Why you need to know ‘How to create a WordPress.com website’?
Creating a website has never been so easy. But WordPress has made it so simple over the years.
You don’t need to know to code a website or hire a web developer. And most importantly, you don’t even need money to start a website.
Seriously, it’s that simple.
And that’s WordPress for you.
Are you ready for creating a free website with WordPress.com?
Oh yeah! Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- What is WordPress?
- Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
- 4 Steps to create a WordPress.com website
- Watch tutorial on Youtube
- I have created a website, what’s next?
- Should you upgrade your Free plan?
- Frequently Asked Questions on using WordPress.com
- Can I switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?
- How to install plugins on WordPress.com?
- How to upload a theme in WordPress.com?
- How to remove WordPress.com from URL?
- Is WordPress.com a reliable source for hosting websites?
- Can I use Google Adsense at WordPress.com?
- Can I change my web host from WordPress.com to BlueHost?
- Can I do affiliate marketing in WordPress.com?
- Can I have 1 million pageviews daily at WordPress.com site?
- Can I host 2 websites on one WordPress.com account?
- Can I make money on WordPress.com?
- Can we add Paypal Payment in WordPress.com Website?
- Can you use Aweber with a free WordPress.com account?
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management Solution). And that narrows down our question to,
What is Content Management Solution?
It is a software or an application or whatever you call it. You install it right on to your server. And after that, you are not going to worry about your server. You are just going to work in the content alone. The CMS will act as an intermediate between your content and server.
Since the CMS does so much and gives you ample time, you can work peacefully on content, bringing the best of you.
And WordPress is such a powerful CMS and a website platform that the world is looking for.
Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
There is a more significant difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Although they mean, they are not the same.
WordPress.org is open-source software that allows you to create a soft-hosted website. To create a website with WordPress.org all it takes is to register a domain, point it towards your hosting, download your WordPress software, and install WordPress on the server. You would have created a website with empty content.
But WordPress.com is a hosted version of this open-source software. You don’t have to all the work on registering domains, getting hosting, installing WordPress. It is all pre-made. All you have to do is just go the WordPress.com site, register your account for free, choose a sub-domain name and your website with empty content is ready.
All your pain points with creating and managing a self-hosted site is taken care of.
And that’s why for beginners we always recommend them to go with WordPress.com if they are not serious about blogging/building a website.
4 Steps to create a WordPress.com website
I hope you are now ready for creating a website at WordPress.com. Let’s get started.
Step1: Visit WordPress.com website
The first step is to visit the WordPress.com website.
Okay, now you would have landed up at WordPress.com homepage. Click Start your Website button.
Step 2: Creating your WordPress.com account
Now, the next step is to create your WordPress.com account. You can use your email address / Gmail account / Apple account for signing up.
Step 3: Choosing a domain name
Since we are creating a free website with WordPress.com, we will be allowed to use a subdomain of WordPress.com
If you are serious about creating this website for your client, or for an event or your want an online store, or something like that, you will need a domain name.
For using custom domain names, you need to upgrade yourself to the paid membership.
For this tutorial, I chose freewebsite421505780.wordpress.com (subdomain) as my domain name.
Step 4: Choose the hosting plan.
WordPress.com has got five different hosting plans available. They are:
Let’s compare the five plans:
|Jetpack Essential Features*||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Pre-Installed SSL Certificate||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Free Domain for One Year||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Email & Basic Chat Support||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Storage Space||3 GB||6 GB||13 GB||200 GB||200 GB|
|Installing WordPress Plugins||✓||✓|
* The Jetpack’s essential features will include adding contact forms, email subscriptions, adding comments, etc.
And now, it is done. You have officially created a free website at WordPress.com.
Your WordPress dashboard will look like this.
This is how the front page of the site I create for this tutorial looks like.
Watch tutorial on Youtube
Did you get stuck anywhere on this tutorial? If you are, watch this tutorial for more clear steps.
If you still find any difficulties in creating a website, reach me out.
I have created a website, what’s next?
I have just shown you how to create a WordPress.com website in 4 easy steps.
Creating a website has just looked like a cakewalk for you. But you haven’t completed your site. You will have to complete the Site Setup List.
Site Setup List:
- Giving your website a name
- Creating a site Navigational menu
- Update your Homepage with content
- Launch your website
- And finally, download the WordPress.com app to manage your website through a smartphone.
