Making a Business Website

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

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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 New in your dashboard
  • Click on the name of your blog in the upper-left corner of the admin bar and select New → Page 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 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, as well as enable/disable comments on posts or pages you’ve already published.

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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 to visitors to reach you. This ensures you are asking customers the questions you need answered.

Through your Appearance -> Widgets page, drag and drop the Contact Info widget into one of your widget areas. 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. 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 Appearance → Themes section of your dashboard 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, WordPress.com Premium, or the Custom Design upgrade you can customize further by choosing fonts, colors, and adding your own CSS.

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