Clear the "blog fog" with this complete visual guide to the WordPress platform Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, 3rd Edition introduces you to the exciting possibilities of one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, and shows you how to build your blog from idea to execution. This edition has been updated to reflect the changes and new features of WordPress, and includes coverage of mobile blogging solutions that allow you to post on the go. Richly illustrated with screenshots and examples from the author's own WordPress blogs, this highly visual guide walks you through the setup and creation process step by step, and offers expert tips and tricks every step of the way. From installing WordPress and choosing a theme to custom site editing and self-hosting, this book provides the answers you need and helps you get organized and published quickly. This is your essential guide to getting the most out of WordPress, from basic setup to advanced mobile features.
* Customize your site with plug-ins, themes, and personalized editing * Blog whenever, wherever, with mobile blogging solutions * Buy your domain, choose a hosting service, and set up the admin stuff * Learn the best practices that result in engaging, dynamic websites Whether you're promoting a business, building a personal brand, or just have something to say, this is your no-nonsense guide to building your blog.
Chapter 1 Introducing WordPress Choose a Version of WordPress 4 Choose a Site Topic 6 Understand WordPress and Website Terms 8 Plan Your Site s Content 10 Research Site Titles 12 Buy a Domain Name 14 Chapter 2 Setting Up Your WordPress.com Site Sign Up with WordPress.com 18 Set Up Your New Site 20 View Your New Site 22 Get to Know Your Site s Dashboard 24 Understand the WordPress.com Toolbar 26 Select Your General Settings 28 Choose Your Personal Settings 30 Create Your Public Profile 32 Consider Premium Features 34 Chapter 3 Setting Up Your WordPress.org Site Choose a Host for Your Site 38 Install WordPress via Your Host s Auto ]Installer 40 Get an FTP Application for Manual Installation 42 Download WordPress Software 43 Set Up the MySQL Database 44 Upload the WordPress Files 46 Complete the Configuration and Installation 48 Troubleshoot Installation Errors 50 Log In to Your Site s Administrative Area 52 View Your New Site 54 Know the Administrative Screen 55 Get to Know the Dashboard 56 Get to Know the Toolbar 57 Check Your General Settings 58 Select Your Profile Settings 60 Choose a Theme 62 Install Your New Theme 64 Chapter 4 Knowing Your Administration Tools Customize Admin Screens 70 Review the Writing Settings 74 Set Up to Post by Email 75 Choose the Discussion Settings 76 Learn about Site Visibility Settings 78 Select Your Site Visibility Settings 79 Set the Permalinks Structure 80 Consider Other Settings 81 Chapter 5 Creating Written Content Get to Know the Add New Post Screen 84 Introducing the Visual Mode Button Bar 86 Introducing the Text Mode Button Bar 88 Try the Alternative Post Screen at WordPress.com 89 Write and Publish Your First Post 90 Add Styling and Formatting to Your Text 92 Add Text Hyperlinks to Your Content 94 Use Distraction ]Free Writing Mode 96 Publish from Your Mobile Device 97 Create Post Teasers 98 Write and Publish a Page 100 Restore an Earlier Version of Posts or Pages 102 Import Posts from Existing Sites 104 Chapter 6 Creating Visual and Audio Content Think Visually about Content 110 Prepare Images for Uploading 112 Upload and Insert an Image to a Post 114 Work with Images in the Content Editor 116 Upload Images to the Media Library 118 Edit Images in WordPress 120 Understand Featured Images 124 Add a Featured Image 125 Insert an Image Gallery 126 Edit an Image Gallery 128 Embed YouTube (and Other) Videos 130 Upload and Insert Video to a Post 132 Upload and Insert Audio to a Post 134 Chapter 7 Organizing and Managing Your Site Content Understand Categories and Tags 138 Add New Categories 140 Manage Categories 142 Add New Tags 144 Manage Tags 146 Convert Categories and Tags 148 Find Posts and Pages 150 Quick Edit Posts and Pages 152 Bulk Edit Posts and Pages 154 Chapter 8 Using Widgets and Menus Understand Widgets and Widget Areas 158 Get to Know the Widgets Screens 160 Choose and Add Widgets 162 Rearrange and Remove Widgets 164 Manage Widgets from the Customizer 166 Understand Menus and Menu Locations 168 Get to Know the Menus Screen 170 Create a Menu 172 Reorder Menu Items 174 Assign a Menu Location 175 Edit and Delete Menu Items 176 Add a Custom Menu 178 Chapter 9 Tweaking Your Theme Understand Options for Tweaking Your Theme 182 Get to Know the Theme Customizer 183 Add a Logo 184 Add a Header Image 185 Change Color Scheme 186 Change Background Color 187 Change Text Color 188 Add a Background Image 189 Get to Know Theme Options 190 Use Post Formats 192 Use Page Templates 193 Make Your Site Mobile Friendly 194 Understand CSS 196 Experiment with Your Site s CSS 198 Modify Your Site s CSS 200 Understand Child Themes 202 Chapter 10 Adding Functionality with Plugins Understand Plugins 206 Find Plugins 208 Choose Plugins Wisely 210 Install and Activate Plugins 214 Deactivate and Delete Plugins216 Add a Contact Form 218 Control the Display of Widgets 222 Use the Jetpack Plugin 224 Consider These Admin Plugins 226 Consider These Content Plugins 228 Chapter 11 Making Your Site Social Understand How to Make a Site Social 232 Let Visitors Share Your Content 234 Add Follow Buttons 236 Display Social Feeds 238 Publicize Posts on Social Media 240 Understand Mailing Lists 242 Offer Email Subscriptions 244 Add a Mailing List Manager 246 Understand Comments 248 Choose Comment Settings 250 Moderate Comments 252 Edit Comments 254 Deal with Comment Spam 256 Display Testimonials 258 Chapter 12 Managing Your WordPress Site Change What Your Front Page Displays 262 Use a Page Builder Plugin 264 Edit Content for Search Engines 266 Use an SEO Plugin 268 Track Site Statistics 270 Understand Site Statistics 272 Understand User Roles and Capabilities 274 Add New Users 275 Chapter 13 Maintaining Your WordPress Site Understand WordPress Backups 278 Back Up at WordPress.com 280 Use Server Backup Tools 281 Use a Backup Plugin 282 Understand Updates 284 Update WordPress Manually 286 Update Themes 287 Update Plugins 288 Check for Broken Links 290 Keep WordPress Secure 292 Force Strong Passwords 294 Limit Login Attempts 295 Troubleshoot WordPress 296 Find Support at WordPress.org 298 Find Support at WordPress.com 299 Discover More Support Options 300 Index 302