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Table of Contents
                            WordPress for Dummies, 2nd Edition
	Table of Contents
	Foreword
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Conventions Used in This Book
		What You Are Not to Read
		Foolish Assumptions
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I: Introducing WordPress
		Chapter 1: What WordPress Can Do for You
			Discovering the Benefits of WordPress
			Choosing a WordPress Platform
		Chapter 2: WordPress Blogging Basics
			This Crazy Little Thing Called Blog
			Dipping Into Blog Technologies
			Moving On to the Business of Blogging
	Part II: Using the WordPress Hosted Service
		Chapter 3: Getting Started with WordPress.com
			Creating a WordPress.com Account
			Navigating WordPress.com
			Using the WordPress.com Dashboard
			Setting Important Options Before You Blog
			Getting Help
		Chapter 4: Writing and Managing Your Blog
			Ready? Set? Blog!
			Organizing Your Blog by Subject
			Creating and Categorizing Your Blogroll
			Managing and Inviting Users
			Managing Comments and Comment Spam
			Creating a Static Page
			Setting Up Your Front Page
			Publishing a Public or Private Blog
			Establishing Trust Relationships with OpenID
		Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Blog with Themes, Widgets, and Upgrades
			Changing Your Blog’s Look
			Widget Wonder: Adding Handy Tools to Your Sidebar
			Upgrading Your Hosted Service (For a Fee)
			Naming Your Domain
	Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPress.org
		Chapter 6: Setting Up Blogging Base Camp
			Establishing Your Domain
			Finding a Home for Your Blog
			Transferring Files from Point A to Point B
			Installing WordPress
		Chapter 7: Understanding the WordPress. org Administration Panel
			Logging In to the Administration Panel
			Navigating the Dashboard
			Arranging the Dashboard to Your Tastes
			Setting Options in the Administration Panel
			Configuring the Settings
			Creating Your Personal Profile
			Setting Your Blog’s Format
		Chapter 8: Establishing Your Blog Routine
			Staying on Topic with Categories
			Link Lists: Sharing Your Favorite Sites
			Examining a Blog Post’s Address: Permalinks
			Discovering the Many WordPress RSS Options
			Blog It!: Writing Your First Entry
			Look Who’s Talking on Your Blog
	Part IV: Flexing and Extending WordPress
		Chapter 9: Media Management: Images, Audio, and Video
			Inserting Images into Your Blog Posts
			Inserting Video Files into Your Blog Posts
			Inserting Audio Files into Your Blog Posts
			Keeping Media Files Organized
		Chapter 10: Making the Most of WordPress Plugins
			Finding Out What Plugins Are
			Getting the Most out of the Plugins Included with WordPress
			Using Plugins: Just the Basics
			Installing Plugins Manually
			Uploading and Activating Plugins
			Setting Plugin Options
			Uninstalling Plugins
			Understanding the Open Source Environment
		Chapter 11: Finding and Installing WordPress Themes
			Getting Started with Free Themes
			Activating a New Theme
			Deciding to Use Premium Themes
	Part V: Customizing WordPress
		Chapter 12: Understanding Themes and Templates
			Using WordPress Themes: The Basics
			Contemplating the Structure of a WordPress Blog
			Examining the Anatomy of a Template Tag
			Getting Familiar with the Four Main Templates
			Customizing Your Blog Posts with Template Tags
			Putting a Theme Together
			Using Tags with Parameters for Sidebars
			Checking Out Miscellaneous but Useful Template Tags
		Chapter 13: Tweaking WordPress Themes
			Styling with CSS: The Basics
			Changing the Background Color
			Using Your Own Header Image
			Changing Font Styles, Colors, and Sizes
			Finding Additional CSS Resources
		Chapter 14: Beyond Blogging: WordPress As a Content Management System
			Creating the Front Page of Your Web Site
			Adding a Blog to Your Web Site
			Defining Specific Templates for Static Pages
			Creating a Template for Each Post Category
			Pulling in Content from a Single Category
			Using Sidebar Templates
			Custom Styles for Sticky, Category, and Tag Posts
			Optimizing Your WordPress Blog
			Finding CMS Resources
		Chapter 15: Deciding to Bring in the Pros
			Checking Out the Types of Blog Professionals
			Hiring a Professional
	Part VI: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 16: Ten WordPress Web Sites Used As a CMS
			New Music Nation
			AlexKing.org
			Mosaic Consulting, Inc.
			CSS Collection
			b5media
			Hot Air
			MommyCast
			Jane Wilson-Marquis
			Weblogs at Harvard Law School
			E. Webscapes Design Studio
		Chapter 17: Ten Popular WordPress Plugins
			WP Print
			Subscribe to Comments
			ShareThis
			All in One SEO Pak
			WordPress Mobile Edition
			WP-DB-Backup
			WP Ajax Edit Comments
			cformsII
			Google XML Sitemaps
			WordPress.com Stats
		Chapter 18: Ten Free WordPress Themes
			Cutline
			Tarski
			SandPress
			xMark
			Stargaze
			Revolution Two Themes
			iTheme
			Redoable
			Una
			Gridline Lite
	Appendix: Migrating Your Existing Blog to WordPress
		Movin’ On Up
		Preparing for the Big Move
		Converting Templates
		Moving Your Blog
		Finding Other Import Resources
	Index
                        
Document Text Contents
Page 1

Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Founder, E.Webscapes Design Studio

Foreword by Matt Mullenweg
Cofounder of WordPress

Learn to:
• Use the latest upgrades to WordPress 2.7

• Explore theme development and tweak
free WordPress themes

• Create a unique blog theme and
presentation by using tags with CSS

WordPress
®

2nd EditionMaking Everythin
g Easier!



