Head First Wordpress
Want to move past your own basic blog? Ever wonder how the big professional blogs handle such large sites with multiple authors? Whether you're promoting your business or writing about your travel adventures, Head First WordPress will teach you not only how to make your blog look unique and attention-grabbing, but also how to dig into the more complex functionality available on the WordPress platform.
You'll learn how to customize your own blog with your own URL and templates, embed video and audio, support multiple authors, and much more. By the end of this book, you'll have a full-fledged website.
What you should know before reading this book
This is a learning experience, not a reference book. We deliberately stripped out everything that might get in the way of learning whatever it is we're working on at that point in the book. And the first time through, you need to begin at the beginning, because the book makes assumptions about what you've already seen and learned.
We start off by installing WordPress and creating a real post in your first chapter.
Believe it or not, even if you've never blogged or developed a website before, you can jump right in and starting blogging. You'll also learn your way around the main interface used for WordPress.
We don't cover all the ins and outs of getting hosting for your blog in the book.
In this book, you can get on with the business of learning how to create a full WordPress site (not just a blog) without all the complexity of hosting your blog on a hosting company's web server. But, we know that getting hosting (and making sure it is exactly what you need and set up properly) can be daunting, so we've put together a quick screencast with way more detail and information
The activities are NOT optional.
The exercises and activities are not add-ons; they're part of the core content of the book. Some of them are to help with memory, some are for understanding, and some will help you apply what you've learned. Don't skip the exercises. Even crossword puzzles are important—they'll help get concepts into your brain the way you'll see them on the PMP exam. But more importantly, they're good for giving your brain a chance to think about the words and terms you've been learning in a different context.
The redundancy is intentional and important.
One distinct difference in a Head First book is that we want you to really get it. And we want you to finish the book remembering what you've learned. Most reference books don't have retention and recall as a goal, but this book is about learning, so you'll see some of the same concepts come up more than once.
The Brain Power exercises don't have answers.
For some of them, there is no right answer, and for others, part of the learning experience of the Brain Power activities is for you to decide if and when your answers are right. In some of the Brain Power exercises, you will find hints to point you in the right direction.
Code and WordPress Example Downloads
- Getting Started: WordPress From Scratch
- Changing Your Blog's Look and Feel: A Question of Style
- Content Management with WordPress: Beyond the Blog
- Users, Categories, and Tags: Keeping Things Organized
- Video and Plug-ins: Getting Things Moving
- Podcasting and Syndication: Spreading the Word
- Securing WordPress: Locking Things Down
- Making WordPress Fast: Time for the Passing Lane
Selected Review Quotes
"There are a lot of WordPress books out there, but Head First WordPress once again proves that [this]series is the gold standard for smart, readable, easy-to-use reference guides for creative Web users everywhere."
— Paul Andrews, Blogger, author, and journalist; editor of bikeintelligencer.com
"This friendly book offers tips that I haven't seen in other books, and features useful, real world scenarios to help get you up to speed with the latest version of WordPress quickly."
— Jim Doran, Software engineer at Johns Hopkins University
"Administering and managing a WordPress blog can be daunting for the uninitiated. Head First WordPress walks you through the basics to help you ramp up your WordPress site quickly."
— Ken Walker, Business analyst
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If you can answer "yes" to all of these:
- Are you familiar with blogs in general, or currently use WordPress to publish and manage blogs and websites?
- Are you familiar with the concepts of web hosting, file transfer (FTP) and have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS? Do you want to learn how to build not just a blog, but a full-fledged WordPress site?
- Do you prefer stimulating dinner party conversation to dry, dull, academic lectures?
You should probably back away from this book if you can answer "yes" to any of these:
- Are you completely new to blogging and how websites work?
- Are you looking for a reference book on WordPress tools, plugins, and the like?
- Are you afraid to try something different? Would you rather have a root canal than mix stripes with plaid? Do you believe that a technical book can't be serious if there's a foodie blog in it?