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WordPress Explained

WordPress Explained

WordPress Explained is a fun and clear introduction to WordPress.

WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it overwhelming. We wrote this book to make WordPress as simple and straight-forward as possible. Join the OSTraining Book Club

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Key Features

  • Clear instruction: Learn WordPress by following plain English, clear visuals and enjoyable step-by-step instructions.
  • Hands-on learning: Master WordPress by building a complete WordPress site.

Book Description

WordPress is an extremely popular and amazingly powerful web content management system. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you!

Stephen Burge has taught thousands of beginners - and thousands more who've experimented with WordPress but haven't mastered it yet. Nobody knows more about guiding WordPress users up the learning curve - from confusion to results!

Burge and the OSTraining team make learning fun. Like their online training, you learn by following enjoyable, step-by-step instructions. OSTraining books are written in plain English and are supported by plenty of online documentation and videos.

WordPress Explained requires absolutely no experience with WordPress, content management, website construction, programming, scripting, or even HTML. Please note: This book is 100% aimed at WordPress beginners.

What You’ll Learn

You'll master WordPress hands-on, through a complete case study, crystal-clear visuals, simple explanations, and on-target analogies, all extensively tested with real WordPress beginners.

Burge walks you through installing WordPress, planning sites that are easy to use and manage, adding content, and incorporating powerful site features without programming. Finally, Burge shows you how to run your site securely and efficiently, no matter how big or popular it becomes!

About the Author

Stephen Burge has split his career between teaching and web development. He now runs, which specializes in teaching website development.'s clients include Apple, Pfizer, and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Education, and Commerce.

Burge's books are some of the world’s best-selling guides to the software they cover. Other books by Burge include:

  • Joomla Explained (Addison - Wesley, 2011)
  • Drupal 7 Explained (Addison - Wesley, 2013)
  • Joomla 3 Explained (Addison - Wesley, 2014)
  • MySQL Explained (OSTraining, 2015)
  • Drupal 7 Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • Drupal 8 Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • Joomla 3 Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • Multilingual Joomla Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • Magento Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • WooCommerce Explained (OSTraining, 2017)
  • WordPress Explained (OSTraining, 2017)

Table of Contents

  1. WordPress Explained
  2. Planning for Your WordPress Website Your First 10 WordPress Tasks
  3. WordPress Posts Explained
  4. WordPress Categories and Tags Explained
  5. WordPress Pages Explained
  6. WordPress Media and Galleries Explained
  7. WordPress Plugins Explained
  8. WordPress Contact Forms Explained
  9. WordPress Themes Explained
  10. WordPress Page Builders Explained
  11. WordPress Widgets Explained
  12. WordPress Menus Explained
  13. WordPress Users Explained
  14. Finishing and Launching Your Site
  15. WordPress Site Maintenance Explained
  16. What's Next?
  17. Bonus: The Jetpack Plugin Explained
  18. Bonus: Optimizing WordPress Explained
  19. Bonus: WordPress eCommerce Explained
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