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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer: Watch, Read, and Learn How to Create and Customize WordPress Sites (Book & DVD)
Don’t let WordPress intimidate you. WordPress 24-Hour Trainer is a unique lesson-based book that walks you through the essential parts of WordPress. Each lesson is streamlined to teach a specific aspect of WordPress, helping you to focus on just what you need in order to get the task accomplished. If you learn better visually, this book provides you with a video to accompany each lesson. This book is the perfect guide to Planning and preparing your site for WordPress Installing WordPress Writing, tagging, and publishing a post Working with the text editor Styling paragraphs and creating lists Working with media files Linking, aligning, and sizing an image Working with image galleries Adding video and audio Naming, scheduling, and managing posts Making your site stand out Helping others connect to your site Becoming search engine friendly Optimizing your site Backing up your site Installing and activating plugins
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Rating: (out of 10 reviews)
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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer: Watch, Read, and Learn How to Create and Customize WordPress Sites (Book & DVD) Reviews
Review by B. Com:
I was somewhat hesitant to buy a tutorial book that had not been reviewed yet (this book is copyright 2010 and came out Dec. 09), but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised. This book offers from-the-ground-up instruction with all the basics from how to install Wordpress to customizing a template.
The author, George Plumley, has a pleasant style that is neither condescending to the newbie or goofy like I have found some of the “yellow books” to be. I haven’t found any fluff here, just solid step-by-step advice and lessons.
I really was just following along and not thinking about whether the book is “good” or “bad”, just going through it. Then, in Lesson 7: Working with the Text Editor, I found myself recognizing one of the many gems in this book. As someone who has struggled with more than one text editor until I found out that if you copy/paste from someplace else you need to get rid of the formatting first, I know that this author had the non-geek in mind when he wrote this. His advice is to open a text program such as Notepad and paste the text in there, then copy/paste from Notepad into the editor in Wordpress and the excess coding will be stripped away. Now, this is basic information for a lot of people, but remember the first time you tried to figure out why that Word formatting kept showing up in your Wordpress text editor? Yes, this author had that person in mind and gently drops in a paragraph with a couple of sentences in it addressing the problem and suggesting a solution.
I have hired a designer to do websites in Wordpress for a couple of clients and I wanted to learn to do it myself. I am confident that I’ll be able to do it myself next time, thanks to the information provided in this book. The author spends some time going over some of the basics of site planning and organization, basic design, SEO, and backups. If you are a budding website builder, you’ll get a lot of time-tested information here. Yes, many books go deeper into each of these subjects, but for the person wanting to put their first site together or get a refresher on the basics, why buy another book if you don’t have to? There’s plenty of meat to digest here.
The CD is a great bonus, too.
If you have dabbled with Wordpress but knew you were only scratching the surface, do yourself a favor and invest in this book. Certainly, there are those that will say that all of this information is available for free on the web. Yeah, but not in step-by-step form and not in a format you can carry along with you when you’re waiting somewhere or need to find the information quickly.
I don’t know this author, but I do know that if he writes any other books about a subject that I’m interested in, I’m quite likely to buy it based on my experience with this book/CD combo. I buy and read a lot of techy type books and if I ever owned a book that deserves “6 stars”, this is it. This is the gold standard by which all tech-related books should be measured for common sense writing style.
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Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
GO BEYOND THE BLOG Smashing WordPress shows you how to utilize the power of the WordPress platform, and provides a creative spark to help you build WordPress-powered sites that go beyond the obvious. You will learn the core concepts used to build just about anything in WordPress, resulting in fast deployments and greater design flexibility. Inside, WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the blog and shows you how WordPress can serve as a CMS, a photo gallery, an e-commerce site, and more. YOU WILL LEARN: THE ANATOMY OF A WP INSTALL AND HOW WORDPRESS ACTUALLY WORKS HOW TO BUILD BEAUTIFUL WORDPRESS THEMES – INCLUDING CHILD THEMES HOW TO CREATE CUSTOM LOGIN FORMS AND ADMIN THEMES HOW TO USE THE LOOP TO CONTROL CONTENT, AND EVEN USE ALTERNATIVES TO THE LOOP HOW TO INTEGRATE THEME OPTIONS HOW TO BUILD PLUGINS – INCLUDING WIDGET FUNCTIONALITY HOW TO BUILD YOUR WORDPRESS PROJECTS FOR SEO INTEGRATE WORDPRESS WITH THE SOCIAL WEB HOW TO CREATE AMAZING NAVIGATION HOW TO USE CONDITIONAL CONTROL ELEMENTS
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Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Reviews
Review by Mark Luetke:
I am fairly new to web design and wordpress theme development and have been searching for ways to go beyond the typical wordpress theme. This book gives you exactly what it says it will. It really does go beyond the blog. This is by far the most thorough wordpress themeing book I have found. The content within this book is dense and every bit of it is useful.
