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WordPress Bible Paperback – April 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470937815 ISBN-10: 0470937815 Edition: 2nd
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Master the blog platform of choice around the world

Whether you're a casual blogger or programming pro, this detailed guide will help you get the very most out of the new version of the hottest blogging platform on the planet. A complete step-by-step reference, this book covers WordPress 3.1 from the basics through advanced application development. Learn how to use custom plugins and themes, build navigation menus on the fly with no coding, leverage the WordPress multisite API, and much more.

  • Explore various Web servers and all modules, then install and configure the software

  • Enhance your blog's findability with SEO, keywords, and meta tags

  • Create events with actions, apply hooks, and expand functionality with plugins

  • Leverage Twitter widgets, the Facebook Like button, or other social media devices to extend your blog's reach

  • Integrate navigation menus with custom dynamic themes

  • Set up WordPress as a Content Management System

  • Build your own self-contained social network with BuddyPress

Companion Web Site

Visit www.wiley.com/go/wordpressbible2e for all of the author's example files from the book.

  • Install, configure, and manage WordPress

  • Turn a blog into a social network

  • Create a dynamic, full-fledged CMS

About the Author

Aaron Brazell is a WordPress expert, core contributor, and developer currently responsible for directing and developing a WordPress premium platform for customers. His WordPress knowledge extends back to the early days of the software, and he has worked on large-scale WordPress installations from both a technical/scaling perspective to complex deliveries involving extreme leveraging of the software plugin API. He maintains a business and technology blog, Technosailor.com.

Mark Jaquith is one of the lead developers of WordPress and an independent Web services consultant. With over four and a half years of extensive experience with WordPress, he has written several popular plugins and contributed countless patches to the core WordPress engine.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470937815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470937815
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
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If you are just starting out with WordPress, then the best book I've found for that is Lisa Sabin Wilson's "WordPress For Dummies" (WPD). WPD will carry you surprisingly far into the installation, use, maintenance and extension of WordPress. It is now in its second edition with a third expected soon.

For most people, WPD will suffice.

But If your needs are more demanding, then Aaron Brazell's "WordPress Bible" is a good place to go.

Brazell gets much deeper under the WordPress hood than Sabin-Wilson. - and this content is not for the neophyte.

The content is eclectic, with a lot of emphasis on building plugins. Installing WordPress is covered, but not in the same supportive way you'll find in WPD. Some chapters are head-scratchers: why are nine pages devoted to the WordPress help system ("Codex") and other support groups? Chapters like "Extending WordPress with Plugins", "Widgetizing WordPress", "Understanding the WordPress Database Class" and the doozy "Dissecting the Loop and WP_Query" give you what you need to know to write and manage plugns. Another chapter talks about using WordPress as a Content Management System, which I found helpful, and wish was three times longer.

Overall, "WordPress Bible" is a valuable addition to any serious WordPress library. My one criticism of the book is about Wiley, the publisher: they have a adopted a design that makes it look as if the type is printed in gray, which I find very difficult to read for more than a few minutes at a time. Wiley does not respond to customer comments. Because of this flaw, I will buy Wiley books only when they appear to be best in class.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Nielsen on December 11, 2011
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Though this book contains a lot of interesting information, the primary thing I was interested in (plugin creation) is horribly lacking. The code provided is both syntactically and functionally wrong. There is no errata provided on the publisher's site that corrects this. Unfortunately, the guided tour I was hoping for is not here - back to browsing the web for tips.

The book is also clogged with lots of information that is interesting (like the notes about VIM and alternatives to Apache) but that is ultimately irrelevant and only serves to raise the barrier to entry to people who are trying to get into Wordpress development.

WARNING: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THE E-BOOK OF THIS TITLE FROM THE PUBLISHER. The e-book is infected with DRM, requires you to install a program called Adobe Digital Editions, and refuses to allow you to copy/paste code from the E-Book. Granted, the code (being what it is) is available via the publishers website, but only as Word docs (?) which is to say the least a bizarre format for distributing code.

Very displeased - will not purchase an E-Book from Wiley again.

*** UPDATE: After complaining about the DRM scheme to the publisher, the publisher apologized and sent me a hard copy. It's not often that I see business' go out of their way to please a customer, and so I feel obligated to make sure it's known that Wiley has done its best to rectify things.

I'm still not thrilled with the book's content - but I am pleased with the publisher and would do business again - provided that my future purchases are DRM free. Thanks for stepping up Wiley.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By readsalot on March 15, 2010
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I have purchased some of the Bible computer book series in the past and have generally found them to be useful for whatever level of experience and expertise one might have.

This Bible is different. Unless you are very sophisticated in the world of coding, web/blog construction, don't even think of getting this book. If you wish to build a blog buy a different book. If you wish to build widgits, plugins, or other code-level structures, this is for you.

I wanted to build a moderately sophisticated blog using wordPress and feel that I totally wasted my $31.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Francisco on July 12, 2010
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I am totally new to wordpress but not in web development, I was encouraged to by this at the local bookstore(barnes & noble, sorry amazon don't want to wait) because I saw people here said good things about this book. The first few chapters is okay, although the examples are too basic but you will get the idea on how to start making your own plugins, widgets and themes. I must agree to other reviewers that the code has lots of typos or errors. The book said no worries whatever version you have, but for me as new to wordpress it is a big deal especially when the code breaks(just go to [...] and search the topic).

The back cover says "Whether you're a casual blogger or programming pro, this comprehensive guide covers WordPress from the basics through advanced application development". Programming pro, I don't think so! samples are not that impressive to consider you as a programming pro or even entry level programmer! a blogger more likely.

This book is totally not for wordpress developer or designer. The book will only give you lots of idea on what the wordpress can do and best practices on how to make a wordpress blog site(sorry Aaron and those people from the credits page).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Goldberg on March 29, 2010
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Beginners/Intermediates Beware!

I skimmed the first few chapters to get to Chapter 5 (Extending Wordpress with Plugins) as this is about where my limited knowledge of Wordpress ended. I must say, this book has caused more stress than help. The book is riddled with typos and the code examples have errors! Lots of them! I am not going to bother pointing out the typos beyond the most egregious: every URL for the accompanying code is wrong in Chapter 5..

When I did manage to get to the site, I found that Example 5.15 - The focus of the entire chapter - doesn't work. Indeed, there are errors on every other line! Same for chapter 6 on widgets. Also, too much of the coding is unexplained. The book is a descent rough draft, but is at this point very far from being useful to a beginner.
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