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Welcome to WordPress.com! We know you’re itching to get blogging, so here’s a quick look at the plans you can choose from, and a few tips to make sure you’ve covered the basics.

What type of WordPress.com plan is right for you?

At WordPress.com, you can select one of four plans: Free, Personal ($35.88/year), Premium ($99.00/year), and Business ($299.00/year). All of our plans have the primary features that make WordPress.com so awesome: a growing collection of well-designed themes to choose from, basic customization, unlimited bandwidth, and the friendliest support staff around. Plus, you don’t have to worry about hosting, security, backups, or software updates — ever.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, you can always bump up to a paid plan in the future. Here’s what each plan offers:

Free

  • Your own WordPress.com address, like example.wordpress.com.
  • 3 GB of storage space for uploading images.
  • 200+ free themes to choose from, with new options added weekly. (No premium themes are included in this plan, but you can buy one at any time.)
  • Basic customization: add pages and widgets, upload a custom header or background, integrate with your social accounts, and more.
  • Site statistics.
  • Community support in the WordPress.com forums.
  • This plan provides no video storage and may show ads on your site.

Personal — $35.88

  • A custom .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz, .co, .me, .mobi, or .tv address, like example.com.
  • Basic customization: add pages and widgets, upload a custom header or background, integrate with your social accounts, and more.
  • 200+ free themes to choose from, with new options added weekly. (No premium themes are included in this plan, but you can buy one at any time.)
  • 3 GB of storage space (enough for thousands of images and dozens of videos).
  • Site statistics.
  • Direct email and live chat support from our Happiness Engineers.
  • No ads.

Premium — $99.00

  • A custom .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz, .co, .me, .mobi, or .tv address, like example.com.
  • Advanced customization: choose custom fonts and colors and control your CSS.
  • 200+ free themes to choose from, with new options added regularly. (No premium themes are included in this plan, but you can buy one at any time.)
  • 13 GB of storage space (enough for thousands of images and dozens of videos).
  • Site statistics.
  • Direct email and live chat support from our Happiness Engineers.
  • No ads.
  • The ability to monetize your site.
  • VideoPress support

Business — $299.00

  • A custom .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz, .co, .me, .mobi, or .tv address, like example.com.
  • Advanced customization: choose custom fonts and colors and control your CSS.
  • Access to 200+ free themes and 100+ premium themes, plus the ability to switch premium themes at any time.
  • Unlimited space for media (including images, audio, and videos).
  • No ads.
  • The ability to monetize your site.
  • VideoPress support
  • Live chat and direct email support from our Happiness Engineers.
  • Attend live courses run by our Happiness Engineers on getting the most out of your site.
  • SEO tools.
  • Google Analytics.
  • Remove WordPress.com branding.

Note that with these plans, you don’t upload your own themes or plugins — all this goodness is built right in to WordPress.com. If you need a site that requires a custom theme or specific plugins, a self-hosted WordPress site might be a better fit. Learn the differences between a WordPress.com and a self-hosted WordPress site.


Handy tips for setting up your account

Use a strong password. Your security is really important to us. As with all of your online accounts, please use a strong, unique password to log into your WordPress.com account. This post on creating a strong password — and why you should care — is a good primer.

strong password

Choose a web address, title, and tagline. Your site’s web address is like the address to your online home — it’s where visitors can find you. When you register, you’ll receive your own unique wordpress.com address (such as example.wordpress.com). But some people like to nix the “wordpress.com” part. (It’s fine, our feelings aren’t hurt!) If you’d like to do this, you can buy a custom domain name, like example.com, as long as it’s available.

You can read more about your web address, and learn how to change it in the future, if necessary. Note that your web address and site title can be different, and if you’d simply like to edit your site title, go to My Sites → Customize → Site Identity. Here, you can also update your tagline — this post offers tips on nailing the perfect phrase.

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We’ve asked a number of users how they selected their blog names, from Paper and Salt to She’s a Maineiac. They give great advice, while this post on blog name inspiration offers more ideas.

Set up your public profile. Updating your public profile isn’t mandatory, as some people prefer to blog anonymously. But do fill in these details if you’d like to establish your identity. To edit your public profile, click your Gravatar in the top right-hand side of the screen to head to My Profile. When you comment on sites across WordPress.com, this is the information associated with your account.

My Profile

Be sure to also upload a Gravatar, which is the thumbnail that appears next to the comments you make across WordPress.com. It’s the primary image that people will associate with you.

If you’ve updated these general settings, you’ve covered the basics. (Virtual) high five!


Header image based on View From Kancamagus Highway by Ian Murphy, CC-BY-2.0

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