Creating a WordPress.com account without creating a new blog

Some of you have noticed the Like button that now appears beneath all my blog posts. It’s the result of an integration with WordPress.com that I installed and configured on AF7KQ last week.

If you click on the Like button and your browser is not already signed into WordPress.com, you’ll see a pop-up Log in window. If you don’t have an account and you click the Sign Up link, the page you see makes you think you have to start a new blog.

But you don’t.

You may already have WordPress.com account.

If you comment here from time to time and see your own smiling face next to the comment, it’s because, at some point in your life, you created a Gravatar account associated with your e-mail address. Gravatar and WordPress.com merged their accounts a number of years ago, so your Gravatar account is now also a WordPress.com account.

If you’ve long since forgotten that Gravatar password of yours, click the Lost your password? link and follow the instructions, using the same e-mail address you comment with.

You don’t have to create a new blog

If you’re stuck on the Let’s create a site page and don’t want your own blog, don’t proceed. Follow this link instead:

Create a new account

From this page, you should be able to create a new account without having to create a new blog to go with it. You’ll need a verifiable e-mail address, and you’ll have to choose a unique username and a valid password. That should be all.

If you later decide you wanted a blog after all, you can create one then.

For what it’s worth, I found the above link in a 12-year-old blog post from WordPress.com itself.

Why would I want a WordPress.com account?

You can still read and comment on this blog without an account, just like before. However, if you want to use the Like button, you’ll need an account.

If you someday decide you’d rather read this blog via the app for Android or iOS, you’ll need an account for that too. Hint, hint.

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