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WordPress 2 1st Edition
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Although this book may be fine for taking care of basic tasks, it doesn't offer much help in terms of getting the program installed and running on your server so that you can actually use the functionality. If you want that kind of support, the authors pretty much refer you to the WordPress support online or the documents that came with your various software programs. If you've never been to the WordPress support forums and you are a beginner, it can be very confusing. They do go into detail on some pretty simple tasks like logging in, which anyone who uses the web for anything ought to know already.
The book calls itself a "visual quick start guide," but be warned...the graphical diagrams (figures) are predominantly only 2" x 2.5" and they are entire screenshots. The ink used to produce them is more grey than black, so even if you don't have any eye trouble you'll find them almost useless (even with the diagrams that are slightly bigger). For example, the authors tell you to look at the figures to understand how your directories should appear in more detail than the written steps in the book, but the font is so small in the figures that it is unreadable.
Sadly, this book has proved of absolutely no use to me so far.
That said, Wordpress has awesome, voluminous online documentation in their Codex and forums, so there's not a lot of new info in this book that can't be found online, but it's presented in an easy, logical, and very portable way.
Also, since the publishing, WP has upgraded to version 2.1 which has slightly changed the admin interface, but not enough to make the book confusing.
Perhaps increasing the size of the book would help with the image quality?!? As is, they are worthless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives you a lot of important basics you need in order to start with a Word Press Blog. And there's some advanced material as well. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Kris Olin
I recommend this book, with a couple of caveats. It's a fairly helpful guide, intended mostly for novices. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Patrick Hafner
I found the book clear and very easy to follow. The pictures might be a bit bigger. But compared to WordPress for dummies, which focuses less on WordPress on your own server, I... Read morePublished on July 17, 2008 by Rob
Has useful stuff but misses important stuff, for instance: it says that someone can have a profile of subscriber [easily discerned from wordpress documentation] who can only read,... Read morePublished on October 30, 2007 by Gene R. Beaty
I agree with many of the other reviews that I have seen here. I usually don't right a review and I usually give most tech books the benefit of the doubt. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by MICHAEL JANOVIC
Like all the Quickstart books, this one cuts to the chase and makes it easy to get your blog running.Published on August 8, 2007 by C. Bianchi
I am learning as I go along. This resource is easy to read, the instructions are clear, and the content is appropriate for almost anyone having a basic knowledge of computers. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Gwena Roberts-foote