WordPress For Dummies, 4th Edition

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9781118073421: WordPress For Dummies, 4th Edition

The bestselling guide to WordPress, fully updated to help you get your blog going!

Millions of bloggers rely on WordPress, the popular, 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 the advice in this friendly guide gets you up to speed on both the free-hosted WordPress.com version and WordPress.org, which requires the purchase of web hosting services, and figure out which version is best for you. 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
  • Previous editions of this guide have sold more than 85,000 copies, and interest in blogging continues to explode
  • Illustrates how to set up and maintain a blog with WordPress and how to use all the new features
  • Covers both the free-hosted WordPress.com version and WordPress.org, which requires users to purchase web hosting services
  • Written by an expert who works directly with developers and the cofounder of WordPress

This guide helps bloggers quickly and easily take advantage of everything this popular blogging tool has to offer.

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Discover the wonders of WordPress and learn easy ways to power up your blog

Ready...set...blog! With WordPress and this book, it's almost that easy. WordPress pro Lisa Sabin-Wilson walks you through setting up WordPress, choosing and installing themes for personal or business blogs, migrating an existing blog from another platform, dodging spam, picking plugins, and even using WordPress as a CMS to create a full website.

  • Start here — discover the benefits of WordPress, how to start a blog and post content, and why you should join the WordPress community

  • To host or not to host — compare the hosted WordPress.com solution to the WordPress.org version you host with your domain name and web server

  • You can do this — set up either type of blog, work with the Dashboard, and create a profile

  • Make your blog blossom — add photos and video, use plugins to add versatility, and get creative with themes

  • Branch out — find out how WordPress can power a website and run multiple sites

Visit the companion website at www.dummies.com/go/wordpressfordummies to find free, original WordPress themes designed by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, complete with instructions for downloading and using them.

Open the book and find:

  • Ideas for organizing your blog

  • Ways to make your blog appealing to visitors

  • Advice on choosing a web hosting service

  • How to register a domain

  • All about arranging and using the Dashboard

  • What you should know about using themes

  • How to host multiple sites with WordPress

  • Ten great plugins that add functionality

Learn to:

  • Set up a hosted or self-hosted WordPress blog

  • Take advantage of all the new WordPress features and upgrades

  • Install, activate, and manage plugins and experiment with themes

  • Migrate an existing blog to WordPress

About the Author:

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is founder and Creative Director of E.Webscapes Design Studio. Lisa is a frequent public speaker at events like Blog World Expo and WordCamps on the topics of WordPress, design, and social media. She is the author of WordPress All-in-One For Dummies and WordPress Web Design For Dummies.

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