Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress

George Plumley

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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress

George Plumley

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About This Book

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.

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Web Design
Introducing WordPress
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system for websites. Not only is it easy to set up and use, but its flexibility and expandability make it a powerful tool for virtually any small business or personal website.
Choose a Version of WordPress
Choose a Site Topic
Understand WordPress and Website Terms
Plan Your Site’s Content
Research Site Titles
Buy a Domain Name
Choose a Version of WordPress
WordPress comes in two versions: a fully managed and hosted version at WordPress.com, and a self-hosted, self-managed version you can download at WordPress.org. Which version is best for you depends on your current and future needs, so it is important to understand the goals and requirements of your website.
It is possible to move your content from one version to the other, so you can change your mind later. But as you will see, it would mean giving up different kinds of functionality.
About WordPress
WordPress is open-source software, meaning anyone can download it, use it, and change it, generally for free and with few restrictions. It has been around since 2003 as a program for self-hosted sites, and this book uses version 4.1. The organization that developed around the software, WordPress.org, later started WordPress.com for people who did not want to host their own sites.
Why WordPress?
What separates WordPress from other free blogging or content management tools is the size of the community. Yes, it is easy to use, but more importantly, so many people use WordPress that the number of resources available far outstrips any other platform. Whether it is troubleshooting an installation, helping with your design, or needing added functionality, it is easy to find a free or paid solution.
WordPress.com — Managed Hosting
WordPress.com provides hosting for your site and takes care of all updates. It offers a good selection of designs and a useful set of functions, such as forms, social sharing, polls, and more. WordPress.com is constantly adding to its list of designs and functions, but you cannot add your own.
WordPress.org — Self-Hosted
WordPress.org provides you with software that you then need to host, set up, and maintain. None of these tasks is difficult, but they do require time and/or money. The tradeoff for doing everything yourself is that you can customize WordPress in virtually limitless ways: Make it look exactly the way you want, using free, paid, or custom themes, or add as many functions as you want using free, paid, or custom plugins, which are small programs you literally plug in to the core software.
Key Differences: Design
WordPress.com offers a good selection of free or paid themes to make your site look good. There is even a paid option that allows you to tweak your theme to get exact colors and so on. Wordpress.org, on the other hand, allows you to put in any theme you want, and thousands of free and paid themes are available. You can even create your own theme from scratch, or modify an existing theme as much as you want.
Key Differences: Functionality
WordPress.com has good basic functionality built in, such...

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