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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer 2nd Edition

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Learn to build, update, maintain, and expand a WordPress website

WordPress is an increasingly popular open-source content management system that exists in either a self-hosted or hosted version and allows you to build and maintain a feature-rich website. This unique book-and-video package serves as a friendly, self-paced learning experience on the capabilities and newest features of the self-hosted version of WordPress (though much of it also applies to the hosted version). Veteran author George Plumley teaches you how to customize and extend WordPress in a number of ways in order to make it do exactly what you need. The valuable lessons featured in the book focus on everyday tasks and are supplemented on the instructional video to enhance your learning experience.

WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, Second Edition:

  • Demonstrates how to enter new content, create new pages, and make content search-engine friendly

  • Details techniques for breaking up large amounts of text, writing a post, and creating a sub page

  • Explores plugins that help you connect your site to social media, make your site mobile friendly, and more

  • Addresses creating and managing menus and displaying links

  • Explains how to find files in the media library

  • Walks you through running multiple websites from a single installation

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 accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.

You'll learn to:

  • Plan what you need to do before starting your site

  • Install WordPress

  • Enter your content and publish it

  • Upload images, video, documents, and more

  • Navigate through various types of content

  • Deal with links, comments, RSS feeds, social networks, and multiple users

  • Work with themes

  • Optimize your site

  • Make sure your software is up to date

  • Add functionality with plugins

About the Author

George Plumley is a web developer and designer who has been helping small business clients build and update their websites for more than 15 years. His signature consulting tools are his training videos, including more than 100 on WordPress.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118066901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118066904
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been developing websites for over 20 years, and using WordPress almost exclusively for the last eight.

All of my books are driven by my experiences with clients, students, and readers of previous editions: the questions they ask, observing where they're having issues, and what works best for learning WordPress. I love helping people learn, not just how to use WordPress, but how to make a great website that visitors will love and use.

My number one tip for learning WordPress:

Don't worry about figuring out all the things WordPress can do. Think about what your visitors need and then learn the functions in WordPress that will help you achieve that.

In fact, I recommend learning any piece of software that way. Master what you need, rather than being a slave to all the details.

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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 VINE VOICE on February 24, 2012
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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 Kindle Customer on January 4, 2010
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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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