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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (Feb. 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470402962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470402962
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Discover why bloggers love WordPress and make your blog the best it can be

Blogs are as much a part of life today as the evening newspaper was fifty years ago, and for much the same reason: Inquiring minds want to know. WordPress powers some of the most popular blogs on the Web, and with this guide to help, it can work for you, too. Here's what WordPress does, how to set it up and use it, and some cool bells and whistles to make your blog stand out.

  • Pick your flavor — decide whether to use the hosted service or self-host your blog with

  • Customization — discover CSS and template tags and how to use them to create your own unique style

  • Blogging 101 — find out about archiving, interacting with readers through comments, tracking back, and handling spam

  • Host with the most — get the scoop on domain registration, Web hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and more

  • Do it yourself — install, set up a MySQL database, explore RSS feeds, and organize a blogroll

  • Beef up your blog — insert audio, video, images, and photos

  • Think theme — discover where to find WordPress themes, explore various options, and work with template tags to create a unique look

Open the book and find:

  • Advice for creating a blog that draws readers

  • Tips on managing comments, trackbacks, and spam

  • How to use the Dashboard

  • Wonderful widgets and plugins to add

  • How to make permalinks work with your Web server

  • The standard templates and how to tweak them

  • Ten popular WordPress themes

  • Where to find help when you need it

About the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a designer of blogs and Web sites and founder of E.Webscapes Design Studio. She has been working with WordPress since 2002. Lisa's client list includes over 1,000 personal and professional blogs, and she is a frequent panel member at blogging and social media conferences.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adele Berenstein on Aug. 20 2009
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WordPress For Dummies
I have my own Wordpress blog on a hosted site, set up for me by others that I wanted to learn to control myself. This book was excellent, well written and easy to follow. WordPress is somewhat intuitive but this book helped clear up the things I didn't understand and couldn't find using on line help or on the Web.

I highly recommend this book as easy reading and very informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pasqualina Mucci on Dec 18 2009
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This is a very well written book for beginners. Easy to understand and you learn alot. A must have.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Awesome beginner's guide March 4 2009
By Todd Hawley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Over the last few months, I've read a few books about WordPress, all of them quite good and ones I'd recommend. I'd highly recommend this one for the so-called "average, everyday person" wanting to get started with a WordPress blog. Ms. Sabine-Wilson gives detailed step by step instructions for every WordPress task and explains in detail various options and settings. When you first look at a WordPress dashboard, one may get daunted by all of the options present and Sabine-Wilson gently leads you through all of them. This second edition was delayed because WordPress latest major upgrade (2.7) was itself delayed. This book has the latest WordPress screen shots in its figures, which helps avoid confusion.

Among the topics Sabine-Wilson covers are getting set up with a blog at or (if you decide to find a site host already running WordPress), how to manage your blog, what all the Admin panel options mean, adding images and/or audio files, themes and plugins. To someone just getting started, WordPress might seem bit difficult to master. But it's actually pretty straight forward to use once you get familiar with it. This book is a good way to become familiar with using WordPress.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent tool for blogging and website newbies! April 13 2009
By R. Riley - Published on
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I have (slowly) been building a website for the purpose of advocating for more action worldwide to minimize fire-related deaths in dwellings. Having started with a CMS (content management) application installed by my webhosting company and ending up with much (newbie-caused, not blaming anyone else) frustration, I investigated WordPress and found that it is a Blogging-CMS package that can be a powerful tool for setting up a website. I bought two books from Amazon about WordPress. Both are excellent, the other being "Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read."
"WordPress for Dummies" is an excellent and thorough introduction to the power of WordPress. It covers the use of WordPress in several settings, including but not limited to: 1) the setup and 2) a situation like mine, where WordPress is provided by a webhosting site. In both cases, the book provides excellent coverage of the software's dashboard, organizing a blog, dealing with allowing for both comments and new articles from others (if you desire), adding third-party articles, etc.
The book covers much more than I have listed above, but for people like me who are new to setting up software for blog/website building, "WordPress for Dummies" (Second Edition) is simply an excellent tool which I strongly recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners and intermediates March 23 2009
By Greg Sheppard - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I wanted to familiarize myself with the inner workings of PHP, and how it affects the layout of a WordPress blog. I definitely got my money's worth, because I learned so much about PHP in the half an hour I spent reading that chapter. In addition, it gave a great chapter on using WordPress as CMS which came in helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Book was fabulous Aug. 16 2009
By SAZ - Published on
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I actually used this to teach myself how to maintain my site since I had someone else building it, but Lisa helped me teach my web designer a thing or two that he didn't know :)

Nicely written, organized and communicated! I have a pretty complex WordPress community site...thanks for making me feel like I could handle things on my own when my developer turned my site over to me.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Still a little lost April 2 2009
By David S. Locke - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is an OK reference, but don't expect it to be a step by step how-to on using Wordpress or publishing your website. There are still things I want to do with my new website using Wordpress that this book completely ignores. Other things it mentions without instructions. I'm going to have to find a better book if I want my website to be more than just pages of type.