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.
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)
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:
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….
Adding Shoutbox in wordpress
Few Installation Fundas for WordPress
Installing WordPress Locally i.e. in your PC
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
WordPress Blog Maintanence Checklist
a few old articles but still very relevant
|(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 facebook like theme http://foxinni.com/my-themes/faceboo…rdpress-theme/|
A useful post from weblogtoolscollection:
and a useful tool Zemanta: Content Suggestion Engine For Bloggers
and so on from : http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82317