Book Review: "Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read"

image By Scott McNulty (Berkeley,Calif: Peachpit Press, 2009, 263 pages)

This is a great book for those starting out with WordPress. McNulty goes into detail on every facet of properly setting up a new WordPress blog. It has lots of illustrations to demonstrate every step. A real find for any beginner–wish this book was around 3 years ago when I set up my first blog, it sure would have been helpful and a real time saver.

The author does an exceptional job at explaining everything and making it all rather simple to understand. Valuable for WordPress.com bloggers but especially for WordPress.org users–if you don’t know the difference, McNulty will explain it to you. <<Read the Rest on the Main Blog>>

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Book Review: "WordPress 2: Learn WordPress the Quick and Easy Way"

image by Maria Langer and Miraz Jordan, (Berkeley: Peachpit Press, 2006, 294 pgs)

A great book for WordPress users. Wish I had this when I set up my first blog in the beginning. The book gives details on how to get started with WordPress and tips to a whole lot of shortcuts I knew nothing about. It was written with instructions for starting and setting up a blog on WordPress.com or downloading the program to a ISP server or even your own.

There is also good info. on customizing themes and using plugins (a real puzzle to me). The book gives easy to follow instructions (unlike the WordPress directories), and shows pictures of the dashboard and different WP programs to demonstrate what they are talking about. Also shows you how to set up a static home page, add photos (a real problem for me), set up for WebCam images, add Podcasting, and other advanced tasking like directly accessing the Database. The book is very beneficial and quite easy to use. The best current resource out there for everything WordPress.
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Getting Started:"Blogging For Dummies"-Chapter 10

image by Brad Hill (Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing. Inc., 2006, 368 pgs.)

Read my review of the whole book on my main site

Chapter 10: Blogging with WordPress

This chapter is exceedingly helpful for those starting out with setting up a WordPress blog. It is far easier to use than the WordPress directory. It goes through all the procedures and choices that have to be made in setting up your WordPress blog.

Particularly helpful to me in the beginning was the explanation of the posting editor. It identifies the 14 ‘Quicktags’ on the bar above the posting box and how to use these formatting buttons. It also tells you how to increase the size of your posting box.

Another important section deals with how to upload photos and post them on your blog. Very important information to have since WordPress is one of the more difficult blog programs to post a photo in. The book is an essential tool for starting out in blogging and chapter 10 is worth the price of the book if you are blogging with WordPress. *Top **Back to the main The Blogging Ministry site

Getting Started: With WordPress.com -An Evaluation

image There are a number of very good reasons to use WordPress.com:

1. The Cost: 0, zip, nada.

2. It is fast and easy. Using the basic default settings you can get started in 30-40 minutes. If you are particular like me and you want to view a bunch of theme possibilities, it could take an hour or so. It took me 1hr 20 minutes to set up this site the way that it is.

I tried to simulate what it would be like if I knew nothing at all and kept referring to the Word Press Help site. Last year when I got started it did take me nearly 2 hrs. to set up my first WordPress site.

3. It has most of the important features that the pay sites have. WordPress has way more tools and settings than Blogger. There 58 themes available, nearly all look far more professional than the basic Blogger sites.

4. Public or Private blog? You can choose to publish a public site which can and will be viewed internationally. Or you can produce a site that is Private -accessible only by those you choose–or maybe a small group ( like: Church staff, Bible Study, Youth Group, Missionary Org. & etc.). Better Yet, you can choose to publish a public site with some pages or articles designated for the private use by your org. or group.

5. WordPress is a major blog host so there is virtually no possibility that this host will quit or go out of business. Also the tech. support is built in.

6. The WordPress program has the possibility of publishing permanent ‘static’ pages. Blogger and other free sites don’t offer this possibility.

Here are a couple of not so good points:

1. WordPress owns the domain you are publishing on so you are always somewhat limited in what you can do with the site. You can however get your own domain address and point it at your WordPress address to give yourself and your users an easier to remember URL (domain address).

2. WordPress does own the domain so if you decide to move your blog to another host, you will lose your blog address, links, and much of your traffic. You can move your files to another address and republish, but you will need to maintain your old WordPress site in order to direct visitors to your new location and maintain the links to all your old posts.

3. WordPress is one of the more difficult programs to post pictures on. It does have an option for Flickr which is supposed to make it easier.

Nevertheless, WordPress is an advanced blogging program that is easy to use and far superior than other ‘free’ blogging platforms. It could be utilized by a large variety of different groups, ministries, and churches or even host a stand alone internet blogging ministry. Plus you can’t beat the price.

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