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WordPress 3 Site Blueprints

Blueprints
Heather R. Wallace

With a little knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can kiss goodbye to third-party themes for your self-hosted WordPress sites and start building your own. This beginner’s guide shows you how in plain language and clear instructions.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199362
Paperback300 pages

About This Book

  • Everything you need to build a varied collection of feature-rich customized WordPress websites for yourself
  • Transform a static website into a dynamic WordPress blog
  • In-depth coverage of several WordPress themes and plugins
  • Packed with screenshots and step-by-step instructions to help you complete each site

Who This Book Is For

If you are a self-learner or a WordPress consultant who, instead of being content with using WordPress out-of-the-box, is interested in exploring all that this open source software has to offer, then this book is for you. The clear instructions provided in each chapter will guide you through the process of creating a varied collection of WordPress sites for either yourself or a client.

While some experience with WordPress is required to get the most from this book, if you can install themes and plugins, you should be able to follow these easy-to-understand WordPress blueprints. Some knowledge of CSS and HTML will be beneficial, but experience with PHP is not required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Project 1: Migrating a Static Website to WordPress
Preparing for the transition
Installing WordPress
Two methods for migrating content
Partially revealing WordPress
Turning your current template into a theme
Starting fresh with a new theme
Maintaining search engine ranking
Completing the switch to the new website
Testing your new website for errors
Submitting a sitemap to the search engines
Summary
Chapter 2: Project 2: Building a Community Portal
Integrating WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress
Checking for mod_rewrite
Enabling the WordPress Network menu
Network installation
Setting up and configuring Super Admin
Activating the BuddyPress Default theme
Setting up and configuring BuddyPress
Activating plugins across your portal
Battling bots and spam
Preserving the privacy of BuddyPress member profiles
Giving your community portal a new look
Going beyond the basic themes for users
Testing your installation of BuddyPress and bbPress
Summary
Chapter 3: Project 3: Building an E-Commerce Website
Introducing WP e-Commerce
Gold modules and plugins for additional features and specialized selling
Adding products to your store
Customizing the appearance of your store
Putting products on the homepage
Making one or more purchases to test the system
Summary
Chapter 4: Project 4: Building a Local Classified Ads Website
Introducing ClassiPress
Configuring WordPress
Important information before installing ClassiPress
Setting up and configuring ClassiPress
Placing an ad or two to test the system
Activating and configuring the ClassiPress-provided plugins
Implementing a private messaging system
Dealing with deleted ads and 404 errors
Summary
Chapter 5: Project 5: Building a Consumer Review Website
Introducing WP Review Site
Installing WP Review Site
Setting up and configuring WP Review Site
Adding your first post
Integrating WP Review Site into an existing theme
Summary
Chapter 6: Project 6: Building a Job Board Website
Introducing JobPress
Setting up and configuring JobPress
Making the sidebar widget-ready
Adding a job listing to test the system
Replacing the JobPress logo with your own
Running JobPress alongside an existing website
Summary
Chapter 7: Project 7: Building a Microblogging Website
Introducing P2
Setting up and configuring P2
Adding a login form to the sidebar
Listing members with a follow-like feature
Making your microblog private
Following a particular conversation
Changing the Discussion Settings
Summary
Chapter 8: Project 8: Building a Local Business Directory
Introducing Register Plus
Allowing members to include a profile photo
Adding the company name to the title bar
Building a customized profile page
Special considerations when configuring WordPress for use with this project
Switching to a static home page
Preventing duplicate links in the navigation menu
Removing author from the permalink
Creating a profile and adding a photo
Displaying your members list
Editing the search and sort options
Correcting the Members List compatibility issue
Summary
Chapter 9: Project 9: Building a Membership Website
Introducing WishList Member
Activating WishList Member
Publishing event-specific pages
Setting up and configuring WishList Member
Disabling comments
Providing access to your site
Adding and managing content
Moving Membership Levels
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Easily transform a static website into a fully-functional WordPress blog
  • Create a community portal where members can interact and share content
  • Build an e-commerce website where you will be able to sell a wide variety of products online
  • Set up a local classified ads website where users can register and then submit listings
  • Design a consumer review website where visitors may post their views and opinions about products and/or services
  • Create your own microblogging site that is either publicly or privately viewable
  • Build a standalone or an integrated job board site where companies can post listings that may be viewed by job seekers
  • Set up a local business directory where potential clients can browse member profiles submitted by businesses in their area
  • Design a membership site where you can sell subscriptions of various types
  • Use WordPress as a CMS and convert an HTML template into a dynamic WordPress theme
  • Edit WordPress theme files and hack plugins so that both are customized to your needs

In Detail

Sure, WordPress can be used for blogging, but this powerful software is capable of so much more. With the right combination of plugins, themes, customizations, and configurations WordPress can be transformed into a community portal, an e-commerce site, and much more. While it is easy to get started with WordPress, its full power is not obvious. There is very little that WordPress can't do—if you can image it, then it's probably possible with WordPress. If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured blog or non-blog website in no time, this book is for you.

While some books merely talk about the capabilities of WordPress in general and leave you to figure out how they apply to your situation, WordPress 3 Site Blueprints takes a different approach. The first chapter will show you how to migrate from an existing static website to a WordPress blog. Each of the other chapters is devoted to the construction of a different type of site that can be created with WordPress and the right combination of themes and/or plugins. As you follow along, you will learn by doing because each of these nine chapters shows you how to build a WordPress-powered site from start to finish. That means that, by the time you reach the end of every chapter, you will have a fully-functional site online.

Each chapter provides easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions along with screenshots to help you follow along easily. In addition, detailed information is provided to help you optimally configure each and every plugin and theme mentioned in this book so that you can get the most out of each of these sites. By the time you reach the end of each blueprint, you will have a fully functional site online that is ready for use as is or that you may customize further if you so desire.

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