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Get online fast and get the most out of the Web's most popular blogging tool
Used by millions, WordPress is the world's #1 blogging tool for a reason — it gives you the tools you need to customize your blog and make it truly one of a kind! Whether you're creating a new blog or you just want to get the most out of your current one, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition, is the last word on WordPress.
Blogging basics — choose a platform, create an account, select a theme, configure your settings, publish your thoughts, interact with your followers, slam the door on spam, and archive your posts
Right here, write now — write, revise, and publish posts, and learn about links, tags, and creating categories
Make the most of your posts with media — edit and insert photos and quickly add and organize audio and video
Get interactive — easily insert polls and let readers rate your posts
Widgets & more — tap into text, RSS, and social media widgets, and get plugged in to plugins
Now you're stylin' — customize one of the many WordPress themes with new headers, backgrounds, fonts, and styles
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org — let WordPress host your blog for free or link WordPress with your domain
Open the book and find:
How to set up a MySQL database
The anatomy of a template tag
Ways to enhance your blog with themes, polls, ratings, and widgets
How to manage multiple blogs and users
Tips for tackling spam with Akismet
Advice on optimizing for search engines
How to use WordPress as a content management system
Ways to style with CSS
Create and maintain a WordPress blog
Use the new features and upgrades in WordPress
Customize your blog with themes and plugins
Apply tags and CSS to create a unique presentation
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is founder of E. Webscapes Design Studio. Working with WordPress since 2002, she has designed over 1,000 personal and professional blogs and Web sites. Lisa is a frequent panel member and guest speaker at blogging and social media conferences, including SXSW and WordCamp.