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Using WordPress.com to Create a Website

A blog is a type of website that shows newest content at the top of the page. A blog can also be one part of a website with multiple pages. On WordPress.com, you can easily add pages and other goodies to your blog in seconds.

Here are some suggestions on how to get started:

Find Inspiration

Check out our theme showcase for some great examples of all the different blog/website setups that are possible with WordPress.com. (Note that some have customized designs that were created with the Custom Design Upgrade.)

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Create a Home Page

With a default blog setup, your front page will display your latest posts. You can set up a static home page to achieve the look and feel of a traditional website. Here’s more on the difference between posts and pages.

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Add More Pages

Many blogs have a single page or two, with one for posts and the other for an “About Me” section. But you can add as many pages as you like. For example, a restaurant website might need pages for “Menu,” “Locations,” and “Contact.” You can even designate parent pages so that your navigation menu looks more like this:

If you have a theme that supports the Custom Menus Feature you can:

  • Change the order of pages
  • Nest pages to create sub-menus
  • Display posts on different pages by creating category pages
  • Add custom links to the navigation menu

The Page Attributes module allows you to set page parents and templates, and to change the order of your pages, regardless of the theme you have activated.

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Want to Disable Comments?

Comments can be a great way to solicit your readers’ feedback, but sometimes you want to keep things super simple. No problem — you can disable comments in a snap!

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Add Widgets and Other Goodies

Widget is a fancy word for tools or content that you can display on your site’s sidebar. There are tons of neat widgets to choose from, including the Pages Widget and Search Widget.

You can also create a contact form to offer your readers the ability to get in touch without providing your personal email address.

If you’d like to take the “wordpress” out of your blog’s URL by registering a custom domain for your blog, or adding one you already own, learn more about our Domain Mapping Upgrade.

We sometimes run discreet AdSense advertisements on your site to users who aren’t logged in and aren’t regular visitors. Purchasing the No Ads Upgrade will eliminate any ads on your blog so no one sees them at all. This is especially useful for business websites.

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Get More Help

If you’re new to WordPress.com, check out the Learn WordPress guide for more tips on getting started.

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