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Discover why bloggers love WordPress and make your blog the best it can be

Blogs are as much a part of life today as the evening newspaper was fifty years ago, and for much the same reason: Inquiring minds want to know. WordPress powers some of the most popular blogs on the Web, and with this guide to help, it can work for you, too. Here's what WordPress does, how to set it up and use it, and some cool bells and whistles to make your blog stand out.

  • Pick your flavor — decide whether to use the WordPress.com hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org

  • Customization — discover CSS and template tags and how to use them to create your own unique style

  • Blogging 101 — find out about archiving, interacting with readers through comments, tracking back, and handling spam

  • Host with the most — get the scoop on domain registration, Web hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and more

  • Do it yourself — install WordPress.org, set up a MySQL database, explore RSS feeds, and organize a blogroll

  • Beef up your blog — insert audio, video, images, and photos

  • Think theme — discover where to find WordPress themes, explore various options, and work with template tags to create a unique look

Open the book and find:

  • Advice for creating a blog that draws readers

  • Tips on managing comments, trackbacks, and spam

  • How to use the Dashboard

  • Wonderful widgets and plugins to add

  • How to make permalinks work with your Web server

  • The standard templates and how to tweak them

  • Ten popular WordPress themes

  • Where to find help when you need it

About the Author

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a designer of blogs and Web sites and founder of E.Webscapes Design Studio. She has been working with WordPress since 2002. Lisa's client list includes over 1,000 personal and professional blogs, and she is a frequent panel member at blogging and social media conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470402962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470402962
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Todd Hawley on March 4, 2009
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Over the last few months, I've read a few books about WordPress, all of them quite good and ones I'd recommend. I'd highly recommend this one for the so-called "average, everyday person" wanting to get started with a WordPress blog. Ms. Sabine-Wilson gives detailed step by step instructions for every WordPress task and explains in detail various options and settings. When you first look at a WordPress dashboard, one may get daunted by all of the options present and Sabine-Wilson gently leads you through all of them. This second edition was delayed because WordPress latest major upgrade (2.7) was itself delayed. This book has the latest WordPress screen shots in its figures, which helps avoid confusion.

Among the topics Sabine-Wilson covers are getting set up with a blog at WordPress.com or WordPress.org (if you decide to find a site host already running WordPress), how to manage your blog, what all the Admin panel options mean, adding images and/or audio files, themes and plugins. To someone just getting started, WordPress might seem bit difficult to master. But it's actually pretty straight forward to use once you get familiar with it. This book is a good way to become familiar with using WordPress.
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I have (slowly) been building a website for the purpose of advocating for more action worldwide to minimize fire-related deaths in dwellings. Having started with a CMS (content management) application installed by my webhosting company and ending up with much (newbie-caused, not blaming anyone else) frustration, I investigated WordPress and found that it is a Blogging-CMS package that can be a powerful tool for setting up a website. I bought two books from Amazon about WordPress. Both are excellent, the other being "Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read."
"WordPress for Dummies" is an excellent and thorough introduction to the power of WordPress. It covers the use of WordPress in several settings, including but not limited to: 1) the WordPress.com setup and 2) a situation like mine, where WordPress is provided by a webhosting site. In both cases, the book provides excellent coverage of the software's dashboard, organizing a blog, dealing with allowing for both comments and new articles from others (if you desire), adding third-party articles, etc.
The book covers much more than I have listed above, but for people like me who are new to setting up software for blog/website building, "WordPress for Dummies" (Second Edition) is simply an excellent tool which I strongly recommend.
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I bought this book because I wanted to familiarize myself with the inner workings of PHP, and how it affects the layout of a WordPress blog. I definitely got my money's worth, because I learned so much about PHP in the half an hour I spent reading that chapter. In addition, it gave a great chapter on using WordPress as CMS which came in helpful.
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I've been using Wordpress for over a year now and the only thing I can say about it, is I wish I'd known about this book a year ago! The few times I've had to use it, I was able to pick the key word describing my question, and immediately find it in the index. And going to the topic from the index answered my question. Nice huh? Totally recommend this book to all Wordpress users, especially beginners like I am. A quick review of the book indicates it should appeal to the sophisticated user also.
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I actually used this to teach myself how to maintain my site since I had someone else building it, but Lisa helped me teach my web designer a thing or two that he didn't know :)

Nicely written, organized and communicated! I have a pretty complex WordPress community site...thanks for making me feel like I could handle things on my own when my developer turned my site over to me.
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This book is an OK reference, but don't expect it to be a step by step how-to on using Wordpress or publishing your website. There are still things I want to do with my new website using Wordpress that this book completely ignores. Other things it mentions without instructions. I'm going to have to find a better book if I want my website to be more than just pages of type.
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I have read this book twice and rely on it all the time as I develop my wordpress skills. It is a fabulous beginners manual and will give you a strong solid understanding of Wordpress. As with all of the "Dummy" series this book has great tips and techniques all the way through it. If you are considering using WordPress for anything this is a must have resource.
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This book was just what I needed. The easy to follow instuction had my new Word Press blog up and running in no time. There is also a wealth of information here that can take you beyond the basics when you are ready. I would recommend this book to beginers as well as those who want to take blogging to the next level.

Anne Gormely
Brown Dog Treasures.com
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