Synopses & Reviews
Having your own blog isn't just for the nerdy anymore. Today, it seems everyone—
from multinational corporations to a neighbor up the street—
has a blog. They all have one, in part, because the folks at WordPress make it easy to get one. but to actually build a good blog—
to create a blog people want to read—
takes thought, planning, and some effort. From picking a theme and using tags to choosing widgets and building a community, creating your blog really starts after
you set it up. In this book by blogger extraordinaire Scott McNulty, you learn how to:
- Install and get your WordPress blog running.
- Set up your site to ensure it can easily grow with you and your readers.
- Be the master of user accounts.
- Manage your site with the WordPress Dashboard and extend its capabilities with plug-ins.
- Make the most of images.
- Work with pages, templates, and links and—of course—publish your posts.
- Deal with comments—if you even want readers commenting at all.
- Find a theme—or build one yourself.
- Maintain your site and fix common problems.
WordPress is an open-source personal publishing platform that is easy to use, flexible, and highly customizable. Although used primarily for publishing blogs, WordPress can easily be used to create and maintain complete Web sites. Taking the average blogger further than blogspot can, WordPress allows bloggers to create more complicated sites with their open-source technology, rather than blogger which is limited by HTML changes to their templates. In this guide WordPress expert Scott McNulty walks readers through the entire process: installation and set-up, dealing with content, tweaking your blog with themes and plug-ins and more. He then provides in-depth coverage of the different types of Blogs available with WordPress (photoblogs, podcasts, group blogs, Tumbleblogs) and finally provides troubleshooting tips for common mistakes, excessive traffic, database issues and backing up.
About the Author
is a simple geek living in Philadelphia. Scott has been blogging for just over nine years about whatever strikes his fancy. He runs more WordPress blogs than anyone should, and even has a few other blogs using other blogging engines. More of Scott's words can be found on his personal blog, blog.blankbaby.com, or at Macuser.com, where Scott is a senior contributor, or Obsessable.com, where he writes a weekly feature about technology.