WordPress For Dummies – Available Monday 10/29


Just heard from my publisher today, and he said… “The first date of availability is next Monday (10/29). It usually takes a couple weeks before it’s on store shelves. Amazon orders will probably ship 11/2…

So, we’ve confirmed…at long last, the official WordPress For Dummies book is reality and will be on the shelf at your local bookstore in no time! As well as Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel, Books-A-Million and, of course, Dummies.Com and Wiley.Com.

The WordPress For Dummies E-Book can also be purchased from Wiley directly.

About The Book
WordPress is powerful software known for helping bloggers share their thoughts online. Whether you want to set up a blog in the WordPress community, add a blog to another site, or build your own blogging community, this book shows how WordPress can help. With this book, you’ll soon be navigating WordPress templates, plugins, and themes with no problem.

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging tools available, with over a million registered bloggers, and climbing! This all-new Dummies guide delivers just what would-be bloggers need to get up and running with WordPress and start communicating with the world. WordPress For Dummies covers blogging basics, choosing a hosting solution or setting up a host, developing blog content, syndicating blog posts with RSS, launching a specialized blog (including podcasting, photoblogging, mobile blogging, and videoblogging), and even earning revenue. It includes help on every aspect of installing and using WordPress, illustrations from real-world WordPress blogs, step-by-step tutorials on key topics, and insights from bloggers who use WordPress.

Discover How To:

  • Personalize WordPress Settings
  • Understand common template tags
  • Manage and moderate comments
  • Deal with comment and trackback spam
  • Troubleshoot common problems
  • Sign up for, set up and use a hosted blog at WordPress.com
  • Download, install, set up and use WordPress on your own web hosting account
  • Find, download, install and manage WordPress plugins
  • Learn and understand the “Loop”
  • Learn the ins and outs of simple template tags and theme creation
  • Download, install, configure, set up and use the WordPress MU software to create your own blog community/network
  • ….and MORE

I’m really excited about the release and am very proud of it. I believe that all my hard work in the last year has resulted in something that readers will find helpful and resourceful when it comes to the use of the most popular blogging software on the ‘net!

I’m not going to clog my blog with endless promotions of the book (people willl argue that I should.. but, reallly.. Zzzzzzzz!), but if you buy the book – you have my genuine, heartfelt THANKS! If you read the book – drop me a line and let me know, I would really like to hear from you.

Now, back to the real world of work n’ such – – I have about 20 new design projects to add to the portfolio AND I need to get a workout in tonight, as well….time for some SERIOUS time management!

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  2. I am so excited, I’m recommending it to all of the Dummies I know!!

    Part of me wants you to write about it every day, and post pictures of it on those special “For Dummies” turny displays they have right as you walk into every bookstore known to mankind, but the other part of me thinks if you actually took photos of it in stores, I would probably gag, and maybe even throw up a little bit in my mouth. That’s a lot of self love, and I don’t think you need to do that. Your book has legs, man, it’ll run all around the store and sell itself!

    I do, however, solemnly swear to walk into every single bookstore and spin that For Dummies rack like crazy, point and smile and say really loud “I KNOW AN AUTHOR!!!” Because you know, being an Author, that’s a title you should definitely change your business cards to include.

    I’m sure you have your new business cards on order though, right?


  3. and.. and.. and..


    I’m so proud of you, truly I am. You made it all the way here without chugging one single martini.


  4. No martinis… but we’ll just not mention the vast quantities of scotch, ok? 😮

    And thank you for being proud of me *big hugs* – that means so much.. you were such a great big source of support through it all! Well, you… and the scotch.. but..shhh. 😉

    I’m hoping it has legs! It’s WordPress, afterall… of course it has legs! 😀

  5. Congratulations…..and you who have been accused of not having any patience or a sense of humor. You needed both to have completed this monumental task.

  6. Tom.. my sense of humor is up for debate. The person who ‘gets me’ is sorta rare…but appreciated.

    And thank you! Speaking of people in my life who were a source of tremendous support and encouragement – could not have done it without the much needed sanity breaks.

    (and yes..I know.. I owe you an email – today has been hairy 🙂

  7. I have had my copy on pre-order since September – I am SO glad to hear about this early release! According to Amazon – the release date is 11/12.. so this is a bonus!

