I got this book when I was trying to decide whether or not I wanted to move to WordPress. I didn’t know anything at all about WordPress. Just about everyone was saying that you could do a lot more with wordpress but I wanted to know something of what I was getting into first. So I bought this book.
This book was an excellent choice. With it you also get access to an online version on Safari Books Online. They have video tutorials as well as audio. I didn’t use the audio part but the videos are neat. The book itself has screenshots of how things are done.
It starts at the beginning with an introduction to what WordPress is and the difference between the .org and com. versions. Then it continues on to Domains and Hosts in chapter one. This chapter explains the importance of such basics as choosing a domain name and a host.
The next chapters go on to talking about how to install WordPress, how to navigate the dashboard, and configuring WordPress to work its best. It then goes on to how to find plugins and use them, how to find a theme you like and install it, how to organize and manage your content, how to make your blog search engine friendly, how to manage multimedia, and how to make your blog secure.
The Author is Tris Hussey who according to the book was Canada’s first professional blogger and is a leading expert in business blogging. He has written other books including Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro and Sams Teach Yourself Foursquare in 10 Minutes.
A lot of this information can be found online and you can read it free. I like having it all in one actual book that I can look at any time and sit in the recliner and read. I haven’t managed to use all the information yet. I’m still working on the organizing. I’m beginning to think that is something that never actually ends. Like housework.