WordPress on Demand, 1st edition

  • PatriceAnne Rutledge


WordPress on Demand will cover both WordPress.com and WordPress.org in a visual, step-by-step format. In addition to offering detailed guidance on how to complete dozens of common WordPress tasks, this book will provide real-world advice and suggestions on how to save time, avoid frustration, and create a high-quality, well-designed site that attracts an audience and achieves results. WordPress on Demand will be based on WordPress version 3.5.1.


In this book, readers will learn how to:

• Decide between hosted WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org)
• Choose the right domain name and web host
• Set up a WordPress website in minutes
• Configure WordPress settings that control privacy, search engine visibility, and more
• Choose, install, and customize themes
• Create, format, and manage pages and posts
• Add media files including images, audio, video, and documents
• Choose, install, and customize sidebar widgets
• Choose, install, and configure self-hosted WordPress plugins
• Add and manage custom menus
• Make the most of WordPress.com free and premium features
• Create and manage a site with multiple users
• Manage user comments and comment spam
• Import, export, and back up WordPress sites
• Design a site that works on mobile devices


Bonus content includes:

• Workshops that show readers how to enhance their feeds, create a private WordPress site, optimize their site for search engines, and more
• Shortcuts, advice, and cautions to save time and frustration
• Design tips to help readers create a high-quality site even if they have no design background
• Recommended plugins and themes

Table of contents

Introduction    xv

1  Introducing WordPress    1

Understanding the Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org    2

Understanding Web Hosting    5

Understanding Domain Names    6

Planning Your Website    6

2  Getting Started with WordPress.com    11

Creating a Website with WordPress.com    12

Activating and Setting Up Your WordPress.com Account    16

Logging In to WordPress.com    23

Creating Your WordPress.com Profile    24

Defining Your Personal Settings    27

Finding and Following Friends    30

Getting Help    31

Verifying Your Website    32

Signing Out of WordPress.com    33

3  Getting Started with WordPress (WordPress.org)    35

Installing WordPress    36

Logging In to WordPress    43

Creating Your WordPress Profile    45

Getting Help    47

Logging Out of WordPress    48

4  Specifying WordPress Settings    49

Specifying General Settings    50

Specifying Writing Settings    53

Specifying Reading Settings    56

Managing Discussion Settings    59

Modifying Media Settings    61

Customizing Permalinks Settings (WordPress.org)    63

Enabling Sharing (WordPress.com)    64

Setting Up Polls (WordPress.com)    66

Setting Up Ratings (WordPress.com)    67

Specifying Email Post Changes Settings (WordPress.com)    68

Adding OpenID Trusted Sites (WordPress.com)    69

Adding Webhooks (WordPress.com)    70

5  Working with Themes    71

Searching for and Activating a Theme (WordPress.com)    75

Searching for and Installing a Theme (WordPress.org)    77

Uploading a Theme (WordPress.org)    79

Using Live Preview    81

Activating a Different Theme    82

Customizing Your Theme    83

Deleting a Theme (WordPress.org)    90

6  Creating and Managing Pages    91

Adding Pages    92

Managing Pages    96

Copying Pages (WordPress.com)    99

Deleting Pages    100

7  Creating and Managing Posts    103

Creating a Post on the Add New Post Screen    104

Creating a Post with QuickPress    110

Copying a Post (WordPress.com)    111

Creating a Post Using the Quick Post Form (WordPress.com)    112

Viewing All Posts    114

Editing and Deleting Posts    115

Working with Categories    118

Working with Tags    122

8  Formatting Pages and Posts    127

Formatting with the Visual Editor    128

Creating a List    131

Creating a Blockquote    132

Working with Links    133

Using the More Tag    137

Checking Spelling, Grammar, and Style    139

Using the Distraction Free Writing Mode    140

Formatting with the Text Editor    141

9  Working with Media Files    143

Inserting an Image from Your Computer    145

Inserting a Media File from Your Computer    148

Embedding a Hosted Media File    152

Inserting a Media File from a URL    153

Uploading Files Directly to the Media Library    154

Inserting a Media File from the Media Library    156

Inserting an Image Gallery    157

Viewing the Media Library    160

Editing a Media File    161

10  Working with Widgets    163

Adding a Widget to a Sidebar    164

Configuring a Widget    168

Rearranging Widgets    169

Removing a Widget from a Sidebar    170

11  Working with Links    171

Creating a Link Category    172

Adding a New Link    173

Viewing and Finding Links    176

Editing Links and Link Categories    177

Displaying Links on Your Sidebar    179

Deleting Links and Link Categories    180

12  Working with Plugins (WordPress.org)    181

Searching for and Installing Plugins    182

Activating Plugins    188

Specifying Plugin Settings    189

Updating Plugins    190

Deactivating and Deleting Plugins    191

13  Adding and Managing Menus    193

Changing Page Menu Order    194

Creating Custom Menus    195

Managing Custom Menus    198

14  Getting Feedback on Your Website (WordPress.com)    201

Getting Feedback Before You Publish    203

Working with Polls    207

Working with Ratings    216

Working with Contact Forms    218

15  WordPress.com Premium Features    223

Purchasing an Upgrade    228

Viewing and Managing Upgrades    230

Viewing Your Billing History    231

16  Managing Users    233

Adding New Users (WordPress.com)    235

Adding New Users (WordPress.org)    238

Managing Your WordPress Users    239

17  Managing Comments    243

Activating the Akismet Plugin to Control Comment Spam (WordPress.org)    246

Updating the Comments Setting on Existing Posts and Pages    249

Moderating Comments    250

Adding Comments to Your Own Site    255

Deleting Comments    256

Managing Spam    258

18  Managing Your WordPress Website    261

Managing Your Website (WordPress.com)    262

Managing Your Website (WordPress.org)    266

A  WordPress Premium Themes    277

B  WordPress Plugins (WordPress.org)    281

C  Going Mobile with WordPress    289

Index    293

Workshops    online


Published by Que Publishing (May 15th 2013) - Copyright © 2013