Open the book and find:

• Advice for creating a blog that
draws readers

• Tips on managing comments,
trackbacks, and spam

• How to use the Dashboard

• Wonderful widgets and plugins
to add

• How to make permalinks work
with your Web server

• The standard templates and how
to tweak them

• Ten popular WordPress themes

• Where to find help when you
need it

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a designer of blogs and Web sites and founder

of E.Webscapes Design Studio. She has been working with WordPress

since 2002. Lisa’s client list includes over 1,000 personal and professional

blogs, and she is a frequent panel member at blogging and social media

conferences.

$24.99 US / $26.99 CN / £15.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-40296-2

Internet/Web Page Design

Go to
dummies.com®
for more!

Discover why bloggers love
WordPress and make your
blog the best it can be
Blogs are as much a part of life today as the evening
newspaper was fifty years ago, and for much the same
reason: Inquiring minds want to know. WordPress powers
some of the most popular blogs on the Web, and with
this guide to help, it can work for you, too. Here’s what
WordPress does, how to set it up and use it, and some cool
bells and whistles to make your blog stand out.

• Pick your flavor — decide whether to use the WordPress.com
hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org

• Customization — discover CSS and template tags and how to use
them to create your own unique style

• Blogging 101 — find out about archiving, interacting with
readers through comments, tracking back, and handling spam

• Host with the most — get the scoop on domain registration, Web
hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and more

• Do it yourself — install WordPress.org, set up a MySQL®

database, explore RSS feeds, and organize a blogroll

• Beef up your blog — insert audio, video, images, and photos

• Think theme — discover where to find WordPress themes,
explore various options, and work with template tags to create a
unique look

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®

2nd Edition

Sabin-Wilson

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190 Part III: Self-Hosting with WordPress.org
Akismet is the answer to combatting comment and trackback spam. Matt

Mullenweg of Automattic says Akismet is a “collaborative effort to make com-

ment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so

you never have to worry about spam again” (from the Akismet Web site at

http://akismet.com).

I’ve been blogging since 2002. I started blogging with the Movable Type blog-

ging platform and moved to WordPress in 2003. As blogging became more

and more popular, comment and trackback spam became more and more

of a nuisance. One morning in 2004, I found that 2,300 pieces of disgusting

comment spam had been published to my blog. Something had to be done!

The folks at Automattic did a fine thing with Akismet. Since the emergence of

Akismet, I’ve barely had to think about comment or trackback spam except

for the few times a month I check my Akismet spam queue.

I talk in greater detail about plugin use in WordPress in Chapter 10, where

you find out how to activate Akismet and make sure that it is protecting your

blog from trackback and comment spam.

Page 207

Part IV
Flexing and
Extending

WordPress

Page 412

Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Founder, E.Webscapes Design Studio

Foreword by Matt Mullenweg
Cofounder of WordPress

Learn to:
• Use the latest upgrades to WordPress 2.7

• Explore theme development and tweak
free WordPress themes

• Create a unique blog theme and
presentation by using tags with CSS

WordPress
®

2nd EditionMaking Everythin
g Easier!



Open the book and find:

• Advice for creating a blog that
draws readers

• Tips on managing comments,
trackbacks, and spam

• How to use the Dashboard

• Wonderful widgets and plugins
to add

• How to make permalinks work
with your Web server

• The standard templates and how
to tweak them

• Ten popular WordPress themes

• Where to find help when you
need it

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a designer of blogs and Web sites and founder

of E.Webscapes Design Studio. She has been working with WordPress

since 2002. Lisa’s client list includes over 1,000 personal and professional

blogs, and she is a frequent panel member at blogging and social media

conferences.

$24.99 US / $26.99 CN / £15.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-40296-2

Internet/Web Page Design

Go to
dummies.com®
for more!

Discover why bloggers love
WordPress and make your
blog the best it can be
Blogs are as much a part of life today as the evening
newspaper was fifty years ago, and for much the same
reason: Inquiring minds want to know. WordPress powers
some of the most popular blogs on the Web, and with
this guide to help, it can work for you, too. Here’s what
WordPress does, how to set it up and use it, and some cool
bells and whistles to make your blog stand out.

• Pick your flavor — decide whether to use the WordPress.com
hosted service or self-host your blog with WordPress.org

• Customization — discover CSS and template tags and how to use
them to create your own unique style

• Blogging 101 — find out about archiving, interacting with
readers through comments, tracking back, and handling spam

• Host with the most — get the scoop on domain registration, Web
hosting providers, basic tools like FTP, and more

• Do it yourself — install WordPress.org, set up a MySQL®

database, explore RSS feeds, and organize a blogroll

• Beef up your blog — insert audio, video, images, and photos

• Think theme — discover where to find WordPress themes,
explore various options, and work with template tags to create a
unique look

W
o

rd
P

re
ss

®

2nd Edition

Sabin-Wilson

Spine: .816”

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