General

Getting Started

Hello and welcome to WordPress.com! This page is about how to sign up. For a more general overview about WordPress.com and blogging, please visit the Introduction to WordPress.com page too.

Sign Up & Activate

To get started, you need to sign up for an account. On the first screen, you will be asked for a username, password, and email address. You must agree to the fascinating terms of service, and also select whether you would like a blog URL such as USERNAME.wordpress.com created or if you want to setup a username-only account.

A username-only account is useful if you just need an API key for your self-hosted WordPress.org blog or if you just want to be able to access a private WordPress.com blog (note that you must also be given permission by the blog owner after you setup an account).

If you choose to create a blog when you sign up, you will be able to choose the blog domain (or blog URL) on the second screen in the sign up process. You cannot change the blog URL once it is created, but you can always just setup a new blog URL on the same account later or you can customize the domain that your readers see by purchasing a domain mapping upgrade. You’ll also see options to set a blog title, language, and search engine privacy on the second screen. All of those options can be changed in the settings pages later.

After you click the Signup button, you will see a page with some additional profile settings. You can add those settings right away or you can change them any time from your profile page later. You will also see the email address you entered printed at the bottom of that page. If you notice that your email is wrong, change the address and click the Update email button.

Next, check your email for your activation link and click on the link to activate your new account. If you don’t receive the email right away, please check your spam/junk folder, then contact support and we’ll send you the activation link again.

Important note: If your email system uses an auto responder for human verification, please disable that service with your email account since our email will not be able to reach you.

Alternatively, please whitelist email from @wordpress.com.

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What Next?

Once you have activated your WordPress.com account, you should login to WordPress.com using the login form at the top left of the http://wordpress.com/ home page. After you login, you’ll see a gray admin bar along the top of all WordPress.com web pages. The admin bar has quick links for getting to your account pages, blog dashboard, creating a new post, and more. Click on the My Dashboard link to get to the settings and editing pages for your new blog.

If you don’t see a My Dashboard link, then you have probably created a username-only account, and you can go to http://wordpress.com/signup/ again to add a blog to your account.

Now that you’ve found the dashboard for your blog, you may want to customize the blog title and tagline. You can do that by clicking Settings on the left menu. See the General Settings help page for more details about what you can change there.

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Using WordPress.com for a Website

You may want to set up a blog or you may want to use WordPress.com to create a website instead.

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Start Writing!

To create a new post, go to Posts > Add New from the dashboard or use the New Post link in the gray admin bar shown at the top of WordPress.com pages while you are logged in. If you see a “not found” message on your blog home page, that’s because you haven’t added any posts or set a static front page yet. See the 404 Not Found Error page to learn how to fix it.

Your blog is your voice, so write some great posts, add some tags and categories, and check out our tips for Getting More Views and Traffic.

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