WordPress: The Missing Manual doesn’t end with just getting something up online. There are tips that even those with more experience can use. The book recommends a variety of useful plug-ins for adding slideshows, video clips, webcasts, podcasts, and music players. It does also cover SEO or search-engine optimization, how to publicize your site, and tips for creating a community. While there are a variety of plug-ins that install social media tools such as “Like” and sharing buttons, and provide RSS feeds of your posts, The Missing Manual recommends a few and explains how to utilize them.
A good chunk of WordPress: The Missing Manual is for the beginner but there are some nuggets to be gleaned by those of us a little more experienced with the system. It can’t be stressed enough though that there are huge differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com and if you’re only going to skim the books for hints, make sure that you understand which platform the book is talking about. If you’re new to website design, WordPress is an invaluable tool and the 558-page The Missing Manual can help you get a functional and professional looking website up fairly quickly.