You can really tailor a website to your own tastes and needs with WordPress. All the publishing tools you need are readily available: Some are packaged with WordPress software; others are plugins and add-ons from third parties created by WordPress users. With a little research, knowledge and time, you can create a WordPress website that meets your needs and provides your readers with an exciting experience that will keep them coming back for more.
The WordPress for Dummies book is written by WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson, co-owner of WebDevStudios – WordPress for Dummies (now in its 8th edition) is an excellent introduction to WordPress for anyone looking for a written resource to help them create and understand the technicalities of their first website powered by WordPress.
You can take advantage of the features and capabilities that ultimately help your voice to be heard by understanding the platform on which you are building your blog.
- Set up a new account for WordPress.org.
- Choose the perfect web host.
- Use WordPress’s power as a CMS tool.
- Forget about one website; manage as many as you want!
- The 8th Edition of WordPress for Dummies is the all-inclusive guide you need to start and maintain a WordPress site.
What’s the Best Part of the Book?
Up-to-date, accurate and engaging, this book covers the basics of setting up and running a WordPress website with the kind of trust that an expert author would expect. Lisa writes clearly and, in my opinion, gets enough information from beginners without overloading them correctly.
I can also imagine that some people might find the book a little overly focused on blogging. Of course, there’s a bonus chapter that uses WordPress as a CMS, but that’s it: A bonus chapter. The book’s core is still about using WordPress for blogging rather than using it to create a website for business, e-commerce or portfolio.
Aside from the slight criticism above, WordPress for Dummies covers a number of topics that are exceptionally good, including where to register domain names, the installation process, and a topic about which almost all WordPress newbies (and sometimes even more advanced users) are confused about the differentiating between WordPress.com and WordPress.org!
In addition, it’s pretty quick reading and, I dare say: Relatively inexpensive.
Writing a WordPress book for complete beginners (dummies?) is not an easy task, mainly because it is almost impossible to measure exactly how much knowledge the reader already has about such a complex subject. And with so many books available on WordPress, I can see how often it is a bit of a minefield to choose the right one. So, hate Lisa to take up the challenge!
Is this the perfect book for beginners? Well, maybe not, but it’s certainly a strong contender-especially, in my humble opinion, if: (a) the website you want to create is a blog, and (b) you’re the kind of person who likes to learn by doing things rather than just sitting on the sidelines until you have all the information on a subject before you get your hands dirty!
In short, if you’re one of those people who talk about starting their own WordPress blog but haven’t actually set it all up yet, WordPress for Dummies will both give you the confidence you really need to get up – and – run with WordPress and make sure you have a solid foundation!