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Wordpress Complete: Set Up, Customize, and Market Your Blog [Paperback]

Hasin Hayder

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Oct. 17 2006 From Technologies to Solutions
Wordpress is a simple and powerful way to start blogging. If you're not an IT expert but want to use a state of the art blogging system to give your blog the best chance of success, while giving you the time to focus on content and your readers, WordPress is the right system for you, and this book is the right place to start. It will give you a rapid and straightforward introduction to the rich and powerful features of WordPress and get you up and running with a state of the art blog as quickly and painlessly as possible. WordPress is an open source blog engine released under GNU general public license. It allows users to easily create dynamic blogs with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing blogs and though it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with very little effort. Its versality and ease of use has attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users. If you want to create powerful, fully-featured blogs in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore WordPress showing you what it offers and how to go about building your blog with the system. You will be introduced to the main aspects of a blog - users, communities, posts, comments, news feeds - and learn how to manage them using WordPress. You will develop the skills and confidence to manage all types of content, be it text or images, on your blog, and also understand how users interact with the blog. In working through the book you'll be inspired as well as informed, and have the capability and the ideas for make your blog cutting edge and exciting to maximise its impact. From this book you'll learn about: Installing and configuring WordPress on a local development machine or a web hosting service Managing posts and comments Working with Image galleries, calendars, etc. Organising users and Communities Creating and Installing themes to control the page layout Linking to the outside world - Feeds, Syndication, and Podcasting Customising Widgets and Plugins Using WordPress as a regular CMS Written in a clear, easy to read style, the book takes you the essential tasks required to create a feature-rich blog as quickly as possible. From initial setup to customizing modules, each task is explained in a clear, practical way using an example blog developed through the book. Who this book is written for This book is a beginner's guide to WordPress, for people who are new to blogging and want to create their own blogs in a simple and straightforward manner. It does not require any detailed knowledge of programming or web development, and any IT confident user will be able to use the book to produce an impressive blog. The table of contents is: WordPress and the World of Blogging Getting Started with WordPress Choosing and Installing a Theme Blog Your Heart Out Non-Blog Content Feeds, Syndication, and Podcasting Getting the Theme Tailor-Made for You Managing Users and Building Communities Widgets and Plugins Administrator's Reference

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (Oct. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811893
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,128,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs unless you are a total novice July 26 2007
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
"Complete" in no way describes this book. I have yet to find any mention of tagging, sessions, pages, or many other important aspects of WP. Part of the problem is that the book's index is almost non-existent. In all fairness, the author says that the book is for beginners; that said, the author spends far too much time reiterating the easy stuff (installation, how to create a basic blog entry, etc) that is explained for free on the WP web site (and dare I say in a much clearer way). Also, the figures look like they were printed-on-demand on a laser printer; this is not acceptable for a price tag like this (cf. O'Reilly's production values). I returned it right away.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete in many areas, poorly laid out June 15 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book reads more like a hardcopy of a bloggers notes to another blogger on how to install and customize WordPress. It spends more time glossing over descriptions and screenshots of other blog software and discussing the perceived shortcomings of WordPress mu (multi-user) than in discussing how to actually customizing a WordPress installation.

The screenshots often are on different pages than the text they go with, and most examples where the user might include more than a line or two of text simply copy and paste a single line over and over, usually extolling the virtues of the book's publisher (which joins several others on my list to avoid in the future.)

Several pages are spent covering how to use several FTP clients, yet none is spent on the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), one of the core needs for any meaningful customization of a WordPress site.

Very little of the WordPress API is discussed.

The author "explains" creating your own "widget" with very little description of what they are, and virtually none of why you would do so. He then follows with a sample of a "plug-in", yet a widget is in fact a specialized plug-in, so why are they presented in the reverse order? Very little is also done in terms of explaining how to customize a theme to allow the use of widgets, outside of providing a complete sidebar code page without showing which line(s) of code are the actual widget-enabling ones.

I realize that this is not a book about CSS or PHP, but neither is it a book about ftp software, which is after all a lot easier to use, yet more time is spent on how to use FTP than is spent on how to customize an existing theme.

Appears to be the better of the two books currently on the market that detail installing WordPress, but far from complete. Definitely needs a better editing job at the least. Certainly not worth $39.99.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Want to Develop your own WordPress Theme? Aug. 4 2007
By P. Kuo - Published on Amazon.com
The reason for me to buy this book was for the information on how to develop your own themes. But that information isn't presented well. The coding example starts off relatively easy and well explained, but before long, it doesn't really teach anything as much as it just tells you to plug in chunks of code into your files and then see what happens. And the book changes coding conventions to an abbreviated form somewhere along the way, just when it starts to get a bit complicated for a non-coder like me.

The rest of the book is all filler. Did you know that blog mean Web-Log? And that a person who blogs is a blogger? Well, if you didn't, then the book might be worth its high price tag. But I just told you, so now you do.

I'm just grumpy because I lost my receipt and can't return it now (bought mine offline).

Want to Develop your own wordpress theme?
Urban Giraffe's article, tho old, has way better and more relevant information than this book. And it's free.

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad writing Aug. 30 2007
By L. Mayo - Published on Amazon.com
It's true that this book does have some useful information for those who are just starting out with WordPress; however, the writing is so bad that it's almost painful to read.

I understand the author is from Bangladesh, but didn't this publishing house have an editor on staff? How did a $40 book make it to the bookshelves of highly respected bookstores with writing that reads like a term paper from junior high?

Normally I wouldn't bother to come to Amazon and criticize a book that was generally helpful, but I just can't understand how this kind of writing managed to find its way into book form. This is why editors exist.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me up and running in a couple of days June 1 2007
By Snorkledorf - Published on Amazon.com
A very good introduction to getting WordPress functioning, and more importantly, installed in my mind so it actually makes sense to me.

The book started off with an introduction to WordPress, showed how to install it and set things up, and soon even walked me through making a custom "theme" from scratch that while primitive, is perfectly functional as a usable blog. If nothing else, all this helped me to understand that preconceptions aside, WordPress is not all that difficult to administer.

Starting from zero knowledge of WordPress, between the core knowledge that this book gave me, and a few quick web searches to solve specific problems I bumped into, I successfully got my very own installation of WordPress running on my OS X desktop machine. (Comes with an Apache web server as standard equipment, dont'cha know!) I wanted a sandbox to play and mess around with for a while before moving out into the real world on a real server -- normally that wouldn't be necessary if you have a webhost somewhere. This entailed such additional complexities (not covered in this book) as installing the mySQL database that WordPress relies upon (i.e. follow instructions on a web page), and activating the PHP scripting language that WordPress uses (installed in OS X, but deactivated by default). Not being a "command-line" kind of person, it was actually a fair bit easier than I'd have anticipated, but I never would have dared poke around with such things without the toehold of core WordPress knowledge that I got from this book.

There are a handful of minor English problems in the book, like there should be an "a" here, and a "the" there (and "iTune" should have an "s" at the end, spellcheck kind of stuff), but the explanations are nevertheless completely clear, so not even a full star off for that.

A second half-star off for the tendency to occasionally leap into rather frightening PHP code listings, that lack sufficient comments within the code to make them easily comprehensible to beginners. A bit more hand-holding here would have been appreciated. That said, although I've never touched PHP before, by actually taking the time to walk through the code shown (not understanding everything), I nevertheless soon had a pretty solid feel for what made things tick in WordPress. And the beginnings of the confidence that comes with actually knowing a little bit about what happens "under the hood."

...which is what I wanted this book for.

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