Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

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Peachpit Press, Mar 30, 2009 - Computers - 272 pages
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Having your own blog isn't just for the nerdy anymore. Today, it seems everyone–from multinational corporations to a neighbor up the street–has a blog. They all have one, in part, because the folks at WordPress make it easy to get one. but to actually build a good blog–to create a blog people want to read–takes thought, planning, and some effort. From picking a theme and using tags to choosing widgets and building a community, creating your blog really starts after you set it up. In this book by blogger extraordinaire Scott McNulty, you learn how to:

  • Install and get your WordPress blog running.
  • Set up your site to ensure it can easily grow with you and your readers.
  • Be the master of user accounts.
  • Manage your site with the WordPress Dashboard and extend its capabilities with plug-ins.
  • Make the most of images.
  • Work with pages, templates, and links and–of course–publish your posts.
  • Deal with comments–if you even want readers commenting at all.
  • Find a theme–or build one yourself.
  • Maintain your site and fix common problems.

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User Review  - sharlenehsmith - LibraryThing

If your a beginner to the blogging world, Wordpress is the site for you. This book has the ins & outs of setting up a Wordpress blog, how to use the dashboard, creating posts, user settings, adding pages etc. Read full review

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This book was a required reading for a graduate course on Web content. It was my favorite reading assignment out of two years worth of information studies. Scott McNulty is amazing. I laughed out loud from beginning to end and I could not put this down. It is the perfect combination of instruction, experience, and humor. I highly recommend this as a fun read as much as a manual on how to build a blog. Scott McNulty (a.k.a. "Dr. Awesome") is my hero.  


Why WordPress?
Installing WordPress
Managing User Accounts
The Dashboard
Futureproofing Your Blog
Preparing to Post
Publishing Your Post Finally
Working with Pages
Handling Links
Coping with Comments
Working with Themes and Widgets
Themes To Find or to Build?
Using PlugIns
Troubleshooting and Maintenance

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Scott McNulty is a simple geek living in Philadelphia. Scott has been blogging for just over nine years about whatever strikes his fancy. He runs more WordPress blogs than anyone should, and even has a few other blogs using other blogging engines. More of Scott's words can be found on his personal blog,, or at, where Scott is a senior contributor, or, where he writes a weekly feature about technology.

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