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WordPress To Go - How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner [Kindle Edition]

Sarah McHarry
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Do you want to build your own website but don't know where to start? Have you been put off by all the jargon and gobbledygook of other Internet guides? If so then this plain, easy WordPress tutorial is the ideal place to start.

Now a #1 Amazon Best Seller, this popular step-by-step guide by expert Sarah McHarry will walk you through the essential first steps to building your own website or blog using WordPress.

In eight easy lessons you will have your own website up and running - without needing to know any geeky computer code! And, in the remaining 12 lessons, you'll learn all you need to know about creating a website and making it into your own, unique, web presence.

What you'll learn in this book:

  • How to register your own domain and get the right WordPress hosting
  • How to install WordPress with a few clicks of the mouse
  • How to design a professional-looking website
  • How to add and format your content
  • How to use graphics and images
  • All about themes, plugins, widgets and other WordPress tools
  • ... and lots more..

If you want to make a website that looks like it was designed by a pro then WordPress is the ideal tool to use. Designing a website need not be difficult or expensive if you have the right guidance. Sarah's WordPress tutorial walks you through creating a website yourself using step-by-step lessons that are easy to follow. Making a website as a beginner has never been easier!

Why should you build your own website on your own domain instead of using a free service?

The answer is that, with your own privately registered domain and hosting account, YOU own and control the website, not anybody else. You can put whatever you like on your site and no-one can tell you otherwise. You can make your site look and behave how you want. You're the boss.

And, with your own website, you can build your own distinctive 'brand', whether you are a business or a community group, an individual, or whatever... Your domain becomes your own exclusive web address, your own piece of online virtual  'real estate' that plays its part in publicizing your mission or message.  Creating a website on your own domain gives you identity, visibility and, indeed, status.

But don't you need a professional web designer to make a good job building a website?
No, definitely not! This was the case in the early days of the Internet because only a few tech-savvy geeks knew and understood the computer language (HTML) required. But as the technology has advanced, so have the tools to build websites become more accessible. WordPress is one of these tools and WordPress is the subject of this e-book.

But how much does it cost to make a website?
The answer is just a few bucks per month for hosting. If you create your own website using WordPress, you don't have to spend another cent.

And what if you're looking to start a blog?
Well, the same instructions apply. WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform and this ebook shows you just how to build a blog using the same techniques as designing a website.

Important: this guide is up-to-date for the latest release of WordPress!

Whether you want to create a simple WordPress blog or design a full-blown ecommerce site, Sarah's 'WordPress To Go' will start you off on the right foot.


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Thank you for your book - after weeks of reading (and going cross eyed in the process) I finally found your book and have now been able to make a start on setting up my website. Magi (Australia)
PS Should have gone for a female author first off!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4785 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481130501
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nicbee Publishing (January 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072V4EYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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221 of 228 people found the following review helpful
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I use Wordpress almost daily.

All of my websites are built using Wordpress, I have built the overwhelming majority of my freelance clients websites over the years with Wordpress, and at my day job I am the principal web person responsible for more than 30 company websites (more than 90% I have built with Wordpress) - so I grabbed this book just out of sheer curiosity - and as a guide for bringing a beginner up-to-speed on managing a website built with Wordpress, it is great.

I use this book to help get the interns and content writers/managers who work under me at my day job acclimated to Wordpress so that they are able to take the sites I have built and use them without hesitation or mistake. None have complained, and now use the basic functions of Wordpress like old pros.

Now, if you are looking for a guide that will help you do things like create custom themes using your own HTML/PHP/CSS code, or integrate some features and functions that are not available strictly through the "intended" usage of Wordpress and various plugins, then no, this book is not for you (you will need one - or several - far more advanced and expensive guides) - but if you are just getting started with Wordpress and want to bring yourself up to speed on using it quickly and efficiently, then I highly recommend that this be your first resource.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I needed to get my site up and running March 31, 2012
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I already had a basic website with my own domain name, but I was not happy with the format, as I found it clunky, limiting, and difficult to update. After doing some research, I decided to go with WordPress as my new format, and I switched over with my web host. I'm an artist, not a techie...although I have had experience with three other blogging formats and I've had an HTML class. I wanted to create a better looking website, as well as an accompanying blog within the site. I wanted to be able to easily change and update my web content. I also didn't want to waste a bunch of time and frustration by doing a lot of online research into free tutorials. I wanted a simple tutorial that would basically take me by the virtual hand and lead me through the steps required to make my dream a reality, without having to know or do a lot of technical computer stuff.

