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How to transform a website from static to active and then to dynamic
on January 26, 2011
Up front, I want to explain why I think so highly of this book: It has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to transform my website into "fully-functional, dynamic" WordPress website. That is to say, Heather Wallace and her colleagues have provided a comprehensive and cohesive briefing on how I can actively participate in the aforementioned, step-by-step process. I do not fully understand all of the material provided in Chapter 2 ("Building a Community Portal"), for example, and it is at least possible that another of the nine WordPress websites may prove to be more appropriate. But at least I have learned what questions to ask as well as how best to express my wishes and intentions as various steps are completed in the process.
For purposes of discussion, let's say that establishing a community portal is the ultimate objective. Two separate but related processes must be initiated: Building the website, and, building the community of people who become members. The material provided in Chapter 2 first enables the network functionality in a standard installation of WordPress. More specifically:
o Determine whether or not mod__rewrite is enabled on the server
o Enable the Network menu in WordPress
o Complete the network installation process
o Set up and configure the BuddyPress
o Integrate the bbPress into BuddyPress
o Protect the community portal from bots and scammers
o Protect the privacy of community members
o Give the portal a "new look"
o Offer to members more theming options
o Ensure that the portal is fully functional before launch
Whichever one of the nine different professional WordPress sites is selected, Wallace and her colleagues provide two valuable appendices. In the first, the reader learns how to set up and configure Akismet, WP-DB-Backup, WP-reCAPTCHA (also creating new API keys), and Maintenance Mode. The reader is also introduced to WP Hide Dashboard. (Note: The WP Hide Dashboard plugin is well-suited for usage on all of the sites featured in this book.) Then in Appendix B, the reader learns how to install themes from the Free Themes Directory and plugins from the WordPress Free Plugin Directory. Additional information can be obtained by visiting [...]
Congratulations to Heather R. Wallace and her colleagues for providing so much of practical value. I also highly recommend Tessa Blakeley Silver's WordPress 3.0 jQuery and Brandon Corbin's WordPress Top Plugins, both also published by Packt in 2010.