WORDPRESS IS A most extraordinary beast. Not only can you run just about any Web site using WordPress as a content management system (CMS), it is also so very easy to get started with. Gone are the days when installing a publishing platform is a bore and a hassle. With quality open-source software, such as WordPress, suddenly you are the one doing the install, not an expensive Web agency or IT consultant.
With WordPress, anyone can get into online publishing. All you need is a domain name and a compatible Web host, and then you're ready to begin.
In this chapter you start by installing WordPress and reviewing a few basics about this software system. I discuss the content of theme folders, and briefly describe the use of posts and Pages, custom taxonomies, and custom posts.
Later in the book, you move on to actually hacking an existing theme, and even build one of your own. Welcome to the wonderful world of online publishing, WordPress-style!
For advanced WordPress programming professionals, go to Part III to build your own WordPress themes.
WordPress prides itself on something they call the five-minute install. Truth is, it rarely takes five minutes to install WordPress, it is usually a lot faster. But sure, if you consider download time and if your Web host is a slow one, then five minutes may be accurate.
While this book assumes that you know a thing or two about WordPress, it makes sense to go ...