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WordPress 3 Cookbook

Ric Shreves, Jean-Baptiste Jung

Over 100 recipes to help you enhance your WordPress site! with this book and ebook
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849514606
Paperback328 pages

About This Book

  • Take your WordPress site to the next level with solutions to common WordPress problems that make your site better, smarter, faster, and more secure
  • Enhance your SEO and make more money online by applying simple hacks
  • Rich with screenshots and practical tasks that you will find quite useful


Who This Book Is For

This book is not specifically for developers or programmers; rather it can be used by anyone who wants to get more out of their WordPress site by following step-by-step instructions. A basic knowledge of PHP/XHTML/CSS/WordPress is desirable but not necessary.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The WordPress Cook's Tools
Managing media files with the Media Library
Modifying theme files with the built-in Theme Editor
Modifying plugin files with the built-in Plugin Editor
Managing users
Gaining control over user roles and permissions
Setting up editorial workflow
Importing and exporting content
Installing and using Jetpack
Enabling the toolbar for users and administrators
Chapter 2: Installing and Customizing Themes
Installing a theme
Creating a child theme
Modifying your theme colors
Modifying your theme fonts
Creating and integrating a favicon
Adding a custom logo
Customizing the login page
Using conditional tags to control content display
Using multiple page templates
Using post formats
Creating a custom 404 error page
Using a static page as a homepage
Adding custom styles to your theme
Making your site mobile device friendly
Chapter 3: Working with Plugins and Widgets
Installing plugins
Installing widgets
Adding widget areas to your themes
Creating your own widget
Modifying core widgets
Displaying tabs on your sidebar
Using conditional tags to control widget display
Displaying widgets inside of posts and pages
Chapter 4: Customizing Content Display
Accessing posts within the WordPress loop
Retrieving posts from a specific category
Getting a specific number of posts
Retrieving posts by date
Displaying posts published today
Displaying posts published exactly one year ago
Using multiple loops
Accessing post data outside of the WordPress loop
Accessing permalinks outside the loop
Displaying thumbnails on your homepage
Alternating background colors on post lists
Displaying posts in two columns
Save time by using WordPress shortcodes
Enabling the use of shortcodes in widgets
Adding notes to your posts
Adding tags to your pages
Chapter 5: Building Interactivity and Community
Improving navigation with a paginator
Highlighting searched text in search results
Integrating a forum into your site
Adding social bookmarking buttons to your theme
Aggregating RSS content
Integrating Feedburner into your site
Displaying a retweet button on your posts
Getting more comments with the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin
Remove the nofollow attribute to motivate users to leave comments
Provide recognition to your top contributors
Displaying author-related information on posts
Displaying the author's avatar on posts
Allowing multiple authors on posts
Displaying a list of all of the authors
Creating community with BuddyPress
Adding a simple gallery to your site
Bringing Facebook functionality into your site
Integrating a Twitter stream into your site
Chapter 6: Implementing Online Sales and Advertising
Integrating Adsense
Displaying ads anywhere in your posts by using WordPress shortcodes
Managing ad visibility
Inserting ads into your RSS feeds
Showing your site stats to find advertisers
Enhancing your Advertise page by adding Paypal subscriptions
Managing your advertising space with an ad manager
Adding a shopping cart to your site
Chapter 7: Making an SEO Friendly Site
Making your site visible to search engines
Optimizing your permalinks for SEO
Migrating your permalinks safely
Adding redirects for changed URLs
Creating meta descriptions for your posts and pages
Avoiding duplicate content with a robots.txt file
Pinging third-party services
Enhancing site indexing with XML sitemaps
Using Google's and Bing's Webmaster Tools
Improving SEO with the SEO Ultimate plugin
Chapter 8: Enhancing Usability and Accessibility
Creating print-friendly pages
Extending WordPress search
Enhancing navigation with breadcrumbs
Stopping SPAM
Optimizing performance with cache management
Displaying a login form
Displaying related posts
Creating a Featured Posts block
Adding a sitemap for your site visitors
Creating a better tag cloud
Adding lightboxes for your photos
Chapter 9: Managing Maintenance and Improving Security
Creating a manual backup of your database
Creating an automatic backup with WP DB Backup
Restoring a MySQL backup
Creating backups of your WordPress files
Removing the WordPress version information from your theme files
Getting rid of the Administrator account
Protecting against brute force log in attempts
Denying access to unneeded hints
Adding another layer of protection with HTTP authentication
Restricting access to the wp-admin directory by using the IP address
Testing your site security
Reducing SPAM by selectively blocking comment posting

What You Will Learn

  • Turn any free WordPress theme into a powerful and polished premium theme by changing colors and fonts, inserting your custom logo, and more
  • Learn how plugins and widgets work, and how you can create your own
  • Integrate popular services into your site including Twitter, facebook, and FeedBurner
  • Learn proven techniques to attract more readers and comments
  • Incorporate advertisements into your RSS feed and add a shopping cart to your site
  • Tips and tricks to secure your site and optimize it for SEO

In Detail

Using the WordPress Content Management System, you can create a beautiful, dynamic, and amazing website. WordPress is a flexible and powerful tool that's ideal for creating both blog and non-blog websites. Are you feeling limited with WordPress, or are you wondering how popular blogs do a certain kind of thing that you can't?

WordPress 3 Cookbook focuses on providing solutions to common WordPress problems so that you can translate your site to one of the best. The author's experience with WordPress enables him to share insights on using WordPress effectively, in a clear and friendly way, giving practical hands-on solutions to WordPress problems, questions, and common tasks – from themes to widgets and from SEO to security.

With this update to the WordPress 2.7 cookbook, you will learn many WordPress 3 secrets and techniques, with step-by-step, useful recipes dedicated to achieving a particular goal or solving a particular problem.

You will learn to install and customize themes, work with plugins, customize content display, enhance interactivity with the user and build communities. Then, the book also teaches you to earn revenue through online sales and advertisements. You will also find recipes for SEO and enhancing usability, and the book finally winds up with information on the inevitable maintenance and security.

This book helps you to get solutions to common WordPress problems, to make your site better, smarter, faster, and more secure.


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