Zero to WordPress in 45 Minutes:
A Beginner’s Guide To Building Your First WordPress?.Com Website
with Peter Fleck and Toby Cryns
WordCamp MSP – Nov. 13, 2010


At the end of this session, you will:

  • Be the proud owner of a WordPress.com website
  • Choose a design (“theme”) for your website
  • Upload a photo and display it on your website
  • Add text and a link to your website
  • Create a new page for your website
  • Edit your site’s main navigation menu


  1. Introductions
  2. Set up your own WordPress.com account. Email confirmation can take up to 30 minutes. If you already have an account, help someone who does not.
  3. What do you hope to get out of this class? Each person will answer individually.
  4. What is WordPress?  What is WordPress.com?
  5. What can WordPress.com do (and not do) for you?
  6. Creating Content
    – Create your first web page
    – Create your first blog post
    – Add a photo and a photo gallery
    – Text edit
  7. Configuring Your Website
    – Set home page to either a static page or your blog/news via Settings –> Reading
    – Change the theme
  8. Questions?

Additional topics outside of the scope of our session:

  • WordPress for iPhone & iPad
  • Hosting options
  • GeoTagging on WordPress.com
  • Polls
  • WordPress for iPad
  • Typekit Fonts
  • Multiple blogs in one installation
  • Webhooks
  • Register your domain (addons)
  • Ratings
  • Add a Twitter feed to sidebar
  • Privacy
  • Audio
  • Create a blog page within your site
  • Add a blogroll to sidebar
  • Add an RSS feed to sidebar
  • Embed a YouTube video
  • Custom Menus
  • Change header image
  • Change page background

Additional Resources:

Instructor Contact Information

Toby Cryns: 612-293-8629; toby@themightymo.com

Peter Fleck: 612-424-5107; pfhyper@gmail.com


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