Even after you complete the site setup list, If you look around your website, you will understand that your website lacks content.
Content is the King for any website.
So go ahead and start adding content for your website. If you are a newbie Writer or Author, do check our following resources to help you out.
- How to Become a Professional Writer? (8 Simple Steps)
- 100+ Best Blogging Tools for Beginners and Experts to Manage Blog Effectively (2020)
- 10 Content Marketing Tips to help you create an effective strategy in 2020
- Content for Affiliate Marketing: It’s not as difficult as you think
- 7 Headline Generators for Writing Success
- How can content curation help you overcome Writer’s Block?
These resources will help you get started with writing content. Once you get started with adding content to your website, you will need to find ways to drive traffic for your website.
And in this context, driving traffic means driving visitors to your site.
Here are some resources to help you out n getting traffic to your blog posts
- 9 Tactics to Promote Your Blog Content on Facebook
- How to get traffic to my blog for free?
- 13 Reasons why you need to use eBooks for Lead Generation
And over the period, you should be considering Search Traffic as your Primary Traffic Channel.
Should you upgrade your Free plan?
Mostly, it is a question that many readers are looking for.
When your website has grown to a reasonable level, you will be considering to move to the next level.
At this point, you will have two options to consider.
- Move on to a self-hosted WordPress website.
- Upgrading to premium WordPress plan.
If you are comfortable with using WordPress.com, then consider upgrading to the Premium Plan. But, if you are looking for more features, then you must move to Self-hosted WordPress website.
You won’t find any severe difficulty in migrating to WordPress.org, because, the user interface is going to look more or less similar.
Frequently Asked Questions on using WordPress.com
There are some common questions asked by new users of WordPress.com. I have managed to compile a list of such problems.
Can I switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?
Yes, you can switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. You need to export your data from WordPress.com, set up a new Self-Hosted WordPress site, and import the data.
How to install plugins on WordPress.com?
The feature to install plugins and themes is available only in Business and eCommerce plans. To install a plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to My site->Tools->Plugins. Search for the plugin you want and click install now. You can also choose to upload your plugin by navigating to My Site->Tools->Plugins->Upload Plugin.
How to upload a theme in WordPress.com?
To upload your custom WordPress theme, go to your website dashboard, and navigate to My Sites-> Design->Themes. Here you can upload your theme and activate it.
How to remove WordPress.com from URL?
To remove WordPress.com from your URL, you need to upgrade to Personal plans and above. If you upgrade to Personal plans and above, WordPress.com offers a custom domain for 1 year for free.
Is WordPress.com a reliable source for hosting websites?
WordPress.com belongs to Automattic, the company that owns many popular products and services like Tumblr, WooCommerce, Simplenote, Crowdsignal, Jetpack, etc. They are in this field of WordPress for over 15 years and 147M million unique views every month. So, it is a trustable source to host your website.
Can I use Google Adsense at WordPress.com?
You will be able to add Google Adsense code to WordPress.com only in the Business and eCommerce plan. The other plans don’t allow you to add the code.
Can I change my web host from WordPress.com to BlueHost?
Yes, of course. You can migrate from WordPress.com to Bluehost. By this migration, you will end up creating a self-hosted WordPress website. You can also choose WordPress hosting available at Bluehost for managing your WordPress website.
Can I do affiliate marketing in WordPress.com?
Yes, of course. You can do affiliate marketing at WordPress.com. You don’t have any restrictions on adding affiliate links to your website’s content.
Can I have 1 million pageviews daily at WordPress.com site?
You can get 1 million page views daily at WordPress.com site. If you are right in promoting your website through various channels, it is possible.
Can I host 2 websites on one WordPress.com account?
You can host any number of sites on a single WordPress.com account. I have more than 4 websites on a single WordPress.com account.
Can I make money on WordPress.com?
You can monetize your WordPress.com website through affiliate marketing and Ads. WordPress.com has got its own monetizing tool called WordAds. Wordads is available from Premium and higher plans.
Can we add Paypal Payment in WordPress.com Website?
Yes, you can add Paypal Payment to your WordPress.com website. You will need to have a premium or higher plan to do this.
Can you use Aweber with a free WordPress.com account?
You cannot install Aweber on a free WordPress.com account. You will be able to add Aweber through Plugins. The feature on installing Plugins in WordPress.com is available only in Business and eCommerce plans.