Launch a Blog In a Day For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Launch a Blog In A Day (For Dummies)

Happy to announce the release of my latest project for Wiley Publishing. The For Dummies division is launching a new series called “…In A Day For Dummies” which are short e-books geared toward helping you learn a new skill “in a day”.   Wiley Publishing decided to pilot this new series with books on WordPress […]

A theme and a book release – my day is done

Today saw the official release of the 4th Edition of my book: WordPress For Dummies (an entire MONTH early) …  Free themes, bonus content, and all!  Today also saw the release of a brand new theme over at Allure Themes called Varied.  I think I’ve done enough damage for one day – enjoy your weekend!

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with 5 BONUS Themes

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with BONUS Themes

This summer, I finished writing the 4th Edition of my WordPress For Dummies book (John Wiley & Sons) and it covers up to WordPress version 3.2.  This time around my editor, Amy Fandrei and I decided to do something a little different with this release, to offer my readers a bit more value that what […]

WordPress All In One For Dummies

WordPress All In One Book Released

My editor at Wiley Publishing started to hint around at the idea of writing an All In One book for WordPress way back in October 2009. Back then, it was just a hint… a ‘hey, Lisa, what would you think about …”. I was in a race to complete the third edition of my WordPress For Dummies book, and certainly wasn’t in the mood to entertain the idea of jumping into another book project, let alone a 912 page collaborative project that would put me in the position of co-author AND project manager.

Upcoming Events Spring 2011

Upcoming Events Spring 2011

With several items on my personal and business agenda this year, I’ve been trying to cut down as much as possible on travel where I can.  Last year, I think I took a dozen and a half trips to various WordCamps and other events, and this year, I’m trying to cut that in half.  On […]


Blog World Expo ’10 – WordPress For Dummies Book Signing

In October, I am flying to Las Vegas for the annual Blog World & New Media Expo, and am pretty excited about it.  Aside from the fact that I love Vegas (read: I adore Blackjack) – I get the opportunity to catch up with some old friends, make new ones and spend some quality time […]


WordCamp Savannah – WordPress Q&A

I am attending and presenting at WordCamp Savannah this weekend and am really looking forward to it. From what I understand, Savannah has a young WordPress community full of true beginners and people just getting started with WordPress. Jane Wells is doing a bang up job in organizing a local WordPress community there, and this is just the beginning. I’m thrilled to help!


WordPress Web Design For Dummies

Continuing along with my line of WordPress-themed books, I am currently working on adding a new title to my WordPress arsenal: WordPress Web Design For Dummies (published by Wiley Publishing: For Dummies division). WordPress Web Design For Dummies will focus completely on designing web sites with WordPress. The book assumes you already have knowledge of how to use WordPress (ie: you have already read my other book, WordPress For Dummies) – and you want to learn more about designing web sites with WordPress.

Appearance on

My good friends at invited me to appear on their internet TV show to talk about WordPress, my books, my work in design and WordPress development and involvement with WordCamps. It was great fun – special thanks to Matt Danner for doing such a fun interview!

WordCamp Boulder Presentation: Intro to BuddyPress

From WordCamp Boulder (Boulder, CO) in July 2010.


WordPress For Dummies 3rd Edition available

WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson (Wiley Pub.) is now available on for pre-order. This edition of the book was, almost, completely re-written and covers all the basics about the WordPress platform – including all the great new features that version 3.0 brings to its users, including how to set up and use the new Multi Site features so you can run more than one blog or web site on ONE installation of the WordPress software, how to use the custom menu feature to build and create your own custom navigation menus, a comprehensive look at the NEW default WordPress theme called Twenty Ten, using custom post types to create new ways to present different types of content – – as well as the rest of the information you’ve come to expect from WordPress For Dummies


My Free BuddyPress Webinar at WebDesign.Com

I’m excited to announce that I am doing a free webinar presentation for my good friends at on June 23rd at 1pm CST (Central Standard Time). The webinar is on the topic of using BuddyPress to create an online community on your WordPress powered site. I speak on the topic of BuddyPress often, as a matter of fact, I just finished up a presentation at the WordCamp in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend and it’s great to see how excited people are about BuddyPress. It also amazes me how many people do not yet know what BuddyPress is – or how they can use it to add that layer of social networking to their WordPress site!

I had the opportunity to share experiences with the iThemes community in Oklahoma City in March, 2010

Builder Bootcamp, PluginBuddy and my iThemes experience

I had a really great time at iThemes Builder Bootcamp weekend in Oklahoma and want to send out a big thanks to Cory Miller, Jen Miller and the rest of the iThemes team for inviting me down to their event. There were roughly 70-75 people in attendence, all of them passionate WordPress users, and all of them part of the iThemes community. Many were from the Oklahoma City general area – but there were a handful that flew in hundreds of miles away to spend the weekend with the iThemes crew to learn more about WordPress and how they can use the iThemes offerings to build their web sites with WordPress. Great stuff!


iThemes Builder Bootcamp April 23-24th

Oklahoma City, anyone? I’ve never been there before – but I will be this month to join the fabulous team from iThemes for their Builder BootCamp. iThemes creates premium WordPress themes, plugins and they host ‘BootCamps’ for their clients, and anyone else who wants to learn about how they can use the iThemes Builder WordPress theme framework to make awesome web sites.

