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WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

by Lisa Sabin-Wilson
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August 9, 2010 0470592745 978-0470592748 3

The bestselling guide to WordPress, fully updated for newest version of WordPress

WordPress, the popular, free blogging platform, has been updated with new features and improvements. Bloggers who are new to WordPress will learn to take full advantage of its flexibility and usability with the advice in this friendly guide.

Previous editions have sold nearly 50,000 copies, and interest in blogging continues to explode.

  • WordPress is a state-of-the-art blog platform that emphasizes aesthetics, Web standards, and usability
  • WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition covers both the free-hosted version and, which requires users to purchase Web hosting services
  • Written by an expert who works directly with the developers and cofounder of WordPress
  • Shows readers how to set up and maintain a blog with WordPress and how to use all the new features

Like its earlier editions, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps bloggers quickly and easily take advantage of everything this popular blogging tool has to offer.

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Get online fast and get the most out of the Web's most popular blogging tool

Used by millions, WordPress is the world's #1 blogging tool for a reason — it gives you the tools you need to customize your blog and make it truly one of a kind! Whether you're creating a new blog or you just want to get the most out of your current one, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition, is the last word on WordPress.

  • Blogging basics — choose a platform, create an account, select a theme, configure your settings, publish your thoughts, interact with your followers, slam the door on spam, and archive your posts

  • Right here, write now — write, revise, and publish posts, and learn about links, tags, and creating categories

  • Make the most of your posts with media — edit and insert photos and quickly add and organize audio and video

  • Get interactive — easily insert polls and let readers rate your posts

  • Widgets & more — tap into text, RSS, and social media widgets, and get plugged in to plugins

  • Now you're stylin' — customize one of the many WordPress themes with new headers, backgrounds, fonts, and styles

  • vs. — let WordPress host your blog for free or link WordPress with your domain

Open the book and find:

  • How to set up a MySQL database

  • The anatomy of a template tag

  • Ways to enhance your blog with themes, polls, ratings, and widgets

  • How to manage multiple blogs and users

  • Tips for tackling spam with Akismet

  • Advice on optimizing for search engines

  • How to use WordPress as a content management system

  • Ways to style with CSS

Learn to:

  • Create and maintain a WordPress blog

  • Use the new features and upgrades in WordPress

  • Customize your blog with themes and plugins

  • Apply tags and CSS to create a unique presentation

About the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is founder of E. Webscapes Design Studio. Working with WordPress since 2002, she has designed over 1,000 personal and professional blogs and Web sites. Lisa is a frequent panel member and guest speaker at blogging and social media conferences, including SXSW and WordCamp.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470592745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470592748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

WebDevStudios - enterprise level applications, design & development for WordPress.



I design because it makes me happy to create. I write because it makes me happy to share. Other than that? I breathe. I drink espresso. I love my family.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the very best for learning and using WordPress August 6, 2010
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This is Lisa Sabin-Wilson's 3rd Edition of her bedrock "WordPress For Dummies". I own all three editions and each is thicker and filled with more knowledge than the prior edition. If anyone asks me how to learn, manage and use WordPress, this is what I recommend.

It is truly A through Z coverage. Sabin-Wilson is, in my opinion, one of the best technical writers around. Her language is clear, uncluttered and free of artifice.

Logically enough, she begins at the very beginning explaining what WordPress can do for you. To her credit, she doesn't hold it out as a panacea for all that ails you. She doesn't promise you that you'll earn millions or will win public office. Sabin-Wilson simply tells you how to set up your blog and then moves progressively into the minutiae of creating and managing a WordPress blog. (And yes, operating a blog is like most other things in the world - a series of small details that you must repeatedly (i.e., daily or thereabouts) attend to. In fact, one of the chapters is appropriately entitled "Establishing Your Blog Routine".

"Wordpress For Dummies" is thorough. The WordPress Dashboard is explained as is the use and, perhaps more importantly, the customization of themes. (With WordPress, your blog or website can look however you like it, but getting it right is not necessarily simple.)

Another important Sabin-Wilson covers in some detail is using WordPress as a Content Management System. Although she treats it in some detail, I personally wish that she would write a book on this subject alone.

In all, none of the other WordPress books I've read - and there are quite a few of them - measure up to the standard that Linda Sabin-Wilson has set in all three editions of "WordPress For Dummies".
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
If you want to learn WordPress there are much better written and more complete books out there. This book is severely disappointing in a way that Dummies books rarely are. The author touts herself as an expert and there's no doubt she knows some things about WordPress. However, her writing is not that great and you'll find that you're left with more questions about certain things about WordPress than you were before you read the book.

