So I have a friend that wants to put her poetry on wordpress, but she, like many others, doesn’t play well with technology. So I thought I’d put together a step by step on how to set up a BASIC, basic, basic, wordpress blog. I hope this helps her gets her poetry out there so she can share it with you.
———-These page breaks will let you know you’re in a new section————
Go to http://www.wordpress.com
Click the “login” button
either login using your username and password, or click “sign up” to create a new account. I’m going to assume we don’t have an account, so I’m proceeding with the “sign up” option.
———-Create Your Account———
Enter your email address.
Make up a username (I think there should be no spaces)
Enter a password.
Choose a “blog address”. The blog address is the web address people will type in to visit your blog (again, do not use spaces, just run the words together).
Click “Create Blog” at the bottom of the page.
———-Check Your Email——-
Now you have to check your email to confirm your registration. In the email that wordpress sends you, there should be a button that says “activate blog”. Click that.
For some reason, once I clicked the “activate blog” from the email, it took forever for the wordpress page to load. After a couple of minutes, I closed it and tried again. This time it came up.
———–Now We Make a Test Blog Post————
Once it loads, click the “New Post” tab near the top left of the screen.
Then click in the “title” area to enter a title, maybe just enter “This Is My Title” for the title to get started.
Then click in the blank/typing area below the title, and type the blog post. Maybe start with “This is my first amazing blog post” just to see if it works.
Now click the “Publish Post” box.
————A New Webpage Opens————-
Now click the box labeled “view post”. For me, it was a blue box, near the top on the right.
———— Your Blog Post Should Open————–
Notice the website address is [yourusername].wordpress.com with some other junk behind it.
Your Username should be staring you in the face!
Then you should see your title “This is my title”
And you should see your blog post “This is my first amazing blog post”
Your blog is working!
———- Now let’s move on —————
Near the top, left of the screen, you should see a “W” in a circle, and right next to it, your username.
Park your mouse over your username and a list should appear.
——— A new window should open ———-
This is your dashboard. This is where I go to do everything. Make a “bookmark” so you can visit this page often. Making a bookmark is not a wordpress thing, just make a bookmark like you would for any webpage you like to visit often.
For my friend who wants to put her poetry out there, here’s the easy way to do it, once you are on your dashboard.
Look for the section called “Quickpress”
In the “title” area, enter the title of your poem.
In the “content” area, enter your poem.
———-Notice there is now a yellow box in the “Quickpress” section ———
If you want to view your post, click “view post” in the new yellow section, or go ahead and enter your next poem.
———If you want to see all your posts—————
On the left side of the “dashboard” screen, there is a button labeled “Posts”. Click on that.
————–You should see all your recent blog posts listed————-
Here you can click on posts to edit them, or click on them and then click view to see them on your blog page.
————If you want to see all your blogs in the order you posted them———-
From your “Dashboard”, click the “Dashboard” button at the top left side of the screen.
Click the “My Blogs” text that appears under the “Dashboard” button.
In the screen that appears, click the text under “address”. It should be “[your username].wordpress.com”. Also note, this address is your blog. You can give it to your friends.
Well, hopefully that’s enough to get you started with a super simple blog! Comment with questions 🙂