F5Expo Vancouver

WordPress, BuddyPress and Social Media at F5Expo

It has been a LONG LONG time since I have been to Vancouver. I visited once and climbed all the way to the top of Grouse Mountain and had a blast! When the organizers of the F5Expo event contacted me to see if I had any interest in speaking and participating in their conference, I jumped at the chance to visit Vancouver again. Despite the fact that it is an incredible distance away from Wisconsin – I couldn’t bring myself to say no.

I am doing several things at the F5Expo – it’s really exciting! The event is on April 7th 2010 and is being held at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Interview with WebDesign.Com

While at SXSW 2010 in Austin, I spent some time with Cory Miller of WebDesign.Com and, who interviewed me about WordPress, my books and design work.

Think Tank Live Search Marketing and Social Media Summit

Speaking at Think Tank Live! in Milwaukee

I am happy to announce that I am speaking at the Think Tank Live Search Marketing and Social Media Summit scheduled for February 23, 2010 in Milwaukee, WI. I will be presenting on the topic of building a niche community web site utilizing the free and dynamic software combination of WordPress and BuddyPress and how business, and individuals, can leverage the features and components to build a fully functional social community on your own web site. Exciting stuff!


WordCamp NYC, BuddyPress & Me!

I’m really excited about the opportunity to speak at WordCamp NYC – At 9:15 am Saturday morning – November 14 – I will take the stage and talk about growing communities with BuddyPress. This presentation will take a look at the features BuddyPress currently offers to help you grow your own community on your web site, including some tips and tricks I’ve come across along the way to help de-mystify the BuddyPress themes and templates to help you on your way to customizing your own BuddyPress community site.


Keeping my focus on WordPress

Back in mid-May, I made an announcement here about a new book that I was contracted to write for Wiley Publishing, TypePad For Dummies.    I’m still very active in my WordPress For Dummies project, as a matter of fact, I just updated the book recently for a reprint and a 3rd edition of WordPress For […]

WordPress 2.8 Goodness

I’ve been using 2.8 beta since it’s release and upgraded this evening to 2.8 (Baker) this evening and nothing broke – that is always a bonus! Loving the upgrades to the WordPress platform and how everything is pretty much automated for users – – now not only can you upgrade your WordPress installation directly from […]

TypePad For Dummies, I'm doing it.

I couldn’t believe it when I stopped and paid notice to the fact that I have not updated my blog here since my return from SXSW. What a sorry, sorry blogger I am! Short story, I’ve been ultimately too chaotically busy with design projects, organizing WordCamp Chicago and some family matters that shall remain unmentioned – let’s just say … kids – I liked them better when they were cute and cuddly and weren’t old enough to drive a car! ‘Nuff said? I think so…

So much coolness all in one place – SXSW 2009

Charnell Pugsley from ServerBeach, and myself getting things rollin at SXSW 2009

I cannot begin to tell you how great SXSW was this year – it keeps getting better each year I go. That is probably because of the fact that I meet new people every year, and get the opportunity to see old friends, as well. This year was no different….

ServerBeach at SXSW 2009

SXSW Craziness!

I’ve been spending the past 2 weeks preparing for my trip to the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. This will be my third trip down to Austin for SXSW and I’m really looking forward to attending this year. Normally, there’s always a great deal to do before I take off for 5 days to attend the biggest geek gathering ever! I normally work long hours to make sure that all my client projects are either done, or well on their way to done and make sure everything I need on my home PC is set up for remote access, etc, etc. THIS year, however – it’s been a bit more crazy than usual because I’ve been working on developing five (5) premium WordPress themes that will be released at SXSW at the ServerBeach exhibit booth..

ServerBeach at SXSW

ServerBeach at SXSW with Lisa Sabin-Wilson, author of WordPress For Dummies

I’m really excited to announce that I am keeping myself busy at SXSW Interactive 2009 by appearing at the ServerBeach exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall March 13 – 15, 2009 in Austin Texas…

Meanwhile…back at the ranch…(long-ish)

I have been ever so slightly *MIA* here, I realize. This is due to several reasons – – some personal – – others just involve lots of work and lots of catching up on work! I do have lots going on, though – so let me get right to it with information about a recent interview, my appearance at the SXSW Interactive Festival, some WordCamp Chicago updates, and some great tid bits about WordPress for Dummies, 2nd Edition – – including the winners of my previously mentioned autographed book giveaway. . .