WordPress For Dummies Paperback – Feb 9 2009
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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 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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Among the topics Sabine-Wilson covers are getting set up with a blog at WordPress.com or WordPress.org (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.
"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 WordPress.com 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.
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.
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