- Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 8 edition (August 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119325927
- ISBN-13: 978-1119325925
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Choose and register your domain name and find a host
- Establish categories, manage permalinks, and banish spam
- Extend your reach with plugins, media, and optimization
Get the word out with WordPress!
WordPress is a state-of-the-art blogging platform, and it possesses other features too. This step-by-step guide, fully updated for the latest version of WordPress, explains all of them. You will learn to install the software, launch your first blog, and discover how to transfer content from another platform. WordPress also enables you to manage multiple blogs or websites. The flexibility of the platform and the instructions in this book will allow you to build the blog or website of your dreams!
- Choose a web host and URL
- Explore the WordPress dashboard
- Add plug-ins to your site
- Find and customize a theme
- Add video and images
- Create custom page templates
- Use WordPress as a CMS
- Set up a publishing routine
About the Author
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is co-founder of WebDevStudios (https://webdevstudios.com), one of the largest WordPress design and development agencies in the world. Lisa is a regular public speaker at national events on topics such as WordPress, development, design, CSS, and social media. You can connect with Lisa on Twitter @LisaSabinWilson.
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The author had moments when it should have been. The entire point of this book is to make our use of WordPress.Org something that if we don't master after reading the book and can make a website as well as the authors, at least start the process of making our own websites. A dummies book for just Wordpress.com and blogging would take all of 50 pages and Dummies can't charge you $25 for that.
What goes wrong, oh so much. One is that there is not enough dummy humor. Always useful to break up the monotony of computer learning. But that is a minor point. The major problem of Sabin-Wilson is that she thinks to start telling the readers how to master their use of the software. A good thing, except that she fails miserably at telling us how to use the items.
She will have endless tables throughout the book that will tell us the name of a parameter, the information the programming tag. Such as charset, Character settings set in Settings/General, <?php bloginfo ('charset'); ?> and then does not tell us how to use that, or any of the other long lists and wasted pages of text she devotes to such lists. Even the programming code she took us through in her putting a theme together does not work, and has inconsistencies from her step by step instruction to the code she copied and pasted at the end of it.
Those are the features that should have made this book a powerful tool. Instead it becomes fluff letting you know that Wordpress is powerful but you need to spend money again to find a teacher who actually covers the material in how you can use it. Not who give you lists of the nouns and verbs you can use, but without the rules of what a noun or a verb is in the context of comparing grammar to Wordpress programming.
I have been programming in a lot of languages long enough to know that I can push it and get something out of this book. I can use the list of tens, but this book is not worth $25. If it is worth $10, that is a stretch.
So, why the 4 star rating? If you are just starting out, you really need this book. Pick it up before you start. And for you it will stay with you for a while and be a 5 star. If you have been doing this for a while, there will only be a couple of chapters of real value to you, so it will most likely be a 3 star. Average them together and what do you have? 4 stars!
I am starting my second blog at Wrodpress, and I would not be without it. I refer to it frequently.
But be advised: I bought the Kindle edition, same content but, as far as I can tell, it lacks the index this print version has. Perhaps those that configured the book for Kindle thought that the Kindle search capacity would suffice. It just doesn't always work well for me, though, so I miss the index. So I would give the Kindle edition only 4 starts.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book.
The book seems to be full of good information, but at least for me, it was hard to convert all the info into a workable WordPress site. I'm sure it could be done, but I'm looking for another book.