Everything you need to know about WordPress
If you strive to have a blog that suits your needs, delights your readers, and keeps visitors coming back for more, this book is your ace in the hole! Offering you cream-of-the-crop guidance from eight bestselling books, WordPress All-in-One For Dummies is the only reference you need to get a handle on blogging basics, use SEO and social media tricks to drive traffic to your site, customize your blog with plugins and themes, and so much more.
WordPress powers more than 25% of the web—and for good reason. It's a state-of-the-art blog-publishing platform that makes your site look professional, lets it be searchable, and provides readers with a pleasant user experience. Whether you're just dreaming up your first blog or want to learn to use the latest version of the software to keep your site up to date, WordPress All-in-One For Dummies is the way to go!
- Build your site foundation and become an admin pro
- Personalize your site with themes and plugins
- Use SEO and social media to extend your site
- Read and understand site analytics
WordPress is free—and with a bit of help from this how-to guide, it can also be easy!
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About 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 For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Book I: WordPress Basics 5
Chapter 1: Exploring Basic WordPress Concepts 7
Chapter 2: Exploring the World of Open Source Software 19
Chapter 3: Understanding Development and Release Cycles 29
Chapter 4: Meeting the WordPress Community 37
Chapter 5: Discovering Different Versions of WordPress 49
Book II: Setting Up the WordPress Software 61
Chapter 1: Understanding the System Requirements 63
Chapter 2: Using File Transfer Protocol 73
Chapter 3: Getting to Know PHP and MySQL 87
Chapter 4: Installing WordPress on Your Web Server 97
Chapter 5: Confi guring WordPress for Optimum Security 115
Chapter 6: Upgrading WordPress 133
Chapter 7: Backing Up, Packing Up, and Moving to a New Host 143
Book III: Exploring the WordPress Dashboard 159
Chapter 1: Logging In and Taking a Look Around 161
Chapter 2: Exploring Tools and Settings 177
Chapter 3: Managing Users and Multiple Authors 205
Chapter 4: Dealing with Comments and Spam 217
Chapter 5: Creating Categories and Tags 229
Book IV: Publishing Your Site with WordPress 241
Chapter 1: Writing Your First Post 243
Chapter 2: Creating a Static Page 259
Chapter 3: Uploading and Displaying Photos and Galleries 267
Chapter 4: Exploring Podcasting and Video Blogging 279
Chapter 5: Working with Custom Fields 287
Chapter 6: Using WordPress as a Content Management System 301
Book V: Examining SEO and Social Media 323
Chapter 1: Exposing Your Content 325
Chapter 2: Creating a Social Media Listening Hub 345
Chapter 3: Understanding Analytics 357
Chapter 4: Search Engine Optimization 373
Chapter 5: Exploring Popular SEO Plugins 391
Book VI: Customizing the Look of Your Site 401
Chapter 1: Examining the Default Theme: Twenty Twelve 403
Chapter 2: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes 423
Chapter 3: Exploring the Anatomy of a Theme 437
Chapter 4: Customizing Your Theme 467
Chapter 5: Understanding Parent and Child Themes 487
Chapter 6: Digging into Advanced Theme Development 503
Chapter 7: Using Theme Frameworks to Simplify Customization 549
Book VII: Using and Developing Plugins 563
Chapter 1: Introducing WordPress Plugins 565
Chapter 2: Installing and Managing Plugins 583
Chapter 3: Confi guring and Using Plugins 597
Chapter 4: Modifying Existing Plugin Code 617
Chapter 5: Creating Simple Plugins from Scratch 625
Chapter 6: Exploring Plugin Development Best Practices 675
Chapter 7: Plugin Tips and Tricks 689
Book VIII: Running Multiple Sites with WordPress 707
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Multiple Sites 709
Chapter 2: Setting Up and Confi guring Network Features 717
Chapter 3: Becoming a Network Admin 725
Chapter 4: Management of Users and Access Control 745
Chapter 5: Using Network Plugins and Themes 755
Chapter 6: Using Multiple Domains within Your Network 771
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very sophisticated and comprehensive book. But it is definitely not for dummies or beginners which I am. So I was disappointed. I will use it as a reference but I was hoping for stepwise directions or a simple tutorial to get me started.
I wanted an all-around WordPress book; alas, this particular book is limited to creating sites for blogs. I want to use WordPress as a general Content Management System, and I have no interest in blogs. I've seen some sites that are flexible (with respect to viewing client) and are non-blog sites. I goofed in not researching this issue with this book in mind. Lesson learned.
I have been unable to use this book as a step-by-step guide since the bitmaps do not match what I’m seeing. This is because the book omits anything to web hosting and redirects the reader to their web hosting company to resolve those details. I purchased web hosting from Wordpress itself so I should have a very standard structure. So the details that would allow me to proceed are missing. I have never put so much time into a book and gotten so little out of it.
Excellent book and content is just what I need. Thanks.
Don't know I haven't been able to read it yet.