Will Roney

Book Review – WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

In Non-Fiction Writing on May 14, 2011 at 12:15

WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

There are many books in the marketplace that talk about blogging and putting content onto the Web for various reasons. Maybe you want to become an internet millionaire and decide that the first steps you will take is to create a blog about the subject you’re interested in. Or do you want to set a blog up to allow you and your friends to communicate and pool your stories and experiences.

Either way, blogging books are freely available to help you in your quest. From the very successful “…for Dummies” series of books comes “WordPress for Dummies” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. The difference between this book and the other blogging books, is that it is concerns itself in the software that you will need to put your thoughts on the Net. There are sections on the content side of the coin, but the value in this book is using as a manual to understand WordPress.

There are many blogging platforms that you can use, but WordPress is one of the giants of the industry with millions of people using it, in preference for other programs. WordPress comes in two forms, the .com web-hosted system and the .org version (currently in beta at Ver3.1.2) which allows you to take the functionality of the program and integrate it into your own personal website. There are plenty of people who use either method and are happy with it.

The book recognises this distinction and in fact there is a note at the start which says this is not a book to be read from cover to cover like a novel. The author recommends that you drop into the chapters depending on your intent – web hosting, self-hosting or if you’re interested in customising your site using CSS. Finally, there are sections on plugins to allow you to get the most from your blog in providing the feedback and functionality that you want.

This is an incredibly useful book, and one that is being constantly updated to reflect the dynamic nature of how WordPress is developing. The review was made using a 3rd Edition (2010) copy, though a 4th Edition is imminent. From the point of view of providing the nuts and bolts of how to use your WordPress account, you cannot go much better than this book.

Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!

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