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WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Third Edition by Jessica Neuman Beck, Matt Beck

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Introduction

WordPress is an open source blogging platform and content management system with the largest user base of any self-hosted blogging tool in the world. Users can set up a blog on WordPress.com or install WordPress with a hosting company or on a personal server, allowing for flexibility and easy customization. It’s highly extensible, with a veritable treasure trove of add-ons and plug-ins available both in the official WordPress repository and elsewhere on the Internet. Because the project is open source, it’s easy for developers to work with—and it’s free!

In this introduction, we talk about what a blog is and how to use it. We’ll tell you a little more about WordPress and give you an overview of new WordPress features. We’ll also ...

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