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Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend

Book Description

Having a website built can be a complicated and expensive undertaking. For large businesses this is a necessary expense, but for the ever-increasing number of independents and small businesses, this can easily be handled by the intrepid amateur. In Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend, author Alannah Moore draws on her extensive experience to show how, in just a weekend, almost anyone can create a website in WordPress that looks professional and is entirely tailored to their needs and preferences. Through carefully structured step-by-step tutorials, the book takes the reader through every stage of the web design process. It is illustrated with fabulous examples, and features checklists and tips throughout, covering domain registration, planning, plugins, and choosing the right theme. This will cover the upcoming WP 2012 version.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. TABLE of CONTENTS
  5. WHY YOU NEED A WEBSITE
    1. How This Book Works
  6. 1 AN INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS
    1. What makes WordPress a good choice?
    2. WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
    3. The elements of a WordPress website
  7. 2 YOUR DOMAIN AND HOSTING
    1. Choosing a domain name
    2. Registering a domain name
    3. Choosing your hosting
    4. Linking your domain and hosting
  8. 3 PLANNING YOUR WEBSITE
    1. What kind of site are you planning to build?
    2. What’s the purpose of your site?
    3. What content do you need on your site?
    4. Finding and using images
    5. Video and audio
  9. 4 SETTING UP WORDPRESS
    1. The one-click install
    2. Setting up using WordPress.com
  10. 5 STEP-BY-STEP: CREATING A BASIC MODEL WEBSITE
    1. Introducing the default WordPress theme “Twenty Twelve”
    2. The live site and admin area
    3. The admin area
    4. First steps
    5. The header
    6. The background
    7. Creating pages
    8. Choosing your home page
    9. Working with the text editor
    10. Adding pages to the menu
    11. Adding images to your site
    12. Adding video and audio to your site
    13. Your blog or news area
    14. Your widgets
    15. The plugins you need
    16. Basic site completion checklist
  11. 6 SELLING FROM YOUR WEBSITE
    1. Using Paypal
    2. Paypal buttons and shopping cart
  12. 7 EXPLORING THEMES
    1. Free or premium?
    2. How to choose a theme
    3. Where to find themes
    4. How to install a theme
    5. Themes: Business
    6. Themes: Portfolio
    7. Themes: Magazine/Blog
    8. Themes: E-commerce
  13. 8 IN FOCUS
    1. Business theme
    2. Portfolio theme
    3. Magazine theme
    4. E-commerce theme
  14. 9 YOUR LIVE SITE
    1. Growing your audience
    2. Maintaining relationships with your visitors
    3. Tracking your visitors
    4. Search engine optimization (SEO)
    5. Integrating social media with your website
  15. 10 USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW
    1. Legal issues
    2. Maintaining your WordPress site
    3. My site isn’t showing up in Google
    4. Working with other users
    5. Getting help
    6. WordPress in other languages
    7. Adding functionality with plugins
    8. Going further with WordPress
  16. Resources and glossary
  17. Index
  18. Acknowledgments