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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
Feeds, Syndication, and Podcasting
Getting the Theme Tailor-Made for You
Managing Users and Building Communities
Widgets and Plugins
Posted April 25, 2007
WordPress is one of them any blogging tools out there today, but has gained steady popularity the past year or so and has lots of flexibility in terms of customizing it. You can use existing ¡§skins¡¨ that are available on the WordPress.org website or even create your own with a little XHTML and CSS experience. You can also use the existing PHP based functions to also customize the information that you want to display in different sections of your blog. But how do you figure out how to do all of this cool stuff??? This book by Hasin Hayder will tell you! Actually, this is only the second WordPress book on the market today and the only one with technical details on how to truly customize your WordPress blog. 'the WordPress 2 Visual QuickStart Guide is not technical at all'. This book is great if you have some level of coding background 'XHTML or CSS' since Hasin steps you through example projects that show you in great detail how to make your own custom templates. The book first starts out giving the reader a great explanation of the history of blogging and how it has developed into what it is today. He discusses how to install WordPress on your own server 'hosted or your own', what files to install, setting up the configuration, creating privileges, setting up file permissions on your web host, installing existing themes, how to upgrade from older versions if needed and how to use the interface itself. That alone 'chapters 1-4' will save you hours of time looking through endless articles online. The meat and potatoes sections of the book start with Chapter 5. The author explains how to use WordPress as a full fledged CMS 'Content Management System' with more that just one section for your web posts. You can add additional pages for other parts of your website for static or other types of content. Because it can be used for more than displaying endless posts, it makes it an invaluable tool for web designers to create beautiful looking websites without having to know any server-side language or database technologies. Of course knowing a little PHP and or MySQL would help and/or speed up your development time, it really is not truly not required. Hasin continues to talk about how to easily modify your existing template pages 'index.php, sidebar.php' to display what content you want. Even though WordPress is based on PHP, it provides you with functions that you just use to display the information you need. So technically you are coding in PHP, but in reality you are just using custom functions provided within the WordPres framework. Doing it this way, your level of experience needed can be kept at a minimum. After you create some new pages and categories to your site, the author shows you how to put them all together and looks seamless going from one page to the other. The objective is to make your website that uses WordPress seem like a regular site that just happens to have a section with posts on it. Making you look like a real web developer! ¿º The book 'chapter 6' also goes into the types of podcasting 'audio and video' and feeds 'RSS and Atom' that you can use with WordPress and what websites will give you the ability to integrate that with your blog. The final two chapters '7 and 8' go into more detail in developing your own themes with the author going over an example template he created and the changes he had to make. Of course your own themes will look different and may use some different WordPress functions to display specific blog information you have a great understanding after reading these two chapters of how to do it yourself. There is lots of information on the WordPress.org site that talks about this but is very unorganized and still leaves you in the dark on some issues. Which is why this book is so great. Everything you need to modify and customize your WordPress site is right here, no need to go anywhere else. A must buy for anybody using WordPress or curious on learning about it.
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