All About WordPress – Themes, Plugins, Tips and Tweaks

Official WordPress Links

Download – http://wordpress.org/download (the main stuff)

Themes – http://themes.wordpress.net (tons of themes can be searched by various conditions)

Plugins – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins (top reason for the popularity of WordPress)

Documentation a.k.a Codex – http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page (the place you’ll probably never visit unless someone says RTFM )

Support Forum – http://wordpress.org/support (the place you’ll rush to if you have screwed up your blog big time)
DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION

Installation of WordPress is pretty simple. Just download the zip file, unzip it, edit the ‘wp-config-new.php’ with your mysql database details and rename it to ‘wp-config.php’, upload all the files to the server through FTP, point to your domain and complete the installation. Thats it If you are clueless, there is a thread by Giga on installing WordPress locally. The installation part should come in handy.

THEMES

One of the biggest concern for a wordpress newbie is choosing a right theme for the blog. Settling on a theme is pretty difficult decision to make. Apart from the official links another important website to visit is http://weblogtoolscollection.com by Mark. New themes, Plugins are released here and there is a lot of discussion on WordPress. So if you are serious about blogging I recommend either visiting it regularly or subscribing to the feed.

A website that is more similar and as useful as the official themes site is http://www.wpthemesfree.com It contains a HUGE collection of wordpress themes on a number of categories. The difference is that the official wordpress theme site (and also the WebLogToolsCollection) does not allow the submission of Sponsored Themes. For more info regarding the issue of sponsored themes visit this site Lorelle.

So If you are undertaking the adventure of finding a great theme for you blog please stop by the following places before you go rampant on Google

10+1 Tips for Choosing a WordPress Theme (Concise and Quick)

Choosing a WordPress Theme (More Detailed and a bit old. But a ‘must read’.)
From The Smashing Magazine Blog (an Excellent Design Resource) :

100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

83 Beautiful WordPress Themes You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

21 Fresh, Usable and Elegant WordPress Themes

10 Fresh, Elegant and Clean WordPress Themes

8 Fresh WordPress Themes

PLUGINS

It is a fact that the number one reason for the popularity of WordPress is the extensibility through plugins. There are a ton of them out there. Plugins can be easily downloaded from the official plugins directory by searching for what you want. A few resources to look first are listed below:

50 Best WordPress Plugins for Power Blogging

WORDPRESS GOD: 300+ Tools for Running Your WordPress Blog (this is a HUGE page.. its a triumph if you can go through the entire thing )

I will periodically post more info about themes, individual plugins, other tips and tweaks Others who use wordpress are also welcome to post useful resources for wordpress. You can also post any queries regarding wordpress, the themes, plugins or any wordpress specific help that you need.

Tutorial on how to add option to every posts in wordpress or websites….
http://blog.aditech.info/2008/03/17/save-as-pdf-option-in-your-website-or-blog/

Adding Shoutbox in wordpress
http://blog.aditech.info/2008/03/20/adding-shoutbox-in-wordpress/

Few Installation Fundas for WordPress
Installing WordPress Locally i.e. in your PC

Install WordPress Locally – 1 Of 2

Install WordPress Locally – 2 Of 2
Installing WordPress in a USB Stick

How to install WordPress on a USB stick
Installing Themes and Plugins with OnClick Plugin and Firefox Extension

OneClick Plugin and Firefox Extension
Post-Installation Checklist

WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist

and finally

WordPress Blog Maintanence Checklist
a few old articles but still very relevant

New list of some excellent themes has been posted by Smashing Magazine:20 More Free First-Class WordPress Themes

Quote:
(Aryayush would love this theme http://www.7graus.com/tech/wordpress/leopress/

The tiger is striking again; now in WordPress. This 3-column WordPress theme looks exactly like the user interface in Mac OS X Leopard looks like. The navigation is also similar. Have fun tweaking the Leopard for your needs.)

A useful post from weblogtoolscollection:

10 Plugins To Combat Comment Spam

From DailyBlogTips:

8 Post Types To Expand and Highlight Your Blog’s Content

and a useful tool Zemanta: Content Suggestion Engine For Bloggers

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and so on from : http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82317

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