Wordpress DOT COM for Beginners
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Learn how to build a free website using Wordpress, without needing a web host.
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Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Register at Wordpress and start building a website.
  • Navigate the Wordpress Dashboard and find what they are looking for.
  • Choose a theme based on chosen criteria and modify its font and color.
  • Use categories and tags to group content into logical sets.
  • Create posts and pages and insert images into the posts.
  • Create a blog style homepage, or a static style homepage based on a single article.
  • Create menus to improve site navigation.
  • Add widgets to areas of the webpage to insert new "features" into the pages.
  • Appreciate the limitations of using the Wordpress service, when compared to self-hosted Wordpress sites that require a separate web host.
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  • There are two types of Wordpress. This course is about the free Wordpress service and not the script that requires web hosting.
  • No other knowledge is required as everything will be taught on a need-to-know basis.

When most people hear "Wordpress", they usually think of a site building platform.  However, there are actually two distinct versions of Wordpress.  

One requires you buy a domain and web hosting, the other does not. These two versions are typically referred to as Wordpress DOT org and Wordpress DOT com.

This course is about the latter.  In other words, the version that does not require you buy a domain name or web hosting subscription.

This course will teach you how to setup a website without needing to buy a domain or web hosting. This version of Wordpress does have some limitations, but you'll learn about those in this course.

This course will start from the very beginning, and you'll start off by registering at Wordpress and choosing an address for your website.  Once you've chosen this, your website will be created and be online right there and then.  All that is needed is for you to go in and add content.  

You'll learn how to use the "My Sites" menu to access the Wordpress Dashboard.  The Dashboard gives you access to all of the tools you'll need to create your own, personal website.  You'll learn how to:

  • Change the site title.
  • Update your user profile.
  • Choose a theme - not all themes are equal.
  • Upload a custom header image for your site.
  • Customize the colors and fonts used by the theme to give your website a personal touch.
  • Create posts and add them to categories.
  • Use categories and tags to group your content into logical sets that will help visitors find what they are interested in.
  • Use Wordpress pages for content that isn't related to other site content, like the contact page, about us and disclaimers.
  • Create a blog style homepage that lists all of your recent posts on the homepage, with new posts being added at the top of the page.
  • Alternatively, create a static style homepage that uses a single article for the content of the homepage.
  • Use menus to build intuitive navigation systems for your site.
  • Use widgets to add new features to areas of your site. e.g. You'll create a menu and add it to the sidebar.
  • Manage visitor comments, including how to set comments up for manual approval and how to approve these comments when they come in.
  • Take your website on the road, using mobile apps to work on your site on a mobile phone or tablet.

In addition, I'll tell you about the limitations of this version of Wordpress and why self-hosting may be a better option. 
By the end of this course, you will be able to build your own website using all of the free tools available.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are interested in building a website, then this course will show you how.
  • If you have tried and struggled to use Wordpress, then this course can get you back on track.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Before you Begin
1 Lecture 01:50

Before we start the course, let me just introduce myself and the things you'll be learning in this course.

Preview 01:50
Setting up your Wordpress Site
16 Lectures 01:46:24

To start the website at Wordpress.com, we need to register an email address with Wordpress.com.  When you do, you'll also be asked what web address you want to use for your site, what type of plan (free in this case) and what theme you want to use.

Preview 09:25

In this lecture, we'll explore the Site Profile, changing the site title, adding in a tagline, and setting the site icon used by the web browser.

Changing the Site Title

In the user profile, you can add your photo (by using the Gravatar service) and a description that is shown on your site, after your posts.  You can also add links to your user profile which is visible to site visitors and will let them know what other sites you contribute content to.

Updating your Profile

In the top left of your dashboard, you have two buttons.  Reader allows you to keep up to date with the content you have chooses to follow on other websites.  The My Sites button allows you to add posts, change themes, in fact, everything you need to administer your website.  You can also add a new site, which will add in a new button in the sidebar - Switch Site.

My Sites Menu

When you setup your Wordpress.com website, you probably chose a theme to use.  In this tutorial, I want to show you how easy it is to change the theme on-the-fly.  Changing the theme completely changes the look of the website.

Choosing a Theme

Web pages often have a header graphic across the top.  Often themes will come with default graphics for this purpose, but you can change it to one you've created, or had created.  This lecture shows you how to do this.

Uploading a Custom Header

Wordpress.com gives you an easy way of changing the colours and fonts used by your website.  This tutorial looks at the customizations to colours and fonts that are available to you.

Customize Colors & Fonts

The majority of content you add to your Wordpress site will be in the form of posts.  This lecture looks at how you add posts to your site, and how these new published articles are then added to your blog homepage.

Creating Posts

Categories help to organize your content into related posts.  This lecture looks at how to create and categorize your posts in Wordpress.com.

Applying Categories

Tags are a great secondary way of dividing content up into groups that your visitors will find useful.  This lecture looks at an example of using tags and discusses how they are different from categories.

Applying Tags

Wordpress pages are really restricted to content that is not related to any other content.  That means privacy policy, disclaimer, contact and maybe about us.  However, pages can also be used to change the homepage.  This lecture looks at pages, and creates a page that we will eventually use as the homepage of the site.

Creating Pages

So far in the course, we've used our recent blog posts as the homepage content.  As new posts are added, they are positioned at the top of the homepage and all others scroll down.  An alternative is to have a single piece of content as the homepage and we will look at creating that type of homepage in this lecture.

The Homepage

Menus can be inserted into predefined areas of the template.  This lecture looks at how you can create and edit menus, and also creates a menu that we will insert into the sidebar as a widget in the next lecture.


Widgets are small features or utilities that you can add into predefined areas of your theme.  This lecture explores some of the more useful widgets.


Plugins are small pieces of code that can be added into the Wordpress environment.  There are literally hundreds of thousands of plugins available to Wordpress users, but unfortunately, you cannot install plugins yourself with the free Wordpress.com service,  You are limited to those plugins that are pre-installed.  In this lecture I'll show you how to find out about the plugins that are pre.installed with a Wordpress.com website.


It's important that visitors to your site can comment on your web pages.  Wordpress has an elegant commenting system built into it.  In this lecture, we'll add a comment to a post, and then go in and see what effect this has inside the dashboard.

What Next?
4 Lectures 09:46

There are mobile apps for Android and iOS, so that you can blog on the go with your mobile devices. 

Mobile Apps

As you've seen as we've progressed through this course, Wordpress.com does have some limitations that may mean it's not actually suitable for the purpose you have in mind.  This lecture looks at a list of the limitations.

Limitations of this Wordpress Service

If all of the limitations are a deal breaker, this lecture looks at the alternative.

Self-Hosting Wordpress

This lecture lists the resources mentioned in this course.

BONUS Resources
About the Instructor
Andrew Williams
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Wordpress & SEO Expert, teacher and author

I have written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners 2017") and search engine optimization ("SEO 2017 & Beyond").  I also run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors and newsletter subscribers a number of skills required for running a successful website.

As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!