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Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read (Social Media Book Review)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus) with tags , , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by dustus

I discovered over the last year that there is just so much one can do with a free WordPress blog. In fact, I used to marvel at how some of my favorite blogs utilize cool plugins and capabilities that my free blog is not able to support. The Dustus Blog could not handle retweets, maps, ads (though I choose not to run them) and all those other coded goodies available to self-hosted blogs. Overall, my design options and ability to customize were indeed very limited with a free blog format.

If you are like me and you’re looking to make the leap to a self-hosted WP blog, then buy Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read. This book is worth every penny. Scott McNulty walks you through the process of setting up your new self-hosted blog, and he does not skip any of the technical essentials. By the time you finish reading this book, you will be ready to upload all the necessary WordPress files to your host server. Then the real fun begins: you may modify/customize existing templates to fit all of your blogging needs.

I admit that before beginning the process of upgrading to, I was afraid of tinkering with PHP code. However, Scott McNulty is so clear with his explanations and visual guides that the process becomes easy.

Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read = Fantastic (visit, a direct result of applying my design skills to the information presented in Scott’s book)
Scott McNulty (@blankbaby on Twitter) is the Chief Blogger at Comcast (check out Comcast Voices), co-hosts Fork You, is a senior contributor to MacUser,as well as a frequent contributor to Macworld.