Using WordPress.com to Create a Website
With WordPress.com, it’s easy to create your own website or blog in seconds.
For definition’s sake, a blog is a type of website that shows the 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 choose any of those options, easily adding pages and other goodies to your site, customizing the style and appearance to your needs.
Here are some suggestions on how to get started:
Check out our theme showcase for some great examples of all the different blog/website styles that are possible with WordPress.com. Some themes are free, others are “Premium” and available for purchase. (You can also further customize the style and design of your site by purchasing a Custom Design Upgrade.)
Create a Home Page
With a default blog setup, your front page will display your latest posts. You can also 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.
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.
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!
Add Widgets and Other Goodies
You can also create a contact form to offer your readers the ability to get in touch without providing your personal email address.
Your Website's URL
If you’d like to take the “wordpress” out of your blog’s URL, you can register a custom domain for your blog, or adding one you already own, learn more about our Domain Mapping Upgrade.