The popular guide to WordPress, fully updated to help you get blogging Join the millions of bloggers who rely on WordPress, the popular and free blogging platform. This guide covers all the features and improvements in the most up-to-date version of WordPress. Whether you are switching to WordPress from another blogging platform or just starting your first blog, you'll find lots of advice in this friendly guide. With this easy-to-follow book, you'll be able to take full advantage of the flexibility and usability of WordPress. WordPress is a state-of-the-art blog platform that emphasizes aesthetics, web standards, and usability Shows what it takes to set up and maintain a blog with WordPress and how to use all the new features Covers the changes and improvements to the latest release of WordPress Written by WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson, this guide helps bloggers take advantage quickly and easily of everything this popular blogging tool has to offer.
Foreword xiv Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Conventions Used in This Book 3 What You Are Not to Read 3 Foolish Assumptions 4 How This Book Is Organized 4 Part I: Introducing WordPress 4 Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service 5 Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPressorg 5 Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress 5 Part V: Customizing WordPress 5 Part VI: The Part of Tens 6 Icons Used in This Book 6 Where to Go from Here 6 Part I: Introducing WordPress 9 Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You 11 Chapter 2: WordPress Blogging Basics 19 Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service 31 Chapter 3: Getting Started with WordPress 33 Chapter 4: Writing and Managing Your Blog 59 Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Blog with Themes, Widgets, and Upgrades 97 Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPressorg 119 Chapter 6: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp 121 Chapter 7: Understanding the WordPressorg Dashboard 143 Chapter 8: Establishing Your Blog Routine 187 Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress 221 Chapter 9: Media Management: Images, Audio, and Video 223 Chapter 10: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins 241 Chapter 11: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes 265 Part V: Customizing WordPress 277 Chapter 12: Understanding Themes and Templates 279 Chapter 13: Tweaking WordPress Themes 323 Part VI: The Part of Tens 363 Chapter 14: Ten Popular WordPress Plugins 365 Appendix: Upgrading, Backing Up, and Migrating 381 Index 405