- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118073428
- ISBN-13: 978-1118073421
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 193 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Discover the wonders of WordPress and learn easy ways to power up your blog
Ready...set...blog! With WordPress and this book, it's almost that easy. WordPress pro Lisa Sabin-Wilson walks you through setting up WordPress, choosing and installing themes for personal or business blogs, migrating an existing blog from another platform, dodging spam, picking plugins, and even using WordPress as a CMS to create a full website.
Start here — discover the benefits of WordPress, how to start a blog and post content, and why you should join the WordPress community
To host or not to host — compare the hosted WordPress.com solution to the WordPress.org version you host with your domain name and web server
You can do this — set up either type of blog, work with the Dashboard, and create a profile
Make your blog blossom — add photos and video, use plugins to add versatility, and get creative with themes
Branch out — find out how WordPress can power a website and run multiple sites
Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/wordpressfordummies to find free, original WordPress themes designed by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, complete with instructions for downloading and using them.
Open the book and find:
Ideas for organizing your blog
Ways to make your blog appealing to visitors
Advice on choosing a web hosting service
How to register a domain
All about arranging and using the Dashboard
What you should know about using themes
How to host multiple sites with WordPress
Ten great plugins that add functionality
Set up a hosted or self-hosted WordPress blog
Take advantage of all the new WordPress features and upgrades
Install, activate, and manage plugins and experiment with themes
Migrate an existing blog to WordPress
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 Blog World Expo and WordCamps on the topics of WordPress, design, and social media. She is the author of WordPress All-in-One For Dummies and WordPress Web Design For Dummies.
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Two stars for the misleading title and the "bonus chapters" that are online only, without them telling you that in the book!
Sorry, can't recommend.
Where this book may/may not be helpful is phase 2 with a custom hosting solution. I can't judge this book yet for that content, however, some of the tactics within may prove sound. I can't offer a fail review as if the Wordpress.org online guides are ignored, this text will offer more value in getting your blog off the ground. It offers content for both paths.
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is an undisputed master of WordPress, her research is thorough and her writing style makes the knowledge she conveys very accessible.
There is a misconception that WordPress is easy to use. That is true for the hosted WordPress, which requires virtually no understanding of information technology, computers, etc. But the moment you step out of the cocoon of the highly protected hosted environment, you'd either better have at least a moderate knowledge of CSS, PHP, HTML, FTP, server operations and a few other subject areas. The author does indeed do a good job of explaining what you need to know, but if it is all new to you, it is very easy to get lost.
I am a bit puzzled as to what all is new in this fourth edition. One chapter I personally consider important on using WordPress as a Content Management System has been removed from the book and is available on the web. There is now an appendix on upgrading, backing up and migrating and the book, as a whole, is about 40 pages longer. Granted that WordPress is a program that is substantially changed, on occasion, from one version to another. But I think author or publisher or both should explain what is new in each edition.
At this point, I use "WordPress For Dummies" primarily as a reference. Substantial portions of it are old news to me, but I have found that I can generally find the information I need quicker in this book - and in better written form - than searching for the same information on-line.
Overall, whether beginner or pro, this is an excellent WordPress introduction, guide and reference. Beginners should understand, though, that WordPress is not drop-dead simple once you contemplate modifying it and especially when you leave the security of the hosted version.
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