WordPress: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition

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Author: Matthew MacDonald
Pub Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4493-4186-2
Pages: 612
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 11 Mb

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Whether you’re a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9’s themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site.
The important stuff you need to know:
– Create your site. Get hands-on, A-to-Z instructions for building all types of websites, from classy blogs to professional-looking ecommerce sites.
– Add features. Choose from thousands of widgets and plug-ins to enhance your site’s ease of use, looks, and performance.
– Mix in multimedia. Add picture galleries, slideshows, video clips, music players, and podcasts to your pages.
– Attract an audience. Create automatic content feeds, sign up site subscribers, and help readers share your posts on social media.
– Fine-tune your content. Analyze site statistics to improve your content and reach, and to optimize your site for search engines.
– Go Mobile. Choose a theme that automatically reconfigures your site for mobile devices.
– Build a truly unique site. Learn how to customize WordPress themes to create a site that looks exactly the way you want it to.

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Showing Groups of Pictures

Individual images are an important part of most posts and pages. As you already know, there’s no limit to the number of pictures you can include in a single post—you simply need to arrange your text around them in the best way possible.

But this approach isn’t ideal for posts where you want the pictures as the focal point (for example, a travelogue of your trip through Nepal) or where pictures are the wholepoint (for example, an amateur photographer’s snaps on a photoblog). In both cases, you need to tame your piles of pictures and present them in a way that lets visitors browse them at their leisure. In the following sections, you’ll consider a range of options for posts like these, starting with WordPress’s basic gallery feature.

Creating a Gallery

A gallery displays a set of thumbnail images on a page so it’s easy for visitors to scan them (Figure 10-3). To take a closer look at a pic, all you need to do is click a thumbnail.

When you click a picture in a gallery, you probably expect to see a larger version of the image. But WordPress does something a little different, and its exact behavior depends on how you host your site.