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In addition to giving workshops and speaking at conferences, Tris also teaches social media, blogging, podcasting, and WordPress at UBC, BCIT, and other organizations. His first book "Creating Your First Blog: 6 Easy Blogging Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro" is due out in early 2010 and has already started on his next book, also due out in 2010. Currently Tris is a consultant on to companies on social media and the social media concierge for Media2o Productions.
You can find his post on trishussey.com, VancouverObserver.com, and the Future Shop Community Tech Blog.
Top Customer Reviews
But - at some point - there is the desire to do more. Beyond the basic customization of what appears on the page, comes the wish to have a unique, custom template, extending features - in general, making Wordpress more unique to the user's needs.
For those with moderate web experience, who want to do more than the basics with Wordpress - get this book! The chapter "Editing a Theme to Make it Your Own" de-mystifies some of dirty work necessary to tweak a theme via it's CSS. The basic stuff does not even require an understanding of CSS itself - he provides clear instructions that allow a someone to do basic tweaks to their theme so that it will be unique.
The chapter "WordPress as a Website" is excellent, as it describes how Wordpress can be used to maintain something that doesn't look like a blog at all - instead - an easy to administer web site for commercial or private use.
The book itself is well organized, building on the basic-basics with an assumption that the user may not have spent much time at all with Wordpress, beyond some minor fiddling. It does assume that you are comfortable with server administration if you are planning on hosting Wordpress yourself. He recommends, and I definitely agree - it is much easier to just use a hosted service solution. Four that are recommended by Wordpress.org are listed in the book. Installation and configuration becomes much easier and straightforward for a novice Wordpress Administrator.
I like this book because it is an end-to-end learning experience that avoids arcane knowledge and instead focuses on the big stuff a Wordpress administrator with little experience would like to know.
The book walks you through all the big and not-so-big steps of make a WordPress blog; from install and updates, to using themes, plug-ins and widgets, to handling audio and video files, to keeping your blog secure.
Almost all of the content in this book is geared toward the install on your own site "wordpress.org" version of WordPress, but it does try to cater to the "wordpress.com" the stripped-down version hosted by WordPress itself. If you have a wordpress.com blog and are looking to upgrade to your own site down the line, this book'll show you how.
The big selling point of this book is the online content. With a quick signup and a simple authentication to prove you actually own the book, you're rewarded with a complete online version of the book (with color photos) as well as video walkthroughs of the various steps you'll be taking in the blog miking process. The only topic that's missing the multimedia treatment is converting a static HTML site over to WordPress, which would've been good to see.
There are also audio sidebars with additional thoughts on each chapter's topic. They may useful if you're curious for more info, but the fact that there's no visuals makes it a bit hard to follow what they're saying. Some topics like using the WordPress image editor are done in an audio sidebar with no visuals to guide you.
My other complaint about the companion site is that there's no easy way to access just the multimedia stuff. You basically have to scan through to the page you want. A list broken up by chapter would've really been nice.
As a whole, Using WordPress is a great beginner/intermediate book to get you on your way to running a fully functioning blog.
This thing is really written for the absolute beginning blogger. No fancy jargon, and the jargon that is in there (and it has to be) is fully explained. This is not for developers by any means, unless you are like me and have a whole bunch of users that you have to help. Just hand them this book and let them go to town.
The book starts out with the idea that the user does not even have a website, then progresses into how to get a domain name, all the way through setting up Wordpress and using it. Totally brilliant!
Now the book itself is pretty bare. There are other Wordpress books out there that have more diagrams, charts, and pictures in color, but USING WORDPRESS really shines with it's companion website that hosts tutorial videos, mp3s, and real demos of Wordpress. This alone puts the book miles ahead of any other Wordpress book out there right now.
I was particularly interested in learning how to use Wordpress to create the "look" of a static site. Perhaps it is me but I just could not follow along with this book/videos very well. I kept having to back it up and watch certain parts over and over again.
Some people are very good at what they do, but they aren't very effective at "teaching" it to others. That takes special skill.
I have watched several video tutorials trying to learn the ins and outs of Wordpress, but with all of them, it seems the person doing the tutorial is showing you how "they" do it, and showing you what they think is important to know, etc.
Even after purchasing this book, I still find myself searching the internet to figure out how to do a simple task. For example, I wanted to know how to get rid of the "leave a reply" box.
I'm still determined to learn how to Use Wordpress, but this book just didn't do it for me.
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I bought this book two years ago when I first started by blog cpa-SCRIBO.com. This book did the trick for me, telling me all the little things I needed to know about setting up my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by C.H.
Explains complex stuff very simply on how to build a website.
YOU CAN DO THIS !
Excellent book that gives clear and easy-to-follow information about everything you need to know about WordPress, whether it's a WordPress.com blog or a a self-hosted WordPress. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Alec Duncan
I've looked at a lot of WordPress books, trying to find one to recommend to new users who are reasonably Web capable, but who don't want to develop their own themes or plugins. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I give it four stars. It's well-written, accurate, up-to-date for WP 3.5.1, contains plenty of good advice, and is probably more geared to novices and a little shallow on more... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Alan Mead
With the DVD and the text in this book, along with more research we decided to use a different way of putting our business online. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Walkingbird
This book is a tool I use all the time. My first copy was the paperback . Later I purchased the Kindle edition. I love Kindke books. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Two years on, much and maybe most of this info is online for free, plus WP has added lots of software options that somewhat obviate large chunks of this tome. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by K. Swanson