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Using WordPress [Paperback]

Tris Hussey
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Sept. 17 2010 0789746344 978-0789746344 1
Get comfortable with WordPress fast, with this media-rich, customized, hands-on learning experience!

 

  • Covers the upcoming release of a major upgrade to WordPress, WordPress 3.0
  • Tightly integrated with online video, screencast tutorials, podcasts, and more: the total learning experience for new WordPress users
  • Companion website provides supplemental media including video, screencasts tutorials, podcasts, and much more.
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    WordPress has grown into the #1 blogging tool in its category: several million bloggers have downloaded this powerful open source software, and millions more are using WordPress.com's hosted services. Thirty-two of Technorati's Top 100 blogs now use WordPress. Using WordPress is a customized, media-rich learning experience designed to help new users master WordPress quickly, and get the most out of it, fast! It starts with a concise, friendly, straight-to-the-point guide to WordPress. This exceptional book is fully integrated with an unprecedented collection of online learning resources: online video, screencasts, podcasts, and additional web content, all designed to reinforce key concepts and help users achieve real mastery. The book and online content work together to teach everything mainstream WordPress users need to know. This practical, approachable coverage guides readers through getting started fast; and will cover the upcoming release of WordPress 3.0. This major upgrade will include built-in image editor and the ability to host multiple blogs from one WordPress install.


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    About the Author

    Tris Hussey, a long-time technologist, blogger, and writer, started off as an academic and found tech support much more to his liking. After picking up blogging on a whim in 2004, he quickly became Canada’s first professional blogger and a leading expert in business blogging. He has been a part of several Web 2.0 startups, working on everything from blogging software to blogging agencies.


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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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    Here's my situation: I continue to learn as much as I can about WordPress basics so that I can work more effectively with those I have retained to prepare and then launch my own website on WordPress. What I learn from these books accomplishes several important objectives: first, it fills in knowledge and understanding gaps, next, it helps me to ask better questions and to understand answers to them; and finally, because I know what my options are, I can clarify my intentions and make better choices both now and in the future.

    I am unqualified to claim that Tris Hussey's book is the best choice for persons such as I. However, I do think it offers more than sufficient information, insights, advice, and instruction on website "basics." The material seems to be of high quality and is well presented, in large measure because of Hussey's skillful use of several reader-friendly devices. For example, throughout the narrative, he inserts "Show Me" video walk-throughs (accessible online) that explain how to complete essential tasks such as "Setting Up and Using WordPress Menus" on Page 166; also, "Tell Me More" audio segments that provide practical insights from various subject matter experts such as "How to Find the Right Plugin for the Job" (Page 128); and "Let Me Try It" exercises that demonstrate tasks presented in a step-by-step sequence that enable the reader to follow along such as "Moving a `Static' Website to WordPress" (Page 239). These three devices - in effective coordination with direct address -- help Hussey to establish and then sustain a tutorial relationship with his reader.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars WordPress May 21 2013
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    Very straight forward and easy to read. The dvd helps put it into visual learning which is something I need as an artist.
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    61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wordpress for the reasonably intelligent Dec 9 2010
    By Harold G. Meeks Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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    Wordpress has become popular because that initial step into publishing is so low. It is straightforward, allowing a writer to focus on task.

    But - at some point - there is the desire to do more. Beyond the basic customization of what appears on the page, comes the wish to have a unique, custom template, extending features - in general, making Wordpress more unique to the user's needs.

    For those with moderate web experience, who want to do more than the basics with Wordpress - get this book! The chapter "Editing a Theme to Make it Your Own" de-mystifies some of dirty work necessary to tweak a theme via it's CSS. The basic stuff does not even require an understanding of CSS itself - he provides clear instructions that allow a someone to do basic tweaks to their theme so that it will be unique.

    The chapter "WordPress as a Website" is excellent, as it describes how Wordpress can be used to maintain something that doesn't look like a blog at all - instead - an easy to administer web site for commercial or private use.

    The book itself is well organized, building on the basic-basics with an assumption that the user may not have spent much time at all with Wordpress, beyond some minor fiddling. It does assume that you are comfortable with server administration if you are planning on hosting Wordpress yourself. He recommends, and I definitely agree - it is much easier to just use a hosted service solution. Four that are recommended by Wordpress.org are listed in the book. Installation and configuration becomes much easier and straightforward for a novice Wordpress Administrator.

