WordPress.com for Writers: Step One

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WordPress overview
This is the first “how to” video on WordPress. We’re working with four concepts: what is a content management systems (CMS); how to think about addresses; how to sign up for a free address/domain with WordPress, and then how to stay with the free domain when launching the site.

0:00 Intro — WordPress — overview of the video
0:43 WordPress as a Content Management Systems (CMS)
1:42 Choosing a domain address (your WordPress address)
3:30 Getting started, signing in, and trying for an address
3:50 Finding the free option — wordpress. Com
4:40 Launching the site and find the free version
5:20. Conclusion

The two steps of setting up a free wordpress.com site are sometimes confusing to newbies, and so this video stays focused on setting up your site.

You can have multiple sites for multiple projects, and the same process applies to all. Also, WordPress will change up its ways of trying to get you to sign up for a for-pay option, and it matters to understand something about usability and the ways our eyes move across screens to notice where the free option is hiding. (It’s an interesting example of how companies choose to display information against usability guidelines — i.e., if I’m wanting a free space to work, knowing that there’s no such thing as free, why make it difficult for me to see the free option?)

Step one: understand Content Management Systems — we’re not doing much here, save catching the abbreviation (CMS); later, we’ll talk about data bases and how storing fields of data, but it’s enough, at this point, to see a CMS as a way of storing your essays and using templates and design options to display your essays as you wish them to be read.

Step two: consider the name you will have for your domain address. A web site is called a domain, and so when you decide on a domain, you’re choosing the initial address for your web site.

If you want to tell someone to go to your address, it’s easier to string a few words together that are simple for that person to remember (and simple for you to remember). You need to choose your address thinking about what you want. If I know that a place like wordpress is likely to have someone already choosing the word design for their web site address—i.e., design.wordpress.com, then you want to string some descriptors next to design that are apt and easy for you and your audience to remember. youwilllovemydesign.wordpress.com might be available, or lovetoDesignYourSite.wordpress.com might be available.

You’re looking for a string of words that hasn’t been used before; otherwise WordPress will suggest a string of numbers — design34265343.wordpress.com. And those numbers will be hard to remember.

You can always start over, so if you don’t like your site address, you can delete the site and begin again — but you want to make this decision before you go too far with your process as it’s a bit of labor to switch your content over to a new site.

Usually, you make the site decision once for your project whether your portfolio or for a business you’re developing.

Step three: sign up for a wordpress account, confirm your email, and then open the platform. You’ll be given a page that asks you to select a domain — that’s your address. Type it in and see what happens with the .wordpress.com option. If there aren’t a string of numbers, you have an easy to remember address.
Select the your address.wordpress.com option — it should say free.
Jump through the hoops — selecting the free option.

Step four: once on the dashboard, choose the step of launching your wordpress site, and then click on the pink button to launch it. (It’s the button on the right of the dashboard options.)
Step through the process again of opting into the .wordpress.com address—the free one.

And you’re ready for the next video — building our first page.

By: Speaking Age
Title: WordPress.com for Writers: Step One
Sourced From: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCm1kmQyMms

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