Whether you’ve established your place in the blogosphere or are just entering this relatively new world, you can always afford to learn something new. The Internet never stops growing and shapeshifting, so it’s important to be open to learning on an ongoing basis. And that’s why I didn’t bat an eye at the opportunity to review Susan Gunelius’s new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress.
With three years of WordPress under my fashionable belt, I like to think I’m not an idiot when it comes to this popular blogging platform, but I’m certain I don’t know all there is to know.
The book review pitch particularly piqued my interest because I wondered what it might offer to someone who really has a lot to learn about WordPress. Over the past few years, I’ve talked with several Blogger (a popular user-friendly blogging platform owned by Google) users who have expressed fear about switching to WordPress, which seems to have a reputation for being not only more sophisticated, but a little less user-friendly. Having been a Blogger user myself and finding that I prefer WordPress, I thought it’d be smart to review this book to see if it’s something that could point new or potential WordPress users in the right direction. Of course, I was open to learning something new, too.
So, the challenge was on… Could The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress provide value to new WordPress users? Could the book offer helpful information to seasoned WordPress users?
- Part 1: Welcome to the World of WordPress
- Blogging Basics
- WordPress.com Versus WordPress.org
- Part 2: Writing for the Blogosphere
- Creating Content
- Blogging by the Rules
- Part 3: Starting Your Blog with WordPress.com
- The Nuts and Bolts of a WordPress Blog
- Creating a WordPress.com Blog
- Customizing Your Blog’s Settings
- Modifying Your Blog’s Appearance
- Creating Blog Posts
- Enhancing Blog Posts
- Adding Pages to Your Blog
- Using Popular WordPress Features
- Paying for Upgrades
- Part 4: Using WordPress.org
- Domains, Hosting, and FTP
- Installing WordPress.org
- Customizing WordPress.org
- WordPress Themes Galore
- A WordPress Plug-In for Everything
- Part 5: Attracting an Audience
- Search Engine Optimization
- Feeds and Subscriptions
- Networking and Community Building
- Web Analytics
- Part 6: Blogging for Big Bucks
- Making Money with Your Blog
- Advertising, Affiliate Programs, and More
Judging by its volume (445 generously sized pages) and its contents (above), you can see that the author left little to the imagination. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress is organized very well. In addition to clear content, each chapter offers key points, quick tips, familiar icons and helpful illustrations.
In my opinion, this is a useful resource for new WordPress users. Personally, I can’t say that I learned anything new, but I did find a lot of helpful resources listed in the Appendix. From CSS & HTML Help to FTP Tools, there are several sites that I’m sure will help me improve my WordPress game.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress is reasonably priced at $24.95, and is definitely worth a look through even if you just want to freshen up your WordPress knowledge.
About the Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress
Susan Gunelius is President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a full-service marketing communications and branding solutions provider. She is also the author of five books. She has one of the leading blogs for business women, WomenOnBusiness.com, and is also a featured columnist for Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com’s Work-in-Progress blog, and the Guide to Blogging for About.com.