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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (Aug. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470592745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470592748
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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

  • vs. — 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

Learn to:

  • 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

About the Author

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.

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If you are new to WordPress, this book is a good start to the process. It walks you through the various steps needed to create a blog. Should you want to do more, it certainly provides the information needed to expand the process. I have referred back to it a number of times as I work to master the process of a blog. I have watched a number of videos on WordPress. They are helpful too but being able to refer to something as I work has been very useful.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a72f0fc) out of 5 stars Still the very best for learning and using WordPress Aug. 6 2010
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
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This is Lisa Sabin-Wilson's 3rd Edition of her bedrock "WordPress For Dummies". I own all three editions and each is thicker and filled with more knowledge than the prior edition. If anyone asks me how to learn, manage and use WordPress, this is what I recommend.

It is truly A through Z coverage. Sabin-Wilson is, in my opinion, one of the best technical writers around. Her language is clear, uncluttered and free of artifice.

Logically enough, she begins at the very beginning explaining what WordPress can do for you. To her credit, she doesn't hold it out as a panacea for all that ails you. She doesn't promise you that you'll earn millions or will win public office. Sabin-Wilson simply tells you how to set up your blog and then moves progressively into the minutiae of creating and managing a WordPress blog. (And yes, operating a blog is like most other things in the world - a series of small details that you must repeatedly (i.e., daily or thereabouts) attend to. In fact, one of the chapters is appropriately entitled "Establishing Your Blog Routine".

"Wordpress For Dummies" is thorough. The WordPress Dashboard is explained as is the use and, perhaps more importantly, the customization of themes. (With WordPress, your blog or website can look however you like it, but getting it right is not necessarily simple.)

Another important Sabin-Wilson covers in some detail is using WordPress as a Content Management System. Although she treats it in some detail, I personally wish that she would write a book on this subject alone.

In all, none of the other WordPress books I've read - and there are quite a few of them - measure up to the standard that Linda Sabin-Wilson has set in all three editions of "WordPress For Dummies". Each edition has been extensively revised to stay as current as possible with WordPress releases.

A total delight to read and use, it is, in my opinion, the gold standard for learning, managing and using WordPress.

64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a72f348) out of 5 stars Not up to "Dummies" standards. Much better books out there. Nov. 20 2010
By Manifesting Destiny - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn WordPress there are much better written and more complete books out there. This book is severely disappointing in a way that Dummies books rarely are. The author touts herself as an expert and there's no doubt she knows some things about WordPress. However, her writing is not that great and you'll find that you're left with more questions about certain things about WordPress than you were before you read the book.

If you want to hear about how great Lisa is, buy the book. She uses every opportunity to showcase her site and things she's done, tooting her horn as only people who are self-described "experts" tend to do. Again, I am not used to this type of flagrant self-promotion in a Dummies book. It's annoying.

The author has capitalized on the fact that she "wrote the book" on WordPress, but it isn't written well or that great of a book.

Check out "Digging Into WordPress" or "WordPress Bible" for truly great resources.

Beginners would be wise to take advantage of the free WordPress codex: it's the official manual for WordPress. There are specific sections for people new to WordPress there. Also check out for how-to videos.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a72f588) out of 5 stars Best Beginner/Intermediate Book on Wordpress Feb. 5 2012
By Marcus Valdes - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just don't understand the reviewers who gave this book only one or two stars. I would give it a hundred stars if possible. I've looked at a lot of Wordpress books and in my opinion this is the one to start out with. It covers and (the book explains the difference and it's a big one). It starts out with the basics of getting your site up and running and then moves on to the more advanced topics like plug-ins, widgets, pages, posts, etc. (don't let any of that terminology scare you). Lisa also explains how to choose your domain name and set up a hosting account.

This past weekend I was able to attend WordCamp Atlanta and meet Lisa as well as Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of Wordpress and a genuinely nice guy). I found out that Lisa is a great presenter as well as a great writer.

My recommendation to any beginner looking to learn about Wordpress is 1.)buy this book, 2.)find a Wordpress meetup in your area via, and 3.) find the nearest WordCamp and attend (inexpensive and worth it).

If you follow this advice, I guarantee you that before long, you will be hooked on Wordpress and have a killer looking website or two!
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a72f804) out of 5 stars Not for This Dummy Oct. 23 2010
By Roger Daisley - Published on
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I bought the book about three weeks ago and still have my WordPress site hanging by threads, not completed. Although I'm not really a computer "Dummy," I found the book either too simple or not well organized ... and I really don't know which. All I know is after spending several hours trying to figure out how to configure the basic template recommended to do what I wanted to do, I lost interest and decided to "think about it." I found the explanations too often reverted to a programming language which I didn't speak: It looked like I needed to study PHP as a prerequisite.

The book seems to be full of good information, but at least for me, it was hard to convert all the info into a workable WordPress site. I'm sure it could be done, but I'm looking for another book.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a72f69c) out of 5 stars Very thorough and Useful manual Oct. 18 2011
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Massive amounts of well-written and helpful information and detail and step-by-step instructions. This is a worthwhile book to have if you have or want to start a blog at Wordpress. It extensively covers both the freebie and the program you can download free .
I am starting my second blog at Wrodpress, and I would not be without it. I refer to it frequently.

But be advised: I bought the Kindle edition, same content but, as far as I can tell, it lacks the index this print version has. Perhaps those that configured the book for Kindle thought that the Kindle search capacity would suffice. It just doesn't always work well for me, though, so I miss the index. So I would give the Kindle edition only 4 starts.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book.