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Web Designer's Guide to WordPress: Plan, Theme, Build, Launch (Voices That Matter) Paperback – August 18, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0321832818 ISBN-10: 0321832817 Edition: 1st

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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: 8.8 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The book is well written, and easy to follow.
CodeProKid
About halfway through the book I was having a constant problem of the code not working on several instances, especially with the infamous "loop" function.
M. Bear
So, it is very rare that I can find a book that I can read more than once and never feel bored with the author.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. Ezzell on September 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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16 of 18 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2012
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** Edited 25 Oct 2012 -- After receiving an email from Jesse Friedman offering to help with the problems I had with the sample theme, I reactivated it on my web site and it worked. (I had already tried uninstalling, reinstalling and reactivating -- so I have no idea what fixed it). As I said below the book is thorough and well-written. I can now say, in addition, the author is invested in making sure you get everything you can out of it. Highly recommended.

This is a good guide to coding WordPress in PHP. However, it is difficult to follow along with the sample code because about chapter 16 the theme broke. I figured I'd made a mistake so I installed the "final product" from the book's website and still had the same problem. Because of this I would not recommend the book for inexperienced coders. I am not inexperienced with PHP, but haven't hand-coded WordPress themes or templates before -- I could not find the code that broke the theme even though I knew it worked before I did "x" and didn't work after. I tried back-pedaling and that didn't work either. The theory in the book appears to be sound and it is well-written and interesting. I am going to read the rest of the book for the best practices and design information, but not try to follow along with the code.

Another nit to pick is that the code samples in the Kindle edition don't navigate correctly. If you click a "view code" link you'll see the code, but then you can't get back to where you were in the book. Clicking the back arrow doesn't work, using the side of page click doesn't work. That is annoying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beginner on December 4, 2013
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I've got refunded this book because the sample code web site is not available. Even i searched the publisher's, it wasn't helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Jenkins on November 16, 2013
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12/26/2013
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.

Original Review:
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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