Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-21
  • Publisher: Peachpit Pr
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This essential guide teaches everything you need to know to construct a drop-dead great WordPress blog.- Readers will learn how to get the most out of their blogs and Web sites using the advanced power of WorldPress in this accessible guide.- Provides complete instructions for installing, using, and customizing WordPress for beginning and intermediate users.- Author Scott McNulty is a recognized expert in the blogging world. WordPress is an open-source personal publishing platform that is easy to use, flexible, and highly customizable. Although used primarily for publishing blogs, WordPress can easily be used to create and maintain complete Web sites. Taking the average blogger further than blogspot can, WordPress allows bloggers to create more complicated sites with their open-source technology, rather than blogger which is limited by HTML changes to their templates. In this guide WordPress expert Scott McNulty walks readers through the entire process: installation and set-up, dealing with content, tweaking your blog with themes and plug-ins and more. He then provides in-depth coverage of the different types of Blogs available with WordPress (photoblogs, podcasts, group blogs, Tumbleblogs) and finally provides troubleshooting tips for common mistakes, excessive traffic, database issues and backing up.

Author Biography

Scott Mcnulty is a simple geek living in Philadelphia. Scott has been blogging for just over nine years about whatever strikes his fancy

Table of Contents

Why WordPress?p. 1
The Downside of WordPressp. 2
The Upside of WordPressp. 3
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.orgp. 4
Installing WordPressp. 7
Getting What You Needp. 8
Setting up the MySQL Databasep. 12
Editing the wp-config Filep. 12
Choosing Your Blog's URLp. 18
Installing WordPressp. 19
Troubleshooting Common Installation Problemsp. 23
Managing User Accountsp. 25
Managing User Profilesp. 26
Adding and Deleting Usersp. 32
The Dashboardp. 39
Right Here: Right Nowp. 41
Meeting the Public: Comments and Linksp. 42
Getting Technical: Development Blog and Pluginsp. 44
Keeping Current: Other WordPress Newsp. 46
Beyond the Dashboardp. 47
Futureproofing Your Blogp. 49
General Settingsp. 50
Writing Settingsp. 58
Reading Settingsp. 66
Discussion Settingsp. 69
Avatar Settingsp. 74
Privacy Settingsp. 76
Permalink Settingsp. 77
Miscellaneous Settingsp. 82
Preparing to Postp. 85
Breaking Down the Elements of a Postp. 86
Composing and Formatting a Postp. 88
Adding Media to a Postp. 97
Creating Tags and Categoriesp. 116
Setting Advanced Posting Optionsp. 122
Publishing Your Post (Finally!)p. 127
Previewing a Postp. 128
Setting Publishing Statusp. 128
Posting to Your Blogp. 130
Using the Press This Shortcutp. 131
Managing Postsp. 137
Managing Categoriesp. 140
Managing Tagsp. 144
Working with Pagesp. 147
Working with Page Settingsp. 148
Understanding Page Permalinksp. 152
Creating a Page Templatep. 153
Managing Pagesp. 154
Handling Linksp. 157
What the Heck Are Links?p. 158
Configuring Linksp. 159
Importing Linksp. 165
Managing Linksp. 168
Coping with Commentsp. 173
Comments: Bad or Good?p. 174
Who Can Commentp. 175
Understanding How Users Commentp. 176
Moderating Commentsp. 179
Managing Commentsp. 183
Dealing with Comment Spamp. 189
Working with Themes and Widgetsp. 195
Viewing the Current Themep. 196
Installing a New Themep. 200
Adding Widgets for Code-Free Customizationp. 203
Customizing the Current Themep. 213
Themes: To Find or to Build?p. 219
Finding a WordPress Themesp. 220
Tweaking a Stock Themep. 222
Using Plug-Insp. 231
Managing Plug-Insp. 233
Finding Plug-Insp. 240
Creating a Plug-In of Your Very Ownp. 241
Troubleshooting and Maintenancep. 245
Troubleshooting Problemsp. 246
Heading off Trouble Before It Beginsp. 250
Final Words of Bloggerly Wisdomp. 255
Indexp. 257
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