WordPress For Dummies

WordPress For Dummies

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ISBN-13: 9781118383186
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is co-founder of WebDevStudios (https://webdevstudios.com), one of the largest WordPress design and development agencies in the world. Lisa is a regular public speaker at national events on topics such as WordPress, development, design, CSS, and social media. You can connect with Lisa on Twitter @LisaSabinWilson.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing WordPress 5

Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You 7

Chapter 2: WordPress Basics 17

Part II: Setting Up WordPress 29

Chapter 3: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp 31

Chapter 4: Understanding the WordPressorg Dashboard 61

Chapter 5: Establishing Your Publishing Routine 97

Part III: Flexing and Extending WordPress 125

Chapter 6: Media Management: Images, Audio, and Video 127

Chapter 7: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins 145

Chapter 8: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes 169

Part IV: Customizing WordPress 181

Chapter 9: Understanding Themes and Templates 183

Chapter 10: Tweaking WordPress Themes 225

Chapter 11: Understanding Parent and Child Themes 253

Chapter 12: WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) 269

Chapter 13: Hosting Multiple Sites with WordPress 317

Chapter 14: Upgrading, Backing Up, and Migrating 345

Part V: The Part of Tens 369

Chapter 15: Ten Popular WordPress Plugins 371

Chapter 16: Ten Free WordPress Themes 381

Index 389

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WordPress For Dummies 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
p_hagerman More than 1 year ago
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.
kim1989 More than 1 year ago
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.
Ms-Teak More than 1 year ago
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.
longtimedesigner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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SandmanSlim More than 1 year ago
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.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Why could this book not have been more helpful then it turned out to be...The author had moments when it should have been. The entire point of this book is to make our use of WordPress.Org something that if we don't master after reading the book and can make a website as well as the authors, at least start the process of making our own websites. A dummies book for just Wordpress.com and blogging would take all of 50 pages and Dummies can't charge you $25 for that.What goes wrong, oh so much. One is that there is not enough dummy humor. Always useful to break up the monotony of computer learning. But that is a minor point. The major problem of Sabin-Wilson is that she thinks to start telling the readers how to master their use of the software. A good thing, except that she fails miserably at telling us how to use the items. She will have endless tables throughout the book that will tell us the name of a parameter, the information the programming tag. Such as charset, Character settings set in Settings/General, and then does not tell us how to use that, or any of the other long lists and wasted pages of text she devotes to such lists. Even the programming code she took us through in her putting a theme together does not work, and has inconsistencies from her step by step instruction to the code she copied and pasted at the end of it.Those are the features that should have made this book a powerful tool. Instead it becomes fluff letting you know that Wordpress is powerful but you need to spend money again to find a teacher who actually covers the material in how you can use it. Not who give you lists of the nouns and verbs you can use, but without the rules of what a noun or a verb is in the context of comparing grammar to Wordpress programming.I have been programming in a lot of languages long enough to know that I can push it and get something out of this book. I can use the list of tens, but this book is not worth $25. If it is worth $10, that is a stretch.
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