- 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: 193 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Choose and register your domain name and find a host
- Establish categories, manage permalinks, and banish spam
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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!
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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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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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