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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 WordPress.com hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org
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 WordPress.org, 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
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.