Congrats, you’ve registered your blog — maybe you’ve even published your first post! Run through these five steps to make sure you love the way your blog looks, and wow all your new readers.
1. Update your title and tagline.
You chose a URL like http://myawesomeblog.wordpress.com when you registered, but your blog’s title can be anything. Get naming tips from other bloggers and tell readers about your blog before they read a single post!
2. Pick a theme you love.
No one spends more time on your blog than you, so make it comfy and homey. There are hundreds of themes available, and we’ve got great advice on narrowing down the options.
3. Add a header or background.
Headers and backgrounds are easy ways to customize your blog — and they’re free! Add a favorite photo for instant personality, or a custom background color.
4. Add a blog icon.
Blog icons show up in visitors’ browser address bars instead of the WordPress.com “W.” Try adding the image you use as your profile pic or header for a detail that makes a difference.
5. Add a widget.
Widgets are add-ons that give your blog more functions and content. They do everything from highlighting your archives to displaying Instagram photos to counting down to your wedding day. (Check out the full list.) Start with a simple text widget and put a short description of your blog on your home page.
Learn to add widgets
Now that you’ve got a the foundation, you can keep tweaking or explore all the behind-the-scenes settings. Happy blogging!