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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Do I Need to Know HTML and CSS to Use the Self-Hosted WordPress Application? (WordPress.org)

You do not need to know HTML or CSS to use the self-hosted WordPress application from WordPress.org. However, every little bit of HTML and CSS you learn can make your life a bit easier and enable you to customize your blog a bit more.
 
For example, if you don’t like the size of your blog’s sidebar or can’t figure out why text formatted with a header tag can’t appear on the same line in a blog post with any other content, a tiny bit of CSS knowledge can help you make the necessary adjustments to fix both problems.
 
Frankly, much of the coding within the CSS files of your WordPress blog’s theme is fairly intuitive. While the code in the php files is ...

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