If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com.
Have you just created a blog or website to:
- Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir?
- Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers?
- Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media?
No matter the reason you created that new site, learn.wordpress.com is standing by. Here’s a bit of what’s on offer to help you create a site that is uniquely you.
Get Started: passwords and profiles
Regardless of whether you’ve got a blog or website, you’ll want to have a strong password and complete your online profile. Get Started, in addition to telling you a bit about our paid plans, will walk you through both.
Get Personality: picking a theme
You want your online home to reflect your personality or in the case of a business or organization, its brand. WordPress.com has over 350 themes (some paid and some free). In Get Personality, you’ll learn how to search and filter themes based on their aesthetic qualities and features. You’ll also learn how to preview themes and activate the perfect one for your site.
Get Configured: headers, fonts, and colors
Once you’ve got a theme that’s “you,” you might want to make that theme unique by creating a custom header, revamping the color scheme, and choosing some custom fonts that add precisely the right touch. Get Configured will show you the ropes.
Get Flashy: the wonderful world of widgets
If you’re not sure what a widget is and what it can do for you, Get Flashy‘s got you covered. You’ll learn how widgets can enhance the form and function of your site, from allowing you to add custom touches such as your Twitter Timeline and the Facebook Like Widget to photos and follow buttons.
Get Published: hello, world!
Post or page? Menus, oh my! Check out Get Published to learn how to create custom menus, the differences between posts and pages, and how to create and publish all three on your blog.
Get Connected: adding social media
When you publish a post on your site, you want your followers to know about it. In Get Connected, we’ll introduce you to Publicize. It allows you to broadcast your blog posts across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Path, and LinkedIn — automatically. You’ll also learn about tagging your posts and how it can attract visitors from the WordPress.com Reader.
A checklist and glossary, to boot
Or, if this isn’t your first blog or website and you’d like a setup and configuration refresher, check out Get Going Fast: A Checklist. If a WordPress term has you scratching your head, check out our glossary.