WordPress: The Missing Manual


Whether you’re a budding blogger or web development professional, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites—if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plug-ins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create a ...
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Whether you’re a budding blogger or web development professional, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites—if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plug-ins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create a blog. Get a free WordPress.com account, choose the right theme, and start publishing content.
  • Build a website. Produce a professional-looking business site by customizing a WordPress theme.
  • Add features. Choose from thousands of WordPress widgets and plug-ins to extend your site’s features.
  • Mix in multimedia. Include slideshows, video clips, webcasts, podcasts, and music players.
  • Involve your readers. Let readers leave comments, contribute to your site, and carry on a dialog.
  • Build an audience. Learn search-engine optimization, measure your reader’s favorite pages, and publicize your site.
  • Create a community. Use social media tools such as “Like” and sharing buttons, and provide RSS feeds of your posts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449309848
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 558
  • Sales rank: 798,301
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
The Very Basics of Reading This Book;
About WordPress;
About this Book;
About the Online Resources;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Books Online;
Part 1: Starting Out with WordPress;
Chapter 1: The WordPress Landscape;
1.1 How WordPress Works;
1.2 What You Can Build with WordPress;
1.3 WordPress Hosting;
Chapter 2: Signing Up with WordPress.com;
2.1 Choosing a Web Address;
2.2 Creating Your WordPress.com Account;
2.3 The WordPress.com Community;
Chapter 3: Installing WordPress on Your Web Host;
3.1 Preparing for WordPress;
3.2 Installing WordPress with an Autoinstaller;
3.3 Installing WordPress by Hand;
3.4 Maintaining Your Site;
Part 2: Building a WordPress Blog;
Chapter 4: Creating Posts;
4.1 Introducing the Dashboard;
4.2 Adding Your First Post;
4.3 Organizing Your Posts;
4.4 How to Get High-Quality URLs;
4.5 Dashboard Tricks to Save Time and Effort;
Chapter 5: Choosing and Polishing Your WordPress Theme;
5.1 How Themes Work;
5.2 Tweaking Your Theme;
5.3 Customizing Your Widgets;
5.4 Choosing a New Theme;
Chapter 6: Jazzing Up Your Posts;
6.1 Making Fancier Posts;
6.2 Using Pictures;
6.3 The Media Library;
6.4 Showing Part of a Post;
Chapter 7: Adding Pages and Menus;
7.1 Creating Pages;
7.2 Viewing Pages;
7.3 Custom Menus;
7.4 Changing Your Home Page;
Chapter 8: Comments: Letting Your Readers Talk Back;
8.1 Allowing or Forbidding Comments;
8.2 The Life Cycle of a Comment;
8.3 The Ongoing Conversation;
8.4 Making Comments More Personal;
8.5 Stamping Out Comment Spam;
Part 3: Supercharging Your Blog;
Chapter 9: Getting New Features with Plug-Ins;
9.1 Managing Plug-Ins;
9.2 The Jetpack Plug-In;
9.3 Adding Mobile Support;
9.4 Backing Up a WordPress Site;
9.5 Better Performance with Caching;
Chapter 10: Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music;
10.1 Understanding Embeds and Shortcodes;
10.2 Showing Groups of Pictures;
10.3 Embedding a Video Window;
10.4 Playing Audio Files;
Chapter 11: Collaborating with Multiple Authors;
11.1 Adding Users to Your Site;
11.2 Working with Authors;
11.3 Building a Private Community;
11.4 Creating a Network of Sites;
Chapter 12: Attracting a Crowd;
12.1 Encouraging Your Readers to Share;
12.2 Keeping Readers in the Loop;
12.3 Notifying Readers by Using Feeds;
12.4 Search Engine Optimization;
12.5 WordPress Site Statistics;
Part 4: From Blog to Website;
Chapter 13: Editing Themes: The Key to Customizing Your Site;
13.1 The Goal: More Flexible Blogs and Sites;
13.2 Taking Control of Your Theme;
13.3 Protecting Yourself with a Child Theme;
13.4 Editing the Styles in Your Theme;
13.5 Editing the Code in Your Theme;
Chapter 14: Building an Advanced WordPress Site;
14.1 Planning Your Site;
14.2 Creating Custom Category Pages;
14.3 Building a Better Home Page;
14.4 From Post to Product Page;
14.5 Adding E-Commerce;
Part 5: Appendixes;
Migrating from WordPress.com;
Before You Begin;
Transferring Your Data;
Cleaning Up Your New Site;
Useful Websites;
Chapter Links;

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Very useful

    I'm most of the way through it and have found it very useful. My new website has greatly benefited from some of the techniques/ ideas presented.

    Well worth the purchase and reading.

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