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A book by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Excellent Introduction

  • Jan 19, 2008
This is a great introduction to WordPress. I've set over a dozen clients up with WordPress in the last three years and as simple as WordPress is to administer, they still need hand holding. Before this there has not been a book on WordPress that I could comfortably recommend.

WordPress for Dummies assumes no blogging or technical background and does a good job of explaining the basics. It is not a developer's manual so if you need detailed instructions on writing your own modules or hacking WP, look elsewhere. But that's what I expect from Dummies books.

I appreciated that Sabin-Wilson covered the three versions of WordPress in order of increasing complexity. For the non-technical the hosted version of WordPress is a great place to begin. For those needing more there are the install-it-yourself versions. I didn't notice any mention of hosting companies that offer 1 click installs of the regular version WordPress, which is pretty common. That's about the only quibble I have with the book. I even learned about the multi-user version of WP, something I had only a fuzzy awareness of.

I'd easily recommend WordPress for Dummies to anybody who needs to run blog or to budding web designers who would like to expend their toolkit.

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review by . February 09, 2008
I've found that the Dummies book run the gamut from very, very bad to very, very good. I am pleased to report that "WordPress for Dummies" by Lisa Sabin-Wilson is very, very good.     This book will be useful to novice WordPress users (like myself) through, I suspect, intermediate users.     The first part is a tad on the slow side as Sabin-Wilson reviews the true basics. But she is trying to cover a good part of the waterfront here, helping truly inexperienced …
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Are you a wannabe blogger? A seasoned pro migrating your blog to WordPress? Looking to do more cool stuff with your existing WordPress blog? Then this fun guide is for you!WordPress for Dummiesis a veritable smorgasbord of WordPress information, ideas, tools, resources, and instruction on everything you need to create and maintain your dream blog.

Unlike other blog hosts, WordPress gives you the ability to create a blog that is tailored to your own tastes and needs. Sure, the codes, tags, and terminology can seem a little intimidating at first, but WordPress for Dummies breaks it all down to show you just how intuitive, friendly, and extensible the software really is. This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to:

  • Sign up for a free WordPress account
  • Set up and use a hosted blog with WordPress.com
  • Install and set up the WordPress.Org and WordPress.MU software for single- and multi-user versions
  • Find great themes, plugins, and consultants that will help you achieve JUST the kind of blog you want
  • Use tags to work with WordPress templates
  • Combat challenges with comments, trackback spam, and “splogs”
  • Add special technologies to your blog, such as RSS feed, podcasting, vlogging, and photoblogging
  • Find online support, tips, and resources for WordPress software

Whether you want to keep family and friends updated on your latest adventures, post pictures of your new puppy, or communicate your passion with millions of readers worldwide, WordPress for Dummies is your ...

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ISBN-10: 0470149469
ISBN-13: 978-0470149461
Author: Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: For Dummies
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