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A unique introduction to building web sites with WordPress
WordPress is today's most popular open source blog publishing application, but its powerful features, simple interface, and easy expansion make it a great content management system for all types of web sites. This unique book-and-video package provides you with beginner-friendly tutorials for building and maintaining a WordPress web site. You'll discover how to customize WordPress to meet your needs and you'll see how critical—and simple—it is to expand and update content in order to make your site as effective as possible.
Walks you through installing the software, provides an overview of the administration interface, and covers the basic settings you'll need to get started
Examines the ins and outs of uploading images, video, documents, etc., and using them on your site
Demonstrates how to customize the look of your site using cascading style sheets
Reviews helpful techniques for optimizing your site and making it search-engine friendly
Explains how to track your site's statistics, keep your plugins and themes up to date, and practice smart backup habits
Addresses installing, activating, and troubleshooting plugins
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On the DVD
Don't just learn—do!
The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.
You'll learn to:
Plan your site for WordPress
Write and add a new post
Add new pages & sub pages
Work with image galleries
Manage media files, posts, categories, and widgets
Link to other sites
Approve, edit, and delete comments
Customize the design and layout
Optimize your content
Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
This book and video package provides the framework for WordPress (structuring sites, laying out pages), and the videos provide the concrete examples, including variations by operating systems and browsers. Organized into 48 different lessons in 14 Sections, readers will learn how to plan their site first and then install WordPress; work with and manage written content and media content; make a social site and nail down its look; optimize search engine use; get stats from your hosting company; use the power of plugins, tweak theme code; do a site makeover, and customize and manipulate WordPress. A trouble shooting appendix addresses install issues and issues with editing and adding content. The value-add, video tutorials, each of which is under two minutes, cover very specific tasks as well as offering additional trouble-shooting tips.
Don't let WordPress intimidate you. WordPress 24-Hour Trainer
is a unique lesson-based book that walks you through the essential parts of WordPress. Each lesson is streamlined to teach a specific aspect of WordPress, helping you to focus on just what you need in order to get the task accomplished. If you learn better visually, this book provides you with a video to accompany each lesson.
This book is the perfect guide to
- Planning and preparing your site for WordPress
- Installing WordPress
- Writing, tagging, and publishing a post
- Working with the text editor
- Styling paragraphs and creating lists
- Working with media files
- Linking, aligning, and sizing an image
- Working with image galleries
- Adding video and audio
- Naming, scheduling, and managing posts
- Making your site stand out
- Helping others connect to your site
- Becoming search engine friendly
- Optimizing your site
- Backing up your site
- Installing and activating plugins
About the Author
George Plumley is a web developer who now builds sites almost exclusively using WordPress. He runs the WordPress tutorial site www.seehowtwo.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Before You Start.
Chapter 1: Thinking Like WordPress.
Chapter 2: Planning Your Site for WordPress.
Part II: Firing Up WordPress.
Chapter 3: Installing WordPress.
Chapter 4: Admin Area Overview.
Chapter 5: Basic Admin Settings.
Part III: Working with Written Content.
Chapter 6: Adding a New Post — Overview.
Chapter 7: Working with the Text Editor.
Chapter 8: Laying Out Text.
Chapter 9: Advanced Post Options.
Chapter 10: Adding a New Page.
Part IV: Working with Media Content.
Chapter 11: The Basics of Handling Media Files.
Chapter 12: The Upload/Insert Window Tabs.
Chapter 13: Image Options in Detail.
Chapter 14: Editing and Laying Out Images.
Chapter 15: Working with Image Galleries.
Chapter 16: Adding Video and Audio.
Chapter 17: Adding Documents.
Part V: Managing Your Content.
Chapter 18: Managing Posts and Pages.
Chapter 19: Managing Media Files.
Chapter 20: Managing Post Categories and Tags.
Chapter 21: Managing Widgets.
Part VI: Making Your Site Social.
Chapter 22: Linking to Other Sites.
Chapter 23: Managing Comments.
Chapter 24: Connecting to Content on Other Sites.
Chapter 25: Helping Others Connect to Your Site.
Chapter 26: Having Multiple Site Users.
Part VII: Customizing the Look of Your Site.
Chapter 27: Customizing Your Header Content.
Chapter 28: Customizing the Look of Posts.
Chapter 29: Customizing Design and Layout.
Part VIII: Becoming Search Engine Friendly.
Chapter 30: Optimizing Your Content.
Chapter 31: Optimizing Your Site as a Whole.
Part IX: Housekeeping Chores.
Chapter 32: How Is Your Site Doing?
Chapter 33: Keeping Up to Date.
Chapter 34: Backing Up Your Site.
Part X: Extending WordPress.
Chapter 35: Installing and Activating Plugins.
Chapter 36: Example Plugins.
Chapter 37: Ten Other Common Uses for Plugins.
Chapter 38: Extending WordPress Even Further.
Appendix A: Troubleshooting WordPress.
Appendix B: Glossary.
Appendix C: What’s on the DVD?