I would not recommend this book to the absolute beginner unless you really like jumping headfirst into the very deep end. You really need to have at least a moderate understanding of html css and php to get through this book. The author is able able to cover as much as he does in large part by assuming you can keep up.
The biggest problem with this book and the only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is the layout. I have heard this complaint regarding other books from smashing magazine and unfortunately it is very true. The guys at smashing mag are brilliant web designers but would do well to hire some equally brilliant print designers to layout their books. The biggest problem is the inner margins of the book. They have been designed as though this book were to be read on a vertical blog with identical margins on both pages instead of reflected margins resulting in having to force the book open to read the left page. Sorry to go on about this but it really is a big problem and I hope they will fix this in future versions (or at least in future publications).
1. Spectacular content not found in any other single book
2. Covers up and coming wordpress features such as child themes
3. Tutorials for designing functioning job boards, faq knowledge bases, e-commerce sites, portfolio sites and more
4. 2 chapters on functions.php and plugin development
5. Too many great things content wise to list!
1. Not recommended for the beginner
2. Layout of the book is quite poor and makes reading difficult
If you are serious about creating your own wordpress themes and have experience with css html and php then this is absolutely the book you want.
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WordPress For Dummies
The bestselling guide to WordPress, fully updated for newest version of WordPress WordPress, the popular, free blogging platform, has been updated with new features and improvements. Bloggers who are new to WordPress will learn to take full advantage of its flexibility and usability with the advice in this friendly guide. Previous editions have sold nearly 50,000 copies, and interest in blogging continues to explode. WordPress is a state-of-the-art blog platform that emphasizes aesthetics, Web standards, and usability WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition covers both the free-hosted WordPress.com version and WordPress.org, which requires users to purchase Web hosting services Written by an expert who works directly with the developers and cofounder of WordPress Shows readers how to set up and maintain a blog with WordPress and how to use all the new features Like its earlier editions, WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps bloggers quickly and easily take advantage of everything this popular blogging tool has to offer.
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WordPress For Dummies Reviews
Review by Karen Franklin:
I bought this book because it was the only comprehensive beginner’s guide to WordPress that I could find, and it was also up to date (important in this rapidly changing field). This was my first “Dummies” purchase; I’ve always hated that title and the implicit putdown it conveys.
I was pleasantly surprised. Lisa Sabin-Wilson knows her stuff, she writes well, and the advice is practical and easy to follow. The book uses a logical progression, teaching us step-by-step what WordPress is, what it can do, and where you can go to find further resources. Sections address important topics such as plugins, self-hosting, theme selection and development, migrating your blog from another site, and much more.
I was mostly looking for a guide on using WordPress as a website content management system (CMS), and although one chapter does address this, I wish the book had covered this in more depth. Also, I would have liked to read more about design and style issues. However, no one book can do it all, and at almost 400 pages this book was long enough. (Although it’s a very quick read; it took me only one morning to get through it, and not all chapters will be relevant to every reader.)
I recommend it to anyone wanting to gain basic familiarity with WordPress (and related technical jargon), see whether it’s the thing for you and, if so, get started using it.
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WordPress Complete: A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using WordPress
A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using WordPress Clear practical coverage of all aspects of WordPress Concise, clear, and easy to follow, rich with examples In-depth coverage of installation, themes, syndication, and podcasting In Detail WordPress is an open-source blog engine released under the GNU general public license. It allows users to easily create dynamic blogs with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing blogs and though it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with very little effort. Its versality and ease of use has attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users. If you want to create powerful, fully-featured blogs in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore WordPress showing you what it offers and how to go about building your blog with the system. You will be introduced to the main aspects of a blog – users, communities, posts, comments, news feeds – and learn how to manage them using WordPress. You will develop the skills and confidence to manage all types of content, be it text or images, on your blog, and also understand how users interact with the blog. In working through the book you’ll be inspired as well as informed, and have the capability and the ideas to make your blog cutting edge and exciting to maximize its
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WordPress Complete: A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using WordPress Reviews
Review by Sam:
“Complete” in no way describes this book. I have yet to find any mention of tagging, sessions, pages, or many other important aspects of WP. Part of the problem is that the book’s index is almost non-existent. In all fairness, the author says that the book is for beginners; that said, the author spends far too much time reiterating the easy stuff (installation, how to create a basic blog entry, etc) that is explained for free on the WP web site (and dare I say in a much clearer way). Also, the figures look like they were printed-on-demand on a laser printer; this is not acceptable for a price tag like this (cf. O’Reilly’s production values). I returned it right away.
