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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Get your blog up and running with the latest version of WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular, easy-to-use blogging platforms and allows you to create a dynamic and engaging blog, even if you have no programming skills or experience. Ideal for the visual learner, Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, Second Edition introduces you to the exciting possibilities of the newest version of WordPress and helps you get started, step by step, with creating and setting up a WordPress site. Author and experienced WordPress user Janet Majure shares advice, insight, and best practices for taking full advantage of all that WordPress has to offer.

  • Presents completely updated coverage of new mobile blogging solutions

  • Shares advice on customizing sites through use of plug-ins and themes and custom site editing

  • Details more advanced procedures for self-hosted bloggers, including buying a domain, getting a web host, and installing WordPress

  • Demonstrates key points with examples from the author's own WordPress blogs

Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, Second Edition clears the air around any blog fog you may find yourself in and gets you started with creating your own dynamic WordPress blog today!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Chapter 1: Introducing WordPress
    1. Choose a Version of WordPress
    2. Choose a Blog Topic
    3. Think Ahead about Passwords
    4. Understanding WordPress and Blog Terms
    5. Plan Your Blog’s Content
    6. Research Blog Titles
    7. Buy a Domain Name
  5. Chapter 2: Set Up Your Blog
    1. Sign Up with
    2. View Your New Blog
    3. Get to Know Your Blog’s Dashboard
    4. Understanding the Admin Bar
    5. Create Your Profile
    6. Select Your General Settings
    7. Choose and Install a New Theme
    8. Consider Premium Options
    9. Choose Your Personal Settings
  6. Chapter 3: Set Up Your Blog
    1. Choose a Host for Your Blog
    2. Install WordPress via Your Host’s Automatic Installation
    3. Get an FTP Application for Manual Installation
    4. Download WordPress Software
    5. Set Up the MySQL Database
    6. Upload the WordPress Files
    7. Complete the Configuration and Installation
    8. Troubleshoot Installation Errors
    9. Log On to Your Blog’s Dashboard
    10. Review the Dashboard
    11. Get to Know the Dashboard
    12. Understanding the Admin Bar
    13. Create Your Profile
    14. Choose a New Theme
    15. Install Your New Theme
    16. Choose among Your Theme’s Special Settings
  7. Chapter 4: Know Your Administration Tools
    1. Customize and Navigate the Dashboard
    2. Review the Writing Settings
    3. Set Up to Post by E-Mail
    4. Choose the Discussion Settings
    5. About Privacy Settings
    6. Select Your Privacy Settings
    7. Set the Permalinks Structure
    8. Consider Other Settings
  8. Chapter 5: Create Written Blog Content
    1. Get to Know the New Post Page
    2. Introducing the WYSIWYG Editor and Toolbar
    3. Introducing the HTML Editor and Toolbar
    4. Write and Publish Your First Blog Post
    5. Add Formatting to Your Text
    6. Recall an Earlier Version of Your Blog Post
    7. Write and Publish a Page
    8. Edit or Delete a Post or Page
    9. Add Text Hyperlinks to Your Post or Page
    10. Paste Text from Other Sources
    11. Post from Your Mobile Device
    12. Create a Post with QuickPress
    13. Create a Post with PressThis
    14. Consider Using a Blogging Client
    15. Create a Post with Windows Live Writer
    16. Import Posts from Another Blogging Platform
  9. Chapter 6: Create Visual and Audio Content
    1. Consider Media Issues
    2. Review Media Settings
    3. Prepare Images for Uploading
    4. Upload and Insert an Image While Posting
    5. Insert Images into the Media Library
    6. Insert Images from Web Sources
    7. Understanding Featured Images
    8. Add a Featured Image
    9. Format an Image from the Add Media Window
    10. Format an Image from the Edit Image Window
    11. Insert an Image Gallery
    12. Add a Slide Show to Your Posts
    13. Link to YouTube (and Other) Videos
    14. Upload Video Files to Your Host
    15. Link to a Podcast or Sound File from Your Blog
    16. Create and Install a Favicon for a Self-Hosted Blog
  10. Chapter 7: Explore Widgets and Plugins
    1. Introducing Widgets and Plugins
    2. Choose and Insert Widgets
    3. Rearrange and Remove Widgets
    4. Add Sidebar Items Using HTML in a Text Widget
    5. Get a Key and Activate Akismet
    6. Find Plugins
    7. Consider These Popular Plugins
    8. Install and Activate a Plugin
  11. Chapter 8: Make Your Blog Content Appealing
    1. Edit What You Write
    2. Use Typography to Enhance Posts
    3. Use Images to Enhance Posts
    4. Use the More Option to Break Your Posts in Two
    5. Understanding Categories and Tags
    6. Create Categories
    7. Create Tags
    8. Apply Categories and Tags to Posts
    9. Convert Categories and Tags
    10. Create Custom Menus
  12. Chapter 9: Build Traffic to Your Blog
    1. Create a Blogroll
    2. Create a Comment Policy
    3. Comment on Someone Else’s Blog
    4. What to Say on Someone Else’s Blog
    5. Moderate Comments
    6. Edit a Comment
    7. Respond to Comments on Your Blog
    8. Deal with Comment Spam
    9. Allow Threaded Comments
    10. Understanding Trackbacks and Pingbacks
    11. Understanding and Joining RSS Feeds
    12. Track Feed Traffic
    13. Offer E-Mail Subscriptions
    14. Add an RSS Feed to Your Sidebar
    15. Promote Your Blog via Social Media
    16. Connect with Twitter
    17. Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines
    18. Use Surveys and Polls
    19. Let Readers Rate Content
  13. Chapter 10: Tweak Your Theme
    1. Customize Your Header Art with a Built-in Tool
    2. Identify and Use Your Theme’s Options
    3. Understanding the Theme Editor
    4. Add Copyright Information to the Footer
    5. Add an Image to the Category Template
    6. Understanding Post Formats
    7. Use Post Formats
    8. Create and Use a Page Template
    9. Introducing CSS
    10. Try CSS with the Web Developer Toolbar
    11. Add a Category RSS Feed Link
  14. Chapter 11: Content Management
    1. Understanding User Capabilities
    2. Add Authors and Contributors
    3. Create a Simple Member Community
    4. Create a BuddyPress Social Network
    5. Add a Forum to Your Blog
    6. Manage Documents
    7. Use in Languages Besides English
    8. Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs in Languages Besides English
    9. Use a Static Page as Your Home Page
    10. Add a Blog to an Existing Static Website
    11. Use Sticky Posts to Control Page Content
    12. Create a Portfolio of Your Photos or Art
    13. Considerations for Your Portfolio
    14. Place Ads on Your Blog
    15. Add Google Ads to Your Site
    16. Add Amazon Affiliate Ads to Your Site
    17. Get Set for E-Commerce
    18. Set Up an E-Commerce Plugin
  15. Chapter 12: Maintain Your WordPress Blog
    1. Understanding WordPress Backups
    2. Get to Know WordPress Support Options
    3. Update WordPress Automatically
    4. Update WordPress Manually
    5. Clean Out Outdated Drafts
    6. Check Your Site for Outdated Links
    7. Sign Up for a Statistics Tracker
    8. Understanding Your Statistics
    9. Install Plugin Updates
    10. Read Blogs that Focus on WordPress
    11. Make a Suggestion
    12. Steps to Take When Your Blog Breaks