Whether you’re a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9’s themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site.
The important stuff you need to know:
Create your site. Get hands-on, A-to-Z instructions for building all types of websites, from classy blogs to professional-looking ecommerce sites.
Add features. Choose from thousands of widgets and plug-ins to enhance your site’s ease of use, looks, and performance.
Mix in multimedia. Add picture galleries, slideshows, video clips, music players, and podcasts to your pages.
Attract an audience. Create automatic content feeds, sign up site subscribers, and help readers share your posts on social media.
Fine-tune your content. Analyze site statistics to improve your content and reach, and to optimize your site for search engines.
Go Mobile. Choose a theme that automatically reconfigures your site for mobile devices.
Build a truly unique site. Learn how to customize WordPress themes to create a site that looks exactly the way you want it to.
Starting Out with WordPress
Chapter 1 The WordPress Landscape
How WordPress Works
What You Can Build with WordPress
Chapter 2 Signing Up with WordPress.com
Choosing a Web Address
Creating Your WordPress.com Account
Managing Your New Site
Exploring the WordPress.com Community
Visiting the WordPress.com Store
Chapter 3 Installing WordPress on Your Web Host
Preparing for WordPress
Installing WordPress with an Autoinstaller
Installing WordPress by Hand
Keeping WordPress Up to Date
Building a WordPress Blog
Chapter 4 Creating Posts
Introducing the Dashboard
Adding Your First Post
Organizing Your Posts
How to Get High-Quality Web Addresses
Dashboard Tricks to Save Time and Effort
Chapter 5 Choosing and Polishing Your Theme
How Themes Work
Choosing a New Theme
Tweaking Your Theme
Customizing Your Widgets
Chapter 6 Jazzing Up Your Posts
Making Fancier Posts
Showing Part of a Post
Chapter 7 Adding Pages and Menus
Changing Your Home Page
Chapter 8 Comments: Letting Your Readers Talk Back
Allowing or Forbidding Comments
The Life Cycle of a Comment
The Ongoing Conversation
Making Comments More Personal
Stamping Out Comment Spam
Supercharging Your Blog
Chapter 9 Getting New Features with Plug-Ins
The Jetpack Plug-In
Adding Mobile Support
Backing Up a WordPress Site
Better Performance with Caching
Chapter 10 Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music
Understanding Embeds and Shortcodes
Showing Groups of Pictures
Embedding a Video
Playing Audio Files
Chapter 11 Collaborating with Multiple Authors
Adding People to Your Site
Working with Authors
Building a Private Community
Creating a Network of Sites
Chapter 12 Attracting a Crowd
Encouraging Your Readers to Share
Keeping Readers in the Loop
Managing Your Site’s Feed
Search Engine Optimization
WordPress Site Statistics
From Blog to Website
Chapter 13 Editing Themes: The Key to Customizing Your Site
Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.
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This book is a wonderful resource for anyone trying to start up their blog with Wordpress. This can be a daunting task for many but rest assured you'll be looking like a pro and feeling confident. I really like the format and layout of this book. Everything is so easy to find and understand. I recommend this for all levels. I received an evaluation copy in exchange for my honest unpaid opinion.
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