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WordPress To Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Now I will mention that there are a lot more things she could have included and perhaps elaborated on some of the more desirable features of Wordpress such as plugins, social media etc - but the point of this book is to get the basic idea of how to create a website on your own domain. If you want to take it further, she does a wonderful job in providing her readers with additional resources for Wordpress themes, plugins and mentions what she personally uses and recommends. Also she introduces her readers to an excellent hosting company, Hostgator. While going through her book I actually had to contact Hostgator because I was transferring my domain from another company, and that in itself was like pulling teeth - not fun and many hours spent on the phone. However, Hostgator's customer service is impeccable. They did a really great job of answering my questions and addressing my needs, especially after explaining to them that I was not an experienced web developer.
What really blew me away was the author herself. I have gone to Sarah's website, wordpress2go.com, reviewed her resources and recommendations and personally contacted her with additional questions. She was very prompt in her responses and did a wonderful job answering my questions. There are so many different books on Wordpress, but this is the one to get if you want to get a basic, not too technical but very clear idea about how to use this wonderful platform to create websites. Even better that when you contact the author herself she responds in a timely manner.
*AUTHOR: Hosting plans are 3 months-2 years; REALITY: Hosting plans are 12 months-3 years
*AUTHOR: the domain name is free; REALITY: the domain name is free--for the first year. After that, it is $11.95/yr., even if you prepay for 2 or 3 years.
*AUTHOR: After you choose your domain name, "just chose (sic) and click on 'Add Privacy' (which protects you from spammers and comes free with Bluehost--another good reason to choose them.)" REALITY: There is no 'Add Privacy' button--this is what prompted me to contact LiveChat in the first place: I could not find this button! Turns out, it doesn't exist!! There is no privacy protection included for free but you can purchase protection for an annual fee ($9.95/yr.) There are also other programs available--for a fee.
AUTHOR: "AND, they offer unlimited add-on domains, which means if (when!) you ever want to start another website, you can host it on the very same hosting account without paying extra." REALITY: Well...this is a little tricky. You can add on other domains and HOST them for free, but each additional domain name costs $11.95/yr. plus the $9.95/yr. privacy protection. Maybe this doesn't add up to a lot but certainly the impression is given by the author that this is all FREE.
I don't know if the author was getting a commission of some sort from Bluehost so she tried to make it sound like a better deal than it is? I can't think of any other explanation, but it backfired with me. I checked back to see when this was published, thinking maybe it's old and out-of-date, but this Kindle single is only 4 weeks old!! (Jan. 27, 2012) I asked the help desk if the services the author described used to be their policies and were recently changed but she said "No" so I am stumped.
I admit I have not finished the book, so my review may be 'incomplete.' But I have lost faith in it when so much of the beginning info is not accurate. All you people who reviewed it so highly, did you actually go to Bluehost and try to follow her advice? Just wondering...