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In order to sign up for a WordPress blog, you will need a computer that has at least one web browser (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer loaded as an application). You will also need to be connected to the Internet.
Open your web browser and in the address bar type the following web address: http://wordpress.com Navigate to ‘get started here’ button on the left side of the page and click it to take you to the sign up page. On the sign up page, enter your blog name in ‘blog address’ textbox. Your blog name should both reflect the topic of your blog and be a reflection of who you are and/or characteristics you wish to portray. Click ‘Username’ text box to pre-fill username to match your blog title. It is recommended that—in the beginning—you keep the same name as your blog as it will be easier to remember the username to log into your account if it is the same as your blog title. If your blog and username is available, a green checkmark will appear to the right of the text box. Click in ‘Password’ text box and type in your unique password (see the slide ‘Tips / Password’ for information on how to create a strong password). Click in ‘Confirm’ box and re-type your password. Click in email address text box. Type in an email address that you frequently use so that your account password is easy to retrieve and/or reset. Click on language dropdown box and select your preferred language. Click orange ‘create blog’ button.
When selecting a strong, unique password, choose a word of eight characters or more that holds personal meaning and easy to remember (excluding your birthday, username, 123, dictionary words, and other easily guessed words or combinations). Make sure to mix upper and lowercase to increase the difficulty of your password being guessed. In order to increase the difficulty of your password for an outsider but still ensure that your password is easy for you to remember, replace some of the following letters that appear in your password with special characters and numbers: a=@ s=$ e=3 o=0 i=! For example, the word Waskesiu becomes w@$K3s!u (Notice that one ‘s’ is not replaced—you do not have to replace all instances of these letters.)
To confirm your blog, open a new browser window or browser tab. Navigate to the email account you associated with your new WordPress blog. Open the email from WordPress (if you haven’t received one, wait a few minutes for it to arrive and/or check your spam folder). In the email, click ‘activate blog’. Once you click, a web page offering theme options for your new, activated blog will launch. Stay on this page because in the next step, you will learn how to select a theme for your blog.
On the page that launched in the previous step—when you activated your blog—you will see “Choose a starter theme”. The theme you select affects the way content is displayed and located on your blog. Scroll down near the bottom of the page and under the heading ‘on WordPress.com’ at the bottom of the screen, locate ‘Theme Showcase’ and click on it. Under the main heading ‘Theme Showcase’ click on the hyperlinked words ‘browse and search’ to search for a theme for your new blog. On the left side of the page, locate ‘A-Z’ and click on it. This will bring up a full listing of the blog themes that are available. On the left side of the page, under the text box pre-filled with ‘Type keywords’, locate the link ‘Filters (0)’ and click it to filter the list of blogs by specified criteria. A selection of criteria with checkboxes will appear. At a minimum, it is recommended that you select the following: Under the heading ‘Columns, choose right sidebar (the most common placement of a blog sidebar). Under the heading ‘Widths’, choose ‘Responsive Layout’. This will ensure that your blog will be easy to read across platforms, making it adaptive to users’ devices. Under the heading ‘Subjects’, choose ‘Blog’ to locate blog template styles. Under ‘Styles’, choose ‘Clean’ to ensure that your blog is easy to read and professional looking. Once you have finished making your selections, scroll to the top of the page and click ‘Apply Filters’.
A list of blogs meeting the criteria selected in the last step will appear. Select one by clicking on it. Information about the theme will appear. Click on the orange ‘Activate’ button on the right side of the screen to activate your blog. Congratulations! You have set up your basic blog and you have a theme!
Pay attention to how your site will be organized for those who will be using it—try to make it as seamless, adaptive and clean as possible. The sidebar will allow readers to find out more about you, subscribe to your blog, read past posts and connect with you on social platforms. In other words, placing it visibly—typically at the right of the screen—is important for continued interaction with your readers. Choose a style that fits your content. For example, for a writing-centric blog, a template that emphasizes text would be most appropriate. Minimal styles are generally best since white space is less distracting and instead helps the reader focus on content. Minimal styles are also more professional looking for scholarly blogs.
How to Sign up for a Free WordPress Account and Choose a Theme
HOW TO SIGN UP &CHOOSE A THEME FOR AWORDPRESS ACCOUNT
Step Two: Account Sign UpProcedures Navigate to http://wordpress.com Click ‘get started here’ button Select a matching blog name and username Enter and confirm your password Click ‘create blog’ button
Step Two: TipsPassword A strong, unique password Replace any of the following contains: letters in your password with the following: • 8+ characters • a=@ • Mixture of upper and • s=$ lowercase • e=3 • Special characters (ex. • o=0 #@$%!) • i=! Example Waskesiu = w@$K3s!u
Step Two: Account Sign UpActivation Log into your WordPress-associated email account Activate blog in the email received from WordPress Your blog is now active!
Step ThreeTheme Customization Selecting a Theme Filtering for Themes Choosing a Theme Tips Considering the User Experience
Step Three: ThemeCustomizationFiltering for Themes Click ‘Theme Showcase’ Click ‘A-Z’ Click ‘browse and search’ Click ‘Filters (0)’ and select: Apply Filters
Step Three: ThemeCustomizationChoosing a Theme Browse through filtered themes Select a theme Click ‘Activate’ Congratulations!
Step Three: TipsConsidering the User Experience Sidebar should encourage reader engagement Themes should adapt to most devices Blog style should suit content Style should be easy to read