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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress Paperback – April 10, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118197875 ISBN-10: 1118197879 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 2 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118197879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118197875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 140 WordPress tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on WordPress in no time.

You'll learn to:

  • Set up a hosted or self-hosted blog

  • Use the Dashboard and settings

  • Create content and add links

  • Add functionality with widgets

  • Build a member community

Designed for visual learners

  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules

  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step

  • Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task

  • Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

Customer Reviews

This book flows so well - I am very pleased with it!
Bonnie Cehovet
Like all Teach Yourself Visually computer training books, most pages have large screenshots and clear, step by step instructions.
Rebecca Haden
I would highly recommend this book to anybody novice that want to start a blog or website.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Sallie R. Goetsch on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of my graphic designer friends raved about the first edition of this book, and I can see why. "Visual" is not an understatement with this series: it includes almost more images than text, and in bright full color, too. The illustrations and well-laid-out text boxes are certainly one of the book's great strengths. Though a few of the screenshots are too small to be read at the size they appear in print, most of the illustrations aid considerably in following the steps in each chapter. The "Tips" boxes that appear at the foot of many pages to answer frequently asked questions are also very helpful.

Chapter 1, "Introducing WordPress," helps you decide between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (commonly referred to as WordPress.org), explains some core WordPress terms like pages, posts, permalinks, and the dashboard, and provides tips on choosing strong passwords, specific blog topics, and good site names. Many of these are not WordPress-specific tips, but they are important considerations for people who want to build good blogs or websites.

Chapter 2 focuses on setting up a WordPress.com blog. If you already know you want to use self-hosted WordPress, you can skip this. If you're looking for a book that can help you with your WordPress.com site, however, you'll be glad to know that this one addresses WordPress.com in all but a few chapters.

Chapter 3 covers both manual and "one-click" (control-panel based) installation of WordPress on your web server, using Bluehost and Simple Scripts for its screenshots. (The process is essentially the same for other hosts using Fantastico or Softaculous.) There's a troubleshooting section for common installation problems.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Word Nerd on July 20, 2012
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I know this is supposed to be a beginner's guide. When I bought it, I considered myself a Wordpress beginner. But this book has nothing in it that you can't figure out for yourself. You can "teach yourself visually" by looking at the Wordpress dashboard. It's all in front of you. Everything in this book is already explained there, except for the part about setting up a mySQL database. This doesn't make much sense. If you need the level of hand-holding provided in this book, choose a provider that offers automatic Wordpress installation. If you want to deal with FileZilla, mySQL, or PHP, this isn't the book for you anyway. What I was looking for was something in between. I could figure out how to set up the website for myself. What I needed was a guide to customizing and making the page behave the way I wanted it to. This book showed trivial things like how to create a post, how to format a post, how to move widgets around. I already knew all that. It seems if you can't figure out the very basics, you should blog on BlogSpot instead of WordPress. I probably should have looked for something advanced, but I was brand new to Wordpress and it was driving me crazy. Every time I searched the Wordpress forums, they talked about tweaking the php source code and my eyes would glass over. I ended up learning PHP anyway, because it was easier than trying to find a plugin for everything I wanted to do. Nothing I learned about Wordpress functionality came from this book. I feel like I wasted an unreasonable amount of money for something that had no value to me.

On the positive side, I have to say that Teach Yourself Visually is very nicely presented. It's well organized and visually inviting. As a technical writer, I can tell that a lot of skill went into the layout to ensure a user-friendly result.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Cehovet VINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
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This is an updated version of the WordPress platform - one that is very appreciated by me! I am a fly by the seat of your pants person as far as programming my blogs and my site (both of which I have on WordPress). It really helps to have written (read "visual") material in front of me. The videos that are out there are very good, but there is a lot to remember, even if you are hurriedly taking notes as you watch them!

With this book in hand, anyone can follow the step-by-step instructions to create and set up a WordPress site.
From the back of the book (what you will learn from this book):

* Set up a hosted or self-hosted blog
* Use the Dashboard and settings
* Add functionality and widgets
* Build a member community

The book is constructed in a very easy to use manner. From the back of the book (design):

* Two-page lesson s break big topics into bite-sized modules
* Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
* Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
* Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

The chapters are color coded (with a color strip across the top of each page), which makes it easy to quickly find the information that you are looking for. (This book acts as a reference even after you have your page set up - trust me, to keep your page up, you will be doing a lot of tweaking!
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