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WordPress 2.7 Complete
Create your own complete blog or web site from scratch with WordPress Everything you need to set up your own feature-rich WordPress blog or web site Clear and practical explanations of all aspects of WordPress In-depth coverage of installation, themes, syndication, and podcasting Explore WordPress as a fully functioning content management system Concise, clear, and easy to follow; rich with examples In Detail Using WordPress you can easily create dynamic blogs and web sites with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for developing blogs and although it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with very little effort. You can customize the features, incorporate your own design, and even write your own plug-ins with ease. Its versatility and ease of use have attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users. While it is easy to get started with WordPress, its full power is not obvious. If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured blog or non-blog web site in no time, this book is for you. It will give you a rapid and straightforward introduction to the rich and powerful features of WordPress and get you up and running with a state-of-the-art blog as quickly and painlessly as possible. It will help you learn everything WordPress has to offer, from the ground up, so you can build your complete web site. You will see many of WorPress’s hidden powers
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WordPress 2.7 Complete Reviews
Review by Diane Bryden:
This book helped me figure out how to convert an existing site to a WordPress theme, an especially challenging project since my existing html page design didn’t have any clear header, middle, footer arrangement. I was able to figure out where I wanted to take things with my own theme development mostly from reading Chapter 6. (Getting under the engine with the WP template tags is far more empowering than following a tutorial that has you start out by fiddling around with an image in Photoshop.) Well written, too.
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Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read
Having your own blog isn’t just for the nerdy anymore. Today, it seems everyone—from multinational corporations to a neighbor up the street—has a blog. They all have one, in part, because the folks at WordPress make it easy to get one. but to actually build a good blog—to create a blog people want to read—takes thought, planning, and some effort. From picking a theme and using tags to choosing widgets and building a community, creating your blog really starts after you set it up. In this book by blogger extraordinaire Scott McNulty, you learn how to:
Install and get your WordPress blog running.Set up your site to ensure it can easily grow with you and your readers.Be the master of user accounts.Manage your site with the WordPress Dashboard and extend its capabilities with plug-ins.Make the most of images.Work with pages, templates, and links and—of course—publish your posts.Deal with comments—if you even want readers commenting at all.Find a theme—or build one yourself.Maintain your site and fix common problems.
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Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read Reviews
Review by justtroy:
I purchased this book with 2 other titles: a DVD, “How to Theme WordPress” by Aleks Monahan which I think is a very good and more advanced tutorial specifically on template design and theming WordPress (review already posted on that DVD’s page) and “WordPress For Dummies” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.
This book is a good book for novices and I think it has the potential of becoming the de facto standard for novices instead of the bulkier “WordPress for Dummies” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.
If you’re new to WordPress, get this book. The page layout was very nice and the fonts were easy on the eye, I finished it in just 1 day. It will get you going with the basics very quickly (except in one instance, read below). It’s written in a way that assumes no previous knowledge of WordPress. For example, on page 3, the author says: “WordPress can be extended by little bits of code called plug-ins.” This smooth and flowing style of writing can be very helpful to you if you’re a new WordPress blogger.
One section where this book fails truly miserably (and hence the 4-star review) is the section “Setting up the MySQL Database”. I’m not new to WordPress. I’ve used it for blogging for more than 2 months now on the free wordpress.com site, and I’m now beginning to consider moving to my own domain website. I’m sad to say that the “Setting up the MySQL Database” section failed me there.
The author says “you need to create a MySQL database… the installation will fail if you don’t set this database up beforehand.” But then he says that setting up the database is “beyond the scope of this book” and gives some very brief pointers that do not compare to the level of detail most users in need of this information would find helpful. I was disappointed that I had to look elsewhere for this information e.g. it’s covered in Sabin-Wilson’s “WordPress for Dummies” in more than 2 pages and on Aleks Monahan’s “How to Theme WordPress” DVD. I wished McNulty covered it too. It would have made the book a “complete” guide for new bloggers.
Most other sections were very useful. The author discusses some very interesting features like how to set up your blog to accept posts by email and how to automate the process even more. The section explaining uploads and how to configure them is very helpful if you’re like me interested in moving to your own WordPress site under your own private domain. I found the book also strong on how to handle media and images and enjoyed those sections.