    Congratulations on the book – I am sure it’s going to be a WILD success. Everything you touch seems to turn golden – – best of luck! :)>-

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  9. I hate to be a party-proofer, but I did notice that the capitalisation of WordPress in your post, doesn’t match that of the image you’ve posted.

    I’m not sure what (if anything) this means, though 🙂

  10. Milorad – it means the publishing company got the capitalization wrong on the flier graphic, they’ve already been notified of it, though – Thanks!

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  12. @Andrei – I think so too, Andrei, thanks!

    @Dino – Thank you so much! I’m pretty excited about it, too 🙂

    @Bradley – That’s excellent to hear. Drop me a line later and let me know how you liked it, thanks!

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  14. hi—lisa: congrats on this book, i could’ve swore i posted about this a while back, was the book on hold? if so, i’m glad its finally coming out. i already have “blogging for dummies” i’ll have to add this one to my collection. it is pretty neat you wrote this. i’m sure it will be the first of many on the subject, which is cool for all wordpress fans. (like me)

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  16. @Missy – thank you very much. Originally, the book was dated for release in the late summer months of ’07. However, with the pending release of the latest version of WordPress 2.3 and the great additions they made to the platform with that release, the decision was made to wait – – make sure the book reflected the 2.3-ness and make the book release after the 2.3 release… so yea, it was pushed back a tad bit. Cheers!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by, Michael. Dummies books are a known brand for beginners – so it’s hard to say if it will have any new information that you don’t know. You can always read it and decide.. and if it doesn’t teach you anything new… pass it along to a friend who maybe doesn’t know as much as you do about WordPress 🙂

    (I didn’t think you sounded big-headed 😉

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  22. I’ve been waiting for something like this to come out. Now I can just tell people to get the book instead of having to explain to them what WordPress is and how to use it.

  23. Mark – thank you so much, for the kudos and for the time you spent contributing and reviewing some of the content as it relates to your wonderful Subscribe 2 Comments plugin. It is *the* plugin used as a ‘real world’ example in the section that deals with how to find, install, configure and manage plugins – – I’ve said it before, but excellent work on that!

  24. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wanted to throw that in there. SUPER excited about the book (and I know that you are super excited to have your life back, LOL)!!!

    Hehe, I think it’s so cool to say “yeah, I love the company that I work for . . . my boss wrote the book on this stuff – literally!”

  25. Linds….*hugs* to you – you’ve been so patient with me during a crazy time 🙂 You waltzed right into E.Webscapes during a storm of chaos and smack dab in the middle of this book project and you’ve been my calm in the eye of the storm – – a million times thank you! 😡

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  29. Will get it once the price comes down in the shop .. as in when the price shown for Canadian is lower then the American one

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  33. @jez – many thanks! I think I have those very same Dummies books myself 🙂

    @Ashley – It’s about time WordPress got published in the Dummies series. WP has come a loooooooooong way baby! thank you for stoppin!

    @LM – Here’s hopin’ for a lower Canadian price for you, then 😉

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  38. Amazon isn’t shipping on 11/2 its shipping all pre-orders on 11/12 this is seriously lame, I think B&N will have them on shelves before Amazon ships them. Got an amazon copy anyways.

  39. Lisa, great work, I know what I’m buying a few folks for Xmas. Just to be clear the book covers 2.3? I think the built in tags feature is important to explain to some folks.

  40. @SasaVtech – All I know is word directly from my publisher…when the publishers update the book info at Amazon, it sometimes takes time for those updates to show up – – in a world of instant info, you’d think it would be otherwise, eh? 🙂 At any rate – thank you for stopping by, and for buying the book – drop by later and let me know your thoughts!

    @Dave – yes, one of the reasons this book was delayed (it was supposed to be done in the late summer months) was because we chose to wait for the 2.3 release so the info in the book would be up to date – – so, the sort answer is yes 🙂 Thanks!

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  44. Well, good job and congratulations and I feel so honored to have served a tiny, tiny part of it in helping you with your procrastination that one night. Oops, was I supposed to mention that one night?? 😯 Oh dear, what have I done? It was just one night, wasn’t it?

  45. Jamme J – it was one night that will carry us through a lifetime. Hmmm…. it was just one night.. or was it?

    I think that night was one of *those* nights where the procrastination was an absolute MUST…kind of like.. if I didn’t have my procrastination fix, I would have exploded. So, don’t kid yourself… it was integral, and I thank you 🙂

  46. Hey Gary.. thanks! I’m working on an arrangement with my publisher on the autographed copies – – as soon as I know something I’ll update here 🙂

  47. Lisa: congratulations on the upcoming release, I’m sure it will be a great asset to WP newcomers and those looking to learn a few more tricks. Do you think you could confirm a list of the themes which are covered in the book?

