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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer: Watch, Read, and Learn How to Create and Customize WordPress Sites Paperback – November 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470554586 ISBN-10: 0470554584 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470554584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470554586
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A unique introduction to building web sites with WordPress

WordPress is today's most popular open source blog publishing application, but its powerful features, simple interface, and easy expansion make it a great content management system for all types of web sites. This unique book-and-video package provides you with beginner-friendly tutorials for building and maintaining a WordPress web site. You'll discover how to customize WordPress to meet your needs and you'll see how critical—and simple—it is to expand and update content in order to make your site as effective as possible.

  • Walks you through installing the software, provides an overview of the administration interface, and covers the basic settings you'll need to get started

  • Examines the ins and outs of uploading images, video, documents, etc., and using them on your site

  • Demonstrates how to customize the look of your site using cascading style sheets

  • Reviews helpful techniques for optimizing your site and making it search-engine friendly

  • Explains how to track your site's statistics, keep your plugins and themes up to date, and practice smart backup habits

  • Addresses installing, activating, and troubleshooting plugins

Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

On the DVD

Don't just learn—do!

The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.

You'll learn to:

  • Plan your site for WordPress

  • Write and add a new post

  • Handle revisions

  • Add new pages & sub pages

  • Work with image galleries

  • Manage media files, posts, categories, and widgets

  • Link to other sites

  • Approve, edit, and delete comments

  • Customize the design and layout

  • Optimize your content

  • Extend WordPress

Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

George Plumley is a web developer who now builds sites almost exclusively using WordPress. He runs the WordPress tutorial site www.seehowtwo.com.

More About the Author

I've been developing websites for over 15 years, and using WordPress almost exclusively for the last six. I love helping people learn, not just how to use WordPress, but how to make a great website that visitors will love and use.

Now, in August 2013, after months of preparation, I've finally published my new ebook: 100 WordPress Tips for Beginners

A lot of that work was the creation of a script that takes the content from WordPress and formats it for Kindle.

But this is no ordinary Kindle book. You can navigate between chapters, between tips, within tips, between related tips, and even within an index.

It's super easy to find the information you need - instantly.

I've uploaded a short video over on the right, which shows you how the ebook works.

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Customer Reviews

This book was written with respect to the latest version of WordPress (3.2).
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
I really was just following along and not thinking about whether the book is "good" or "bad", just going through it.
B. Com
It's very well organized, logical, and easy - very easy - to follow the step-by-step instructions.
M. Moreaux

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By B. Com on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was somewhat hesitant to buy a tutorial book that had not been reviewed yet (this book is copyright 2010 and came out Dec. 09), but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised. This book offers from-the-ground-up instruction with all the basics from how to install Wordpress to customizing a template.

The author, George Plumley, has a pleasant style that is neither condescending to the newbie or goofy like I have found some of the "yellow books" to be. I haven't found any fluff here, just solid step-by-step advice and lessons.

I really was just following along and not thinking about whether the book is "good" or "bad", just going through it. Then, in Lesson 7: Working with the Text Editor, I found myself recognizing one of the many gems in this book. As someone who has struggled with more than one text editor until I found out that if you copy/paste from someplace else you need to get rid of the formatting first, I know that this author had the non-geek in mind when he wrote this. His advice is to open a text program such as Notepad and paste the text in there, then copy/paste from Notepad into the editor in Wordpress and the excess coding will be stripped away. Now, this is basic information for a lot of people, but remember the first time you tried to figure out why that Word formatting kept showing up in your Wordpress text editor? Yes, this author had that person in mind and gently drops in a paragraph with a couple of sentences in it addressing the problem and suggesting a solution.

I have hired a designer to do websites in Wordpress for a couple of clients and I wanted to learn to do it myself. I am confident that I'll be able to do it myself next time, thanks to the information provided in this book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
WordPress has become one of the premier do-it-yourself website programs available today. Pretty much anyone, regardless of technical background, can build a web presence with an easy install and a little knowledge of how WordPress works. Some people may have no problem just diving into the interface itself and figuring out what to do by trial and error. Others with less experience or less confidence may want more detailed and structured guidance. Others still may have even found themselves lost or confused after throwing themselves into the guts of WordPress and found it less intuitive than they imagined. The latter two groups would benefit greatly from reading "WordPress 24-Hour Trainer." Though, like all of the titles in this series, it takes much longer than 24 hours to complete, it presents information in handy and easily digestible snippets requiring very little effort to comprehend.

WordPress is easy to use overall, but some of its nuances remain unintuitive, such as the difference between a post and a page or how to change the header graphic or customizing a theme. Those with little technical background may find themselves stumbling around a bit. This book lays it all out. Pretty much everything anyone needs to know to install and setup a basic WordPress site sits between this book's covers. But don't expect anything too complicated. This book mainly aims at absolute beginners.

Regardless, it does cover a lot of ground and manages to introduce some advanced topics later on. But before dazzling the world with a site design worthy of Dali, WordPress needs to get installed and configured. After a short section on planning, Section II plummets right into installing the program.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Rosenberg on January 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am just amazed at how thorough this book is, yet how easy it is to use and understand. Everything is in layman's terms and shown, as well as having written explanations.

I was initially bummed at the price of the book but now that I'm using it I realize what an absolute STEAL it is at this price. I am SO thankful I found this guide.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Moreaux on March 21, 2012
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I don't often comment on a book, but felt compelled to do so for this one. In these days of quick copy, you typically get books/content that's riddled with typos, errors, and inaccurate information. Not so with this text. It's very well organized, logical, and easy - very easy - to follow the step-by-step instructions. And fancy this, it all works as written!

The author covers each topic, spending little time on theory, and moving right into "hands-on" explanations. In the case of installing WordPress, he covers the basics of setting up your database, file uploading, and then running the automated process of creating a config file. For those of us who for some reason cannot run this automatically on our equipment, the attached CD explains the manual process in the accompanying video. The CD provides supporting information for most all of the chapters in the book.

The remainder of the book is broken into 11 sections that progress in sophistication from simple content management (Page and Post creation), through installing and troubleshooting plugins, then into running multi-sites and WP customization. There's even a section on Troubleshooting common issues.

I'm an experienced programmer, but new to Wordpress and found this text to be an extremely helpful and effective way to quickly ramp my knowledge on Wordpress. I would have given it a 5-star rating, but who really reads the 5's or 1's?
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