    I like this book because it is an end-to-end learning experience that avoids arcane knowledge and instead focuses on the big stuff a Wordpress administrator with little experience would like to know.
    47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those ready to start thier own blog site. Nov. 6 2010
    By Grant Beaudette - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
    WordPress has established itself as the blogging software of choice for millions of people looking to put their thoughts online. Using WordPress is a solid intro to get you up and running with a blog of your own.

    The book walks you through all the big and not-so-big steps of make a WordPress blog; from install and updates, to using themes, plug-ins and widgets, to handling audio and video files, to keeping your blog secure.

    Almost all of the content in this book is geared toward the install on your own site "wordpress.org" version of WordPress, but it does try to cater to the "wordpress.com" the stripped-down version hosted by WordPress itself. If you have a wordpress.com blog and are looking to upgrade to your own site down the line, this book'll show you how.

    The big selling point of this book is the online content. With a quick signup and a simple authentication to prove you actually own the book, you're rewarded with a complete online version of the book (with color photos) as well as video walkthroughs of the various steps you'll be taking in the blog miking process. The only topic that's missing the multimedia treatment is converting a static HTML site over to WordPress, which would've been good to see.

    There are also audio sidebars with additional thoughts on each chapter's topic. They may useful if you're curious for more info, but the fact that there's no visuals makes it a bit hard to follow what they're saying. Some topics like using the WordPress image editor are done in an audio sidebar with no visuals to guide you.

    My other complaint about the companion site is that there's no easy way to access just the multimedia stuff. You basically have to scan through to the page you want. A list broken up by chapter would've really been nice.

    As a whole, Using WordPress is a great beginner/intermediate book to get you on your way to running a fully functioning blog.
    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to Wordpress! Oct. 31 2010
    By Randy Rathbun - Published on Amazon.com
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    I have been using Wordpress since the b2 days, so I pretty much know what is going on in there. However, that is also my downfall - how do you help others use it once it is deployed? I was all ready to start writing some instructions and this book showed up. I got it. I am so glad I did!

    This thing is really written for the absolute beginning blogger. No fancy jargon, and the jargon that is in there (and it has to be) is fully explained. This is not for developers by any means, unless you are like me and have a whole bunch of users that you have to help. Just hand them this book and let them go to town.

    The book starts out with the idea that the user does not even have a website, then progresses into how to get a domain name, all the way through setting up Wordpress and using it. Totally brilliant!
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a book. Full of video tutorials. April 6 2011
    By Jeff Aski - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I'm trying to learn Wordpress to make a website, not a blog, but a website. The problem with me is that I know nothing about html or flash and even iWeb is a little confusing for me. USING WORDPRESS spells everything out so clearly that I'm using this book as a step-by-step guide to get my site up and running.

    Now the book itself is pretty bare. There are other Wordpress books out there that have more diagrams, charts, and pictures in color, but USING WORDPRESS really shines with it's companion website that hosts tutorial videos, mp3s, and real demos of Wordpress. This alone puts the book miles ahead of any other Wordpress book out there right now.
    30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars I Had High Hopes for This Book, But It Was Disappointing Feb. 20 2011
    By Ellen Ward - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I was really looking forward to this book because I thought perhaps I could find something that could really help me learn how to use Wordpress. I see all over the internet of people who say how easy it is, but it's not that easy to me.

    I was particularly interested in learning how to use Wordpress to create the "look" of a static site. Perhaps it is me but I just could not follow along with this book/videos very well. I kept having to back it up and watch certain parts over and over again.

    Some people are very good at what they do, but they aren't very effective at "teaching" it to others. That takes special skill.

    I have watched several video tutorials trying to learn the ins and outs of Wordpress, but with all of them, it seems the person doing the tutorial is showing you how "they" do it, and showing you what they think is important to know, etc.

    Even after purchasing this book, I still find myself searching the internet to figure out how to do a simple task. For example, I wanted to know how to get rid of the "leave a reply" box.

    I'm still determined to learn how to Use Wordpress, but this book just didn't do it for me.
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