Let me show you how to create a free blog in WordPress.com step by step, how it is set up, how pages are created and how articles are published. You will see that it is very simple and in a few minutes you can have your own blog in WordPress free. Let’s start!

 

I recommend that you read this post until the end because I will teach you step by step how to make a blog on WordPress.com, but what I really care is to explain  why you should not do it . Yeah, sounds weird, but I have my reasons …

 

WordPress.com is one of the most famous platforms when it comes to creating a free web or blog, and it should NOT be confused with the content manager that you can download from WordPress.org , which is also free but you would need to hire a  hosting where you can Install it.

 

In the case of the service offered by WordPress.com just create a user account to have your blog for free, because your blog is installed for free on the servers of Automattic , which owns the platform.

 

Once cleared up, now yes … Let’s create that blog!

 

Steps to create a blog at WordPress.com

  • 1. Create a free blog in WordPress
  • 2. Set up a blog on WordPress.com
  • 3. Create a page on WordPress.com
  • 4. Post an article on WordPress.com
  •  Wait, before you go …
    •  Pros and cons of creating a blog at WordPress.com
    •  WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
    •  Testimonials from other users
  •  CONCLUSIONS

 

  1. Create a free blog in WordPress

I’ll teach you the steps to follow to create it from scratch, that is, also creating  the user account on WordPress.com. You will see that it is very simple and in fact the user account is made in the last step, so let’s get down to business.

 

1) The first thing is to enter the WordPress page in Spanish .

There you will see a blue button that says ” Create website ” and click on it.

 

2)  In the next screen you will see that there are 4 steps and now you are in the first of all, which is the design choice you want for your blog.

To continue with the example you will see that I have chosen the one called Sela , but you can choose the one that you like and even change the design later when you have created the blog.

 

3)  The next step is to choose the domain that your blog will have. Keep in mind that for your blog to be free, the domain has to be of the type <what you want> .wordpress.com (it is the option that I point in pink).

If you want to add a personal domain without wordpress.com at the end , you have to buy it by choosing one of the other options (or you can also buy it later on your account and set it to point to your blog on WordPress.com).

 

Following the example I will choose the free domain, and for that you will see that the first thing to do is to check if it is free for you to use it. In my case I have chosen the domain crearunbloggratisen.wordpress.com and it is free.

Click the ” Choose ” button .

 

4)  In the next screen you will see that you have to choose the plan that you want to use.

In this case logically we want the blog on WordPress.com to be free, so I choose the plan I have marked in pink.

Click the ” Choose a free plan ” button.

 

5)  In this last step is where you have to create your user account at WordPress.com.

Just put your email, your username (by default you put the domain you chose, but you can use another if you want) and your password.

Click the ” Create my account ” button.

 

 

6)  And the next screen you are going to see is the control panel of your new blog . From here you can view your statistics, publish articles, add pages, create the menu, etc.

 

Important

You have received an email to confirm that this is your email account so you can start posting articles on your new blog.

Click the ” Confirm Email ” button .

 

 

And you have already created your blog! 

 

You can see how it has been entered directly to the URL with the domain that you have chosen:

<Your domain> .wordpress.com

 

Here you can see the one I created as an example:

Https://crearunbloggratisen.wordpress.com/

 

  1. Set up a blog on WordPress.com

The next thing you should do is set up your new blog to leave it as you like it.

 

1) To do so you will see that when entering the URL of your blog<your domain> .wordpress.com in the upper left corner there is a button where it says “ My site ” and clicking it opens the control panel of your Blog.

 

 

2)  In this control panel at the end of the whole, click the ” Settings ” menu and you will see a page with different tabs to configure them to your liking:

 

 

General:  are the general settings of the blog, such as its name, description, if you want it to be a private blog, etc.

Writing:  refers to the settings when writing your articles. You can select the category and the type of article that is created by default, but you will understand this better when you start to create your first articles.

Comments:  here you can configure everything related to the comments of your blog, if you want the readers can comment on your articles, if they must be registered to be able to comment, if you want to get an email to warn you that they have commented, etc.

Analytics: It  ‘s a new feature for you to use Google Analytics on your WordPress.com blog, but it’s not available for the free plan …

Import:  This option is just in case you want to import the content of another site to your new blog. For example, if you had a blog created in Blogger, here you can import the content you have exported from Blogger.

 

Recommendation

Do not worry now to configure everything at once, and less if you do not know what some things are useful. The best thing you can do is change for now only what you have clear (the name of the blog, the description, etc.).

The rest you will discover as you need it, believe me.

 

  1. Create a page on WordPress.com

In addition to posting articles on your blog it is important that you post different pages where you can explain who you are, how they can contact you, if you sell products or offer some service … Whatever you think!

 

By default in the main menu of your blog you will see that you have already created the ” About ” page (you can change the name if you want and name ” About me “). On this page you can tell something about yourself and why you created the blog.

 

 

Here I will explain how to create a page in WordPress.com step by step as an example, so you can create the pages you need on your blog.

 

1)  From the control panel of your blog  click on the ” Pages ” menu and you will see a list of the pages that your blog has right now (pages published, saved as draft, scheduled to be published or deleted).