If you want to hear about how great Lisa is, buy the book. She uses every opportunity to showcase her site and things she's done, tooting her horn as only people who are self-described "experts" tend to do. Again, I am not used to this type of flagrant self-promotion in a Dummies book. It's annoying.

The author has capitalized on the fact that she "wrote the book" on WordPress, but it isn't written well or that great of a book.

Check out "Digging Into WordPress" or "WordPress Bible" for truly great resources.

Beginners would be wise to take advantage of the free WordPress codex: it's the official manual for WordPress. There are specific sections for people new to WordPress there. Also check out for how-to videos.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for This Dummy October 23, 2010
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I bought the book about three weeks ago and still have my WordPress site hanging by threads, not completed. Although I'm not really a computer "Dummy," I found the book either too simple or not well organized ... and I really don't know which. All I know is after spending several hours trying to figure out how to configure the basic template recommended to do what I wanted to do, I lost interest and decided to "think about it." I found the explanations too often reverted to a programming language which I didn't speak: It looked like I needed to study PHP as a prerequisite.

The book seems to be full of good information, but at least for me, it was hard to convert all the info into a workable WordPress site. I'm sure it could be done, but I'm looking for another book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to understand October 27, 2010
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Lisa Sabin Wilson did not write this book for the novice. The book is difficult to follow, having you jump back and forth to learn basic tasks. It is written more for one who has experience in designing websites or blogs.
Wilson should have referenced to a basic sample blog on the internet that she could have created and then using the book, walked the reader through each step of the dashboard as to how the site or blog was created. Her basic information is already on the WordPress site. The illustrations are difficult to read.
I can not recommend this book.
I have used many ....For Dummies books over the years and this is the poorest I have purchased in teaching one who wants to set up a blog. She is a BIG fan of WordPress and it comes through in the book.
Most learners just want to set up a blog, and do not want to become expert bloggers as this book spends many pages on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be clearer December 30, 2010
This is an okay book for getting started,but leaves a lot of questions in the mind of the novice WordPress user. I am familiar with CSS and HTML, so am not a newcomer to coding, but some of her statements leave one dangling wondering what in the world she's talking about. For example, when talking about "refining posts" the following is said: "Custom fields: Custom fields add extra data to your posts and are fully configurable by you." Okay - what kind of data? Why would you want to do that? Example??? On page 254-on making titles clickable, she gives code, but no explicit instructions as to where the code should go. It would be helpful to show the whole block of code with the added code inserted and highlighted. Over all the illustrations are very poor and you have to really search to see what she's talking about. Also the interface I see on my WordPress installation doesn't match at all what she shows, although I am using the most up to date version. I'm pretty frustrated at this point, but will keep plugging away trying to figure it out. I would recommend buying this book secondhand, or borrowing it from the library, not dropping $25.00 on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wordpress for Dummies
The book arrived in fine condition and in a reasonable time frame. The content was very helpful to an old guy that grew up in the wrong decade to be knowledgeable and competent in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. DeKoker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to Get Started, Even If You're Not a Dummy
I needed to get started building WordPress sites, and this book did it for me.

The Dummies books are what I turn to when I need to learn a new piece of software or a new... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David C. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition

price was is new! Will have no problem telling a friend.
it was a good deal
Published 13 months ago by walter hope
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Like many of the "dummies" book it can tend to jump from the easy stuff to some of the more difficult tasks without doing a sufficient job of explaining the What, Where and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by sticks101
5.0 out of 5 stars WordPress For Dummies is Smart
This is a great book! It covers every base, answers your every question you may ever have about Wordpress! I'd recommend it to everyone who wants to learn Wordpress!
Published 20 months ago by lilannie2012
1.0 out of 5 stars not a beginner's book
This book is a disappointment to me, because it's not a beginner's book. The author states clearly that this book is for those who

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Published on April 23, 2012 by Heather A. Shirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I am not a computer person. This book is very understandable to people like me; people who don't have a clue about computer programming and just want to make their website or blog... Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by aspiringdoc
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized and not very helpful
Putting together a website, but never did one before. I heard great reviews for WordPress, & got the site up and running pretty easily, but but wanted to add links, RSS feeds,... Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Reader 7
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really for Dummies
This is the worst Dummies book I've read. Dummies books are supposed to be for non-experts. This book is easy to read in some parts, but she frequently forgets whom she's supposed... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Aquilonian
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much wasted space on lists that you can not use because Author...
Why could this book not have been more helpful then it turned out to be...

The author had moments when it should have been. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by David Wilkin
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