The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to WordPress Book CoverSummary:  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. source

What do you want to know about WordPress?

  • The difference between and
  • How to get a wordpress blog?
  • How to customize settings?
  • How to use Themes and Widgets?
  • Navigation of the Dashboard?
  • Tags and Categories?
  • Trackbacks and Comments?
  • Posts vs Pages?
  • Popular WordPress Features and how they work?
  • Upgrades?
  • How to get a domain and hosting?
  • Installing
  • Third Party themes or hiring a designer?
  • Plugins?
  • Basic blogging info like: copyright and image rules, SEO, feeds, boosting subscribers, social networking, web analytics and more?
  • How to use to monetize your blog?

All of this and more is included in this thorough guide. Whether you are thinking of starting a basic free blog on wordpress, you have a wordpress blog but are thinking of switching to and your own hosting or you are on blogger or typepad and are thinking of switching, this book has what you need.

I just bought domains for my blogs and will be starting a new blog on wordpress and eventually moving some or all of my blogger blogs over to wordpress so I already have referred to this book many times and I will again many more times over the next while.

As with all Complete Idiot’s Guides book, the information is laid out well, with a thorough table of contents so you can always find exactly what you need. Computer screenshots show you what to look for when you are following along trying to accomplish something.

Keep your eye out for one of four little graphics that signal an important piece of information. Definitions, Insider Secrets, Quick Tips and when to Proceed with Caution.

Also check out these Quick Guides from

Placing Ads in your WordPress Blog
Setting Up Your WordPress Blog Feed
How to Find and Hire a Designer for your WordPress Blog

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