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Getting Started with WordPress: Design Your Own Blog or Website

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

If you’re a beginning blogger looking for an easy-to-follow, friendly guide to help you produce an attractively designed blog or website, this is the book for you. You’ll learn the basics of WordPress, one-click installs, and customizations. There’s also coverage of SEO, categorizing blog posts, and social media promotion strategies, such as importing your blog into a Facebook page. This book’s approach starts out simple using step-by-step examples and builds from there, enabling you to gain confidence in building your blog. You’ll soon feel comfortable with a variety of helpful techniques: writing the text for your blog, adding pictures to your posts, publicizing your blog, tracking the number of visitors you’ve had, customizing the look and feel of your blog, managing comment spam, and even exploring ecommerce. You’ll see sample blogs in the book and on the companion website so you can get an idea of what other bloggers are doing. Readers await your blog!

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  • Facilitates comprehension with an easy-to-understand, friendly writing style.
  • Enhances value by going beyond blog creation to also include promotion and connection to social networks, powerful information for today’s successful bloggers.
  • Examines the real-life experiences of bloggers who use WordPress, giving deeper meaning to the steps and concepts discussed in the book.

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3 to “Getting Started with WordPress: Design Your Own Blog or Website”

  1. David Bower says:

    A Practical Guide for the Blogger When I became aware of this book I was immediately interested as I’ve recently started a WordPress blog. While I set up and activated the blog with only the helps from WordPress I was always wondering about what I might be missing.This book carefully and systematically explains the concepts and methodologies behind creating your own personal blog. It sort of fills in some blanks that might be left by the admittedly thorough and helpful steps provided by WordPress.The author, Todd Kelsey, Ph.D, is a “professional author, and educator” with experience and a sense of humor. The book has a lighthearted, casual feeling about it that makes it reader friendly. It is divided into three parts; Part 1 Getting Acquainted, Part 2 Learning WordPress, and Part 3 Special Topics. Dr. Kelsey places an emphasis on protection and devotes Chapter 6 to Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam: Understanding Spam and Security for WordPress.The book is carefully structured for learning and clearly exhibits Dr. Kelsey’s skill as a communicator and educator; I recommend it highly for anyone who has or wants to have a blog or website.

  2. IRG says:

    Who is the audience for this book? I’m not sure. As someone who has relied primarily on MS FrontPage to create my own Web sites and online software to create blogs, I had never used WordPress. A number of people suggested that it would be a good idea to use WordPress for a series of upcoming professional and personal client projects.In an attempt to avoid some of the learn-as-you-go horrors of Web site creation, I opted to research WP using this book. It covers the setup basics (and the thought process involved in several key decisions such as doing it yourself or hiring someone else, using a free or paid service, etc.) plus things that a beginner or Web newbie might not even know about (analytics, ads, SEO).Having done some research and checked out various WordPress sites (and actually experimented with WP account setup), a lot of the upfront material was pretty repetitive. But it would be very useful for a beginner.My real interest was learning more about themes and templates and I have to say, this didn’t provide much information.What put me off this book was the overall writing style (“Next on our agenda of fun…”), which was somewhat simplistic in places while lacking clarity in others. In some places, it seemed the author was writing down to an audience (I really disliked the “Conclusion” bits at the end of chapters, which started off with “Dear Readers” and many of which included “Congratulations on ….” Felt totally patronizing. And it’s not what you expect or want when you’re an adult professional reading this, and not a grade-schooler.) However, in other places, the writer was assuming a level of familiarity that beginners using this book would not have. (How likely is it that the beginners who are the natural targets for this book would know what “activating WP-reCAPTCHA” is?)It’s hard to be creative and clever with tech how-tos. Honestly, I don’t think you need to be. Just give us the facts in context in an easy to read and follow manner. This book tries too hard to be clever and it could use some editing (ditch the cutesy familiarity and excessive adjectives and tighten up the copy).I may have had higher expectations based on buying similar books that were better written (again, opinion). This book is from an educational tech publisher and that could be part of the problem. (I wasn’t looking for a course textbook, although I’ve never seen a textbook with the kinds of stuff included in this book.)The style of the writing in places made me feel as if this was some sort of attempt at a “cool” textbook for young kids. As an adult professional, the writing just turned me off, which is unfortunate as I think there is valuable information and I give the author credit for including topics that go way beyond the start-up process.Given the topics and the positioning as “getting started with…” I would have expected a glossary of terms. Alas, no glossary was included.The problem with a lot of these books is that the people who have the most knowledge about the topic are not necessarily the best at sharing that information with a non-tech audience.

  3. TheBandit says:

    This will get you started Having never used WordPress before – I had only used Blogger prior to this – I found this book a good introduction to getting a blog site set up. It is clearly written and left me with almost no unanswered questions. There is a lot of content in the book that I have not even investigated yet, but the first few chapters will be enough to get even the most inexperienced blogger started. I even lent this to an elderly aunt who had expressed an interested in trying out the world of blogging. I figured if this could get her set up and running – seeing as she is a notorious technophobe and barely can operate her computer – then it must be clearly written. It took her awhile – and she had some questions here and there (that are answered in the book, she just couldn’t find them) – but she was able to get the basic gist of setting up her blog. Now she writes about the books she reads in her reading club, and plans to get the other members blogging too with the help of this book. It’s a good investment if you need to know where to start.

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