WordPress For Dummies®
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WordPress For Dummies®

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Bloggers love WordPress! If you're ready to start using this freeblogging software, WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition is just whatyou and your blog need to make a splash.

Professional blog designer Lisa Sabin-Wilson shows you how touse all the latest upgrades to WordPress and helps you decidewhether to use the Wordpress.com hosted service or self-host yourblog with WordPress.org. Whether you're just venturing into theblogosphere or you want to shift an existing blog to WordPress,WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help.

Explore theme development and learn where to find free WordPressthemes Extend WordPress through plug-ins, CSS, custom fields, andmore Find out about archiving, interacting with readers throughcomments, tracking back, and handling spam Get the scoop on domainregistration, Web hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and moreCreate a unique blog theme and presentation by using template tagswith CSS Sign up for WordPress.com, log in, set options, and createa profile Install WordPress.org, set up a MySQL database, exploreRSS feeds, and organize a blogroll Discover the secrets of creatinga blog that draws readers Get tips on wonderful widgets, upgrades,and plugins you can add to make your blog extra cool Learn how touse the Dashboard, manage comments, and make permalinks work withyour Web server With WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition on hand,it's easy to make the most of the free software and build a blogthat stands out in a crowd.

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Published 03 March 2009
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Table of Contents
Foreword.................................................................... xiv Introduction ................................................................. 1 Part I: Introducing WordPress ....................................... 9
Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Dîscoverîng the Beneits of WordPress ...................................................... 11 Easy to set up and use......................................................................... 12 Extend WordPress’s capabîlîtîes ....................................................... 13 Take part în the communîty ............................................................... 13 Choosîng a WordPress Platform.................................................................. 15 Choosîng the hosted versîon from WordPress.com ....................... 18 Self-hostîng wîth WordPress.org........................................................ 18 Runnîng a network of blogs wîth WordPress MU ............................ 19
Chapter 2: WordPress Blogging Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Thîs Crazy Lîttle Thîng Called Blog............................................................. 21 Dîppîng Into Blog Technologîes................................................................... 23 Archîvîng your publîshîng hîstory..................................................... 24 Interactîng wîth your readers through comments .......................... 24 Feedîng your readers........................................................................... 26 Trackîng back....................................................................................... 28 Dealîng wîth comment and trackback spam .................................... 29 Movîng On to the Busîness of Bloggîng ...................................................... 30
Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service ................ 31
Chapter 3: Getting Started with WordPress.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Creatîng a WordPress.com Account ........................................................... 33 Navîgatîng WordPress.com.......................................................................... 36 Usîng the WordPress.com Dashboard........................................................ 38 Rîght Now.............................................................................................. 39 Recent Comments................................................................................ 41 Incomîng Lînks ..................................................................................... 42
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Your Stuff .............................................................................................. 42 What’s Hot ............................................................................................ 42 QuîckPress............................................................................................ 43 Recent Drafts........................................................................................ 43 Stats ....................................................................................................... 43 Settîng Important Optîons Before You Blog............................................... 44 Settîng your General optîons.............................................................. 45 Adjustîng your Date and Tîme settîngs............................................. 46 Settîng your proile: Tell us a lîttle about yourself .......................... 48 Gettîng Help.................................................................................................... 54
Chapter 4: Writing and Managing Your Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Ready? Set? Blog! ........................................................................................... 55 Insertîng medîa iles înto your post................................................... 58 Reinîng your post optîons ................................................................. 62 Publîshîng your post ........................................................................... 63 Organîzîng Your Blog by Subject................................................................. 66 Creatîng categorîes and subcategorîes............................................. 66 Fîlîng posts în categorîes and subcategorîes ................................... 68 Creatîng and Categorîzîng Your Blogroll.................................................... 68 Creatîng lînk categorîes ...................................................................... 69 Addîng new lînks to your blogroll ..................................................... 69 Managîng and Invîtîng Users........................................................................ 72 Managîng authors and users .............................................................. 73 Invîtîng frîends to WordPress.com.................................................... 74 Managîng Comments and Comment Spam................................................. 75 Settîng dîscussîon optîons for your blog.......................................... 76 Vîewîng comments............................................................................... 79 Managîng comment spam wîth Akîsmet ........................................... 80 Creatîng a Statîc Page ................................................................................... 81 Settîng Up Your Front Page .......................................................................... 83 Publîshîng a Publîc or Prîvate Blog............................................................. 85 Establîshîng Trust Relatîonshîps wîth OpenID.......................................... 86
Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Blog with Themes, Widgets, and Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Changîng Your Blog’s Look .......................................................................... 87 Wîdget Wonder: Addîng Handy Tools to Your Sîdebar ............................ 89 Selectîng and actîvatîng wîdgets........................................................ 89 Usîng Text wîdgets............................................................................... 91 Usîng the RSS wîdget ........................................................................... 92 Upgradîng Your Hosted Servîce (For a Fee) .............................................. 93 Namîng Your Domaîn.................................................................................... 95
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Part III: SelfHosting with WordPress.org..................... 97
