The Complete Idiot's Guide to WordPress

The Complete Idiot's Guide to WordPress

Susan Gunelius

Language: English

Pages: 463


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Take advantage of the #1 blog publishing application.

With more than 22 million users worldwide, WordPress is the #1 blog WordPress publishing application in the world. This guide provides users of both its hosted blogging service ( and its self-hosted application ( with everything they need to know to create, customize, manage, and share their WordPress blogs with the world.

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a fee as a premium feature. users are limited in terms of space based on the hosting account they purchase from a third­ party host. INSIDER SECRET users cannot upload audio or music files to their blogs without first purchasing additional space, a premium feature upgrade. Monetization: users cannot currently display ads or other money­ making features on their WordPress-hosted blogs. users, on the other 16 Part 1: Welcome

Bar The easiest place to start is with the Admin Bar, the navigation bar that spans the width of your WordPress dashboard. This navigation bar, visible above all blogs when you’re logged in to your WordPress account, includes four primary links with drop-down menus providing additional links: UÑMy Account UÑMy Blog UÑBlog Info UÑSubscribe In addition, to the right of the Admin Bar, you’ll see a search box. Here you can input keywords to search within your own blog or to find DEFINITION A pingback, or ping, is an automated verification from one website to another, which typically happens behind the scenes and confirms that a site exists and accepts notifications (such as trackback notifications). For maximum blog growth and exposure, check both of the boxes in the Discussion module. Scheduling and Publishing Your post is written, categorized, and tagged, and you’ve sent any trackbacks you want to send to other bloggers. The final step is to publish

you can do so by numbering your pages in your preferred order and entering the number of each specific page in the Order text box for that page. INSIDER SECRET You can also configure navigation settings for pages using the Menus link located in the Appearance section of your WordPress dashboard left menu. (See Chapter 8 for more.) Choosing Discussion Settings You can set up your pages to accept comments, trackbacks, and pings in the same way you configure those settings for your posts (as

application to (or vice versa), or if you want to delete your blog entirely, you find out how to do it in these pages. Links’s Links feature makes it easy for you to create lists of links you want to remember and even share on your blog. To view your Links directory, click the drop-down arrow to expand the Links section of your WordPress dashboard left menu, and click the Links hyperlink. This opens the Links directory page, shown in Figure 12-1. 146 Part

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