How To Make a WordPress Website - 2018 - In 24 Easy Steps

How to Use WordPress


  1. Visit the WordPress website.Click on the "Get Started" button on the left side of the page to begin signing up for your new blog. This will create a blog on the WordPress site. You won’t be able to monetize the blog, but it will be free.
    • Many professional bloggers prefer to have their WordPress blog hosted on their own domain ( instead of To host your own blog, you will need your own web host. This guide will show you how to set up a blog on your own server.
  2. Enter your information.Fill out all of the required fields and click "Create Blog." You will need to enter a valid email address and create a WordPress username. Underneath the features list, click “Create Blog” to create your free blog. Make sure to read the terms of service! You will have the option of removing the WordPress tag from your URL for a certain yearly fee.
  3. Create an address for your blog.During the sign up process, you will be asked to create the address (URL) for your blog. You won’t be able to change the URL once you create it, but you can always create a new blog on the same account if you want a new URL address.
  4. Open your activation email.When you sign up, you will be sent an email containing an activation link that you will need to follow to turn your account on. Go to your email and activate the blog by pressing the "Activate Blog" button in the email. Once you have activated the blog, a new window will appear called the "Dashboard." The Dashboard will be the central focus when editing your blog.
  5. Give your new blog a title.On the left side of your dashboard, click on the "Settings" tab and select "General." In Settings, you can title your blog, give it a tagline, edit your email address, adjust privacy settings, and do other things as well. Take time to explore all the features of the dashboard and get familiar with them.
  6. Give your blog a theme.One of the most critical components of your blog is the theme that it has. A theme is a color scheme and specific layout that gives your blog a distinct and unique feel. Explore all of the WordPress themes by clicking on the "Appearance" tab on the left side of the dashboard. Browse themes and select one that you think works well with the topic of your blog.
    • You can change the theme anytime.
    • Some themes are "Premium" themes and need to be purchased.
  7. Make your first blog post.Head to the left side of the dashboard and click on the "Posts" tab, then click "Add New." Give your post a title and start writing! Make sure your first post has an introductory feel to it and gets first-time readers captivated.
  8. Manage your widgets.Every WordPress blog has a collection of widgets. They are shown on the right side on the home page of your blog. Some popular widgets include a search bar, a Facebook "Like" option, and an Archives link.
    • To add or remove widgets, move your mouse over the title of your blog in the upper left corner. A drop down menu will appear.
    • Click on the "Widgets" link. From here, drag the available widgets you want featured into the widget boxes on the right hand side of the screen.
    • Remove widgets you dislike by dragging them out of the widget box and back into the "available widgets" area.
  9. Add pages to your blog.A WordPress blog can contain various pages besides your main posting wall. Pages are a great way to categorize the different content that is featured in your blog. For example, you can have a "Contact Us" page to help your viewers get in touch with you or your company. To create a new page, go to the drop down menu detailed in Step 7, click on "New," and then "Page." Give your new page a title, and then write the content for that page below.
  10. Set your blog apart.There are a lot of blogs out there. If you want yours to stand out, you’ll need to put in a little effort to make it unique. This guide has some tips that can help you make your blog amazing, including posting frequency, reader interaction, optimal post length, and more.
  11. Promote your blog.Once your blog is up and running, you’ll want to start promoting it to increase your readership. This means utilizing as many avenues as possible, such as social media, email, and Twitter.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I make my blog for free in WordPress?
    Community Answer
    You can. You just use the free plan.
  • Question
    Is it possible to start a food blog with the WordPress app?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, WordPress is great for food bloggers!
  • Question
    How do I put music in WordPress?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can't put music on WordPress, the site doesn't allow it. You can, however, include music videos in you posts.
  • Question
    Once I get traffic on my website, am I able to transfer my saved blog to my new website?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. It will not show up in your website, but you will be given a link if you use a web hosting service.
  • Question
    Is the username same as the blog name?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. The blog name is the title of your blog, and the username is displayed when you post.
  • Question
    Can I put WordPress on my website?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can put a link to your WordPress page on your other website. WordPress is a CMS. You can create a website with WordPress. You can even migrate your preset website to WordPress.
  • Question
    Divya Shah
    Community Answer
    Yes. It will not show up in your website, but you will be given a link if you use a web hosting service. The link would look like "" or something similar.
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Quick Summary

1. Go
2. ClickGet Started.
3. Create an account.
4. Verify your account.
5. Title your blog.
6. Select a theme.
7. Add widgets.
8. Insert pages.
9. Create your first blog post.

Did this summary help you?
  • This post covers the simpler side of starting your blog. If you have other questions that are more in depth, go to and click on Support. Wordpress also has a number of great articles and videos to help you take your blog to the next level.
  • WordPress is always adding new themes to choose from. Go back every so often and decide if you see something that's more appealing than the theme your blog is currently using.


  • Always be careful of what you blog about. You never know who is reading your blog. Avoid posting too much about yourself online.
  • Make sure to always save your changes!

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