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Learn to build, update, maintain, and expand a WordPress website
WordPress is an increasingly popular open-source content management system that exists in either a self-hosted or hosted version and allows you to build and maintain a feature-rich website. This unique book-and-video package serves as a friendly, self-paced learning experience on the capabilities and newest features of the self-hosted version of WordPress (though much of it also applies to the hosted version). Veteran author George Plumley teaches you how to customize and extend WordPress in a number of ways in order to make it do exactly what you need. The valuable lessons featured in the book focus on everyday tasks and are supplemented on the instructional video to enhance your learning experience.
WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, Second Edition:
Demonstrates how to enter new content, create new pages, and make content search-engine friendly
Details techniques for breaking up large amounts of text, writing a post, and creating a sub page
Explores plugins that help you connect your site to social media, make your site mobile friendly, and more
Addresses creating and managing menus and displaying links
Explains how to find files in the media library
Walks you through running multiple websites from a single installation
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
On the DVD
Don't just learn—do!
The lessons within the book are accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.
You'll learn to:
Plan what you need to do before starting your site
Enter your content and publish it
Upload images, video, documents, and more
Navigate through various types of content
Deal with links, comments, RSS feeds, social networks, and multiple users
Work with themes
Optimize your site
Make sure your software is up to date
Add functionality with plugins
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 38 different lessons in 11 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.
All of this is complaint with WordPress 3.2 due to release in mid-2011.
The eagerly anticipated second edition, completely updated for the new release of WordPress
As an open source blog publishing application, WordPress allows users to easily build sites that have a variety of content features with little to no programming experience required. This unique book-and-video package is a friendly, self-paced look at the new release of WordPress and walks you through the latest features and capabilities of WordPress. Each lesson in the book is supplemented by an instructional video on the accompanying DVD, intended to enhance your learning experience. You'll learn how to plan your site first and then install WordPress, manage written content and media content, optimize search engine use, do a site makeover, customize WordPress, and so much more. Plus, a trouble-shooting appendix addresses various issues to help you solve any challenges you may face.
- Packs double the punch with a book-and-video combined effort to get you savvy with the latest version of WordPress
- Walks you through nearly 40 lessons in the book on working with WordPress, which are each complemented by a step-by-step tutorial on the accompanying DVD
- Zeroes in on creating a social site, getting statistics from your hosting company, using the power of plugins, tweaking theme code, manipulating WordPress, and more
If learning the new WordPress is a pressing issue for you, then this book-and-video package is exactly what you need.
The eagerly anticipated second edition, completely updated for WordPress 3.1
As an open source content management system, WordPress allows users to easily build feature-rich web sites with no programming experience. This unique book-and-video package is a friendly, self-paced beginners guide to the latest release of WordPress. Lessons are focused on practical, everyday tasks that users will need to create and maintain their sites: entering new content, creating new pages, managing menus, making content search-engine friendly. Plus you'll find lots of tips based on years of experience teaching people to use WordPress.
You'll also learn how to extend the functionality of WordPress by using the thousands of plugins available. Connecting to social media, creating membership and e-commerce sites, setting up events calendars, making your site mobile-friendly—these are just some of the plugins you'll be introduced to. Each lesson in the book is supplemented by an instructional video intended to enhance your learning experience. Plus, a trouble-shooting appendix addresses various issues to help you solve any challenges you may face.
Note: As part of the print version of this title, video lessons are included on DVD. For e-book versions, video lessons can be accessed at wrox.com using a link provided in the interior of the e-book.
About the Author
George Plumley is a web developer and designer who has been helping small business clients build and update their websites for more than 15 years. His signature consulting tools are his training videos, including more than 100 on WordPress.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: BEFORE YOU START.
LESSON 1: THINKING LIKE WORDPRESS 3
LESSON 2: PLANNING YOUR SITE FOR WORDPRESS 11
SECTION II: FIRING UP WORDPRESS.
LESSON 3: INSTALLING WORDPRESS 21
LESSON 4: ADMIN AREA OVERVIEW 31
LESSON 5: BASIC ADMIN SETTINGS 39
SECTION III: WORKING WITH WRITTEN CONTENT.
LESSON 6: ADDING A NEW POST — OVERVIEW 49
LESSON 7: WORKING WITH THE TEXT EDITOR 61
LESSON 8: LAYING OUT TEXT 73
LESSON 9: ADVANCED POST OPTIONS 81
LESSON 10: ADDING A NEW PAGE 91
SECTION IV: WORKING WITH MEDIA CONTENT.
LESSON 11: THE BASICS OF HANDLING MEDIA FILES 97
LESSON 12: THE UPLOAD/INSERT WINDOW TABS 105
LESSON 13: IMAGE OPTIONS IN DETAIL 113
LESSON 14: EDITING AND LAYING OUT IMAGES 121
LESSON 15: WORKING WITH IMAGE GALLERIES 137
LESSON 16: ADDING VIDEO AND AUDIO 147
LESSON 17: ADDING DOCUMENTS 153
SECTION V: MANAGING YOUR CONTENT.
LESSON 18: MANAGING POSTS AND PAGES 161
LESSON 19: MANAGING MEDIA FILES 173
LESSON 20: MANAGING POST CATEGORIES AND TAGS 179
LESSON 21: MANAGING WIDGETS AND MENUS 187
SECTION VI: MAKING YOUR SITE SOCIAL.
LESSON 22: THE LINKS MANAGER 201
LESSON 23: MANAGING COMMENTS 207
LESSON 24: BRINGING IN CONTENT FROM OTHER SITES 215
LESSON 25: HELPING OTHERS CONNECT TO YOUR SITE 223
LESSON 26: HAVING MULTIPLE SITE USERS 233
SECTION VII: CHOOSING AND CUSTOMIZING THEMES.
LESSON 27: OVERVIEW OF WORDPRESS THEMES 241
LESSON 28: CREATING A CHILD THEME 247
LESSON 29: BASIC CUSTOMIZATION OF YOUR DESIGN 255
SECTION VIII: BECOMING SEARCH ENGINE–FRIENDLY.
LESSON 30: OPTIMIZING YOUR CONTENT 267
LESSON 31: OPTIMIZING YOUR SITE AS A WHOLE 275
SECTION IX: HOUSEKEEPING CHORES.
LESSON 32: HOW IS YOUR SITE DOING? 285
LESSON 33: KEEPING UP TO DATE 291
LESSON 34: BACKING UP YOUR SITE 299
SECTION X: ADDING FUNCTIONALITY USING PLUGINS.
LESSON 35: INSTALLING AND ACTIVATING PLUGINS 307
LESSON 36: TWO EXAMPLE PLUGINS 315
LESSON 37: OTHER COMMON USES FOR PLUGINS 323
SECTION XI: TAKING WORDPRESS EVEN FURTHER.
LESSON 38: RUNNING MULTIPLE SITES WITH WORDPRESS 335
LESSON 39: CUSTOMIZING WORDPRESS 341
APPENDIX A: TROUBLESHOOTING WORDPRESS 347
APPENDIX B: GLOSSARY 351
APPENDIX C: WHAT’S ON THE DVD? 357