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Making a Business Website

Here are some quick tips on starting your business website here at WordPress.com.

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Sign up for WordPress.com Business to unlock all the themes available on WordPress.com, have live chat support (during live chat hours), unlimited space, and our other popular upgrades all in one subscription.

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Make Pages

Visit Pages → All Pages to see what pages you have created for your website. Pages are a good way to publish information that doesn’t change much, like an About page. You can create a new page in one of two ways:

  • Pages → Add
  • Click on the name of your blog in the upper-left corner of the admin bar and select Pages → Add from the dropdown menu.

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Change Reading Settings

Now that you’ve created a page, set that page to be the first one your visitors see. Visit Settings → Reading in the Classic Dashboard, to change what displays on your front page. You can do that by enabling a static front page and setting it to the home page you created.
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Turn Off Comments

The default setting is for comments to be enabled. Visit Settings → Discussion to change the default for new posts or pages. You can also enable/disable comments on posts or pages you’ve already published under Advanced Settings in the Page Editor.

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Create a Contact page

Start a new page and call it “Contact”. You can use any of the following techniques:

Create a custom contact form for visitors to reach you. This ensures you are asking customers the questions you need answered.
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Through your Customizer, click on Widgets from the menu on the right, select a widget area and select the Contact Info widget. Enter your contact information into the text boxes provided, as well as your address, and a widget with your mapped location, phone number, and hours will display on your site.

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Add a Domain

You can sign up for a new domain name or map an existing domain name. Adding a domain to your site gives your business a memorable address visitors can type to reach your content.

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Get social

Connecting Social Accounts

Publicize allows you to share your WordPress.com posts on other social media automatically. Write it once and share it everywhere.

Likes and Shares

Choose what sharing buttons appear at the bottom of your posts and pages under Settings → Sharing in your Classic Dashboard. Turn off Likes and Shares, on posts or pages, by first going into Screen Options in the top-right corner of your screen and making sure that Likes and Shares is checked. Then below the post or page, check or uncheck the options as needed.
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Customize your site

Choose the theme that’s right for you. You can apply new themes from the Themes & Customize section of your My Sites page or visit the Theme Showcase to use the “Find a Theme” search options. If you are a WordPress.com Business customer,  all premium WordPress.com themes are free and you can switch themes as often as you like at no added cost.

Start customizing your theme by uploading your own header or logo image,  creating a navigation menu, or adding widgets to the available sidebar or footer areas in your theme.

With WordPress.com Business or WordPress.com Premium you can customize further by choosing fonts, colors, and adding your own CSS.

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