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  49. Hi Ben…and thank you for stopping by. I hope readers find it to be a good asset! I can confirm for you that your Tarski theme is indeed living in Ch 17. 🙂 How could I spotlight some great WP themes without including Tarski?? :)>-

  50. Looking very forward to the book and pleased for the early release date. Been wanting to learn WP and this will be my motivator!

    Just ran up to Border’s just to make sure it wasn’t on the shelf already and then I’d cancel my order on-line.

    Why can’t we buy autographed copies directly from you?!?!?

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  61. Congratulations on a well needed book, and one that I’m sure will soon be a classic. We use WordPress for many reasons such as it is a very well written software program. The way that it’s set up it’s easy to install and manage, even if it’s your first time. Plus there is just something unique about a WordPress blog. It’s almost like you can sense that the author is using WordPress on their site when you first visit their blog because there is something special about viewing a WordPress blog. Kind of like eating something for the first time and immediately loving it, but not knowing quite why, and then learning from the chef that they added a secret ingredient, like nutmeg. WordPress blogs just seem to have a little bit of ‘nutmeg’ in them when you read them. Another reason why we picked WordPress is because the author(s) of the software seem to have a good sense of humor. When you’re at the main WordPress site you feel at home and among friends, even if it’s your first visit there. You can tell that WordPress is designed well because any software writer who sprinkles a little humor in their site, must enjoy what they’re doing, and it certainly shows in every WordPress blog on the net 😉

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  63. I just finished reading the book, and it will now be my desk-side companion reference. Thank you so much for writing WordPress for Dummies.(*) I reviewed it on my blog, as well as doing a review on Amazon. Even though it was full of techie stuff, I loved the subtle humor infused into it. Great job! ^:)^

  64. Lisa – Just got done reading your book. It was awesome…perfect for the novice like myself trying to start a blog in WP! Thank you very much for all your insight. Also have checked out some of the blogs you have designed and I’m in awe of your work. You are truly talented.

    I do have a question though. I have very minimal web design work. I’ve built two sites one of which is no longer online and awful and http://www.HomesAtUF.com which is my latest attempt. I made that site with tables and only have minimal experience with CSS mainly for formatting, etc. I was wondering if there were any books or resources you recommend for someone like myself trying to design my own WP blog using CSS? I would certainly hire you if I could afford it but thats not in the cards at the moment plus I think building it will be half the fun.

  65. Webduck – thank you very much for taking the time to review the book on Amazon.com, and for dropping by here to let me know that you enjoyed the book. That is very much appreciated!

    People who know me claim that I have no sense of humor, so I’m glad to hear that you found humor in some of my writing! ha! 🙂

  66. Steve – thank you, kindly! I’m thrilled to hear that you found it helpful…. if you wanted to leave a review on Amazon.com about your experience with the book, that would be great, too – – every little bit helps!

    I took a look at your HomesAtUF.com site, and for someone who, admittedly, has minimal design experience, it’s a nicely done site. You are headed in the right direction, however.. that is, getting away from table-based designs and moving forward into CSS-based. It’s not an easy move. I did a post about my move from tables to CSS.. and man, I used to LOVE my tables. I didn’t think anything could tear me away from the comfort of table design… until I really started to learn and understand CSS. Now I wouldn’t touch a table unless it had a gourmet meal on it. haha 🙂

    Here’s a list of a few books that I still reference and keep within hands reach for CSS reference and resource:

    CSS Mastery by Andy Budd, Cameron Moll and Simon Collison

    The CSS Anthology by Rachel Andrew

    The CSS Cookbook by Christopher Schmitt and Dan Cederholm.

    Good luck and thanks!

  67. Steve, one of the best books on that topic is called “Spring into HTML and CSS”. The ISBN for it is 0-13-185586-7. If you’re by a library they should have a copy of it.

  68. Lisa, thanks so much for the help. I will definitely check those books out and leave a recommendation on Amazon. Once I get my blog built, I’ll pop back in and leave you a link.

    AngelArs, thanks for the tip. I plan on going to the library tomorrow to pick it up.