Chapter 6: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Establîshîng Your Domaîn............................................................................ 99 Understandîng domaîn name extensîons ....................................... 100 Consîderîng the cost of a domaîn name ......................................... 101 Regîsterîng your domaîn name ........................................................ 101 Fîndîng a Home for Your Blog.................................................................... 102 Gettîng help wîth hostîng WordPress ............................................. 103 Dealîng wîth dîsk space and bandwîdth ......................................... 104 Transferrîng Fîles from Poînt A to Poînt B ............................................... 106 Installîng WordPress ................................................................................... 107 Settîng up the MySQL database ....................................................... 108 Uploadîng the WordPress iles......................................................... 110 Last step: Runnîng the înstall scrîpt................................................ 112
Chapter 7: Understanding the WordPress.org Administration Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Loggîng In to the Admînîstratîon Panel .................................................... 119 Navîgatîng the Dashboard.......................................................................... 121 Rîght Now............................................................................................ 122 Recent Comments.............................................................................. 124 Incomîng Lînks ................................................................................... 124 Plugîns................................................................................................. 125 QuîckPress.......................................................................................... 127 Recent Drafts...................................................................................... 127 WordPress Development Blog ......................................................... 128 Other WordPress News..................................................................... 129 Arrangîng the Dashboard to Your Tastes ................................................ 130 Settîng Optîons în the Admînîstratîon Panel ........................................... 132 Conigurîng the Settîngs.............................................................................. 133 General ................................................................................................ 133 Wrîtîng ................................................................................................ 137 Readîng................................................................................................ 139 Dîscussîon........................................................................................... 140 Medîa ................................................................................................... 146 Prîvacy................................................................................................. 148 Permalînks .......................................................................................... 149 Mîscellaneous..................................................................................... 149 Creatîng Your Personal Proile .................................................................. 151 Settîng Your Blog’s Format......................................................................... 154
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Posts .................................................................................................... 154 Medîa ................................................................................................... 154 Lînks .................................................................................................... 155 Pages.................................................................................................... 155 Comments........................................................................................... 156 Appearance......................................................................................... 156 Plugîns................................................................................................. 157 Users.................................................................................................... 158 Tools.................................................................................................... 158
Chapter 8: Establishing Your Blog Routine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159 Stayîng on Topîc wîth Categorîes.............................................................. 159 Changîng the name of a category .................................................... 160 Creatîng new categorîes.................................................................... 162 Lînk Lîsts: Sharîng Your Favorîte Sîtes ..................................................... 165 Organîzîng your lînks ........................................................................ 165 Addîng new lînk loves ....................................................................... 167 Edîtîng exîstîng lînks.......................................................................... 171 Examînîng a Blog Post’s Address: Permalînks......................................... 171 Makîng your post lînks pretty .......................................................... 172 Customîzîng your permalînks .......................................................... 173 Makîng sure that your permalînks work wîth your server........... 175 Dîscoverîng the Many WordPress RSS Optîons....................................... 177 Blog It!: Wrîtîng Your Fîrst Entry ............................................................... 179 Composîng your blog post ............................................................... 179 Dressîng up your posts wîth îmages, vîdeo, and audîo ................ 182 Reinîng your post optîons ............................................................... 182 Publîshîng your post ......................................................................... 184 You are your own edîtor................................................................... 186 Look Who’s Talkîng on Your Blog ............................................................. 186 Managîng comments and trackbacks.............................................. 187 Moderatîng comments and trackbacks........................................... 189 Tacklîng spam wîth Akîsmet............................................................. 189
Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress .................. 191
Chapter 9: Media Management: Images, Audio, and Video . . . . . . . .193 Insertîng Images înto Your Blog Posts...................................................... 194 Alîgnîng your îmages ......................................................................... 197 Insertîng a photo gallery................................................................... 198 Insertîng Vîdeo Fîles înto Your Blog Posts............................................... 203 Insertîng Audîo Fîles înto Your Blog Posts............................................... 205 Keepîng Medîa Fîles Organîzed.................................................................. 206
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Chapter 10: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins. . . . . . . . . . . . . .209 Fîndîng Out What Plugîns Are.................................................................... 210 Explorîng Manage Plugîn page ......................................................... 211 Dîscoverîng the one-clîck plugîn upgrade ...................................... 212 Gettîng the Most out of the Plugîns Included wîth WordPress ............. 215 Akîsmet................................................................................................ 215 Hello Dolly........................................................................................... 218 Usîng Plugîns: Just the Basîcs.................................................................... 218 Installîng Plugîns Manually......................................................................... 220 Fîndîng and downloadîng the iles................................................... 221 Readîng the înstructîons................................................................... 224 Uploadîng and Actîvatîng Plugîns ............................................................. 225 Uploadîng the iles ............................................................................. 225 Actîvatîng the plugîn ......................................................................... 226 Settîng Plugîn Optîons ................................................................................ 227 Unînstallîng Plugîns..................................................................................... 228 Understandîng the Open Source Envîronment........................................ 230
