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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Clear the "blog fog" with this complete visual guide to the WordPress platform

Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, 3rd Edition introduces you to the exciting possibilities of one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, and shows you how to build your blog from idea to execution. This edition has been updated to reflect the changes and new features of WordPress, and includes coverage of mobile blogging solutions that allow you to post on the go. Richly illustrated with screenshots and examples from the author's own WordPress blogs, this highly visual guide walks you through the setup and creation process step by step, and offers expert tips and tricks every step of the way. From installing WordPress and choosing a theme to custom site editing and self-hosting, this book provides the answers you need and helps you get organized and published quickly.

This is your essential guide to getting the most out of WordPress, from basic setup to advanced mobile features.

  • Customize your site with plug-ins, themes, and personalized editing

  • Blog whenever, wherever, with mobile blogging solutions

  • Buy your domain, choose a hosting service, and set up the admin stuff

  • Learn the best practices that result in engaging, dynamic websites

  • Whether you're promoting a business, building a personal brand, or just have something to say, this is your no-nonsense guide to building your blog.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Chapter 1: Introducing WordPress
        1. Choose a Version of WordPress
        2. Choose a Site Topic
        3. Understand WordPress and Website Terms
        4. Plan Your Site’s Content
        5. Research Site Titles
        6. Buy a Domain Name
      3. Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Site
        1. Sign Up with
        2. Set Up Your New Site
        3. View Your New Site
        4. Get to Know Your Site’s Dashboard
        5. Understand the Toolbar
        6. Select Your General Settings
        7. Choose Your Personal Settings
        8. Create Your Public Profile
        9. Consider Premium Features
      4. Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Site
        1. Choose a Host for Your Site
        2. Install WordPress via Your Host’s Auto-Installer
        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 In to Your Site’s Administrative Area
        10. View Your New Site
        11. Know the Administrative Screen
        12. Get to Know the Dashboard
        13. Get to Know the Toolbar
        14. Check Your General Settings
        15. Select Your Profile Settings
        16. Choose a Theme
        17. Install Your New Theme
      5. Chapter 4: Knowing Your Administration Tools
        1. Customize Admin Screens
        2. Review the Writing Settings
        3. Set Up to Post by Email
        4. Choose the Discussion Settings
        5. Learn about Site Visibility Settings
        6. Select Your Site Visibility Settings
        7. Set the Permalinks Structure
        8. Consider Other Settings
      6. Chapter 5: Creating Written Content
        1. Get to Know the Add New Post Screen
        2. Introducing the Visual Mode Button Bar
        3. Introducing the Text Mode Button Bar
        4. Try the Alternative Post Screen at
        5. Write and Publish Your First Post
        6. Add Styling and Formatting to Your Text
        7. Add Text Hyperlinks to Your Content
        8. Use Distraction-Free Writing Mode
        9. Publish from Your Mobile Device
        10. Create Post Teasers
        11. Write and Publish a Page
        12. Restore an Earlier Version of Posts or Pages
        13. Import Posts from Existing Sites
      7. Chapter 6: Creating Visual and Audio Content
        1. Think Visually about Content
        2. Prepare Images for Uploading
        3. Upload and Insert an Image to a Post
        4. Work with Images in the Content Editor
        5. Upload Images to the Media Library
        6. Edit Images in WordPress
        7. Understand Featured Images
        8. Add a Featured Image
        9. Insert an Image Gallery
        10. Edit an Image Gallery
        11. Embed YouTube (and Other) Videos
        12. Upload and Insert Video to a Post
        13. Upload and Insert Audio to a Post
      8. Chapter 7: Organizing and Managing Your Site Content
        1. Understand Categories and Tags
        2. Add New Categories
        3. Manage Categories
        4. Add New Tags
        5. Manage Tags
        6. Convert Categories and Tags
        7. Find Posts and Pages
        8. Quick Edit Posts and Pages
        9. Bulk Edit Posts and Pages
      9. Chapter 8: Using Widgets and Menus
        1. Understand Widgets and Widget Areas
        2. Get to Know the Widgets Screens
        3. Choose and Add Widgets
        4. Rearrange and Remove Widgets
        5. Manage Widgets from the Customizer
        6. Understand Menus and Menu Locations
        7. Get to Know the Menus Screen
        8. Create a Menu
        9. Reorder Menu Items
        10. Assign a Menu Location
        11. Edit and Delete Menu Items
        12. Add a Custom Menu
      10. Chapter 9: Tweaking Your Theme
        1. Understand Options for Tweaking Your Theme
        2. Get to Know the Theme Customizer
        3. Add a Logo
        4. Add a Header Image
        5. Change Color Scheme
        6. Change Background Color
        7. Change Text Color
        8. Add a Background Image
        9. Get to Know Theme Options
        10. Use Post Formats
        11. Use Page Templates
        12. Make Your Site Mobile Friendly
        13. Understand CSS
        14. Experiment with Your Site’s CSS
        15. Modify Your Site’s CSS
        16. Understand Child Themes
      11. Chapter 10: Adding Functionality with Plugins
        1. Understand Plugins
        2. Find Plugins
        3. Choose Plugins Wisely
        4. Install and Activate Plugins
        5. Deactivate and Delete Plugins
        6. Add a Contact Form
        7. Control the Display of Widgets
        8. Use the Jetpack Plugin
        9. Consider These Admin Plugins
        10. Consider These Content Plugins
      12. Chapter 11: Making Your Site Social
        1. Understand How to Make a Site Social
        2. Let Visitors Share Your Content
        3. Add Follow Buttons
        4. Display Social Feeds
        5. Publicize Posts on Social Media
        6. Understand Mailing Lists
        7. Offer Email Subscriptions
        8. Add a Mailing List Manager
        9. Understand Comments
        10. Choose Comment Settings
        11. Moderate Comments
        12. Edit Comments
        13. Deal with Comment Spam
        14. Display Testimonials
      13. Chapter 12: Managing Your WordPress Site
        1. Change What Your Front Page Displays
        2. Use a Page Builder Plugin
        3. Edit Content for Search Engines
        4. Use an SEO Plugin
        5. Track Site Statistics
        6. Understand Site Statistics
        7. Understand User Roles and Capabilities
        8. Add New Users
      14. Chapter 13: Maintaining Your WordPress Site
        1. Understand WordPress Backups
        2. Back Up at
        3. Use Server Backup Tools
        4. Use a Backup Plugin
        5. Understand Updates
        6. Update WordPress Manually
        7. Update Themes
        8. Update Plugins
        9. Check for Broken Links
        10. Keep WordPress Secure
        11. Force Strong Passwords
        12. Limit Login Attempts
        13. Troubleshoot WordPress
        14. Find Support at
        15. Find Support at
        16. Discover More Support Options
      15. End User License Agreement