  69. It was my pleasure to help Steve. The library should have a lot of good CSS books. Another good one is called ‘Stylin with CSS’. Oh and just a heads up – the ‘CSS Cookbook’ mentioned above is the old version. There is a brand new (2007) version now available 😉

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  72. Guess what! I actually went out looking for this book today! My mom found an ad for it and asked if I wanted it, and I said YES!!! I love wordpress, but I can’t figure out how to code a theme and make a lot of things work, so I make my layouts and have someone else code it for me and do all the dirty work! But I couldn’t find it! They were all out at BAM so I think my mom is going to get it from Amazon…lol I can’t wait to read it! It’s awesome that you were just asked to write a book! LOL!!!

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  74. Just got my copy of the book from Borders a week and a half ago. I have probably read over half of it and skimmed the other half. I’m very impressed. Good job! I want to get away from my .com account and host myself. I am interested in using it as a CMS website solution like your E.Webscapes site.

    I guess I better get a cup of coffee and get busy!

    (» Read Steve W’s last blog post..Santa Caught in the Act!)

  75. Hi Lisa

    I am interested in buying the eBook version of your book. I clicked on the Wiley eBook link in
    your post and there was an error. I then
    searched Wiley for the eBook version and only
    the paperback version was shown.

    Is it available? Also, if it is will I be
    able to print any pages? I’d find it too
    difficult to read it on the computer at the
    same time as actioning the information on the
    same computer.

    Hope to hear from you. Thanks.


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  77. I’m a bit behind in catching up on my comment responses – – I’m sorry!! 😀 I’ve been slightly buried.. so here I go:

    @eMac – thank you very much – Dino is a great guy, glad to hear he sent you over!

    @天涯舞草 – I’m unsure if Wiley Publishing is planning on a Chinese translation of the book, I don’t *think* they are, unfortuantely.

    @Steve W – Thank you for dropping by! I’m so glad to hear you’re finding it helpful and BEST of luck with the development of your new site using WordPress as a CMS. Coffee is an absolute must!! 🙂

    @Judi – In the beginning, I did understand that Wiley was putting out an e-book version, and yet I have not seen any evidence of that on their website, or elsewhere. There is, however, a MobiPocket version of the book available – I found it by doing a quick Google Search for “WordPress For Dummies EBook”. It is available at Books on Board and you can download a free MobiPocket reader – and read about this reader – here. obipocket works well with PCs and handhelds; it is the only reliable solution for Blackberries and is normally a good solution for Palm OS. Reading further, however – it does look like the print function is disabled for this title. Hope that helps!

  78. Hi Lisa,

    I am using WP for Dummies to relaunch my blog with WP on my own UFL. I am seeking clarification on a specific instruction in WP for Dummies. I was unable to submit the contact form on this website and WPAssist. Could you possibly contact me, or let me know why the contact form is failing?


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  80. I am using WP for Dummies to relaunch my blog with WP on my own UFL. I am seeking clarification on a specific instruction in WP for Dummies. I was unable to submit the contact form on this website and WPAssist. Could you possibly contact me, or let me know why the contact form is failing?

  81. Congratulations…..and you who have been accused of not having any patience or a sense of humor. You needed both to have completed this monumental task.

  82. Congratulations on the book! Since I primarily rely on the “For Dummies” series to get me through pretty much everything in life I think I will try and find the book so I can learn more about blogging….

  83. Congratulations on the book! Since I primarily rely on the “For Dummies” series to get me through pretty much everything in life I think I will try and find the book so I can learn more about blogging….

  84. Lisa, thanks so much for the help. I will definitely check those books out and leave a recommendation on Amazon. Once I get my blog built, I’ll pop back in and leave you a link.

    AngelArs, thanks for the tip. I plan on going to the library tomorrow to pick it up.

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  87. Fantastic book, I am having troubles with a few areas on WordPress and this is going to help me tons. Thanks so much.

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  89. I am a very new user and wish to create my own blog site with WordPress – will your ‘Dummies’ book guide me throught this process in a step-by-step format so that by the end of book my site will be up and running?
    Many thanks

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  91. Where were those books when I was trying to learn? ;] you’re doing a great favour to the community, Lisa! Do you know if it is available in Polish? I would love to get one for my dad, who might be into self-publishing, but afraid of web technologies… and I only have limited time to teach him.

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