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Book Review: "WordPress For Dummies"

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By Lisa Sabin-Wilson (Hoboken,NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2008, 384 pages)

clip_image002Brand new for 2008, an essential book for those using WordPress in publishing a blog. The writer introduces one to the basic WordPress blogging program. Then follows with three major sections, first covering the WordPress hosted service, next how to set up a ’self-hosted’ blog with the WordPress.org program, and finally, a section covering the WordPress MU program used in setting up and hosting entire blogging communities.

This is a great book for all those starting out with WordPress and explains in  detail everything one needs to know to properly administer and publish on a blog using the program. For those who have been around a while, it outlines procedures for adding plugins and widgets to a WordPress site.

Then, for the more advanced blogger, the book gives tips and procedures for making a blog unique and shows how to design your own Template. In easy to understand fashion, the writer presents all the basic code needed to make changes in your present template and the necessary info. and know how needed in setting up a new one.

WordPress For Dummies joins WordPress Complete as the most up to date quintessential works for those using WordPress blogging programs.            *Top

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  1. Mark Brown May 14, 2008 12:21 am

    I have been a WP user for a year now, initially using the free templates and then Jan this year taking the plunge to set up my own using wordpress.org
    I am curious why someone would need to purchase this book. With just a little bit of effort all the information is readily available through WP but also by searching for specific topics. I have been thinking about writing a book and one of my considerations has been whether it is worth putting it to print or just make it available in electronic form..
    Your thoughts?
    Mark

  2. Dr.D May 14, 2008 12:22 am

    First of all Rev. Brown, thanks for visiting my blog!
    It is true that all of the info. one would ever need for using WordPress is stored somewhere in the WP Support Forums if you can just find it and have the time to sort through it all–all for free and way more than anyone could ever use.

    When I started my first WP blog over 2 years ago I started as a real technophobe with no clue what to even look for. I can remember spending a whole saturday on the WP sites looking for info. and coming away with a headache and in overload.

    Then I found my first blogging book -”Blogging for Dummies” with a chapter on starting a WP blog and immediately found my ‘dumb’ questions answered and lots of answers to some I didn’t know enough to ask. All readily available to sit down on the table next to my computor and try out.
    Over 2 years and 9 blogs later I still find these books on blogging to be more than useful for me and well worth the price.

    The real problem for me with the WP Forums –it is supposed to be in English but so much of it is in another language entirely–modern ‘techno-speak”. I was a child in the middle of the last century and never learned that language.

    Sometimes I do get my BS in Computer Science son to interpret for me.
    However, I have found books like “Blogging for Dummies”, “Wordpress 2″, and lately “WordPress for Dummies” to be essential.

    Michael

  3. […] Brand new for 2008, an essential book for those using WordPress in publishing a blog. The writer introduces one to the basic WordPress blogging program. Then follows with three major sections, first covering the WordPress hosted service, next how to set up a ’self-hosted’ blog with the WordPress.org program, and finally, a section covering the WordPress MU program used in setting up and hosting entire blogging communities. <Read the rest of the Review at my Blogging Ministry Site> […]