As an open source content management system, WordPress allows users to easily build feature-rich web sites with no programming experience. This unique book-and-video package is a friendly, self-paced beginners guide to the latest release of WordPress. Lessons are focused on practical, everyday tasks that users will need to create and maintain their sites: entering new content, creating new pages, managing menus, making content search-engine friendly. Plus you'll find lots of tips based on years of experience teaching people to use WordPress.
You'll also learn how to extend the functionality of WordPress by using the thousands of plugins available. Connecting to social media, creating membership and e-commerce sites, setting up events calendars, making your site mobile-friendly—these are just some of the plugins you'll be introduced to. Each lesson in the book is supplemented by an instructional video intended to enhance your learning experience. Plus, a trouble-shooting appendix addresses various issues to help you solve any challenges you may face.
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Throughout this lesson is about you'll learn to think like WordPress so you can organize your content in an efﬁcient and ﬂexible manner right from the start, and be able to use it in new and useful ways later. You'll learn about dynamic vs. static websites, what a Content Management System (CMS) is, and how WordPress manages content. Lesson 1 should be considered pre-reading - it's one of a handful of lessons that don't include a video lecture.
This is the second of the two lessons that are prereading, in lesson 3 we'll get into video lessons. But before that, if you want to use WordPress for anything more complicated than a blog, you should understand how various kinds of content are going to be entered in WordPress, what categories you need to organize the content, and what the layout and design roughly look like.
Get ready! This lesson steps you through creating a database, which WordPress requires for installation. Although this lesson uses cPanel, you can follow its steps to create a database from your hosting company’s control panel. The wp-config.php file is crucial to WordPress installation. If you cannot create this file automatically, this second part of this lesson shows you how to do it yourself.
Where is it? In this lesson you navigate through the admin area. You’ll see where to find menu items, the Dashboard, comments, the latest news from WordPress and more. Want options? You have numerous ways to set up the admin area to fit your work habits. Besides learning about various screen options, you see how to arrange items and set up your profile.
Time to make the WordPress site your own. This lesson shows how to define your site title, tagline, and other important information. You also learn the importance of the reading, discussion, and privacy settings. As an administrator, you must tailor your personal options. Here, you learn about what to set up in your Profile including the Visual Editor, keyboard shortcuts, and the Admin Bar.
It’s time to create your first post! Here, you find out the four basic steps in posting: adding a title, inserting and editing text, setting a category, and publishing. Do you want to organize your posts? The second part of this lesson covers categories, which act as a table of contents on your site. Topics include category hierarchies as well as adding and defining a category. Whether you’re ready to publish or still working on a draft, the end of this lesson shows you what publishing options are available to you. It covers publish status, the visibility setting, and how to publish a post at a future date.
Need to format your post? With the Text Editor, you can either edit in Visual mode for a WYSIWYG experience, or in HTML mode, if you prefer tags. Whatever mode you use, this lesson gives a thorough demonstration of the Text Editor’s many options. Whether you want to link to another site on the Web or to another place in your own site, WordPress has options to do so. This second part of this lesson shows how to set up external, internal and e-mail links. Need more space for editing your text? You can quickly adjust the Text Editor to a larger size or even to full screen mode. What if you want to place Word document text on your WordPress site? Don’t copy and paste! Using the Import options can prevent increased loading times.
Need your text to line up a certain way? This lesson gives you a quick rundown on all your alignment options and includes pointers on what looks best on a page. To emphasize content, you can display individual sentences in a list. Here, you discover list basics to make your content easier to read. Want a visitor to know what’s on your page at a glance? This lesson finishing by showing you the finer points of including headings in your content—something important to define for you search engine.
Customizing your WordPress site is easy with meta boxes. With a click of the button, you can display various features including the site author, discussions, and more. You can also move things around and minimize boxes to fit your needs. To customize your site content, you can tap into the nine formats that WordPress offers. Whether you’re building an image gallery, a video site, or one that’s solely for chat, these formats give your content a unique look. Want to get a little extra notice? You can draw attention to your content with an image of your choice with this option. Have several posts of interest? You can include excerpts of numerous posts together on one page and offer a More button for visitors to access the rest of your post.
A picture says a thousand words. This lesson shows how to insert an image and how to format it to fit your content. Want images on your site? It’s important to know the difference between the Media Library and a Gallery, the focus of the second part of this lesson.
Uploading a file has never been easier. Here, you see the tabs available for inserting a file, whether from your computer, a URL, the Gallery, or the Media Library.
Want to see your image’s caption when your mouse roles over it? In this lesson, you learn this trick as well as how to set alternate (ALT) text, captions, and descriptions. Does your site image display the way you want it to? You can customize your image by aligning it on the page, resizing it, or including a link for visitors to download. Your visitors are waiting for your site images to download. Why? Instead of uploading images directly from your camera, you can save space and frustration by resizing and optimizing them before posting.
How do you crop, flip, scale, or rotate your image before placing it on your site? Enter the Image Editor, the focus of this lesson. Then, do you need to tweak your image quickly? When time is of the essence, the Text Editor’s Visual Mode allows you to quickly resize and relocate your images without entering the Image Editor. The Edit Image Window is a one-stop place to make minor changes to your uploaded image directly in the post. Whether you need to crop, resize, retitle, link or change some advanced setting, the end of this lesson shows you how.
