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The WordPress Anthology Paperback – December 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0987153005 ISBN-10: 0987153005 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Mick Olinik is a WordPress expert that specializes in graphic design and WordPress theme skinning, organic search engine optimization, DNS routing and Linux web hosting platforms. He is a regular contributor on SitePoint.com, serving as SitePoint's WordPress Specialist.

Raena Jackson Armitage is an Australian web developer with a background in content management and training. A former SitePoint technical editor, you'll find her speaking at some of the more popular geek conferences.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (December 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987153005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987153005
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CURTIS on January 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is pointless. I picked it up thinking I was going to get a better understanding of WordPress. Not so.

I have a safaribooksonline.com account so I can read a lot of technical books and the point of tech BOOKS is to get an authoritative piece on a certain technology. This book was just a long barely scratching the surface blog post... You're bound to learn way more via a site like wp.tutsplus.com or smashingmagazine.com or wpcandy.com

Why I dislike this book:

What's the point of writing an informational book if every other page your saying "refer to the codex"? We get the codex is the holy grail of wp, but you use it as an escape from explaining anything worth talking about.

The author spends half of the book talking about how great wp is. Who is that helping?

The author pastes in code, explains about 10% of it. The 10% they choose to explain is kind of obvious. In the end your not empowered with knowledge, you just kinda sorta maybe know what's going on... In other words you're no better off than where you started.

If you're going to give code examples explain them thoroughly, don't just cherry pick and explain bits and pieces as you feel.

In the end you don't know anything more about WordPress, many things are explained to work because they just do and that's all you need to know. Don't waste your time.

Feels like the authors and SitePoint tried to capitalize of the wordpress buzzword and get some sales out of it. With wordpress being around for this long its DEAD WRONG to just now come out with a publication that is so FRAIL.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Olaf on January 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I question the technical savvy of the writers for their commentary around the use of WordPress or PHP on Windows. It came off very unprofessional to say, "...if you're running on a Windows server, you're just doing it wrong." This was a sentence from a section on the .htaccess file that contained some egregious errors. The reader would have been better served by helpful information rather than the personal disposition of the authors.

There are certainly some golden nuggets to be plucked from the pages of this book, but I find myself feeling dubious rather than satisfied by its teachings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Burke on March 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is clear that the authors do not have the experience needed to write a technical book. I understand that they have used Word Press and have explored different options within Word Press. But as soon as they talk about setting up a web site or comparing WP to other authoring tools, the number of inaccuracies or mis-statements compounds. The novice web user will never be able to follow this book.
Avoid it!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z. Fretty on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty good. It gives a good insight on how WordPress works and I found it to be an interesting read. I've been working with WordPress exclusively for over a year now and I have to say this book is pretty spot on with what it's saying Mick and Raena have done a great job giving a down to earth point of view on everything. I'd suggest buying it.

The guy who made the review all fussy about the book saying it's wrong to use Windows made me laugh, it is wrong to use Windows. WordPress just doesn't work right with it. You are setting yourself for an uphill battle!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kano5 on July 24, 2012
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Knowing Wordpress pretty well, I decided to buy this book in the hopes of understanding more out of wordpress.
I found that most of the basics were in the beginning as it advances towards the middle to the end. Very well laid out and easy to understand. I highly recommend this book.
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