If you can use a word processor, know what styles are and have put images and charts and tables and such in a document, you can probably set up a passable WordPress site.
Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one.
There are thousands of themes and and widgets. To start, pick a free theme, then create a page, then create a post. Add some graphics to your pages and posts, and add some widgets to sidebars. Don’t go crazy searching for a theme. You can change your theme for a simple site without much trouble. Look at the footer, get used to the Visual Editor and the Dashboard. Fiddle with some settings and Bob’s your uncle. Of course, that is for getting started. It is the equivalent of creating a vinegar and baking soda rocket as the first step to NASA, but we all have to start somewhere. You will have a WordPress site, you will know something about what it takes to create and maintain and add content to a site. Go for it.
Some Beginner Tips:
Some things are not applicable to free WordPress Sites. You can’t upload video or audio files to a free wordpress site or add small bits of Code to Add Features. Read on to the “One thing you can’t do...” section below for how to link to a video or audio file.
WordPress is due for a major new release in 2018, WordPress 5.0. The tentative release date is set for November 19. One of the big changes will be “Gutenberg”, the new editor. It is a major overhaul of the current visual editor. For more see:
- Gutenberg on WordPress.com – below
– you will be able to use the existing editor if you want!
Before venturing into the world of publishing on the web, I would read this. Multiple email accounts can be useful. https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/a-smart-thing-to-do-for-with-your-email
One thing you can’t do with a free WordPress site is create an embedded video. You can use a picture as a link to a YouTube video, which in some cases works better and is free as well. Example, click on the picture below (View a video …) to go to a Youtube video.
It does not hurt to show another link to your content (see Watch the Video above). As of September 28, 2018, to create a picture as link:
- Insert the picture onto the page.
- Click on the image, then click on the “create link” or “insert or edit” icon in the editor toolbar.
- Put the url you want to link in the popup.
Another issue with free WordPress sites is that you cannot install plugins. Plugins are extensions to WordPress. For simple sites this is not an issue, except for setting up contact forms. The alternative to setting up contact forms with anti spam features is to provide an email address on the site. Be prepared to get hit with some spam. See https://codex.wordpress.org/Protection_From_Harvesters
This example will defeat most harvesting software. It is a simple image, I write the text and format it in word. I used the snipping tool to then make an image of it.
Another possibility, take a picture of your business card.
You can have a perfectly respectable website — and for free. Unless your name / business is a digitally distinct name, picking a website url can be a tedious process. I don’t mind saying my website is https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com. When you sign up for a free plan, your user id is used as the first part of your default website, with wordpress.com as the second part. If in the future, you want a custom domain name, it is not difficult to set up, but it does cost money.
Are you ready to get started? Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one today!
Gutenberg on WordPress.com
We are currently testing the implementation of Gutenberg on WordPress.com and working out how and when it will be enabled. Once we start rolling it out for use, there will be posts and support pages explaining how everything is going to work.
But for now I can tell you no one is going be stumbling into Gutenberg by accident, and there’s not going to be an instant switch the moment it launches in Core.
Initially Gutenberg on WordPress.com will be opt-in only, and the opt-in option will not be available for someone until we’ve added support for blocks to the theme they are using.
The classic editor should also still be available, and it should be possible to edit a Gutenberg post in the classic editor, just like it currently is in Core, and will be via the Classic Editor plugin once Gutenberg becomes the default there.
Eventually Gutenberg on WordPress.com will become opt-out rather than opt-in, but details around that are still being discussed internally.
If you’ve been keeping up with Gutenberg, as it sounds you have, you’ll know Automattic is heavily invested in it, and it’s also very important for us that it’s a success on WordPress.com, so we’re not rushing things and will make very sure the transition for WordPress.com users are as smooth as possible.
As for your questions above regarding how Gutenberg will work in WordPress 5.0, you can ask the Core team directly at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/gutenberg.
You can also see the detailed documentation, which includes a FAQ, at https://wordpress.org/gutenberg
About the Gary GMGJ Johnson, the author of this post:
You’re reading this on my free WordPress site. Here is a link that I use to demonstrate what I do when I develop a more advanced site: https://cookdotcom.com.