Two New Blogging U. Courses Available On Demand

Learn to make the most of free WordPress.com customizing options, or plan and build your business website.

Ready to dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of your WordPress.com site? We’ve got two new Blogging U. courses on demand to help you do just that.

Build a Business Site

Build a Business Site is a brand-new, ten-day course that helps you plan, build, and promote your business website. We’ll help you define your site’s raison d’être and plan content, choose the theme that fits your brand, and examine whether blogging can help boost your business. Along the way, we’ll cover specifics like pages and menus, domain mapping, widgets, using social networks to promote your site, and SEO.

Intermediate Customization

This ten-day course takes you in-depth into the free customization options available to all WordPress.com members. Find and understand your theme’s details. Delve into how headers and titles are displayed, and create a totally unique custom header. Coordinate your background, get comfortable with widgets — including custom widgets and widget visibility — and learn basic HTML for even finer control over how your content displays.

Not what you need right now? There are five other courses available as well:

Ready to start? Head to the course that interests you, and click the “Start course” button!

FAQs

What is Blogging U?

Blogging U. is a collection of self-guided courses to help you get the most out of your WordPress.com site. Courses give you a daily assignment or writing prompt, along with the technical help you need to complete the task and insider advice from both our editors and the wider blogging community; each course has a handy resource page collecting everything in one place for you to refer back to whenever you’d like. Publish new posts using the course’s tag — don’t worry, we’ll tell you how! — and you’ll be able to connect with others working through the same course for support, feedback, and friendship.

How do I start a course?

Visit the page for the course you’re interested in and click the “Start” button — that’s it! If you’re logged in to WordPress.com, you’ll receive an introductory email right away, and your first assignment a few minutes later. If you’re not logged in, we’ll prompt you to do so, and then you’re off and running.

What if I want to stop?

No problem — every email you’ll receive includes an unsubscribe link at the bottom. Click it, and the course stops.

This won’t affect any of your other WordPress.com emails, like notifications. And if you want to give the course another try, you can restart it.

How many courses can I take? Can I take them more than once?

As many as you’d like, as many times as you’d like. We recommend taking one course at a time, but you’re free to take multiple courses simultaneously.

What if I need assistance during the course?

Every assignment includes expert advice from our staff as well as links to resources and to our support folks. We also encourage you to use the tag for your course when publishing posts, and to browse that tag in the Reader to find and connect with other bloggers.

What if I don’t blog on WordPress.com?

All general assignments (publishing posts, customizing your blog, leaving comments, etc.) are applicable to any blog, anywhere. However, you’ll need to have a WordPress.com account to register for a Blogging U. course, and any specific how-to guidance we offer will be specific to WordPress.com.

How much does each course cost?

Nothing. Blogging U. courses have always been free, and still are.

Ready to register? Head to the Blogging U. home page to get started!


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  1. S Swanson

    I am a new blogger and very much appreciate all the support provided by WordPress!

    Liked by 10 people

  2. worthywitness

    Great idea. What is cost?

    Liked by 3 people

  3. burresor

    I am still very new to blogging, at least, when it comes to doing so for a business. This could prove to be a great asset in business endeavors! I am looking forward to these courses.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. desleyjane

    This is perfect timing. I’m setting up a business-style website for a work project and would really welcome the help!

    Liked by 5 people

  5. Amy Pantone

    I love that you are doing a business website course. I have been thinking of moving my business site to WordPress after using this platform for my personal blog for the past 5 years.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. camellia's cottage

    The courses I have taken have been very helpful- thank you for offering these new ones!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Dr. Sandra Townsend Burroughs

    I am a writer, who has never really blogged. Thank you for offering these free courses.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. nity44

    I am ready to learn something new. I really like the idea of blogging.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. chrisgfroerer

    Thank you so much for offering these courses. I am an inconsistent blogger and lack confidence in getting out there, but with your guidelines and helpful courses, I can see I have nothing to worry about. I will endeavour to participate in some of these courses. Your generosity is appreciated and I send your newsletters on to many people in case they are interested. Cheers. Chris

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Diana

    WoW! What an awesome resource! I have a Wix blog I have started, in addition to my wordpress blog. Sounds like I could use the knowledge at my non wordpress blog as well. Correct?

    Liked by 4 people

  11. holicctimes

    Great idea! I just started my own blog, took me a few hours to set it up. This is a brilliant plan for the people who are and will start a website!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. shonessa

    When will my course start?

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Heather

    I miss the community, giving and receiving feedback. Is there a way to bring that back?

    Liked by 2 people

  14. awesomemikhail

    Awesome. Thanks for the nice courses.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. adrianaburgos2014

    Hi Michelle,
    Started working on my first assignment. Do we send these back to you or keep them to ourselves.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. unifiedsisters.https://wordpress.com/

    Thank you for continuing to support with these learning tool lets see how eye do this time. xoxox

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Kelly Romano

    Thanks for the courses. Awesome.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Metro Square

    Excited to be partaking in another Blogging U course & meeting new people at the pool!

    Liked by 3 people

  19. adrianaburgos2014

    Hi Michelle,
    Here is my question. I already have a blog and would like to design a static website showcasing selected works. Eventually I would like a domain name for the latter. However, can I start building it without a domain name and work on it offline until I’m ready to launch it?

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  20. Vedant Lohbare

    Great! Exactly what I needed!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. adrianaburgos2014

    Thanks. So to create my private website can I just do by going to switch site on my blog and clicking on add new wordpress? Or would your recommend starting from scratch elsewhere?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Michelle W.

      Yes — click add new WordPress to create the new site here, and then it to be private.

      Liked by 1 person

      • adrianaburgos2014

        Thanks!! Done! That was easy. This would be the site I would eventually get a domain name for, but I would want to keep my original blog with wordpress.com. Changes on this site would not affect my blog right? Sorry about all the questions, I just want to make sure I don’t lose all the work on “The Drawing Page”. Thanks for all your patience.

        Liked by 2 people

  22. carrentalindoreblog

    Great ! Tell Me how to build my new Business Site.

    Liked by 4 people

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