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Do I Need a Website, a Blog, or a Website with a Blog?

If you’re building a brand new site, you might be wondering if you need a website, a blog, or a website with a blog!

At WordPress.com, you can create all of these options easily, right in your dashboard.

Setting Up A WordPress Website

You can use WordPress.com to create a professional website with engaging content. We have features to help businesses, professionals, non-profits, event coordinators, and e-commerce entrepreneurs create powerful websites.

Getting started with your website

Pick your theme

Start with a theme that has a homepage design you love or adapt any theme to have a static homepage with one easy change. Find out more about our collection of themes, and how to add your new favorite theme to your website:

Pick your theme

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Add Pages

Pages are where you’ll add your website’s static content. Adding Pages is straightforward using our Visual Editor. If you prefer to add your Page content using HTML, you can dive right in with the HTML editor too.

Publish your first Page

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Choose your homepage

Your next step is to choose a Page to be your website’s homepage. You can do this in your Homepage Settings in the Customizer. Here is a video overview of how you do this:

Once inside your Homepage Settings in the Customizer, select the A static page option below the text Your homepage displays.

When you do that, two dropdowns will appear. One of those dropdowns is titled Homepage. Click on the dropdown and select the Page you’d like to make your site’s homepage. Remember to click on the Publish button at the top of the Customizer panel to save your changes.

For more information, click the button below.

Set a Static “Home” Page

Setting Up A WordPress Blog

A blog is a type of site that puts your latest articles front and center. If you plan on writing new posts, publishing photos regularly, and sharing news, then a blog is most likely the best fit for what you want to achieve.

Blogs are driven by the content you create. Blog designs will display your latest posts in reverse-chronological order by default. Themes usually include a sidebar and footer where you can add interactive blocks called widgets. These can be used to showcase your content or link to your social media.

Getting started with your blog

When you sign up for WordPress.com, you can set up your blog in just a few steps:

By default, your WordPress.com site will display your blog posts on your homepage, with your latest posts appearing at the top.

Set Up Your Blog in Five Steps

Setting Up A WordPress Website With A Blog

Publishing content regularly is a great way to improve your website search engine ranking, share news, and increase your website’s engagement. That’s why we often recommend website owners add a blogging section to their site.

The best of both

You don’t have to install anything on your website to add a blog. Simply –

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Pro tip: Integrate your blog's content on your site's homepage

If you want to promote your latest blog posts on your homepage, you can add a Recent Posts Widget to your widget area to draw attention to your latest updates. Also be sure to add a link to your blog posts Page to your Custom Menu.

We also have a number of great tips to help you boost traffic to your site. Click on the button below to learn how.

Increase Your Site Traffic

You Choose

Switch between these three options with a few quick customizations. Watch our tutorial videos to help you set up the site that’s right for you.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

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