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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, 3rd Edition

Book Description

The easy, self-paced guide to the powerful WordPress platform

WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, 3rd Edition provides a comprehensive, unique book-and-video package that focuses on the practical, everyday tasks you will face when creating and maintaining WordPress websites. This easy-to-use, friendly guide will show you how to create and edit pages, integrate your site with social media, keep your site secure, make content more search engine friendly to help drive website traffic, troubleshoot the most common WordPress issues, and much more.

This updated edition of WordPress 24-Hour Trainer covers the latest features of WordPress 4.0 and 4.1 in an easy-to-use format:

  • Fully-illustrated guides to key tasks you'll need to perform with WordPress.

  • At the end of each lesson a list of related plugins you can install to make WordPress an even more powerful tool.

  • Step-by-step guides at the end of lessons to help you practice what you just learned.

  • Videos that show you first hand some of the concepts in each lesson.

  • WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, 3rd Edition is your perfect real-world guide to fully leveraging this powerful platform.

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. What This Book Covers
      3. How This Book Is Structured
      4. Instructional Videos
      5. Conventions
      6. Errata
      7. p2p.wrox.com
    2. Section I: Before You Start
      1. Lesson 1: Thinking Like WordPress
        1. Static Versus Dynamic Web Pages
        2. Content Management Systems
        3. Your Role in Making Your Site Flexible
        4. Try It
      2. Lesson 2: Planning Your Site for WordPress
        1. Mapping Out Your Site Content
        2. Special Site Functionality
        3. How You Want the Site to Look
        4. Try It
    3. Section II: Firing Up WordPress
      1. Lesson 3: Installing WordPress
        1. Hosting WordPress
        2. Manually Installing WordPress
        3. Auto-Installing WordPress
        4. When the Installation Is Finished
        5. Try It
      2. Lesson 4: Admin Area Overview
        1. Logging In
        2. Navigating the Admin Area
        3. The Dashboard
        4. Customizing Admin Screens
        5. Getting Comfortable
        6. Try It
      3. Lesson 5: Basic Admin Settings
        1. The Settings Menu
        2. Profile Settings
        3. Try It
    4. Section III: Working with Written Content
      1. Lesson 6: Adding a New Post: An Overview
        1. Navigating to Add a New Post
        2. Adding a New Post
        3. Try It
      2. Lesson 7: Working with Text in the Content Editor
        1. Anatomy of the Content Editor
        2. Working with the Content Editor
        3. Try It
      3. Lesson 8: Basic Post Screen Functions
        1. Publish
        2. Try It
      4. Lesson 9: Advanced Post Functions
        1. Revisions
        2. Excerpt
        3. Custom Fields
        4. Discussion
        5. Comments
        6. Slug
        7. Author
        8. Try It
      5. Lesson 10: Adding a New Page
        1. Pages Versus Posts
        2. Adding a Page
        3. Page Attributes
        4. Order
        5. Try It
    5. Section IV: Working with Media Content
      1. Lesson 11: The Basics of Adding Media Files
        1. Uploading and Inserting an Image into a Post
        2. Uploading an Image to the Media Library
        3. Problems Uploading Media Files
        4. Try It
      2. Lesson 12: The Media Uploader Window
        1. Insert Media
        2. Create Gallery
        3. Set Featured Image
        4. Insert from URL
        5. Try It
      3. Lesson 13: Working with Images in the Content Editor
        1. The Image Details Window
        2. Moving Images
        3. Resizing Images
        4. Design Considerations for Image Placement
        5. Try It
      4. Lesson 14: Using the WordPress Image Editor
        1. The Image Editor Functions
        2. Cropping an Image
        3. Scaling an Image
        4. Controlling WordPress Image Dimensions
        5. Flipping an Image
        6. Try It
      5. Lesson 15: Working with WordPress Image Galleries
        1. Creating an Image Gallery in a Post
        2. More Gallery Options
        3. Try It
