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WordPress: The Missing Manual

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Whether you’re a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9’s themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site.

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  • Create your ...
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Overview

Whether you’re a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9’s themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create your site. Get hands-on, A-to-Z instructions for building all types of websites, from classy blogs to professional-looking ecommerce sites.
  • Add features. Choose from thousands of widgets and plug-ins to enhance your site’s ease of use, looks, and performance.
  • Mix in multimedia. Add picture galleries, slideshows, video clips, music players, and podcasts to your pages.
  • Attract an audience. Create automatic content feeds, sign up site subscribers, and help readers share your posts on social media.
  • Fine-tune your content. Analyze site statistics to improve your content and reach, and to optimize your site for search engines.
  • Go Mobile. Choose a theme that automatically reconfigures your site for mobile devices.
  • Build a truly unique site. Learn how to customize WordPress themes to create a site that looks exactly the way you want it to.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449341909
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/17/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 612
  • Sales rank: 104,436
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (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;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
About This Book;
About the Outline;
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 Managing Your New Site;
2.4 Exploring the WordPress.com Community;
2.5 Visiting the WordPress.com Store;
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 Keeping WordPress Up to Date;
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 Web Addresses;
4.5 Dashboard Tricks to Save Time and Effort;
Chapter 5: Choosing and Polishing Your Theme;
5.1 How Themes Work;
5.2 Choosing a New Theme;
5.3 Tweaking Your Theme;
5.4 Customizing Your Widgets;
5.5 Mobile Themes;
Chapter 6: Jazzing Up Your Posts;
6.1 Making Fancier Posts;
6.2 Adding Pictures;
6.3 Featured Images;
6.4 Showing Part of a Post;
6.5 Post Formats;
Chapter 7: Adding Pages and Menus;
7.1 Creating Pages;
7.2 Viewing Pages;
7.3 Custom Menus;
7.4 Changing Your Home Page;
7.5 Page Templates;
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;
10.4 Playing Audio Files;
Chapter 11: Collaborating with Multiple Authors;
11.1 Adding People 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 Managing Your Site’s Feed;
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 Adding New Types of Posts;
14.3 Creating Custom Category Pages;
14.4 Building a Better Home Page;
14.5 Making a Smarter Product Page;
14.6 Adding eCommerce;
Part 5: Appendixes;
Migrating from WordPress.com;
Before You Begin;
Transferring Your Data;
Cleaning Up Your New Site;
Securing a Self-Hosted Site;
1. Crash-Proof Your Site with Backups;
2. Change Your Posting Account;
3. Be Cautious When Extending Your Site;
4. Prevent Password-Guessing Attacks;
5. Hide Passwords with SSL;
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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