This was my first time using WordPress and I have to say it was every bit as easy as they advertised. I could indeed have had this blog up and running in 5 minutes. It was a quick five-step process, with several options to upgrade but no requirement to do so.
In reality, I took about 25 minutes just so I could play around with the customization of the site. So If you are reading this and wondering if you should try a site with or by WordPress, here’s my advice to you.
If you are unsure whether or not you want to pay a monthly fee for the service, then, by all means, go with a free site and try it out. Look around, see what you like.
The hardest part might be picking a name for your page. If you do not own a URL and you use the keyword search, WordPress will let you know if the name is available as just about any service you sign up for these days does. They will give you an option for free and some cleaner looking options available via paid upgrade. I found that with a little thought I was able to find a name they didn’t modify for the free version and so, got to use exactly the name I searched for.
When you get to the part where it asks you to pick a theme; Skip it for now. Two minutes or so later you are going to have the chance to customize your page and you’ll be able to look at all the themes to your heart’s content. There is a link on each theme that will bring up info about how it is laid out, what you can customize and where you can use widgets if available.
And lastly, that brings me to the widgets. If you don’t know, a widget is just a small component or mini app that helps users work with or get around your site. Each one has a detailed description of what it will do for you. If you look at the bottom of my page you will see I chose to go with a search bar, calendar, and map. All of which are widgets that are available from WordPress.
So it was a very easy system to use and set up. If you count the time it took to type this post my total setup time was maybe 40 minutes. Well under an hour with very simple-to-follow directions. Good luck with your own project!