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Last updated on 2015-09-27

About the Book


WordPress is Content Management System for building Web Sites.

It is intended for general public and therefore no coding skill is required.

At the background it uses PHP programming languagea and MySQL Database.

WordPress home page is at https://wordpress.org.


Book content

This book is collection of standalone tutorials.

Each tutorial contains minimum amount of instructions needed to explain specific functionality.


How to use this book

This book can be used as an introduction to WordPress covering all of the basic core functionalities.

In addition book will be updated with more tutorials covering more specific subjects.

Book is also intended as Just In Time Support so that user can learn what it needs when it needs it.

This is why tutorials are standalone and minimalistic focusing only at one problem at the time.

You should however first go through the main features of WordPress to familiarize yourself with the core concepts.

This can be done by first going through the main chapters as deep as you see fit.

Then later you can come back to explore other more specific chapters as you need them. 

About the Author

Ivor Online
Ivor Online




"Things are only as complicated as they are badly explained." 

Proper documentation is essential to avoid struggle and frustration when working with simple things that only seem complicated by not being properly documented and explained. 



"Working example is worth thousands of words."

Just like the picture is worth thousands of words the same goes for the working example. Documentation in the form of working examples is proved to be the fastest and the most effective way of transfering knowledge. Sometimes an example is all you need to get the things done. And if there are some accompanying comments that explain what is going on even better. This is the approach I use when creating tutorials. This results in rapid learning which you can apply when you need it in the spirit of Just In Time Support. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction


1.1      Terms

1.2      Install

1.2.1        On Remote Host

1.2.2        On Local Machine         Configure PHP         Start & Configure MySQL DB         Download WordPress         Configure IIS Web Server         Install WordPress

1.3      Uninstall

1.3.1        From Remote Host

1.3.2        From Local Machine


2. Settings


2.1      Pages

2.1.1        Create

2.1.2        Show list of pages

2.1.3        Edit         Using Edit Page         Using Quick Edit Settings

2.1.4        Settings         Hierarchy

2.2      Posts

2.2.1        Create

2.2.2        Show list of posts

2.2.3        Edit         Using Edit Post Settings         Using Quick Edit Settings

2.2.4        Settings         Formats         Categories         Tags

2.3      Pages & Posts Common Settings         Content         Featured Image

2.4      Static Front Page

2.4.1        Specify         Using Reading Settings         Using Customize Settings         Using Home Page Settings

2.4.2        Edit         Using Edit Page Settings         Using Home Page Settings         Using Theme Settings

2.5      Blog

2.5.1        Specify as Front Page         Using Reading Settings         Using Customize Settings

2.5.2        Specify as Normal Page         Using Reading Settings         Using Customize Settings

2.6      Menus

2.6.1        Default menu

2.6.2        Custom menu         Create         Select         Add Link         Add Category         Add Format         Edit Menu Item Label and Title

2.6.3        Manage Locations

2.7      Widgets

2.7.1        Widget section

2.7.2        Customize section

2.7.3        List of Widgets


2.8.1        Enable/Disable Comments

2.8.2        Show All Comments

2.8.3        Show Page/Post comments

2.8.4        Edit Comment

2.8.5        Quick Edit Comment

2.9      Categories

2.9.1        Create         Using Categories Settings         Using Edit Post or Add New Post Settings

2.9.2        Edit         Using Edit Category Settings         Using Quick Edit Settings

2.10   Tags

2.10.1      Create      Using Tags Settings      Using Post Quick Edit Settings      Using Edit Post or Add New Post Settings

2.11   Plugins

2.11.1      Activate Installed Plugin

2.11.2      Install Free Plugin

2.11.3      Install Premium Plugin

2.11.4      Develop Custom Plugin

2.12   Themes

2.12.1      Activate Installed Theme

2.12.2      Install Free Theme

2.12.3      Install Premium Theme

2.12.4      Update Installed Theme

2.12.5      Develop Custom Theme

2.13   Child Themes

2.13.1      Manually Create Child Theme

2.13.2      Activate Child Theme

2.13.3      Use Child Theme

2.13.4      Edit Child Theme

2.14   Other Settings

2.14.1      Title and Tagline

2.14.2      Colors


4. Themes & Plugins


4.1      Themes

4.1.1        Suffusion         Templates         Other Sections

4.1.2        Responsive II

4.1.3        Customizr

4.1.4        Make

4.1.5        Pinnacle

4.1.6        Current

4.1.7        Virtue

4.1.8        Influence

4.1.9        Vantage

4.1.10      Layers

4.1.11      Tesla

4.2      Plugins

4.2.1        TinyMCE Plugin

4.2.2        Front-end Editor

4.2.3        Widget Logic

4.2.4        Add Category to Pages

4.2.5        MPStacks

4.2.6        Page Builder         Open         Install SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle         Widgets

4.2.7        Beaver Builder         Open         Modules         Modules


4. Advanced Topics


4.1      Develop Custom Plugin

4.2      Develop Custom Theme

4.3      Multisite

4.3.1        Based on Subdirectories         Enable Network Setup Option         Convert to Multisite         Add Site

4.3.2        Based on Subdomains         Create Wildcard Subdomain         Enable Network Setup Option         Convert to Multisite         Add Site

4.4      Alternative Installation Options

4.4.1        Remove WordPress directory from URL

4.4.2        Remove WordPress directory from URL if using Multisite

4.4.3        Simultaneously use subdomains and subdirectories

4.5        Support Tutorials

4.5.1        Edit file using cPanel

4.5.2        Edit file using FTP Client Total Commander

4.5.3        Specify default domain page

4.5.4        Install URL Rewrite Module for IIS

4.5.5        Edit web.config for Multisite based on subdirectories

4.5.6        .htaccess Rewrite Rules

4.5.7        Regular Expression


5. Errors


5.1      WordPress

5.1.1        The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet

5.1.2        Cannot modify header information

5.1.3        Sites in your WordPress network must use sub-directories

5.1.4        Can't Log In

5.1.5        The action can't be completed

5.1.6        The action can't be completed

5.2      MySQL

5.2.1        [Warning] Can't create test file

5.3      PHP

5.3.1        Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extensions

5.3.2        The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

5.4      IIS

5.4.1        Uploaded images not showing

5.4.2        HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden

5.4.3        HTTP Error 404.0 - Not Found

5.4.4        HTTP Error 404.3 - Not Found

5.4.5        No .htaccess file

5.5      Remote Host

5.5.1        HTTP Error 404.0 - Not Found

5.5.2        Wildcard DNS may not be configured correctly!

5.5.3        The system experienced a problem during the creation of the "*" subdomain

5.5.4        This webpage is not available

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