Using WP to host a whole Book

by MrFume
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Fellow Warriors,
I have been searching for a good way to organize, structure writing a Book on Wordpress; you;d think a CMS designed for Blogging originally would be ideal. But
i have a client who is writing a book and using Parent/child pages-as well as posting blog articles-so the Book chapter pages are starting to not get published, not viewable when published. Anyone know of some good Plugins, or tools that facilitate writing a chaptered book -and enabling the Blog portion to work also?
I thank you for any advice, or suggestions in advance!

Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author housewarrior
    Hello MrFume,

    I don't think there is such a thing. I did quite a bit of research about what is possible with Wordpress while I was setting my my new FableShop.net website for short stories.

    I really wanted to span multiple pages with my content, but what it boiled down to was making a post with page breaks.

    While this is horrible for SEO, it looks good. Visit the site.

    I was astonished (probably like you) that there really are no plugins to facilitate what the very name of the program implies.

    Have you thought of possibly using another platform like FrontPage or XSitePro?

    Yes, I know FP is DEAD....but if you have or can beg or borrow a copy on an old Word 2003 package, it's well worth the look. The complete functionality still lives very well indeed on HostGator.

    Especially, FP is MUCH more forgiving than Wordpress. My flagship site is done with it and it's up to more than 1100 pages with NO hiccups. It's way faster than Wordpress on the front end and especially when it comes to posting. And guess what? Each page is a page...not a subdivided post. Monstrous potential for SEO.

    I have a WSO with videos on all three platforms... You can reach it by my signature below... But there are still tons and tons of info out there on the net about it.

    XsitePro is the successor to FP, and a lot like a local copy of WordPress, but it's a bit slower when you get a lot of pages on it.

    But, I know you prolly want to stick with Wordpress... It's just not the work beast it's cracked up to be.

    And lastly there is the mega powerhouse Joomla, but you might end up shooting yourself in the head.

    Wish I had better news.

    Norm
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  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    Thanks so much for your quick reponse Norm, i appreciate your help-you have obviously traversed these roads before!
    I was thinking a straight HTML website might be the shot-I may even use Webeasy which seems to be a template driven version of FP anyway(!)
    I'll see what the customer wants to do-may just press on with a re-organized WP site, they like the theme colours (!) Cheers
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Fadiz
    Not sure if this what you looking for but you can give it a try....
    if you create your chapters as posts under "x" category and add it to the menu and allow only one post per page and use pagination plugin like WordPress › WP-PageNavi « WordPress Plugins this might give you that book effect you looking for since users can browse the pages easier.

    PS. if you publish a page it is visible... maybe you should edit your menu better try mega menu from codecanyon WordPress - UberMenu - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin | CodeCanyon

    Hope this will help you,
    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author MrFume
      Thanks so much for replying Fadiz, I will definitely try your suggestions..and train the user to adopt Posts as the format, they went against my original advice and went for Pages with Parent/Child structure..nasty.
      Cheers guys
      Michael
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