Quick Start

Note: Some of the instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.:

This guide will take you through five quick steps to get your site up and running.

Welcome to!

The best way to get familiar with the features and options for your new site is to just dive in and start using it. These five quick steps will get you on your way. Let’s get started!

Publish a post

Publishing your first post on is a snap. Just head to your homepageBlog Posts → Add, write something, and click Publish Post

Congratulations! You’re a published author. Not sure what to write about? Try our deep archive of writing prompts or challenges, or browse the topic pages for some inspiration.

Looking for a little more help? Here are some other great resources for drafting and publishing new blog posts:

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Find a theme offers over 300 themes! To pick one, head over to the Theme Showcase and click Use this Theme for whichever theme you like.

Hungry for more info about themes? Check out these resources:

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Customize your theme

Now that you have a theme, it’s time to dress it up. offers many ways to customize your theme.

Want to tweak your theme even further? Check out these resources:

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Add widgets

Widgets are tools that let you add all kinds of awesome functionality to your site. To add some widgets, go to your Customizer → Widgets in your homepage, and search any available widget into your widget area to see what it does.

Ready to get even more out of your widgets? Check out these resources:

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Create a menu

Creating a menu is the easiest way to organize your pages for your readers. This is especially key if you would like a website-style layout. To set up a menu, head to My Site → Menus in your homepage.

As cool as custom menus are, this just covers the basics. To learn about all the things you can do with custom menus, check out these resources:

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Next steps

Hopefully, this guide has given you a quick introduction to the various areas of But this is just the beginning! Here are some other resources to help you become a power user:

  • Our series of tutorials at Learn is a great introduction for new users.
  • Our Support site has step-by-step guides for all of our features.
  • The forums are an active community of staff, volunteers, and fellow users.
  • Finally, friendly Happiness Engineers ( support staff) are standing by to answer any additional questions you have! Contact us here.

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