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Are you a wannabe blogger? A seasoned pro migrating your blog to WordPress? Looking to do more cool stuff with your existing WordPress blog? Then this fun guide is for you! WordPress for Dummies is a veritable smorgasbord of WordPress information, ideas, tools, resources, and instruction on everything you need to create and maintain your dream blog.

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Are you a wannabe blogger? A seasoned pro migrating your blog to WordPress? Looking to do more cool stuff with your existing WordPress blog? Then this fun guide is for you! WordPress for Dummies is a veritable smorgasbord of WordPress information, ideas, tools, resources, and instruction on everything you need to create and maintain your dream blog.

Unlike other blog hosts, WordPress gives you the ability to create a blog that is tailored to your own tastes and needs. Sure, the codes, tags, and terminology can seem a little intimidating at first, but WordPress for Dummies breaks it all down to show you just how intuitive, friendly, and extensible the software really is. This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to:



• Sign up for a free WordPress account

• Set up and use a hosted blog with WordPress.com

• Install and set up the WordPress.Org and WordPress.MU software for single- and multi-user versions

• Find great themes, plugins, and consultants that will help you achieve JUST the kind of blog you want

• Use tags to work with WordPress templates

• Combat challenges with comments, trackback spam, and “splogs”

• Add special technologies to your blog, such as RSS feed, podcasting, vlogging, and photoblogging

• Find online support, tips, and resources for WordPress software



Whether you want to keep family and friends updated on your latest adventures, post pictures of your new puppy, or communicate your passion with millions of readers worldwide, WordPress for Dummies is your passport to creating the kind of blog thatwill keep your visitors coming back for more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470149461
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/12/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Sabin-Wilson has worked with the WordPress software since its inception in 2003 and has built her business around providing technical support, hosting, and design solutions for bloggers who use WordPress. She reaches thousands of people worldwide with her WordPress services, skills, and knowledge regarding the product. Lisa operates a few blogs online, all of which are powered by WordPress.
Her personal blog (justagirlintheworld.com) has been online since February of 2002; her design business at E.Webscapes (ewebscapes.com) has been online since 1999. She also provides a successful Web hosting service, Blogs About Hosting (blogsabout.com), which caters to blogs and bloggers on a global scale.
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Table of Contents


Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Introducing WordPress.

Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You.

Chapter 2: Blogging Basics.

Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service.

Chapter 3: Getting Started with WordPress.com.

Chapter 4: Writing and Managing Your Blog.

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

Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPress.org.

Chapter 6: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp.

Chapter 7: Understanding the WordPress.org Administration Panel.

Chapter 8: Establishing Your Blog Routine.

Chapter 9: Typing Up Templates.

Chapter 10: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins.

Chapter 11: Designing Your Blog.

Part IV: Going Multi-User with WordPress MU.

Chapter 12: Implementing WordPress MU.

Chapter 13: Managing Your WordPress MU Community.

Chapter 14: Maintaining WordPress M.

Part V: Flexing and Extending WordPress.

Chapter 15: Migrating Your Blog to WordPress.

Chapter 16: Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Content Management System.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Great — and Free — WordPress Themes.

Chapter 18: Ten Great WordPress Plugins.

Appendix: Configuration Options.

Index.
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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.

    7 out of 7 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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  • 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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