Even though most of our members prefer to learn how to use WordPress via our online tutorial videos, many folks still like to keep a book or two handy for use as a reference guide. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress provides users of both the WordPress.com hosted blogging service and the self-hosted application at WordPress.org with everything they need to know to create, customize, manage, and share their WordPress site with the world.
At a whopping 464 pages—divided into 6 parts and 24 chapters—it is one of the most in-depth WordPress tutorial books on the market today.
While we’ve recommended other tutorial books like Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary, or the classic WordPress For Dummies, by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To WordPress is aimed squarely at beginners. In fact, it isn’t until the second half of the book that the self hosted version of WordPress is covered. As such, it’s a perfect introduction to blogging, site-building, and using WordPress.
The author, Susan Gunelius, is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications and branding company. She is also the author of five books.
The first two sections of the book cover some basics, including a whole chapter dedicated to the differences between the WordPress.com fully-hosted service and the self-hosted version available for download from WordPress.org. The entire third part of the book covers WordPress.com, and takes up more than a third of the book. Since many of the core features and functions of the WordPress Administration Area are common to both versions, users of the self-hosted version are sure to find this information useful as well.
The second half of the book covers the self-hosted version of WordPress, and covers “beginner” topics such as how to register a domain name, finding a quality web host, and learning how to use FTP. Then, Susan walks the reader through how to configure and set up WordPress, and explains how themes and plugins work (along with some plugin recommendations).
The final parts of the book focus on search engine optimization, building a community, and how to monetize your blog using advertising and affiliate programs.
If you’re looking for an introduction to blogging and WordPress, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress is a perfect place to start!