Chapter 11: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes . . . . . . . . . . .233 Gettîng Started wîth Free Themes............................................................. 233 Fîndîng free themes ........................................................................... 234 Prevîewîng themes............................................................................. 236 Downloadîng themes......................................................................... 237 Actîvatîng a New Theme............................................................................. 238 Decîdîng to Use Premîum Themes ............................................................ 240 Thesîs .................................................................................................. 242 WP Remîx............................................................................................ 243 îThemes............................................................................................... 244
Part V: Customizing WordPress.................................. 245
Chapter 12: Understanding Themes and Templates . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247 Usîng WordPress Themes: The Basîcs ..................................................... 248 Understandîng theme structure....................................................... 248 Connectîng templates........................................................................ 250 Contemplatîng the Structure of a WordPress Blog ................................. 250 Examînîng the Anatomy of a Template Tag ............................................. 253 Gettîng Famîlîar wîth the Four Maîn Templates ...................................... 254 The Header template......................................................................... 254 The Maîn Index template .................................................................. 259
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The Sîdebar template ........................................................................ 263 The Footer template.......................................................................... 263 Other templates ................................................................................. 264 Customîzîng Your Blog Posts wîth Template Tags ................................. 265 Puttîng a Theme Together.......................................................................... 266 Usîng Tags wîth Parameters for Sîdebars ................................................ 270 The Calendar ...................................................................................... 272 Lîst pages ............................................................................................ 272 Bookmarks (blogroll) ........................................................................ 274 Post archîves...................................................................................... 278 Categorîes ........................................................................................... 279 Checkîng Out Mîscellaneous but Useful Template Tags ........................ 281
Chapter 13: Tweaking WordPress Themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283 Stylîng wîth CSS: The Basîcs ...................................................................... 284 CSS selectors ...................................................................................... 284 Classes and IDs................................................................................... 285 CSS propertîes and values ................................................................ 286 Changîng the Background Color................................................................ 288 Usîng Your Own Header Image .................................................................. 290 Changîng Font Styles, Colors, and Sîzes ................................................... 293 Fîndîng Addîtîonal CSS Resources............................................................. 295
Chapter 14: Beyond Blogging: WordPress As a Content Management System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .297 Creatîng the Front Page of Your Web Sîte................................................ 298 Creatîng the statîc page .................................................................... 300 Assîgnîng a statîc page as the front page ....................................... 300 Tweakîng the layout .......................................................................... 302 Addîng a Blog to Your Web Sîte................................................................. 304 Deinîng Specîic Templates for Statîc Pages ........................................... 306 Uploadîng the template..................................................................... 307 Assîgnîng the template to a statîc page .......................................... 307 Creatîng a Template for Each Post Category ........................................... 310 Pullîng în Content from a Sîngle Category................................................ 311 Fîndîng the category ID number ...................................................... 312 Addîng the <query_post> tag ........................................................... 313 Usîng Sîdebar Templates............................................................................ 314 Custom Styles for Stîcky, Category, and Tag Posts................................. 316 Optîmîzîng Your WordPress Blog.............................................................. 317 Plantîng keywords în your Web sîte................................................ 318 Optîmîzîng your post tîtles for search engîne success................. 319 Wrîtîng content wîth readers în mînd............................................. 320 Creatîng categorîes that attract search engînes............................ 321 Usîng the <ALT> tag for îmages ....................................................... 322 Fîndîng CMS Resources .............................................................................. 323
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Chapter 15: Deciding to Bring in the Pros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .325 Checkîng Out the Types of Blog Professîonals........................................ 325 Desîgners ............................................................................................ 327 Developers.......................................................................................... 329 Consultants......................................................................................... 329 Hîrîng a Professîonal ................................................................................... 330 Fîndîng professîonals ........................................................................ 330 Audîtîonîng your prospects.............................................................. 331 Makîng contact................................................................................... 334 Agreeîng on the contract .................................................................. 335
Part VI: The Part of Tens ........................................... 337
Chapter 16: Ten WordPress Web Sites Used As a CMS . . . . . . . . . . .339
Chapter 17: Ten Popular WordPress Plugins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .349
Chapter 18: Ten Free WordPress Themes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .357
Appendix: Migrating Your Existing Blog to WordPress............................................................ 365
Index ....................................................................... 379
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