see. We'll show you how.

How to Make a Free Blog With WordPress

You need to head over to the WordPress.com website to start your blogging journey. Once you do that, follow these steps to create a new blog and start writing:

  1. Select Start Your Website on the WordPress main page.

    Go to the WordPress home page to begin your blogging journey
  2. Sign up for a free WordPress.com account. You need to enter a valid email address that hasn't already been used for a WordPress account.

    If you need an email address for use with WordPress, there are many email services to choose from.

    WordPress new account page

    Pick a username in the second text box. This should be just as unique as your email address. Learn how to choose a username if you need help.

    Finally, enter a strong password that's hard to guess. If you're afraid you'll forget it, store it in a password manager.

    When you're finished filling out the text boxes, select Create your account.

    If you have a Google or Apple account, you can speed up this process by clicking Continue with Google or Continue with Apple.

  3. Now, you need to enter your blog information. Enter your blog name in the first text box. This is what people will assume your blog is about when they visit. Make it reflect the blog's content but also make it interesting and unique.

    To answer What will your site be about?, enter words or phrases separated by commas. For example, home, kids, family, travel.

    WordPress.com blog sign up process

    When asked about your primary goal with this blog, answer in whatever way applies to you. Maybe you're making it to promote your business or portfolio, or maybe it's just to share your worldview.

    In the section under How comfortable are you with creating a website? you'll see a scale ranging from 1 for a beginner and 5 for an expert. Enter the number most appropriate to your situation.

    When you're finished, select Continue.

  4. Choose an address for your blog. Free WordPress blogs end with home.blog, so the name you pick precedes that URL and is what your visitors see when they land on your blog. Enter whatever you want to use as your blog's URL. Below the search box are various addresses with different top-level domains, but only one is free. Pick the free option (home.blog) with the Select button, then click Start with Free on the following page to see your new blog.

    WordPress.com free URL option

More Information on Setting up Your New Blog

Once your new blog is created, the first thing you should do is to confirm your email address by responding to the email WordPress sends you. Open the message and select Click here to Confirm Now. You'll be greeted with a welcoming email and a few "getting started" steps WordPress recommends.

The dashboard you see below is the primary screen where you work on your blog. This is where you manage your blog's pages, media content, comments, plugins, and other customizations.

WordPress.com dashboard screenshot

You should edit or remove the placeholder blog post that all new WordPress sites have to show how posting works. To do that, open the Blog Posts part of your dashboard to view, edit, or trash the post.

Take time to explore your WordPress dashboard and don't be afraid to test the various tools and features available to you for customizing your blog.