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About the Author

Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer and an active member of the community. He speaks on WordPress at conferences and WordCamps around the country, and draws from his experience as a professor at Johnson & Wales University (where he teaches web design, development and planning, and information architecture) to educate readers on everything from core fundamentals through advanced development.

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  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832818
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A. Ezzell on September 4, 2012
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I've been designing and developing web sites for ~15 years now - mostly by hand (you know: barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways). I've done plain HTML sites, classic ASP sites, and ASP.NET sites (and, I'm ashamed to admit, I dabbled for a bit in... <gasp>... FrontPage and Dreamweaver). I've wrestled with DNN a bit and used Kentico to build a couple shopping carts. But most of my coding has been ASP / ASP.NET. I love the ability to control EXACTLY (as exactly as one can on the web, that is) what displays, and where.

But recently, I've needed to build a couple pro-bono sites that the owners will need to maintain themselves. So I was looking for a CMS solution, and decided to give WordPress a try, even though I've never done anything in PHP before. I installed WP and added a couple themes, then started poking around under the hood. My deep-seated need for control immediately sent me scurrying to Amazon to look for a guide that would help me learn how to get in and tinker with things with minimal breakage.

Friedman's book is that guide. It was a quick read, with enough detail to be helpful but not so much as to bog me down. It has lots of links to helpful online sources. And now I feel confident that I can get done what I need to get done in WordPress. I also have a sense of the depth of what else is out there.

(Regarding the links - I had tried a couple of the links, and they worked. Then the links stopped working. I was getting 404 errors on the author's site. I submitted feedback via the contact form on his site and had a response back probably within an hour. By the next day, the links were working again. It's nice when an author stands behind his work.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Jenkins on November 16, 2013
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This is a very poor book. I went through it twice, hoping to make sense of it, but without success.
There are many errors in both the text and the download code samples. The support website that was purported to actually use the theme developed in this text disappeared for awhile and then reappeared using the basic WordPress Twenty Thirteen theme. The supposed "final" version of the theme files are way off from the nice looking snapshots of it in the book.
There hasn't been any activity on the "support" website since early 2013, and there were very few posts then.

Some other things I dislike about this book:
- About a zillion times the book says in effect "next we do this" but it does very little to explain why you want want to do "this".
- Rather than explain the functions and features it discusses, it basically says "go read the manual." There are numerous links for these functions to the "support" website, but they are just redirects to the wordpress.org Codex. (the online manual)
- Another annoying habit the author has is to mention a topic, and then say, "we'll get to this later." It happens so many times, there's no practical way to know if "later" ever comes. And since the supplied "final version" doesn't work, it's hard to tell if you did something wrong or if the instructions are wrong.
- As I mentioned originally, gray printing on white pages is very hard to read. Especially in a book I had to study so hard to try to follow.

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Can't tell you about the content yet, but whoever decided to use gray printing on a white background is a dolt! Very hard to read, my eyes get tired enough staring at the computer all day, then to pick up a book like this and try to read it is very annoying. I don't know if I will be able to get through it. If i do, I'll come back and update this review.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J Dessy on September 6, 2012
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If you are looking for a book that will help build a foundation of WordPress knowledge then this is your book. You learn everything from how WordPress works, to how to create a theme, to how to use existing code in the form of plugins to your advantage with step by step code examples along the way.

A must have for every designer that uses WordPress!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Santos on August 22, 2013
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Delivers as advertised. The title is Web Designer's Guide to WordPress. So, if you are a web designer with little to no WordPress experience, then this is the book for you. Friedman writes in a highly accessible manner, providing the necessary details where needed while restraining from deeper examinations of code that often leave a new designer impressed, but bewildered. Still, this book does offer ample opportunities to build on your newly acquired WordPress skills. A thorough read, front to back, will empower you to enter the nearest WordPress meetup ready to access the next level.

Having read many of the reviews, most positive and some negative, I would question the following regarding the negative remarks. First, if you are a serious developer looking to add WordPress to your already impressive list of CMS/Frameworks, then the title should have clued you into the simple fact that this book might be focused on a slightly different demographic. It is clear that Friedman is trying to bridge the territory between those who are new to WordPress, but need the vehicle to move into deeper waters, which this book effectively does.

Secondly, for those who have flagged the text as confusing, I would ask, did you actually read the entire book before submitting your review? I was amazed at the amount of detail and guidance that the book provides, especially the copious amount of commented files that can be downloaded from the author's site. When I found myself confused, it wasn't because of the writing, but because of the complexity of the concepts and code being reviewed. I had to re-read some passages more than once, but as I cross-referenced the book and the provided files, I could then easily see the clarity in the text upon a second read.
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