- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470935030
- ISBN-13: 978-0470935033
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
Express yourself with WordPress! Create a custom site with e-commerce, social media, and more
WordPress has grown up! No longer just a blogging tool, it has secret powers that enable you to include features like photo and video galleries, portfolios, directories and contact forms, client testimonials, integration with Facebook and Twitter, and a whole lot more in your Web site. The secret is out — read on and learn what you can do!
A solid foundation — understand what a content management system is, how a blog differs from a Web site, and what you need from a Web host
The right tool for the job — learn about FTP, types of editors, graphics programs, fonts and colors, and image libraries
Choose your theme — discover the anatomy of a WordPress theme and how to use template tags to display different content
It's all yours — create a unique, customized site using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML
Pick plugins — use plugins to add galleries, social communities, and forums to your site
Open the book and find:
Why WordPress is perfect for e-commerce sites
Steps for installing WordPress on your Web server
How plain text editors differ from WYSIWYG editors
Hints for creating dynamite design
What you can do with widgets
Examples of content types and formats
Tips for using WordPress as a content management system
How template tags work
Create custom, feature-rich, dynamic Web sites using WordPress
Customize your design using CSS, HTML, and PHP
Develop company sites, online magazines, and e-commerce Web sites
About the Author
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is founder and Creative Director of E.Webscapes Design Studio. Lisa is a frequent public speaker at events like SXSW Interactive, Blog World Expo, and various WordCamps on the topics of WordPress, design, and social media. She's been designing Web sites with WordPress since 2003.
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I'm a graphic designer. I've made a living in print and digital media for many years. WordPress is a fantastic web building tool and the first technology that seems to work well for designers and developers as well as more casual users. It also has a growing and infinitely supportive community. Lisa's book helps to pull much of this together in short order.
However, like any book attempting to give detailed explanation about digital tools, it can only do so much. In some spots, I had wished for more specific examples. When I got into tight spots, I simply cross referenced her notes with those in the WordPress Codex, and I was able to get a more thorough understanding. The other thing to be aware of is that Wordpress is constantly being updated and improved. So, using this book as a jumping off point in association with support from elsewhere in the community works best. Essentially, I've learned tons just from reading though it as a tour and found it very helpful with the actual tasks when coupled with additional texts.
The nice thing about the book is that it corrals many of the key learning points of WP and moves you in the right direction.