With the help of the author and the theme WPFolio, I was able to create a simple, clean, effective site to showcase my work. It's easy to navigate, and so far it's working with various devices, such as the iPhone. After I had downloaded WordPress with the help of my web host, I felt very overwhelmed, and I didn't know where to start. This publication was easy to read, easy to understand, and it helped me get an attractive and functional artist site up and running in less than 24 hours. If you are a complete beginner to WordPress, this will save you a lot of time and frustration.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the Title says January 28, 2013
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This book is a must read if you are brand new to Wordpress and have no idea where to begin. Given her background as a programmer, Sarah does a great job of walking you through everything, from setting up your hosting account, to installing WordPress on your domain, to adding pages, posts, changing themes, SEO etc. I originally bought this book because I wanted to do a makeover for my family's Christmas Tree farm website. I had some basic html knowledge but I was looking for a platform that offered WYSISYG features and that wasn't going to involve extensive coding ( that stuff gives me a headache). The Wordpress platform suited my needs and at no point did I feel lost in going through the book. I am a visual person and the fact that she created a separate website ( keeping chickens.net ) as the sample website for her readers to view was a godsend for me.
Now I will mention that there are a lot more things she could have included and perhaps elaborated on some of the more desirable features of Wordpress such as plugins, social media etc - but the point of this book is to get the basic idea of how to create a website on your own domain. If you want to take it further, she does a wonderful job in providing her readers with additional resources for Wordpress themes, plugins and mentions what she personally uses and recommends. Also she introduces her readers to an excellent hosting company, Hostgator. While going through her book I actually had to contact Hostgator because I was transferring my domain from another company, and that in itself was like pulling teeth - not fun and many hours spent on the phone. However, Hostgator's customer service is impeccable.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Any Wordpress Newbie February 4, 2012
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I've been using WordPress for a long time, but still picked up a couple good tips from this book. It is short, straightforward and to the point. She leads you through everything you need to know to set up your blog quickly and in a nice step-by-step manner. She breaks the book up into 2 parts- a Quick Start guide and an In-Depth guide, which makes it especially nice for someone new to WordPress to get started right away. The In-Depth section is essential if you really want to make your WP blog do more fancy things. It's also good to review back later after you've set up your blog. The In-Depth section goes into things like selecting and installing a theme, adding pictures, galleries, posting, widgets and plugins, contact forms and even SEO (search engine optimization). Overall I enjoyed it and highly recommend it for anyone brand new to WordPress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliver what it says!
This book is for people who really is beginning on WordPress, is clear and simple. If you are thinking to build your own website with WordPress and have no idea how, this is for... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Luis Conde
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Dboss
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I could start and finish a webpage without any issue.
Published 8 days ago by Alejandro Herrnsdorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reference material
Published 11 days ago by Wirenut
5.0 out of 5 stars informative
Worth the price. Worth the time. Worth the energy. Good for beginner as the book claims to be. Thank you.
Published 19 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed.
Thanks for keeping it simple!
Published 20 days ago by Staying4Lunch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book will get you started.
Published 27 days ago by Robert J. Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have built several websites in wordpress including directories with over 100k listings. I learned everything I did from youtube videos so I decided to read this book and see if I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by matthew tsombanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to follow, have your blog up in no time
I took a eight day (once a week) "beginners course in Wordpress. I was completely lost after the first day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear directions for non-techies setting up a website
I'm 70, comfortable with computer software but not a techie, and setting up a website for the first time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Sandman
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Sarah McHarry is a self-confessed geek whose former day job was programming computers. With the advent of the Internet, Sarah happily switched to becoming a freelance webmaster and she soon became one of the early adopters of the WordPress web design platform.

These days she teaches people how to use WordPress and, using her skills, she also designs websites for voluntary organizations in her local community.

When she is not fiddling around with WordPress, Sarah's interests include photography, playing bridge and keeping bees.


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