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WordPress Websites Step-by-Step: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Creating a Website or Blog With WordPress Paperback – February 4, 2014
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About the Author
Over the past 15 years, Caimin Jones has set up and launched hundreds of websites, blogs and social media applications for entrepreneurs, authors, writers, photographers, small startups and large companies. An expert in WordPress and other web technologies, he also writes about running successful websites and blogs at GeniusStartup.com. His writing has also appeared in Problogger and the Guardian.
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Caimin's short book is one of the few available right now that is written for the current version of Wordpress. The folks at WP are constantly upgrading their service and many of the other guides are now quite out of date. This book takes you thru the steps necessary to set up a Wordpress.org website. It is not exhaustive in describing everything that WP can do, but by the time you have gone through this book, you will have a professional and secure website.
My reservations about the book are minor. I don't use the URL registration service or web hosting services that the author recommends. There are other options, and those aren't discussed. My other reservation is that the book doesn't discuss website design in any way. While using WP's themes makes much of that mute, there are some key concepts about what kind of data goes where and why that would have made this book even better. But, the book does exactly what it says in the title and for the price, this book is awesome.
Content-wise, there's not much to talk about. E.g. to install wordpress, you are directed to either choose one of a few recommended hosting sites and click the "Install" link from the wordpress page, or you are given a link to the wordpress site to read an installation tutorial. I could have google that myself. The rest of the book isn't much better.
The book -- available only on Kindle -- contains all the basics you need to know, from finding a domain name and web host to installing the software, to setting up a sidebar and choosing some plugins, with a special bonus chapter on getting people to visit your website. I like the fact that a lot of things that get overlooked are covered: how to log in to the admin section of your website, how to keep your site secure, how to choose a domain name. No basic issue is overlooked.
Each chapter is clearly written, with step by step instructions and plenty of screenshots. It's up to date and practical, and should be comfortable reading for people with no tech background.
This book is not designed for experienced users, but many WordPress users will find tidbits in here that are new to them, and at the price, there's no reason to hesitate. Chances are good that all WP users will find a new resource, a great plugin they've never tried, or a reminder of best practices they've gotten lazy about.