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Get Going Fast: A Checklist

Feel comfortable with online tools, and don’t want the step-by-step version? The Quick Start Guide takes you on a no-nonsense tour of the basics.

If you want more hand-holding (and we don’t blame you!), skip this guide and tackle the other sections to create the most awesome site on the internet.

Get started: register, fill in your profile, and name your new creation.

  1. Register: Go to and create a username and password.
  2. Create a web address: Choose your free web address. (For a custom web address, go to the next step.)
  3. Choose a plan: Choose between Free, Personal, Premium, and Business. The Personal, Premium, and Business plans include a custom address. (What’s the difference between the plans? (Here’s the difference.)
  4. Get a profile: Set up a profile with your personal information and upload a Gravatar — the image that represents you in the community. Click on the round icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen (next to the bell) and then click on My Profile to enter your details and upload an image. (Not in-depth enough for you? Here’s the in-depth version.)
  5. Add your site’s title: Go to My Sites → Settings → General to name your site and give it a descriptive tagline.

Get comfy: learn your way around

  1. Visit the Reader: The access link is found in the top left corner of your account next to My Sites. Check out the lay of the blogosphere, and find some great new reads. (Not sure how? Here’s how.)
  2. Explore the My Sites menu: Click on My Sites in the top, left-hand corner of the screen and you’ll be taken to your site’s main dashboard. You’ll see some menu items in the left sidebar that allow you to create new pages, blog posts, customize your site, and more. Click around and explore — you won’t break anything.

Get personality: pick a theme to define the look and feel of your blog.

  1. Check out the available themes: A theme is a layout and visual look for your blog. has many to choose from, and you can customize any of them. Head to My Sites → Appearance → Themes to browse the looks on offer. Preview how a theme will look by clicking on the three dots on the right-hand side of the thumbnail and then Live Demo. If you like what you see, Activate it; if you don’t, keep on browsing. (Want a more detailed intro? Head over here.)

Get configured: customize your theme to make your blog your own.

Now that you have a basic site, and you’ve chosen a look for it, you may want to customize it to suit your unique needs.

For Classic and Hybrid themes:

  1. Upload a custom header: Many themes allow you to tweak the look of the header (the image running across the top of your blog) or the background (the color or pattern behind the main text area). Go to My Sites → Customize → Header Image to upload your custom header. (Want more info? Check out this section.)
  2. Add specialized content with widgets: Widgets allow you to add interesting and useful text, images, or navigation elements to the sidebars of your blog (the parts other than your posts). To add and configure widgets, go to My Sites → Appearance → Widgets. (To learn what’s possible and how to put widgets to work for you, check out this section of the guide.)
  3. Personalize your blog with custom fonts and colors: Basic Design Customization, which is part of all our plans, allows you to change the fonts and colors of your site. To start experimenting with colors, go to My Sites → Customize → Colors & Backgrounds. To try out some new fonts, go to My Sites → Customize → Fonts. (Need to learn more before taking the plunge? Be our guest.)

For Block themes:

  1. Go to My Sites → Appearance → Editor. This will take you into the new Site Editor feature which is part of the new full site editing experience that released with WordPress 5.9. In this section you have the power to control all aspects of your theme.
  2. Edit or create templates. Templates are the structural layout for the pages and posts within your site. Click the site icon image in the top left corner, then click on the link for Templates. Click any template name to edit, add, or remove blocks that will display across your site. Click the Add New button in the top right corner to add new templates or create custom templates.
  3. Edit or create template parts. Template parts are a type of reusable block that you can use within multiple templates to sync content together across the site while only having to make changes once. Click the site icon image in the top left corner, then click on the link for Template Parts. Click any template part name to edit, add, or remove blocks that will display across your templates. Click the Add New button in the top right corner to create new, custom template parts.
  4. Manage your Global Styles. Global styles are way for you to control typography, colors, and layout options for the site in general or for specific blocks. These settings allow you to define the defaults to suit your needs. Go to My Sites → Appearance → Editor and click the half moon circle icon in the top right corner. From there, explore the various options available in the right sidebar.

For more in-depth details about working with the Site Editor check out our support documentation. For step-by-step guidance on how to build a site using a Block theme, take our Create Your Site free course.

Get published: write a post, write a page, and create a menu to help visitors navigate your site.

  1. Decide if you want to write a post or a page: A post is an update, and as you add each new one, it appears at the top of your blog. (By default, blogs show posts in reverse chronological order.) A page contains static content — something you’re likely to link to from your blog’s navigation — the most common example is an “About me” page that tells readers who you are. (Still not sure? Dig deeper here.)
  2. Publish a post: Head to My Sites → Posts → Add New. Give your masterwork a title, throw down some words, and click Publish. Voilà! (Need a little more help? Here it is.)
  3. Publish a page: Go to My Sites → Pages → Add New.  The rest is almost identical to posting, so you’ve got this. (More on pages? More on pages.)
  4. Create a menu: Help readers find all your great posts and pages with navigation that gets them where you want them to go. You can create new menus with pages, blog categories, or your own custom links. For Classic and Hybrid themes, go to My Sites → Customize → Menus to get started, and find out more about the process here. For Block themes, go to My Sites → Appearance → Editor and edit the Navigation block located in the Header template part (or add a new one). Explore more details about working with menus in our support documentation.

Get connected: become part of the community and grow your readership.

  1. Tag your posts: Tagging your posts makes it a lot easier for other people to find them, both on your blog and through the magic of the Reader, which allows people to search for content by topic. If you’re not sure of the how and why of tagging, learn more here.
  2. Find other blogs to read: The Reader helps you find content you’re interested in by subject, giving you an excellent way to reach out and like, comment, follow, or share posts from bloggers whose work interests you. The Reader can also help inspire you when you’re stuck for ideas.
  3. Show your favorites some love: Build up a network of contacts and connections on by giving feedback via “likes” and thoughtful comments. Everyone loves to be noticed, and taking the time to show your appreciation builds your network, ultimately bringing more people to your blog.
  4. Use social networks to extend your reach: If you have a Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, or Facebook account, you can automatically broadcast new posts to your networks to spread the word. has built-in tools to automate that process, so you don’t need to share every post individually. Visit My Sites → Tools →  Marketing → Connections to configure these features or find out more about them here.

Get mobile: post from your tablet or smartphone, and never miss a moment of inspiration.

Find the right app for your device: There are apps for iOS and Android devices, and you can find links to them here.

Now you’ve grazed the surface, why not dip into our in-depth guides in the following sections, starting with Get Started?

If you really want to dig into step-by-step instructions for beginners on the topics of creating a new site, blogging, podcasting, or search engine optimization (SEO), check out our full length, free courses.