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HowTo: WordPress 4

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About the Book

If you own a website powered by the WordPress CMS, or you are a web developer looking to build a WordPress CMS site, you want quick, reliable solutions. HowTo: WordPress 4 is made especially for you — a no nonsense, how-to book that focuses on proven solutions the most common issues you encounter in WordPress.

A comprehensive guide to using the WordPress CMS, HowTo: WordPress 4 was specifically written for the 4.x series of WordPress releases. With 350+ pages and more than 200 screenshots, the book provides you with your best hands-on guide to owning and managing a WordPress website.

Written by Ric Shreves, author of eight open source CMS titles, including the Joomla! Bible and the Drupal 7 BibleHowTo: WordPress 4 is the first in a new series of ebooks from publisher water&stone digital.

About the Author

Ric Shreves
Ric Shreves

Ric Shreves is a partner at water&stone, an interactive agency specializing in open source technologies. He's worked with content management technologies for more than 10 years and previously served as the Chairmen of the non-profit Mambo Foundation. Ric's written several books on technology and worked as a tech journalist and columnist for a number of publications, including ComputerWorld. He lives in Bali, Indonesia. You can visit his personal site at and his company site at

Table of Contents

Chap 1: First steps with the WordPress CMS

1.01        Obtaining the installation files

1.02       Installing WordPress

1.03       Logging in to the WordPress Dashboard

1.04       Logging out of the WordPress Dashboard

1.05       Making sense of the WordPress Dashboard

1.06       Customizing the WordPress Dashboard

Chap 2:  Configuring WordPress

2.01      Change the Site Title

2.02     Change the Site Tagline

2.03     Set the Timezone for your site

2.04     Control the Time & Date Format

2.05     Turn commenting on/off (globally)

2.06     Turn commenting on/off (for individual articles)

2.07     Configure commenting

2.08     Enable publishing by email

2.09     Set the homepage for your site

2.10     Control the number of posts shown per page

2.11      Implement search engine friendly URLs

Chap 3: Post Creation & Editing

3.01     Decide whether to use a Post or a Page

3.02     Access the Posts Manager

3.03     Understand the 5 Post Statuses

3.04     Create a new Post

3.05     Apply a Post Format

3.06     Publish a post

3.07     Unpublish a post

3.08     Schedule a Post to automatically publish

3.09     Edit a post

3.10     Move a Post to the Trash

3.11      Permanently delete a Post

3.12     Restore a Post from the Trash

3.13     Organize Posts into Categories

3.14     Tag your posts

Chap 4: How to work with WordPress Pages

4.01      Decide whether to use a Post or a Page

4.02     Access the Pages manager

4.03     Understand Page Statuses

4.04     Create a new page

4.05     Apply a Page Template

4.06     Publish a page

4.07     Unpublish a page

4.08     Schedule a Page to automatically publish

4.09     Edit a Page

4.10     Move a Page to the Trash

4.11     Permanently delete a Page

4.12    Restore a Page from the Trash

Chap 5: Media management

5.01     Access the Media Library

5.02     Upload a new file to the Media Library

5.03     Delete a file from the Media Library

5.04     Edit images with the built-in editor

5.05     Add an image to a post or a page

5.06     Add a gallery to a Post or a Page

5.07     Set the featured image for a Post or a Page

5.08     Control the size of your site’s images

5.09     Add a video to a Post or a Page

5.10     Add a file download to a Post or a Page

5.11     Add a link inside of a Post or Page

5.12    Add a link to an image

Chap 6: Dealing with users

6.01     Access the User manager

6.02     Create a new user

6.03     Edit an existing user

6.04     Delete a user

6.05     Restrict content access to a particular group

6.06     Restrict content access by password

6.07     Reset a user’s password

6.08     Set up user registration

Chap 7: Managing Menus  

7.01     Access the Menu Manager

7.02     Create a new Menu

7.03     Edit an existing Menu

7.04     Delete a Menu

7.05     Create a new Menu Item

7.06     Edit an existing Menu Item

7.07     Control item Navigation Label and Title Attribute

7.08     Re-order Menu Items

7.09     Delete a Menu Item

7.10     Add a “Home” link to a Menu

Chap 8: Working with Widgets

8.01     Access the Widget Manager

8.02     Publish a Widget

8.03     Set the title of a Widget

8.04     Unpublish a Widget

8.05     Change a Widget’s position

8.06     Display a Widget inside a Post or a Page

8.07     Change the ordering of Widgets

8.08     Display a list of the most recent articles

8.09     Display a list of the most recent comments

8.10     Display a list of categories

8.11     Display a list of Posts by date

8.12     Display a link to the archives

8.13     Display a tag cloud

8.14     Create a widget containing custom content

8.15     Control Widget visibility

Chap 9: Working with Themes

9.01     Access the Theme manager

9.02     Change the active Theme

9.03     Install a new Theme

9.04     Customize a Theme

9.05      Edit a Theme’s CSS file

9.06     Uninstall a theme

Chap 10: Managing Plugins

10.1     Access the Plugins manager

10.2    Install a Plugin

10.3    Uninstall a Plugin

10.4    Update a Plugin

10.5    Edit Plugin files

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