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WordPress: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Paperback]

Matthew MacDonald
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1 Nov 2012 Missing Manuals

Whether you’re a budding blogger or web development professional, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites—if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plug-ins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create a blog. Get a free WordPress.com account, choose the right theme, and start publishing content.
  • Build a website. Produce a professional-looking business site by customizing a WordPress theme.
  • Add features. Choose from thousands of WordPress widgets and plug-ins to extend your site’s features.
  • Mix in multimedia. Include slideshows, video clips, webcasts, podcasts, and music players.
  • Involve your readers. Let readers leave comments, contribute to your site, and carry on a dialog.
  • Build an audience. Learn search-engine optimization, measure your reader’s favorite pages, and publicize your site.
  • Create a community. Use social media tools such as “Like” and sharing buttons, and provide RSS feeds of your posts.

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  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449309844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449309848
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to Building Blogs and Corporate Websites

About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Cerys
WordPress is a hugely popular web publishing tool responsible for nearly 20% of the world's websites and with well over 50% of the market share for content management systems. Although primarily a blog-based content management system, it can also be configured to be used to create more traditional looking websites with the the right knowhow.

This book provides a very thorough and in depth guide to WordPress written is a very clear and understandable style. The book starts with an excellent introduction that covers what WordPress is, how it works, what you can do with it, when you should use it, and when another content management system might be a better choice. The difference between using hosting from wordpress.com and self hosting is clearly explained together with the advantages of each approach. The following chapters in the book introduce the whole process of setting up and using WordPress for the first time whether you are using wordpress.com or self hosting. These chapters include creating an account, installing and maintenance for self-hosting, creating and organising posts, using the Dashboard, using widgets, and selecting a WordPress theme. More advanced techniques for creating compelling content are described including creating galleries and slide-shows, adding video and sound, customising posts and URLs, and extending self-hosted WordPress instances using plug-ins. The book also covers how to customise your WordPress site beyond basic blog functionality through the creation of pages, custom menus, and creating a custom homepage, and provides useful advice on how to attract an audience to your site, search engine optimisation, working with comments, multiple authors, private communities, and publicising your site.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start point 3 May 2014
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I've bought Matthew MacDonald's Wordpress missing manual in preparation to building my own little brochure site (I should really have placed a link here :). After reading the book, I feel that I have learned enough in order to build my own wordpress website, so I'm glad I chose this book. That said, this book is not perfect. The book stubbornly uses non-technical language and so every description becomes lengthy (too lengthy, to me, but still, it is an enjoyable read). The book's index is mediocre and is practically almost useless (but there is a listing of all mentioned 'external' web sites - nice touch). Also, the edition I have was written in 2012 and is already showing tiny aging signs (e. g. the free photos stock exchage site that is mentioned no longer exists. The twelve eleven theme that is mentioned a lot is three yrs old by now..)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much depth but decent introduction 12 Dec 2012
The book covers a very wide range of topics from choosing between wordpress.com and self-hosted to creating websites using Wordpress. In between are all sorts of chapters that cover layout, themes, attracting an audience and embedding media.

The language is simple and the terms are well explained. This is a common theme with the missing manual books; they keep it simple.

There are plenty of examples, stories and screen shots to keep you rolling on through the book with ease. There's not much here for people who aren't afraid to explore wordpress or have been using it for a while. It's very basic and a little simplistic for many, but if you're brand new to blogging and Wordpress (and not feeling comfortable exploring the features) then this book could be for you. Much of the content is freely available from other sources on the web, but the book does tie it all together well and keeps the tone consistent.

It's an ok book that gives a good introduction - it's not amazingly in depth though and you could find yourself wanting for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Jun 2014
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I love this book. It is very good for beginners and even one or two levels up. I would recommend.
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