Photo Blogby Automattic

Thank you for choosing Photo Blog! In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to get your new website up and running. If you’d like to skip right to a specific part, click on one of the links below:

Building Your Blog Adding Your Logo
Connecting Social Media Using Style Packs
Changing the Layout Using Featured Images Filters Adding Widgets

Welcome to WordPress.com!

First of all, thank you for choosing WordPress.com — you’ve come to the right place! Blogging is our specialty, and we have a treasure trove of resources to help you build your blog and make it successful. We’ll be with you through the whole journey, from figuring out what to blog about, through signup and set up, to ongoing inspiration and tips. Let’s get started!

A blog is built around content, so it’s important to take some time and think about what you want to blog about. The possibilities are endless, but writing down the things that you enjoy is often a good first step. Excitement is infectious and being passionate about the topic will make blogging much easier, and more fun! Most importantly though, don’t put off starting a blog until you’re 100% happy with your chosen subject. It’s bound to evolve and change over time anyway, so don’t let perfection get in the way.

To get you started, we’ve hand-picked a list of resources to guide you on your blogging journey:

Building Your Blog

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to set up Photo Blog.

We’re going to use the Customizer to configure your site’s look and feel. To access it, click on My Site in the top-left corner; then in the Personalize section, click the Customize button (it’s next to “Themes”). Going forward we’ll use Customize → X format to point to a specific section within the Customizer. Learn more about the Customizer here.

Whenever you make changes that you want to keep, click on the blue “Publish” button, to the right of the “X” button. When you’re ready to exit the Customizer, click the “X” in the top left corner. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you to save your progress as you go. Let’s get started!

Adding Your Logo

If you have a logo for your blog, you can display it in your site’s header. Here’s how:

  1. Open My Sites → Customize and click on the Site Identity section.
  2. In the section that opens out, click the “Add Logo” button to open the Media Manager.
  3. Upload a new image, or select one that’s already in your Media Library.
  4. Click “Set as logo” — and you’ll see your logo appear in the preview.
  5. Adjust the size using the sliding bar labeled Logo Size.
  6. If your logo includes your site’s name or you only want to display your logo in the header, hide the Site Title and Tagline by unchecking Display Site Title and Tagline.
  7. Click the “Publish” button on top to save your changes.

Your logo will appear above your site’s title. The maximum display dimensions for the logo are 624 pixels by 624 pixels.

Learn more about getting started with your logo in the intro video:

Adding Site Navigation

A navigation menu helps visitors find the information they’re looking for. The first step is to create a menu, following these instructions. Once your menu has been created, you can choose where to put it.

  1. Head to Customize → Menu.
  2. Select the Menu Locations panel.
  3. Assign the menu you’ve created to the Header Menu Location.
  4. Click the “Save and Publish” button on top to save your changes.

Connecting Social Media

With Photo Blog, you have the option to display links to your social media profiles at the bottom of your website. To display them, you’ll need to set up a Social Links Menu.

  1. Head to Customize → Menu.
  2. Select the Menu Locations panel.
  3. Assign the menu you’ve created to the Social Menu Location.
  4. Click the “Save and Publish” button on top to save your changes.

Linking to each of your social-media profiles in your social menu will automatically display its icon. See which social-media icons are supported.

Using Style Packs

Photo Blog comes with three alternative designs called Style Packs. A Style Pack is a special combination of custom colors and fonts that gives your site a unique look. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Head to Customize → Style Packs.
  2. Click on the images to instantly preview how it will look on your site.
  3. Once you’re happy with your selection, click the “Publish” button on top to save your changes.

The Style Pack options include (from right to left) “Elegant,” “Retro Photo,” and “Vintage Paper.”

 

Changing the Layout

Changing the layout is another way to customize your site. Photo Blog comes with two extra layout options:

  • Grid: a variation of the default layout, with white borders added around each image to give them extra breathing space. Each image will display as a square.
  • Masonry: a layout that adapts itself to your content, preserving the proportions of your photos. Give it a try if you have a mixture of square, portrait, and landscape images.

Default Layout

Grid Layout

Masonry Layout

To change the layout of your blog:

  1. Head to Customize → Layout.
  2. Click on the images to instantly preview how it will look on your site.
  3. Once you’re happy with your selection, click the “Publish” button on top to save your changes.

 

Using Featured Images Filters

With twenty-six different image filters, Photo Blog allows you to add a special effect to your featured images. It’s a simple way to give tweak a photo’s look — without photo-editing software! The filters are applied to all Featured Images on the homepage and the Featured Images on single posts/page.

To use the Featured Images Filter, follow these steps:

  1. Head to Customize → Featured Images Filter.
  2. Click on the images to apply a filter and instantly preview how it will look on your site.
  3. Once you’re happy with your selection, click the “Publish” button on top to save your changes.

 

Adding Widgets

Photo Blog offers three optional widget areas, located just above the footer, which you can configure via Customize → Widgets. Use them to add extra features to all the pages on your site: a form to follow your blog, a list of your recent posts, even embededd content from your social media accounts, like Instagram and Twitter.