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Hasin Hayder

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using WordPress
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811893
Paperback304 pages

About This Book

  • Clear practical coverage of all aspects of WordPress
  • Concise, clear, and easy to follow, rich with examples
  • In-depth coverage of installation, themes, syndication, and podcasting

Who This Book Is For

This book is a beginner's guide to WordPress, for people who are new to blogging and want to create their own blogs in a simple and straightforward manner. It does not require any detailed knowledge of programming or web development, and any IT-confident user will be able to use the book to produce an impressive blog.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: WordPress and the World of Blogging
Blogging History
Anatomy of a Blog
Your Friends in Blogging
Meet the Giants
Other Blog Engines
The World of WordPress
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started with WordPress
Registering a Free Blog at WordPress.com
Installing WordPress Manually
Installing WordPress from the cPanel
Upgrading WordPress from Older Installations
Basic Troubleshooting during Installation
Logging into the Admin Panel
Summary
Chapter 3: Choosing and Installing Themes
Finding Themes
Factors to Consider while Choosing a Theme
Installing and Changing Themes
Typical Appearance of Different Themes
Basic Modification
Summary
Chapter 4: Blogging your Heart Out
Posts in Detail
Comments in Detail
Gravatar
Summary
Chapter 5: Non-Blog Content
Goals and Site Structure
Summary
Chapter 6: Feeds and Podcasting
What are Feeds All About?
RSS Formats
Feed Readers
Other Useful Plug-ins for Syndication
Podcasting
Summary
Chapter 7: Developing Themes
Start Using a Blank Page
Plan for a Design
Themes in Minutes
Instant Theme Builders
Summary
Chapter 8: Community Blogging
Flavors of Multi-User Blogging
Managing Users in a Multi-User Blogging Platform
User Levels
Managing Profiles
Deleting Users
Restriction Plug-ins
Summary
Chapter 9: Developing Plug-ins and Widgets
Installing the Widget Plug-in
Creating Widgets
Plug-ins
Hooks
Summary
Chapter 10: Administrator's Reference
System Requirements
A Closer Look at the Installation
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Installing and configuring WordPress on a local development machine or a web hosting service
  • Managing posts and comments
  • Working with Image galleries, calendars, etc.
  • Organizing users and Communities
  • Creating and Installing themes to control the page layout
  • Linking to the outside world – Feeds, Syndication, and Podcasting
  • Customizing Widgets and Plug-ins
  • Using WordPress as a regular CMS

In Detail

WordPress is an open-source blog engine released under the GNU general public license. It allows users to easily create dynamic blogs with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing blogs and though it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with very little effort. Its versality and ease of use has attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users.

If you want to create powerful, fully-featured blogs in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore WordPress showing you what it offers and how to go about building your blog with the system.

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 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. In 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.

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