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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (Aug. 3 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119088577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119088578
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Set up your account
  • Choose a web host
  • Use WordPress as a CMS
  • Manage multiple sites

For blogging and more, WordPress has the tools. Here's how to make the most of them!

WordPress was born for blogging, but today it also powers one of every five websites. Harness the power of this versatile beast with help from this book! From the basics of installing and setting up WordPress software to adding media files, activating plugins, hosting a network of websites on your domain, and sidestepping pitfalls, it's all here.

  • WordPress 101 — discover how WordPress works, set it up, choose a platform, explore the capabilities of, and check out the newest features
  • Getting down to business — choose and register your domain name, get hosting help, set up FTP, and learn to use the WordPress Dashboard
  • Setting up your site — establish categories, manage permalinks, compose posts, handle comments, and banish spam
  • Flexing your WordPress muscles — explore media management tools and choose plugins that extend WordPress capabilities
  • Content management, WordPress style — create a website with custom templates, enable the WordPress network feature, migrate an existing site to WordPress, and manage multiple sites
  • Get noticed — learn to optimize your websites and blogs to attract search engines

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for setting up the WordPress Dashboard
  • How to install WordPress and set up the MySQL database
  • Tips on managing blog spam
  • Help configuring settings
  • WordPress RSS options
  • How to choose, download, and install plugins
  • Advice on customizing themes
  • Steps for importing a blog from another platform

About the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is co-owner of WebDevStudios, a development company that specializes in custom WordPress plugins, themes, and deployments. A popular conference speaker, Lisa is the author of previous editions of WordPress For Dummies as well as WordPress Web Design For Dummies.

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very good guide for simpler self hosted wordpress sites. Not as helpful for more complex multi-window, multi input sites with several authors
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If you are starting from scratch any info is good info.It's a start.
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Great manual for WordPress newbies
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HASH(0xa4e82774) out of 5 stars WordPress for Dummies a difficult and unhelpful read Nov. 20 2015
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Billed by implication as a book for beginners, this book was anything but. I did not find the material to be organized in a manner that would guide me through progressive levels of difficulty. In addition, the book seemed to contain excessive verbiage that is unnecessarily time-consuming and of little actual help. Once I discovered, I put this book aside and read the free "Beginners Guide," which also features video tutorials. I was able to complete the guide in one evening and afterward had a good command of the processes I needed to create my site.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e829c0) out of 5 stars Covers a wide spread of topics and different areas of Wordpress. Oct. 24 2015
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This book is aimed at people that are new to Wordpress and are looking to setup their own blog or website that runs on this software. I've dabbled with Wordpress a bit in the past but I never explored it in-depth or at an advanced level. There are many topics in this book that were new and unfamiliar to me and this book works well as a guide to these topics. There is a very wide range of topics covered from the very beginning steps of choosing a host and downloading and installing the software all the way to more advanced concepts such as SEO(Search Engine Optimization) and advanced editing of configuration files and code. This book does a good job at serving as a wide overview of these many topics and as a checklist to get you headed into the right direction of what to do next as you're creating your Wordpress site.

This book may be a "Dummies" titled book but to be able to follow along, this book requires the reader to already be familiar with various internet technologies, terminology, and common practices. I would not recommend this book to those that do not consider themselves at least a bit of a "techie". This book would be great for the more tech savvy and also those that are looking to refresh their knowledge of Wordpress or to fill in some gaps in understanding. Overall the book usually does a good job at explaining topics and the steps involved but there are some instances where it's a bit confusing and doesn't get cleared up satisfactorily. It would probably be best to use this book as a resource along with others including searching on the internet for more specific or unclear points.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e82c00) out of 5 stars WordPress for Dummies is a great guide. Oct. 25 2015
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First I must say I love for dummies books! They simplify information that would otherwise make my head explode! I am a scientist, put me in a lab or hospital and I am at home, however, computers and webpages and I am lost!

WordPress for Dummies is a great reference guide in managing and maintaining your WordPress website. This book provides a detailed run-through in helping with your self installed/hosted version of WordPress website You will learn to set up your account, choose a host and much more. It was interesting learning about the different versions of, self-hosting. With WordPress for Dummies you will learn to create a blog to suit your needs, from installing and setting it up, to adding files and plug-ins to customize it. All in all, I am pleased with all the tips this book provided and the visuals that made it easier to understand.

I do feel that I, personally, will need to read this book again and definitely use it as a reference tool but it did give me the knowledge to begin confidently. I highly recommend this book as a great guide to WordPress.

I received this book free for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own based on my own personal experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e82da4) out of 5 stars A huge, huge, huge disappointment! March 1 2016
By James M. Hopkins - Published on
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I deeply regret buying this book; I wish I could get a refund, which I could had I bought a printed copy. But I bought the electronic version.

This version is geared 100% for users who plan to host their own WordPress blog/website on their own server, or on a server provided by a web-hosting company, using software from WordPress.ORG. This book is not for casual users like me, who are using the software at WordPress.COM, kept on WordPress's own servers.

The difference is huge. All the instructions in this book are geared toward the self-hosting version of the software. That means, for example, the directions for using the dashboard aren't applicable; they make no sense.

Since buying the book, I've re-read the description on Amazon's website. If I'd read it very, very, VERY closely, I would have realized this was not the book for me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c4b18c) out of 5 stars Great Book for bloggers Oct. 29 2015
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Wordpress can be very overwhelming but once you know it ,it is the best thing ever. Being a blogger ,I am constantly changing layout on my blog , and i need to know how to do it. this book Wordpress for dummies is for newbies as well as pros. it is explained in easy english and every chapter has been touched in detail, from setting up pages to the kind of template I like or what will suit my niche, everything is explained in Wordpress for dummies .It is a pretty thick book and it explains in detail with lot of pictures and tips.
I highly recommend this book.
I was provided this book for free in return for my honest opinion.