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Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress

Posted on July 07, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

Get your blog up and running with the latest version of WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular, easy-to-use blogging platforms and allows you to create a dynamic and engaging blog, even if you have no programming skills or experience. Ideal for the visual learner, Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, Second Edition introduces you to the exciting possibilities of the newest version of WordPress and helps you get started, step by step, with creating and setting up a WordPress site. Author and experienced WordPress user Janet Majure shares advice, insight, and best practices for taking full advantage of all that WordPress has to offer.

  • Presents completely updated coverage of new mobile blogging solutions
  • Shares advice on customizing sites through use of plug-ins and themes and custom site editing
  • Details more advanced procedures for self-hosted bloggers, including buying a domain, getting a web host, and installing WordPress
  • Demonstrates key points with examples from the author’s own WordPress blogs

Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress, Second Edition clears the air around any blog fog you may find yourself in and gets you started with creating your own dynamic WordPress blog today!


 

From the Book: Tips and Tricks

Choose and Insert Widgets
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Recall an Earlier Version of Your Blog Post
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Upload and Insert an Image While Posting
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3 to “Teach Yourself VISUALLY WordPress”

  1. Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo "Slugger/BIGGUY" says:

    Best Way to Learn WordPress A great book for those with just on the beginning edge of the learning to use such a system. The best of its several features solves the problems I usually critique in such books; show vivid illustrations, screen shots (or a DVD) and use the same language consistently, do not change key words as you teach, because doing so makes it confusing for beginners.It advances, very evenly in building confidence for those at the very basic steps of learning how to build a website, and walks them through intermediate steps, to more advanced knowledge levels.When after years of matriculation in undergraduate school, graduate school and working my way up through the ranks from designer, to CEO of our firm, which contained an ad-agency, an architectural firm and an art gallery, if I learned anything it was that keeping explanations simple and consistently using easily recognized language, and heavily illustrated modules, a step at a time, you will best serve the most studentsTo me the old adage of “if you hear it, write it, see it, draw it, say it, you will never forget it” is accurate. For the exceptional students, they will ask the questions they need in order to continue to accelerate their rapid learning system and this book answers the most basic questions with ease and fine illustrations of each step along the way. Superstar ;earners with little to no background will whip through this book easily, l;aying a groundwork for their more rapid advancement to more sophisticated text.I found that this book had none of the flaws of most how-to books, like those which begin to explain a sequence/thread and then launch into irrelevant wandering off on philosophies or some other unrelated subject, thus snapping the learning path/thread.The logic of its sequential system of teaching those with minimal knowledge, all but guarantees that they will learn and learn well enough to progress to and through more complex systems and knowledge.One of its prizes is that it plows through two-page lessons thus keeping systematic simplicity, in modules for quicker learning. Making the complex remarkably simple as you are walked through step by step exactly what you need. The wonderful full-color screen shots are a step by step. near heaven-sent gift.I give it 4.75 stars, which of course here is rounded off to 5 the five (5) star system. However, I would have added the remaining .25 stars I would have given it if it had a DVD.

