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Bloggers love WordPress! If you're ready to start using this free blogging software, WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition is just what you and your blog need to make a splash.

Professional blog designer Lisa Sabin-Wilson shows you how to use all the latest upgrades to WordPress and helps you decide whether to use the Wordpress.com hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org. Whether you're just venturing into the blogosphere or you ...

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Overview

Bloggers love WordPress! If you're ready to start using this free blogging software, WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition is just what you and your blog need to make a splash.

Professional blog designer Lisa Sabin-Wilson shows you how to use all the latest upgrades to WordPress and helps you decide whether to use the Wordpress.com hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org. Whether you're just venturing into the blogosphere or you want to shift an existing blog to WordPress, WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help.

Explore theme development and learn where to find free WordPress themes Extend WordPress through plug-ins, CSS, custom fields, and more Find out about archiving, interacting with readers through comments, tracking back, and handling spam Get the scoop on domain registration, Web hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and more Create a unique blog theme and presentation by using template tags with CSS Sign up for WordPress.com, log in, set options, and create a profile Install WordPress.org, set up a MySQL database, explore RSS feeds, and organize a blogroll Discover the secrets of creating a blog that draws readers Get tips on wonderful widgets, upgrades, and plugins you can add to make your blog extra cool Learn how to use the Dashboard, manage comments, and make permalinks work with your Web server With WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition on hand, it's easy to make the most of the free software and build a blog that stands out in a crowd.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118791615
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/14/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 110,182
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the co-owner of WebDevStudios, a development company specializing in custom WordPress plugins, themes, and deployments. She is a popular conference speaker and bestselling author of WordPress All-in-One For Dummies and WordPress Web Design For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiv

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 3

What You Are Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 4

How This Book Is Organized 4

Part I: Introducing WordPress 4

Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service 5

Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPressorg 5

Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress 5

Part V: Customizing WordPress 5

Part VI: The Part of Tens 6

Icons Used in This Book 6

Where to Go from Here 6

Part I: Introducing WordPress 9

Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You 11

Chapter 2: WordPress Blogging Basics 19

Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service 31

Chapter 3: Getting Started with WordPress 33

Chapter 4: Writing and Managing Your Blog 59

Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Blog with Themes, Widgets, and Upgrades 97

Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPressorg 119

Chapter 6: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp 121

Chapter 7: Understanding the WordPressorg Dashboard 143

Chapter 8: Establishing Your Blog Routine 187

Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress 221

Chapter 9: Media Management: Images, Audio, and Video 223

Chapter 10: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins 241

Chapter 11: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes 265

Part V: Customizing WordPress 277

Chapter 12: Understanding Themes and Templates 279

Chapter 13: Tweaking WordPress Themes 323

Part VI: The Part of Tens 363

Chapter 14: Ten Popular WordPress Plugins 365

Appendix: Upgrading, Backing Up, and Migrating 381

Index 405

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Great book for both the technical and non-technical reader

    I'm a developer with a number of years of experience behind me. I've done quite a bit of web development from the ground up. When it came time to setting up a new blog and website for my company I decided not to re-invent the wheel but go with the best that the open source community had to offer. To this end I chose WordPress and Lisa's book made this soooo easy.

    First let me say WordPress is a top notch platform, easy to use and set up. However, trolling through tons of disjointed online documentation and blog after blog of community posts just wasn't on my schedule. I was in my local Barnes and Noble trying to find a book on the topic and I found Lisa's book. It is laid out well. Each chapter flows into the next as it should. Everything I needed to get up and running quick was in there. Though this is not an exhaustive coverage of the WordPress platform or an in-depth look at how to use WordPress as a content management system, the book is more than enough to get you up and running, and looking good.

    I asserted in the posting title this was a great book for both technical and non-technical readers. I've loaned my copy to a few friends who are very non-technical, but wanted to setup their own blogs. They all found the book very easy to read and understand. I know this firsthand because I've seen their results. Best of all, not a single question was lobbed my way for how-to's.

    Lisa you created an excellent book for a great platform. Great job!
    I would look forward to you commenting (I mean writing a book) on how to better use WordPress as a content management system.

    Great book, well worth the money spent.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    So far so good

    I'm working on an author site and so far this book has helped me work out some of the mysteries of Wordpress. It fills in the gaps left by Wordpress's own manual and explains things in a way even a novice could follow. It's saved me a lot of frustration and headaches.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Not the place to start for web designers new to WordPress

    For a real beginner to WordPress, and site coding; for those who've designed with older versions of Dreamweaver and GoLive, and those who want to diverge a bit from the most common WordPress blog looks, I found other, older resources much more helpful to the overall understanding of WordPress needed to proceed with one's own project.

    The main 2 problems I found with this Dummies book were the organization of material, especially "second and third level" organization of the (vital) details for overall understanding; and the seeming reliance on one having the internet concurrently in hand while reading, to visit suggested (non-prioritized lists of) online resources necessary for fuller understanding/visualization. Though good to know that the many WordPress "help" sites exist, most of those sites listed are also voluminous, further taking one off track of getting a firm understanding of WordPress, and how to utilize it for one's desired outcomes.

    Though possibly an adequate "additional" reference for beginners, I found the book "choppy", and not one one could comfortably read (though the mood seems too purposefully light,) and finish with a firm idea of what next steps to take (or to not take) to design anything but rather small variations on the most common, "off-the-internet-shelf" WordPress sites offered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Uneven incomplete

    I was looking for a complete guide to the basics of using Wordpress, but this book did not deliver. It hardly covered any aspects of using wordpress as a light cms, a major component feature, instead spending a whole chapter on how to write a blog post.

    This book is uneven, incomplete, and not recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    First Time Webhosting

    My organization had a new website developed and they used Wordpress so that it would be user friendly and easily learned. It took me a couple of days but every question that I had was answered in a clear and precise way. Needless to say, I and my organization are very pleased.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    Blogging for the dumb but adventurous

    For me, the book's title is accurate. I had only minimal experience with a basic blog. WordPress for Dummies explained in detail how much more is available in the parallel universe of internet communication. I discovered not only a more powerful blogging tool, but also the possibilities of hosting my own blog and even creating an independent web site. All for the price of one easy to read reference book.

    Dennis

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Good for blog info, but part missing

    Good to understand blog construction, but was missing last two bonus chapters, which I needed.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Definitely for Dummies

    I have managed to create a decent blog using this book. Friends and relatives agree that this is an exceptional example of the ability of this book to lead the totally uninitiated into the world of blogging. Amazing. This is a book for those with some computer skills, but no WordPress skills. It has been very useful, though would be less so for anyone with more advanced skills. Very clear and helpful.

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