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WordPress: The Missing Manual

Whether you’re a budding blogger or web development professional, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites—if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plug-ins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Create a blog. Get a free account, choose the right theme, and start publishing content.
  • Build a website. Produce a professional-looking business site by customizing a WordPress theme.
  • Add features. Choose from thousands of WordPress widgets and plug-ins to extend your site’s features.
  • Mix in multimedia. Include slideshows, video clips, webcasts, podcasts, and music players.
  • Involve your readers. Let readers leave comments, contribute to your site, and carry on a dialog.
  • Build an audience. Learn search-engine optimization, measure your reader’s favorite pages, and publicize your site.
  • Create a community. Use social media tools such as “Like” and sharing buttons, and provide RSS feeds of your posts.

Table of Contents
Part I: Starting Out with WordPress
Chapter 1. The WordPress Landscape
Chapter 2. Signing Up with
Chapter 3. Installing WordPress on Your Web Host

Part II: Building a WordPress Blog
Chapter 4. Creating Posts
Chapter 5. Choosing and Polishing Your WordPress Theme
Chapter 6. Jazzing Up Your Posts
Chapter 7. Adding Pages and Menus
Chapter 8. Comments: Letting Your Readers Talk Back

Part III: Supercharging Your Blog
Chapter 9. Getting New Features with Plug-Ins
Chapter 10. Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music
Chapter 11. Collaborating with Multiple Authors
Chapter 12. Attracting a Crowd

Part IV: From Blog to Website
Chapter 13. Editing Themes: The Key to Customizing Your Site
Chapter 14. Building an Advanced WordPress Site

Part V: Appendixes
Appendix A. Migrating from
Appendix B. Useful Websites

Book Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449309844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449309848
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