Want to upload a grouping of images? The Image Gallery lets you quickly do just that and has a variety of options for displaying your images. Your images do not have to appear in the default order. You can easily position images where you want in the second part of this lesson.
This lesson shows you how easy it is to insert media in post with a new WordPress feature. You also learn how to adjust your video’s width.
Want to offer site visitors a document that anyone can open? You can insert a full PDF of a menu, brochure or other important document and even define the wording for the PDF link. To keep your PDF up-to-date, you might need to replace an old one with something new. The second part of this lesson shows you how to do so while maintaining the previous URL.
Where is that post? You discover how to quickly sort through pages of posts using the built-in Filter feature. Minor changes are a breeze when you don’t have to opening everything. You can save time and energy by changing the title, date, author, and more with the Quick Edit feature. Changing to multiple posts and pages can be daunting without the Bulk Actions feature. The end of this lesson shows you how to select the posts or pages to delete. You can also edit status, comments and more.
Where’s that video? You can quickly sort through all your media to find it, either using the various features in Media Library or while in a post. You have an image inserted on numerous places on your site and it needs to go. In the second part of this lesson, you learn the finer points of deleting an image from multiple posts or pages.
Make your categories work for you. Here, you see how to navigate categories as well as how to order or quickly edit them. You also learn a bit about the Categories to Tags Converter. How do you organize your tags? The Post Tags option lets you view your most popular tags, change tags, discover multiple misspelled tags, and more.
Spoiler alert! They’re elements on a web page that you control! Still not sure what they are? Tune into this lesson for a demonstration. Adding a widget is as simply as dragging and dropping. The second part of this lesson introduces you to the intricacies of the Widgets screen, showing you various widgets and what they have to offer. With WordPress 3.0’s powerful menu system, you have endless options for adding menus and submenus to the top of your page. This lesson ends by showing you how to drag and drop your way to a custom menu.
How do you identify new comments on your posts? This lesson shows you where to find them, how to determine their current status, and how to search for past comments. Got pages of comments? Using various WordPress features, you see how to quickly and easily approve or edit them, search for comments from specific visitors, or how to rid yourself of a comment altogether.
You can draw traffic to your site by offering your visitors a mailing list. Add a form with an image using the demonstration in this lesson. Adding RSS feeds from other, related sites can enhance your own site. The second part of this lesson shows you how easy it is to integrate RSS feed using FeedZilla. Maps help visitors find your place of business or an important landmark related to your content. This lessons ends by showing you how to add a map to your site either via the HTML tab of the edit or through a plugin.
Follow me! You can have visitors follow you on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media by placing buttons on your site—all without the use of plugins. Did you know that WordPress generates RSS feeds automatically? The second part of this lesson shows you how to find them and use them for your site.
A new author joined your site today. You can give them access and decide their role on the site with the Add New User feature.
Give your site some flare. The WordPress.org site offers a Free Themes directory with thousands of themes for your consideration. Here, you learn what to watch for when you pick, preview, and download both free and commercial themes.
In WordPress, two easy-to-use tabs help you manage themes. The Manage Themes tab shows you what’s available and lets you select criteria to find a specific theme. The Install Themes gives you one-click install capability.
Want to tailor an existing theme to fit your site? This lesson shows how to find options to change elements of your design. If you know how to work with style sheets, you can use your knowledge on your WordPress site. The second part of this lesson shows where to find the code to modify things yourself using Firebug.
Nothing’s more annoying to a visitor than a broken link. You can avoid this and make your links user-friendly (and possibly SEO-friendly), by “setting and forgetting” the permalink structure. You can build SEO structure into your site using plugins. Here, among other things, you discover how to change titles, add keywords and define meta descriptions to optimize your site.
Need to monitor your site’s traffic? This lesson discusses how to work with JetPack, or a third party server, such as Google Analytics, to gather site statistics and tell you what’s going on with your visitors.
Increasing your site’s speed and security mean keeping up-to-date on the latest WordPress improvements. In this lesson, you see how easy it is to use the Update Plugins page.
Guarding your content against loss is very important! For a WordPress site, you must regularly back up your database—the subject of this lesson. To prevent loss of content, you need to back up your server files. In the second part of this lesson, you learn the finer points of doing just that.
To increase your site’s functionality, you can add plugins. Here, you discover how to search for and select the best plugins for you. You’ve done your research, you’ve decided on a plugin. Now what? WordPress comes with handy install and activation options via its Plugins area, as demonstrated in the second part of this lesson.
Want to see a plugin in action? This lesson gives a simple demonstration of NextGen Gallery, a powerful plugin that extends your image gallery functionality. You can go beyond a simple contact form where visitors provide an e-mail address. With a little bit of HTML knowledge, you can utilize the Contact Form 7 plugin, demonstrated here, to generate complex forms on your site.
Need ideas for improving your site’s functionality? WordPress.org offers a wide variety of plugins through its Plugin Directory. Whether you want to add social media, polling, or amazon capability, you’ll find browsing and researching easy—and you can track everything through your Dashboard!
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