If you are thinking about starting a WordPress blog or even just looking to improve an existing one, take a look at Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read by Scott McNulty. It covers everything in a easy to read (not computer-eeze) manner. If you are starting your first blog by yourself (without IT support) and somewhat intimidated by the task, this book is the perfect guide.
Topics covered in this book includes:
- Why WordPress?
- Installing WordPress
- Managing User Accounts
- Using the Dashbook
- Futurproofing Your Blog
- Preparing to Post
- Publishing Your Post
- Working with Pages
- Handling Links
- Coping with Comments
- Working with Themes and Widgets
- Custom Themes
- Using Plug-ins
- Troubleshooting and Maintenance
One section that is a must read is “Plug-ins No Blog Should Be Without“. Two of his recommended plug-ins are Akismet and Bad Behavior which will combat spam posts.
This is one reference book which you will actually use. It’s widely available, so be sure to check around for the best price.