  2. Sallie R. Goetsch "WordPress Fangirl" says:

    Good for beginners & visual learners; needs a few updates; some structural oddities One of my graphic designer friends raved about the first edition of this book, and I can see why. “Visual” is not an understatement with this series: it includes almost more images than text, and in bright full color, too. The illustrations and well-laid-out text boxes are certainly one of the book’s great strengths. Though a few of the screenshots are too small to be read at the size they appear in print, most of the illustrations aid considerably in following the steps in each chapter. The “Tips” boxes that appear at the foot of many pages to answer frequently asked questions are also very helpful.Chapter 1, “Introducing WordPress,” helps you decide between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (commonly referred to as WordPress.org), explains some core WordPress terms like pages, posts, permalinks, and the dashboard, and provides tips on choosing strong passwords, specific blog topics, and good site names. Many of these are not WordPress-specific tips, but they are important considerations for people who want to build good blogs or websites.Chapter 2 focuses on setting up a WordPress.com blog. If you already know you want to use self-hosted WordPress, you can skip this. If you’re looking for a book that can help you with your WordPress.com site, however, you’ll be glad to know that this one addresses WordPress.com in all but a few chapters.Chapter 3 covers both manual and “one-click” (control-panel based) installation of WordPress on your web server, using Bluehost and Simple Scripts for its screenshots. (The process is essentially the same for other hosts using Fantastico or Softaculous.) There’s a troubleshooting section for common installation problems. Then you have an overview of the time and date section of the general settings, followed by a tour of the dashboard home screen, the admin bar, and the user profile page. There’s no mention at this stage of other settings, even privacy (it’s often a good idea to hide a site at such an embryonic stage from search engines). Instead, before moving on to any of those things (they are coming in Chapter 4), the author suggests changing themes.Really? If you know ahead of time what theme you’re planning to use, fine, activate it. But if you have no idea, you could spend hours down the rabbit hole trying to decide and getting nothing at all done about setting your site up. The theme is one of the easiest things on your site to change, after all, unless you are using a theme that relies heavily on custom post types (an argument for creating those within a plugin). That section of Chapter 3 seems oddly out of place.Chapter 4, “Know Your Administration Tools,” addresses the rest of the settings (reading, writing, discussion, privacy, and permalinks), though without mentioning the all-important Screen Options tab to control which modules appear on your Dashboard in the first place, and which metaboxes appear on other screens throughout the administrative interface.Chapter 5, “Create Written Blog Content,” walks you through the creation of pages and posts, including using WordPress.com’s Writing Helper. Here at last we meet the Screen Options tab, without which many once-standard parts of the new post/edit post screen would be hidden from us. (If you’ve used WordPress in the past and suddenly can’t find the Excerpt, Author, Slug, Custom Fields, or something else you’re looking for, check the Screen Options.)Chapter 5 also covers the Quick Edit feature and the too-often-overlooked Paste from Word button (illustrated on p. 100), QuickPress, PressThis, mobile apps for posting to WordPress, offline blogging clients like Windows Live Writer, and importing posts from Blogger. Credit for thoroughness.Chapter 6, “Create Visual and Audio Content,” starts by asking the reader to think about file size, load times, and, well, good taste, when it comes to adding media, and then sensibly recommends editing, and particularly re-sizing, images before uploading them to WordPress.Curiously, there’s no mention of the problem that WordPress has with embed codes in the discussion of embedding slideshows from PictoBuilder (a recommendation made primarily, I think, because the author hasn’t discussed plugins yet) or videos from YouTube. In case you haven’t faced this problem yet, if you switch from the HTML editor to the visual editor after pasting in an embed code, WordPress will try to “clean up” the code, with the result that the code won’t work anymore. Ooops.Equally curiously, there’s no mention of the oEmbed function ([...]), which allows you to simply copy the URL of a YouTube video (or a video from Vimeo, or a photo from Flickr, or, now, a tweet from Twitter) and paste it into the HTML editor on its own line. Presto, the video (or whatever) appears, sized exactly to fit your content area. A neat trick, first introduced in WordPress 2.9. It’s as if this part of the…

  3. Juli E Ocean "The SiverPen Reviewer" says:

    Big Help from Janet Majure A month ago I tried again to start another blog on Word Press, thinking, what the heck is the draw? But what I figured out is that looking different is very attractive when you want to get noticed. I had figured out enough to post but not much else. When the Amazon Vine Program offered TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY WORDPRESS by Janet Majure I grabbed it.A lot of my writing friends were moving away from Blogger to Word Press almost 6 years ago. I tried to follow them, I really did. But the amount of time I had to invest bore very little fruit. I used to think it was just me, that everything about Word Press seemed complicated. Six years ago, I wasn’t even sure what to talk about, and the options available in Word Press overwhelmed me.I considered getting help. At the time, I had a stream of constant distractions and opted for the less time consuming option to blogging.Since then, I’ve heard a lot about Word Press, how customizable it was. The blogs of writer friends were looking impressively professional and really polished. Very unique. I couldn’t believe it: I had blog envy.This comprehensive book takes you step by step through Word Press, from Chapter one Introducing you to setting up the .com and .org (Word Press offers free and for purchase sites). It goes through the creation of that which makes each site unique : appealing visual and written content, then on to tools, widgets and plug ins. Chapter 9 is a how to on building traffic, so you can have an audience for your site. Majure rounds out the book with Tweaking Theme, Content Management and Maintaining the blog.Even though I learned a good bit on my own, this book has been enormously helpful. It’s like having someone sitting in the room with you helping you each step of the way. I recommend this highly for people who have been frustrated and/or overwhelmed by Word Press. If you are trying to put together a unique and professional looking blog, this is a must read.



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