Customer Reviews: Professional WordPress: Design and Development
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on April 20, 2010
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Having a Wordpress blog, I thought this would be a great book from which to get some tips.

And I got more than I bargained for.

Professional WordPress is an EXTREMELY detailed book, providing TONS of information for the Wordpress designer. However, because of its in-depth content, I have to admit it was a little over my head. (My first hint should have been the word "Professional.")

This would be definite must have reference guide for a web designer focusing on blogs. And even intermediates such as myself can walk away with some helpful information. Novices, however, should steer clear lest Wordpress becomes more complicated than it should be.
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on July 3, 2012
This book is for PHP programmers - not wordpress users who work only in the interface. It dives pretty quickly into the code, into how wordpress works, and how to leverage its API to develop Themes, Plugins, etc.

For the most part, the book is outstanding - clear and complete yet concise. However... it changes *slightly* when you hit the section on Themes. I found them not quite as polished, in clarity and quality, as the rest of the book; possibly the result of multiple authors. Despite this, if you plan on developing in Wordpress in any regard, the overall quality of the book is good enough to make this a definite first destination.
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Professional WordPress by Hal Stern (vice president at a technology company), David Damstra (Manager of Web Services for the financial industry) and Brad Williams (CEO of WebDevStudios) have written the most complete book on WordPress to date. In 15 Chapters, they cover the history of WordPress, the do it yourself installation, creating posts, pages and links, downloading files, using the codex, understanding the loop, plugin files, themes and templates, lifestream, integrating twitter, google maps, setting up advertising, trackbacks and pings, cache management, security and dealing with spam, forms and emails, when WordPress is or isn't right for you, regular maintenance, migration of WordPress, updating URL's and understanding trac.

This is a must have book for those that have a web site, blog site or would like to create one, which makes it invaluable for programmers. With WordPress, you can transform your site into anything imaginable with thousands of plugins and themes. Professional WordPress gives you the vocabulary to direct you to find which plugins will help you with your problems, and with over 12,000 plugins available, this is a real time saver. The book also provides very clear and easy to follow code examples. There are also helpful chapters on security issues, which seem to be one of the vulnerabilities in the software. With WordPress, which is the most popular content management system in use today, computer programmers, developers and IT professionals will find that this book will help you take your plugins and theme development to the next level.
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on February 21, 2012
Like many people, I've had an ongoing love/hate relationship with WordPress through the course of running my personal blog and some freelance assignments so I am always open to learning more about the platform. I recently read Professional WordPress by Hal Stern, David Damstra, and Brad Wilson from Wiley Publishing, which unlike many other WordPress books focuses on the platform's backend and tackles the ins and outs of WordPress in the enterprise. Even having some experience installing WordPress myself, I really didn't know much about its backend and this book really filled in some gaps in my learning.

While there is not much of anything new to learn in the first two chapters, the book really hits its stride when it takes the reader through the WordPress Core and Loop. Both of these topics might be a bit black box to some WordPress users especially if they've never had the opportunity to install and tune the product in the wild.

Users can come to WordPress without much database much less MySQL knowledge at all and the book's Data Management chapter can certainly help clear up how the backend database works on a WordPress site.

Even if you aren't a programmer, you can learn from the Plug-in development chapter. As a non-programmer, I found the chapter educational since I've run into plug-in problems on my personal site in the past.

It's easy to think of WordPress as just a blogging platform but it can do so much more and the book does a great job of attacking the traditional view of the WordPress platform by addressing how to use WordPress as a content management system and inside the corporate enterprise. Both chapters should change thinking and inspire some potential projects (they sure did for me!).

The downside of this book is that it is probably due an updated since the book uses WordPress 2.9 for examples and was published in 2010.

Despite the scenic route this book took to publication, I still recommend it if you are seeking to learn more about the WordPress back end, database, plug in development, and theme creation. It has great coverage of the underpinnings of WordPress under one cover, which can be valuable to readers involved in WordPress implementation and troubleshooting.
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on March 3, 2012
The book is about how to tweak WordPress, it's nice that incorporate the experience of three different authors, because WordPress is used by designers, bloggers, developers, and many other people with different backgrounds.
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I know this may not be the most helpful review because this is way over my head. I did have my programmer friends look at it and they loved it. They said if you are looking to take your WordPress blog to the next level, this is a great resource.

I thought this was a book to help me build a blog via WordPress. My error. But again, if you are more technical and savvy this good for you.

If you want a basic how to guide for WordPress; you're looking at the wrong book. That's the mistake I made.
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on July 20, 2010
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As a marketing person, I read tech books to gain an overall perspective so as to converse with developers and specify what is needed. This is an advanced programmers book, but its first 67 pages are not programming code focused and are summaries of Wordpress's history, functionality, admin controls, community, philosophy, hosting options, and initial download and configuration.

As a concise guide to WordPress, these 67 pages are very condensed writing. So, if the reader has excellent open source software background, worked a bit with Wordpress, is very smart, and wants to read only 67 pages to figure out what WordPress really is, this is a good survey book.
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on June 26, 2011
Takes you through what you need to know, explains some stuff that the online docs don't do a good job of (plugin options for instance).
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