 

2)  In the same menu of “ Pages ” you will see a button where you put ” Add “ in which you have to click.

 

3)  This is the editor of WordPress.com where you can put the title of your page, the URL you will have when you publish it (also called slug ) and of course add all the content you want: text, links, images, lists, subtitles , etc.

 

In the menu on the left side you will see that you have the ” View ” button (to check how the page will look when you publish it) and the ” Publish ” button (to publish the page and appear publicly in the blog).

When you have your page ready, click the ” Publish ” button .

 

And you have already published your new page! 

 

You can see how it has been entered directly to the URL of the page or from the main menu of the blog, where you will see a new button with the title that you gave the page:

 

Here you can see the page that I created as an example:

Https://crearunbloggratisen.wordpress.com/recursos-para-crear-un-blog/

 

  1. Post an article on WordPress.com

This is the grace of creating a blog, because the articles (or entries as they are called on WordPress.com) are the essence of the blog.

 

You will see that publishing an article is very similar to publishing a page; The main difference is that the pages do not show the date of publication (it is timeless content), while the articles do show their date of publication and you will see that they are sorted by date on the main page of the blog (the most current article appears first ).

 

Here I will explain how to publish an article in WordPress.com step by step as an example, so that you can create the articles of your blog.

 

1)  From the control panel of your blog  click the menu ” Blog Entries “ and you will see a list of articles that have your blog. If you do not have any articles yet you will see a blue button that says “ Create an entry ” where you can click to create your first article.

 

You can also create a new article by clicking the ” Add “ button   in the same ” Blog Entries ” menu .

 

2)  displays  the editor WordPress.com text, links, images: where you can put the article title, change the URL you have when you publish(by clicking on the chain icon) and of course add all the content you want , Lists, subtitles, etc.

 

In the menu on the left you will see that you have the ” View ” button (to check how the article will be for when you publish it) and the ” Publish ” button (to publish the article and appear publicly in the blog).

When you have your article ready, click the ” Publish ” button .

 

And you have already published your new article! 

 

You can see how it has been directly entering the URL of the article or the main page of the blog, where you will see your article published. And clicking on the title of the article you can enter directly.

 

Here you can see the article I created as an example:

Https://crearunbloggratisen.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/mi-primer-articulo/

 

Wait, before you go …

I have already taught you how to create a free blog on WordPress.com and you are free to do so if you want. I would miss more!

 

But as I told you at the beginning of the whole, the main reason I wrote this post is precisely to tell you this so bluntly:

I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU TO CREATE A FREE BLOG

 

But let me explain the reasons why I do not recommend it …

 

Pros and cons of creating a blog at WordPress.com

First, I’m going to give you a list of Pros and Cons so that you can quickly see whether or not you really want to start your blog on a free platform like WordPress.com:

 

Pros

  • It is free , you have already seen that we have created a blog and without paying a hard.
  • It takes little to create it , you see that with this post can take less than 5 minutes.
  • It has predefined designs and that saves you a lot of time.
  • Simple learning curve  as it is quite intuitive.
  • It does not need maintenance  so you forget about updates, backups, etc.
  • Etc.

 

Cons

  • Adding a domain goes more expensive than adding it to a blog installed in your own hosting.
  • You can not host your blog wherever you want , and that could improve your loading speed …
  • They put you publicity and you do not gain anything with it (and that does not spring …).
  • You can not control your data and all your content , because you do not have access to your servers.
  • You can not install plugins (for me the most important reason of all)
  • You can hardly customize the design , so it will be very similar to other thousands of blogs …
  • Forget the technical support if you have any problems or doubts (believe me, you will have them …)
  • Etc. (maybe more etc. than in the Pros …)

 

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

It is inevitable to compare the free version of WordPress.com with the content manager WordPress.org, that is, the free and free version  (this if it is really free) that is installed in the hosting you hire.

 

I could explain many reasons why WordPress.org seems better than WordPress.com, but there is nothing better than a good computer graphics like this one by Ernesto Olivares where you can see clearly and simply the main differences between one and the other:

 

Testimonials from other users

It’s hard for me to be objective on this topic because I personally love WordPress.org. That is why I have left the best part for the end, the real testimonials of other users.

 

I decided to launch a small survey on Twitter to see what the rest of the users preferred when creating a free blog or not. And this was the result:

 

Seguir

Rubén Alonso ? @rubenalonsoes

¿Qué prefieres usar para crear tu blog? #blog #blogging

17:44 – 27 Mar 2016

15%WordPress.com gratis

12%Blogger gratis

58%WordPress.org con hosting

15%Otro

26 votos•Resultados finales

22 Retweets

77 me gusta

Información de Twiitter Ads y Privacidad

 

 

As you can see the survey only had 26 votes, but it is still noticeable that 58% prefer to use WordPress.org with a hosting.

 

I also encouraged myself to ask my subscribers to find out how many of them had gone from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and to know their own experience . For that I asked them 3 questions :

1) Before you used WordPress.com and now you have a WordPress installed in your hosting?

2) Why did you change from one to another?

3) Are you happy with the change?

 

And these are some of the (many) responses they sent me. They have no real waste, because they are real experiences of people who like you one day decided to start with WorPress.com …:

I take this opportunity to thank you all!