Author(s): Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Your full-color guide to creating dynamic websites with WordPress
Are you familiar with the fundamentals of WordPress, but want to take your skills to the next level? From bestselling author and WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson, this new edition of WordPress Web Design For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on the latest release of the software and shows you how to use it as a tool to create a customized, compelling, and cost-effective website--without losing your cool.
WordPress can be used to create a custom design for your website using complimentary technologies such as graphic design, CSS, HTML coding, PHP programming, and MySQL administration. With the help of this hands-on, friendly guide, you'll discover how to create an effective navigation system, choose the right color palette and fonts, and select different layouts. Plus, you'll find out how to tweak existing website designs with available themes, both free and premium, and gain the confidence to translate your design skills into paid work.
Whether you want to use WordPress to spruce up your existing website or create a brand-new one from scratch, this do-it-yourself guide has you covered.
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the co-owner of WebDevStudios, a development company specializing in custom WordPress plugins, themes, and deployments. She is a popular conference speaker and bestselling author of WordPress For Dummies and WordPress All-in-One For Dummies. Find her on Twitter @LisaSabinWilson.
Introduction 1 Part I: Establishing a WordPress Foundation 5 Chapter 1: Exploring Web Design with WordPress 7 Chapter 2: Understanding WordPress Requirements 17 Chapter 3: Installing WordPress on Your Web Server 25 Chapter 4: Managing Content with WordPress 43 Part II: Choosing the Right Tools 61 Chapter 5: Exploring Editors, Browsers, and FTP 63 Chapter 6: Choosing Graphics and Software Resources 83 Chapter 7: Choosing Colors and Fonts 99 Chapter 8: Planning Your Design Strategy 113 Part III: Working with WordPress Themes 135 Chapter 9: Finding and Installing a WordPress Theme 137 Chapter 10: Working with the Default Theme: Twenty Fifteen 141 Chapter 11: Dissecting Themes and Templates 159 Chapter 12: Displaying Content with Widgets and Template Tags 197 Chapter 13: Understanding Parent and Child Themes 245 Part IV: Building Your Custom Website 259 Chapter 14: Using Basic CSS and HTML to Customize Your Site Design 261 Chapter 15: Designing for WordPress as a CMS 283 Chapter 16: Enhancing Your Website with Plugins 301 Part V: The Part of Tens 333 Chapter 17: Ten Powerful Plugins for WordPress 335 Chapter 18: Ten Well-Designed Sites That Use WordPress as a CMS 345 Chapter 19: Ten Free WordPress Themes 353 Index 359