WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/11/2011
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
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WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2Euses a visual approach to teach the essential elements of WordPress, one of the world's most popular publishing platforms. This book gives readers the tools they need to create beautiful, functional WordPress-powered sites with minimal hassle. Using plenty of screenshots and a clear, organized format, authors Jessica Neuman Beck and Matt Beck walk new users through the installation and setup process while providing valuable tips and tricks for more experienced users. With no other resource but this guide, readers can set up a fully-functional and well-designed WordPress site that takes advantage of all the features WordPress has to offer. This new, fully updated version covers all the key new features of WordPress 3, including an improved welcome screen with enhanced security and usability; internal linking to articles on one's own blog; support for individual author templates; improved menu interface allowing for changes to be made from inside the WordPress dashboard; and the new, easily customizable Default Theme, Twentyten, with support for child themes and header and background adjustments. It also covers more advanced features, such as improved content management with Custom Post types, which allow WordPress theme developers to create custom content types outside of pages and posts; and integration of the WordPress Multi-User into the WordPress core so that users can create and manage hundreds of blogs.

Author Biography

Jessica Neuman Beck is a writer, editor, and Web designer. She is the managing partner at CouldBe Studios, a small-business-focused Web design agency located in Portland, Oregon, that specializes in Shopify and WordPress sites. Matt Beck is Jessica's business partner at CouldBe Studios, a designer, and a PHP/MySQL developer. His background in IT and MIS management includes lots of experience with WordPress design and customization. Find out more about Matt and Jessica at www.couldbestudios.com.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
First Stepsp. 1
Setting Up WordPressp. 2
Using an Installerp. 4
Setting Up a Databasep. 7
Installing WordPressp. 10
Putting It All Togetherp. 18
Getting Familiar with WordPressp. 19
How WordPress Works: An Overviewp. 20
Finding Your Way Around the Dashboardp. 21
Exporting and Importing Your Site Contentp. 27
Backing Up Your Site Data and Filesp. 31
Upgrading WordPressp. 38
Putting It All Togetherp. 42
Settingsp. 43
General Settingsp. 44
Writing Settingsp. 47
Reading Settingsp. 50
Discussion Settingsp. 52
Media Settingsp. 55
Privacyp. 57
Permalinksp. 58
Putting It All Togetherp. 60
Managing Accountsp. 61
Configuring Your Accountp. 62
Managing User Accountsp. 65
Putting It All Togetherp. 70
Adding Contentp. 71
Adding Postsp. 72
Adding Pagesp. 77
Editing Posts and Pagesp. 79
Setting Up and Using Categoriesp. 80
Using Tagsp. 82
Internal Linkingp. 84
Putting It All Togetherp. 85
Working with Mediap. 87
Using the Media Libraryp. 88
Uploading and Managing Audio Filesp. 95
Uploading and Managing Video Filesp. 97
Putting It All Togetherp. 100
Managing Commentsp. 101
Enabling and Disabling Commentsp. 102
Moderating Commentsp. 107
Fighting Spam with Akismetp. 110
Putting It All Togetherp. 114
Syndicationp. 115
Setting Up Your RSS Feedp. 116
Displaying Your RSS Feedp. 118
Setting Up Subscriptionsp. 119
Using Google FeedBurner with WordPressp. 121
Putting It All Togetherp. 124
Widgets and Plug-insp. 125
Widgets vs. Plug-ins: What's the Difference?p. 126
Using Widgetsp. 128
Using Plug-insp. 133
Upgrading Plug-insp. 136
Putting It All Togetherp. 138
Customizing Your WordPress Themep. 139
Using the WordPress Default Themep. 140
Choosing a New Themep. 148
Using the Theme Editorp. 150
Setting Up Menusp. 153
Using Post Formatsp. 157
Putting It All Togetherp. 160
Getting Fancy with Themesp. 161
Customizing Your Theme with CSSp. 162
Adding a Faviconp. 165
Editing the Functions Filep. 166
Putting It All Togetherp. 172
Advanced Theme Developmentp. 173
Anatomy of a WordPress Themep. 174
Building a Theme from Scratchp. 176
Working with Template Filesp. 186
Working with Template Tagsp. 188
Using the Loopp. 193
Putting It All Togetherp. 194
Custom Post Typesp. 195
Setting Up a Custom Post Typep. 196
Using Custom Taxonomiesp. 200
Putting It All Togetherp. 204
One Installation, Multiple Blogsp. 205
Setting Up a Networkp. 206
Administrating a Blog Networkp. 212
Putting It All Togetherp. 218
More Ways to Customize WordPressp. 219
The More, the Merrier: Multiple Authorsp. 220
Integrating Third-Party Servicesp. 223
Setting Up a Third-Party Comment Systemp. 225
Monetizing Your Site: Ad Integrationp. 229
Using Web Fontsp. 233
Putting It All Togetherp. 236
Best Practicesp. 237
Search Engine Optimizationp. 238
Speeding Up Your Sitep. 242
How to Write: Blogging Basicsp. 245
Putting It All Togetherp. 246
Tools and Tricksp. 247
Posting from Your Desktopp. 248
Mobile Postingp. 249
Using Stats to Evaluate Trafficp. 254
Putting It All Togetherp. 256
Troubleshootingp. 257
Online Resourcesp. 265
Indexp. 269
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