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WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition Paperback – February 9, 2009
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From the Back Cover
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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I had actually already started blogging when I ordered this book so I'd pretty much found my way around and had a few blog posts. Still I had no idea there was so much more to learn. For those new to WordPress this book takes you through all the basics of setting up a blog. It really is a step-by-step process. In fact I found that it is best to read this book while sitting at the computer so you can see exactly what the author is talking about.
While I read half of this book once, I will read parts of it again and again until I figure everything out. I still haven't organized my posts into categories or added tags that could help search engines find my posts more easily. The beauty of this book is that you can really go at your own pace.
Since WordPress is the most popular blogging platform around I'd highly recommend that you read this book as soon as possible. It will give you all the basics to get blogging fast. Sure, you can figure out a lot of stuff on your own but I found this book told me some things I hadn't considered. Things like how to not get a lot of spam comments (who needs more when you are already getting spam in email).
So to be honest I'm only reviewing half this book. I completely skipped over all the information on how to host your own blog. But if that is what you need then this book will guide you through that process too.
~The Rebecca Review
"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.
I admit, technology isn't my thing. That's why I bought this book. Unfortunately I was unable to benefit from it. However, if you are a fairly educated 'dummy' this could be the book for you. Great stuff, but not for true novices.
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