I found Scott McNulty’s information on templates in the themes section very shallow in comparison to the DVD tutorial on theming by Aleks Monahan. This is not necessarily a negative. The book is intended for beginners after all and the author admits that what he’s presenting is small tweaks to existing themes. For templates and theming, I highly recommend you purchase the DVD by Aleks Monahan. It’s very good, an eye opener and nice to watch regardless of whether you want to create your template or not. I’m not ready to create my template yet, but found the DVD very informative and now that I’ve watched it, I might get to the stage of creating a template of my own sooner. You can use the templates chapter by McNulty as a primer.
The book also discusses plug-ins and how to open a plug-in to edit it if you want. The author also touches very slightly on how to start setting up a plug-in but the information again is very shallow in this section. Some code showing how to build a sample plug-in would have been great. 1 full example would be enough. The section “Plug-ins no blog should be without” is also very good and he mentions the WP Security Scan plug-in which I’m getting for sure, very useful, and other useful plug-ins too.
If you’re new to WordPress, buy this book, it’s a light read, really easy on the eye (not to be underestimated) and it’s well written and nicely formatted. But don’t depend on it as the only source. It’s a good way to get started. See the other resources mentioned.
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Install WordPress and go beyond blogging WordPress is so flexible that developers are now tapping it to create robust applications for content, contact, and e-mail management. Whether you’re a casual blogger or programming pro, this comprehensive guide covers WordPress from the basics through advanced application development. Learn how to use custom plugins and themes, retrieve data, maintain security, use social media, and modify your blog without changing any core code. You’ll even get to know the ecosystem of products that surrounds this popular, open-source tool. Enhance your blog’s findability in the search engines and beyond Discover hooks and leverage the WordPress event-driven programming interface Create WordPress widgets in only a few minutes Explore alternate uses of WordPress Enhance your blog with WordPress MU Ensure your plugins maintain future compatibility Create highly customizable and dynamic themes using template tags Learn best security practices as a user and developer Companion Web Site Visit www.wiley.com/go/wordpressbible for all of the author’s example files from the book. Install, secure, and maintain WordPress Extend WordPress with plugins and
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WordPress Bible Reviews
Review by M. Erb:
I have been developing websites on the WordPress platform for a few years. Most of what I have learned has been learned by experimentation, lurking in forums and reading the WordPress Codex. I’ve been hoping that some day, a book that would delve into the inner-workings of WordPress would appear. The WordPress Bible is that book and it does not disappoint.
Of the various WordPress books in the marketplace, few excel in the ways that this book does. The author writes in an engaging way that never makes you feel like you can’t grasp his points or aren’t technically savvy enough to understand. The book therefore appeals to both the learning student of WordPress as well as more experienced developers.
The structure of the book is such that you do not have to work through it in a linear fashion. It is not necessary to read the chapters sequentially. Instead you can flip to the chapter that deals with the topic you want to explore. If you want to learn how to begin construction your own themes for instance, Chapter 12 discusses best practices. The author leaves no stone unturned and looks at every significant aspect of development using WordPress including how to ensure you website will scale well by using proper caching strategy and how to leverage the power of using WordPress MU with its multi-blog functionality.
The author also explains in very clear terms how the implementation of Hooks has made the platform extendable. An appendix includes useful information including a WordPress Hook Reference, Template Tags, what to look for in WordPress hosting and a good discussion of PHP 5 and how that will affect WordPress development moving forward.
I wasn’t sure if the more technical topics would be over my head, but the author does a fine job of explaining complex subjects in easy to understand terms.
I have scores of computer books on my shelves, but this is one of only a few that I would rate as being at the absolut top of the pile. An excellent resource for anyone working with WordPress. Although this book is based on WordPress 2.9, it should remain relevant for some time since WordPress 3.0 is still off in the distance as of the writing of this review and as the author states in his Preface, “Though there will be new versions of WordPress 3.0 that will not be covered in this book, the bulk of the software will remain inta”ct and version neutral.
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WordPress In Depth
Advice and techniques that you need to get the job done. Looking for ways to streamline your work so you can focus on maximizing your time? In Depth provides specific, tested, and proven solutions to the problems you run into every day–things other books ignore or oversimplify. This is the one book that you can rely on to answer the questions you have now and will have in the future. In Depth offers Comprehensive coverage with detailed solutions Breakthrough techniques and shortcuts that are unavailable elsewhere Practical, real-world examples with nothing glossed over or left out Troubleshooting help for tough problems you can’t fix on your own Outstanding authors recognized worldwide for their expertise and teaching style Quick information via sidebars, tips, reminders, notes, and warnings In Depth is the only tool you need to get more done in less time! Includes coverage on blog creation, widgets, plug-ins, themes, SEO, the WordPress.com platform, and WordPress.org software
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