      6. Lesson 16: Adding Video and Audio
        1. Video
        2. Audio
        3. Try It
      7. Lesson 17: Adding Documents
        1. Uploading and Inserting a Document
        2. Document File Types
        3. Updating a Document
        4. Try It
    6. Section V: Managing Your Content
      1. Lesson 18: Managing Posts and Pages
        1. Finding Posts and Pages
        2. Using Quick Edit
        3. Using Bulk Actions
        4. Importing Content from Another Site
        5. Admin Settings Affecting Posts and Pages
        6. Try It
      2. Lesson 19: Managing Media Files
        1. The Two Faces of the Media Library
        2. Filtering and Searching the Media Library
        3. Editing and Deleting Media Files
        4. Admin Settings for Media
        5. Try It
      3. Lesson 20: Managing Post Categories and Tags
        1. Managing Categories
        2. Managing Tags
        3. Converting Categories and Tags
        4. Try It
      4. Lesson 21: Managing Widgets and Menus
        1. Widgets and Widget Areas
        2. The WordPress Menu System
        3. Try It
    7. Section VI: Making Your Site Social
      1. Lesson 22: Connecting To Social Media
        1. Helping Visitors Follow You
        2. Letting Visitors Share Your Content
        3. Posting Directly to Social Media
        4. Displaying Social Media Activity
        5. Try It
      2. Lesson 23: Managing Comments
        1. Allow Comments?
        2. Admin Settings for Commenting
        3. Knowing You Have Comments
        4. Approving, Editing, or Deleting Comments
        5. Dealing with Spam Comments
        6. Farming Out Comments
        7. Try It
      3. Lesson 24: Bringing in Content from Other Sites
        1. Adding Content from Third-Party Sites
        2. RSS Feeds
        3. Try It
      4. Lesson 25: Connecting by E-mail
        1. Contacting You by E-mail
        2. Collecting Visitor E-mails
        3. E-mailing Site Updates
        4. Try It
      5. Lesson 26: Managing Multiple Site Users
        1. User Roles and Their Capabilities
        2. Adding a User
        3. Changing a User's Abilities
        4. Users and Security
        5. Try It
    8. Section VII: Choosing and Customizing Themes
      1. Lesson 27: Overview of WordPress Themes
        1. What Is a WordPress Theme?
        2. Choosing a WordPress Theme
        3. Changing Themes
        4. Try It
      2. Lesson 28: Theme Installation and Basic Customization
        1. Installing and Activating a Theme
        2. Built-in WordPress Design Functions
        3. Theme Options
        4. Try It
      3. Lesson 29: Advanced Design Customization
        1. Using Custom CSS
        2. Using a Child Theme
        3. More Ways to Customize
        4. Try It
    9. Section VIII: Becoming Search Engine Friendly
      1. Lesson 30: Optimizing Your Content
        1. Writing Search-Friendly Titles
        2. Writing Search-Friendly Content
        3. Creating Search-Friendly Links
        4. Making Images Search-Friendly
        5. Try It
      2. Lesson 31: Optimizing Behind the Scenes
        1. Optimizing Admin Settings
        2. Meta Tags
        3. Plugins for SEO
        4. Monitoring Site Statistics
        5. Try It
    10. Section IX: Maintenance and Security
      1. Lesson 32: Keeping Up to Date
        1. Updating WordPress
        2. Updating Plugins
        3. Updating Themes
        4. Try It
      2. Lesson 33: Keeping Backups
        1. The Elements of Backing Up
        2. Try It
      3. Lesson 34: Keeping Your Site Secure
        1. Six Steps to Greater WordPress Security
        2. Dealing with Sensitive Data
        3. Secure Hosting
        4. Try It
    11. Section X: Adding Functionality Using Plugins
      1. Lesson 35: Installing and Activating Plugins
        1. What Is a Plugin?
        2. Try It
      2. Lesson 36: More Plugin Suggestions
        1. Plugin Categories
        2. JetPack
        3. Plugins for Other Plugins and Themes
        4. Try It
    12. Section XI: References
      1. Appendix: Troubleshooting WordPress
        1. Site Visible but with an Error Message
        2. Error Establishing a Database Connection
        3. The White Screen of Death
        4. Page Cannot Display
        5. You Cannot Recover Your Password
        6. Finding Help Online
      2. Glossary
      3. Advertisement
    13. End User License Agreement