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Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend

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  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
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7Exploring themes

Choosing how to Display your Content

The content of your site may be what’s really important, but it is the theme that will bring it to life and create the image of your site—and you or your business—that the world will see.

The theme controls not only the “look” of your site —its colors, font, background, and so forth— but also the way the information is displayed: what you include on your front page; whether you use images in your header panel to bring home the importance of your selling points; and so on. So, it is essential that you choose the right theme in order to create the best impression and convey your message effectively.

The stunning quality of the themes available— and the sheer quantity of them—is one of the joys ...

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