WordPress Websites: Beginner's Guide to Easily Building a Website & Customizing It With Themes and Plugins by Nancy Hendrickson by Nancy Hendrickson - Read Online
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Build Your Website in an Hour

Updated and revised Fall 2015

And then customize it with themes and plugins. WordPress is user-friendly - just like this book. If you want to build a site in 60 minutes or less, WordPress makes it easy and this book shows you how.

*Note: This book was originally published under the title WordPress Your way. It has been revised, updated and expanded to better reflect the most current versions of WordPress and newly available Themes and Plugins. 

User-Friendly & Geek-Free

Unless you love coding, there's no reason to build your website on any platform other than WordPress. WordPress is free, it's easy to use, it's highly customizable, and your site can be up-and-running within an hour - without knowing a single thing about coding. (Yeah!)

Written using non-technical terms and language, this guide will walk you through a typical WordPress installation then jump off into how you can use WordPress' built-in features and functions to quickly customize it to your niche, hobby or business using Themes and Plugins. 

What You'll Learn

how to install WordPress how to change layouts (themes) how to set up your RSS feed where to find free WordPress themes how to search for niche-specific themes how to set up Google Analytics photo apps for adding images to WordPress posts how to choose the best categories WordPress apps for iOS how to use WordPress tags how to use Pages and Posts how to upload, edit and add images how to use widgets how to safeguard against hackers how to create a unique favicon how to setup a gravatar how to build a custom menu free plugins that extend functionality  how to increase reader participation

Your Guide to Behind-the-Scenes Tweaks

With thousands of free themes and plugins for WordPress you can easily customize your site so that it reflects your niche and your goals. With this guide you can choose the best settings, the must-have plugins, the customizable features, and the "do it your way" look and feel that makes the site uniquely yours.

Build a professional-looking, highly customizable website in 60 minutes or less. It really is that easy.

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Table of Contents

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Quick Notes


Domain Names

Web Hosting

Install WordPress

The WordPress Dashboard

What To Do First

Pick a Theme

Where to Find Themes

Experimenting With Themes


Settings > General

Settings > Writing

Settings > Reading

Settings > Discussion

Settings > Media

Settings > Privacy

Settings > Permalinks

Pages, Categories and Posts

How to Create a Page

How to Create Categories



Working With Posts and Pages

What are child pages and how do I get them?

Why use child pages?

How do I make a post stay at the top of the page?

How do I post-date a Post?

How do make another person an administrator?


How to disable a page from showing in the sidebar Pages widget?

How do I customize the navigation menu?

Working with Images

How to I insert an image into my blog post or page?

What if I inserted an image and don’t like the alignment or the size?

How do I add images to the Media Library?

Can I edit images from within WordPress?

HTML Coding Made Easy

How do I add HTML to a post?

What is a text widget?

How do I put bold and italics in a sidebar text widget?

How do I add an image to a sidebar?

How do I display a banner ad in a text widget?


How do I expand the editing tools?

How do I add links to text or images?

When I import from Word it messes up my blog. What should I do?

What are tags and how should I use them?


How to I change the header text

How do I change my admin name and password?

How do I figure out if a plugin has caused a problem?

How do I know the width of my site’s columns?

How do I add a Blogroll?

How do I create a static home page?

What should I name categories?

How do I change my site’s favicon?

How do I add the cool picture (Gravatar) to my name when I’m replying to a comment?

Legal Stuff


FTC and Affiliate Marketing


Basic and Essential

Installing and Activating Plugins

How to find and install the plugins and what each one of them does:

What Do These Plugins Do?

Contact Form 7


All in One SEO

NextGen Gallery

W3 Total Cache

Google Analyticator

Google XML Sitemap

WP DBManager

Maintenance Mode

Not Basic, But Essential

—-Share and Get It

—-About the Author Advanced

—-Social Media Tabs

—-What Would Seth Godin Do?

—-Google Analytics Dashboard


—-Simply Instagram

—-WordPress SEO

—-Feedburner Feedsmith


—-Widget Logic

—-Comment Redirect

—-End Post Content

—-Pinterest RSS Widget

—-WordPress Popular Posts

—-Simple Feed Copyright

—-Lightbox Plus

—-Theme Test Drive

—-Editorial Calendar

—-Thank Me Later



—Comment Luv

What if I want to use a plugin that’s not in the official WordPress directory?

How many plugins should I use?

Do I have to update plugins?


Time Saving Services



Services to Extend Your Reach




RSS via Feedburner


Search Engine Optimization

WordPress Security

Mobile WordPress on the iPad

Apps for Blogging

Apps for Photo Editing or Photoblogging

Google Analytics for the iPad

Apps to Improve Commenting

2 More Apps to Improve Social Media

Calendar Apps

Utility Apps




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Hi – I’m Nancy Hendrickson and I’ve been a tech geek for years. When not fine-tuning WordPress websites, I’m out photographing and writing about the backroads of the Frontier West. Just for fun I recently and did a little calculation – to date I’ve written more than 1.5 million words and built close to 200 WordPress sites. This book is a compilation of all that I know about WordPress, including all of the questions clients, friends and family have asked me about their WP sites over the years.  I hope you enjoy it – and that it makes your WordPress life much easier.

Quick Notes

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