Building A Wordpress Blog People Want To Read

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-03
  • Publisher: Peachpit Pr
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The essential guide is back to teach everything about building a drop-dead great WordPress blog--and then keep people coming back for more! Fully updated to cover the just-released WordPress 3, which merges WordPress and WordPress MU. Provides complete instructions for installing, using, and customizing; covers the updated Dashboard; and includes special coverage on writing that will keep people coming back for more Author Scott McNulty is a recognized and respected expert in the blogging world. Having your own blog isn't just for the nerdy anymore. Today, it seems everyone--from multinational corporations to a neighbor up the street--has a blog. They all have one, in part, because the folks at WordPress make it easy to get one. But to actually build a good blog--to create a blog people want to read- -takes thought, planning, and some effort. From picking a theme and using tags to choosing widgets and building a community, creating a blog really starts after the set up is complete. This new edition of the popular Building a WordPress Blog book covers the recently-released WordPress 3. WordPress 3 merges Wordpress and WordPress Mu, or Multiuser, which lets blog admins manage unlimited blogs and users at one time. The book shows readers how to navigate the updated Dashboard-- which came out since the first edition of this book. Blogger extraordinaire Scott McNulty also teaches readers how to: Install and get their WordPress blog running. Set up their site to ensure it can easily grow with them and their readers. Be the master of user accounts, and manage unlimited blogs and users. Manage their site with the latest WordPress Dashboard and extend its capabilities with plug-ins. Make the most of images. Work with pages, templates, and links and--of course--publish their posts. Deal with comments--if they even want readers commenting at all. Find a theme--or build one themself. Maintain their site and fix common problems.

Author Biography

Scott McNulty is a simple geek living in Philadelphia. Scott has been blogging for over 10 years about whatever strikes his fancy. He runs more WordPress blogs than anyone should, and even has a few other blogs using other blogging engines. More of Scott's words can be found on his personal blog, blog.blankbaby.com, or at Macuser.com, where Scott is a senior contributor, or Obsessable.com, where he writes a weekly feature about technology.

Table of Contents

Why WordPress?p. 1
The Downside of WordPressp. 2
The Upside of WordPressp. 3
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.orgp. 4
New in WordPress 3.0p. 6
Installing WordPressp. 7
Getting What You Needp. 8
Setting up the MySQL Databasep. 12
Choosing Your Blog's URLp. 15
Installing WordPressp. 16
Editing the wp-config Filep. 23
Troubleshooting Common Installation Problemsp. 27
Managing User Accountsp. 29
Managing User Profilesp. 30
Adding and Deleting Usersp. 36
The Dashboardp. 43
Right Here: Right Nowp. 45
Meeting the Public: Comments and Linksp. 46
Pluginsp. 48
QuickPressp. 48
Recent Draftsp. 49
WordPress Blogp. 50
Keeping Current: Other WordPress Newsp. 51
Customizing the Dashboardp. 52
Beyond the Dashboardp. 53
Futureproofing Your Blogp. 55
General Settingsp. 56
Writing Settingsp. 64
Reading Settingsp. 72
Discussion Settingsp. 75
Avatar Settingsp. 81
Media Settingsp. 83
Privacy Settingsp. 86
Permalink Settingsp. 87
Preparing to Postp. 93
Breaking Down the Elements of a Postp. 94
Composing and Formatting a Postp. 95
Adding Media to a Postp. 105
Creating Tags and Categoriesp. 123
Setting Advanced Posting Optionsp. 128
Customizing the Add New Post Screenp. 132
Publishing Your Post (Finally!)p. 133
Setting Statusp. 134
Setting Visibilityp. 135
Posting to Your Blogp. 136
Using the Press This Bookmarkletp. 137
Managing Postsp. 141
Managing Categoriesp. 145
Managing Tagsp. 148
Working with Pagesp. 153
Working with Page Settingsp. 154
Understanding Page Permalinksp. 157
Creating a Page Templatep. 158
Managing Pagesp. 160
Custom Post Types and Taxonomiesp. 163
Types, Taxonomies, and Your Blogp. 164
Types and Taxonomies Combinedp. 165
Some Uses for Custom Post Types and Taxonomiesp. 175
Handling Linksp. 177
What the Heck Are Links?p. 178
Configuring Linksp. 179
Importing Linksp. 184
Managing Linksp. 187
Coping with Commentsp. 191
Comments: Bad or Good?p. 192
Deciding Who Can Commentp. 193
Understanding How Users Commentp. 194
Moderating Commentsp. 196
Managing Commentsp. 201
Dealing with Comment Spamp. 209
Working with Themes and Widgetsp. 213
Viewing the Current Themep. 214
Installing a New Themep. 221
Managing Themesp. 225
Working with Menusp. 226
Adding Widgets for Code-Free Customizationp. 231
Customizing the Current Themep. 240
Theme Tweakingp. 247
Using the Theme Editorp. 248
Tweaking a Stock Themep. 250
Using Plug-Insp. 257
Managing Plug-Insp. 258
Finding Plug-Insp. 266
Creating a Plug-In of Your Very Ownp. 268
Troubleshooting and Maintenancep. 271
Troubleshooting Problemsp. 272
Heading off Trouble Before It Beginsp. 276
Bloggerly Wisdomp. 283
Contentp. 284
Consistencyp. 287
Communityp. 289
Final Thoughtp. 290
Indexp. 291
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