- Upgrade your WordPress from older installations
- Add tags and images to your posts and manage the comments on those posts
- Personalize and control the content of your web site using feature-rich widgets and plug-ins
- Manage the look and feel of your WordPress web site with customized themes and templates
- Share a blog with multiple authors and give them differing levels of control over blog administration and content
- Manage different levels of privileges for your users in a particular community and create custom roles for them
- Link your web site to the outside world through feeds, syndication, and podcasting
- Explore how you can take WordPress beyond blogging and use it as an effective CMS tool
Here is brief summary of what each chapter covers:
Chapter 1 – Introduction to WordPress
This chapter covers all about blogging, including what a blog is, the common terms using in blogging, and what they mean, what WordPress has to offer to a blogger, and why to choose it.
Chapter 2 – Getting Started
This chapter covers choosing where to build your WordPress web site, upgrading from an older version of WordPress and getting familiar with the Administration Panel.
Chapter 3 – Blogging Your Heart Out
This chapter covers full process of creating new posts for your blog, including applying categories and tags to your post, using the rich text editor, controlling the timestamp, and also more advanced options, including excerpt and trackbacks. It also covers controlling commenting and discussion on your blog, as well as keeping out comment spam.
Chapter 4 – Pages, Images, Plug-ins, and more...
Blog posts aren't the only content in your blog. You also can control pages of static information, upload and manage images on your site, keep a list of bookmarked links and add plug-ins.
Chapter 5 – Finding and Installing Themes
Learn where to find existing themes online in a variety of reliable places, how to choose which theme is right for your web site or blog, and the process of installing and using your new theme. This chapter also covers enabling and using widgets in your theme.
Chapter 6 – Developing your own theme
From soup to nuts, this chapter covers the process of creating your own theme, including setting up your design to accommodate your blogging goals, converting your initial build into an authentic WordPress theme, creating templates within your theme to serve different purposes for your blog, making your theme widget-friendly, and sharing your theme with the WordPress community.
Chapter 7 – Feeds and Podcasting
This chapter explains what feeds are and how to add them to your WordPress web site, tracking subscribers to your blog, and aggregating feeds from other sources on your blog. This chapter also covers using your WordPress web site to create a podcast (it's easy!).
Chapter 8 – Developing Widgets and Plug-ins
For the more advanced user, this chapter will show you how to create plug-ins and widgets that will work with any installation of WordPress. There are step-by-step instructions so you don't get lost along the way.
Chapter 9 – Community Blogging
This chapter covers managing and handling a mutli-user blog, including a detailed outline of the roles and capabilities included in WordPress.
Chapter 10 – WordPress as a CMS
This chapter covers, from start to finish, using WordPress to create a non-blog web site. It includes discussion of designing your theme, getting set up, creating custom pages that display post content in non-blog ways, customizing the homepage to contain dynamic content, and creating a news page.
Chapter 11 – Administrator's Reference
This chapter covers all of the basic things a WordPress administrator needs to know, from system requirements, to a detailed step-by-step discussion of installing WordPress, moving your WordPress web site from one place to another, backing up, common template tags, and basic troubleshooting.
Using WordPress you can easily create dynamic blogs and web sites with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing blogs and although it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with very little effort. You can customize the features, incorporate your own design, and even write your own plug-ins with ease. Its versatility and ease of use have attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users. While it is easy to get started with WordPress, its full power is not obvious.
If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured blog or non-blog web site in no time, this book is for you. It will give you a rapid and straightforward introduction to the rich and powerful features of WordPress and get you up and running with a state-of-the-art blog as quickly and painlessly as possible. It will help you learn everything WordPress has to offer, from the ground up, so you can build your complete web site. You will see many of WorPress's hidden powers that will help you build a fully functioning web site.
You will be introduced to the main aspects of a blog – users, communities, posts, comments, news feeds – and learn how to manage them using WordPress. You will learn to install WordPress and customize the look-and-feel of your web site. You will develop the skills and confidence to manage all types of content, be it text or images, on your blog, and also understand how users interact with the blog. By working through the book you'll be inspired as well as informed, and have the capability and the ideas to make your blog cutting edge and exciting to maximize its impact.
More advanced users will also pick up tips on creating your own themes and plug-ins, and such technical steps as backing up your WordPress web site and moving it from one server to another.