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WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Lisa Sabin-Wilson
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6 Aug 2010 For Dummies (Computers)
The bestselling guide to WordPress, fully updated for newest version of WordPress WordPress, the popular, free blogging platform, has been updated with new features and improvements. Bloggers who are new to WordPress will learn to take full advantage of its flexibility and usability with the advice in this friendly guide. Previous editions have sold nearly 50,000 copies, and interest in blogging continues to explode. WordPress is a state–of–the–art blog platform that emphasizes aesthetics, Web standards, and usability WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition covers both the free–hosted WordPress.com version and WordPress.org, which requires users to purchase Web hosting services Written by an expert who works directly with the developers and cofounder of WordPress Shows readers how to set up and maintain a blog with WordPress and how to use all the new features Like its earlier editions, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps bloggers quickly and easily take advantage of everything this popular blogging tool has to offer.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (6 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470592745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470592748
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 19.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘…an incredibly useful book…you cannot go much better than this.’ (Bookworm73.wordpress.com, May 2011).

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Get online fast and get the most out of the Web′s most popular blogging tool Used by millions, WordPress is the world′s #1 blogging tool for a reason — it gives you the tools you need to customize your blog and make it truly one of a kind! Whether you′re creating a new blog or you just want to get the most out of your current one, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition, is the last word on WordPress. Blogging basics — choose a platform, create an account, select a theme, configure your settings, publish your thoughts, interact with your followers, slam the door on spam, and archive your posts Right here, write now — write, revise, and publish posts, and learn about links, tags, and creating categories Make the most of your posts with media — edit and insert photos and quickly add and organize audio and video Get interactive — easily insert polls and let readers rate your posts Widgets & more — tap into text, RSS, and social media widgets, and get plugged in to plugins Now you′re stylin′ — customize one of the many WordPress themes with new headers, backgrounds, fonts, and styles WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org — let WordPress host your blog for free or link WordPress with your domain Open the book and find: How to set up a MySQL database The anatomy of a template tag Ways to enhance your blog with themes, polls, ratings, and widgets How to manage multiple blogs and users Tips for tackling spam with Akismet Advice on optimizing for search engines How to use WordPress as a content management system Ways to style with CSS Learn to: Create and maintain a WordPress blog Use the new features and upgrades in WordPress Customize your blog with themes and plugins Apply tags and CSS to create a unique presentation

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Filler for Dummies 17 April 2011
By SD
Format:Paperback
As an idea, the Dummies series is excellent. Unfortunately, there are many authors who seem to exploit the premise that books for beginners are easy money. This book is an excellent example.

Most irritating is the shocking amount of filler that appears. Rather than getting to the point, the (american) author insists on a gratingly over-familiar style which seems intent on filling up 400 pages or so, even if that means resorting to such nonsense as the following.

"The Loop. I'm not talking about America's second-largest downtown business district, originating at the corner of State and Madison streets in Chicago. I could write about some interesting experiences I've had there... but that would be a different book."

The useful content could be condensed into about 50 pages. Alternatively, stick to the 400 pages and give some genuinely useful exercises and examples, rather than telling us about "showing the love" or suggesting that we say "WordPress Widgets are Wonderful" ten times.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
WordPress runs two different types of service. WordPress.com is the free blogging platform (although you can pay to add extras if you want). WordPress.org is the more complicated webhosting software you download to your PC to create a website from scratch.

This book is primarily for WordPress.org users.

If you've started a basic WordPress.com blogging page and just want to tart it up a bit, there's nothing much here for you (with the exception a CSS coding primer for page layouts if you really want to go the programming route, rather than just choose from the 1000s of readymade site layouts available!). I was hoping for some guidance on incorporating more features, but this book just doesn't go there.

If you use WordPress.com, and can post a blog or insert a link you don't need this book. If you're unfamiliar with webhosting and want to brave WordPress.org, this book is a good enough place to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Suffering from the same over-optimistic, saccharine tone adopted by most "Dummies" guides, this book just can't make up its mind what it wants to be. It covers relatively straightforward topics in too much detail then glosses over the meaty stuff. The layout of the book doesn't lend itself to large amounts of code and tables, so it becomes frustrating to follow instructions that spill over several pages.

I've found the online tutorials provided by ThemeShaper more helpful. There's also a useful introduction to WordPress by Brian Wood on Adobe's Dreamweaver Developer Centre (you don't need Dreamweaver to read the tutorial).

With better editing and a more helpful balance of content, this could have been a halfway useful book. But if you want to delve into the complexities of WordPress (and I'm beginning to ask myself why I ever did), there's got to be a better all-in-one reference work. I've just yet to find it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have read this book twice and rely on it all the time as I develop my wordpress skills. It is a fabulous beginners manual and will give you a strong solid understanding of WordPress. As with all of the "Dummy" series this book has great tips and techniques all the way through it. If you are considering using WordPress for anything this is a must have resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WordPress for Dummies 5 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I found this book quite easy to read and understand. I'm not the best at understanding computer programming, etc., so I was very impressed by this book.
I've always found the 'Dummies' books very amusing in their instructions, which makes them very more-ish, and also make you actually want to read them.
I'm notoriously one of the 'only read manuals on a need-to-know basis' type of people, so for this one to encourage me to read it is a great plus, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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