WordPress For Dummies 5th Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118383184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118383186
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Owner, Chief Operating Officer: WebDevStudios - enterprise level applications, design & development for WordPress.
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I design because it makes me happy to create. I write because it makes me happy to share. Other than that? I breathe. I drink espresso. I love my family.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Zanon on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has way too many HTML references to put it in the "for Dummies" category. The author is knowledgeable but doesn't know how to teach to "dummies." The Index is of little help. There is no "Menu" listed there so that you are forced to browse through the book to find your reference on that topic. Looking for info on Parent Theme? The Index refers you to the Child Theme section. Go to that chapter there's no description of what a Parent Theme but tere's lots of reference to customizing with HTML lingo. I'm a Wordpress dummy, skip the techy language and get me to where I need to go. In way too many chapters, the author interrupts the reading process by referring the reader to other chapters for clearer information. This should never happen in a beginner's book. After many frustrating hours, I've had to search through Amazon.com for other books that really speak to dummies. By the way, I have a couple of advanced degrees and am a published author with a few credentials under my hat--no dummy there.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amos Oliver Doyle on May 12, 2013
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I have to agree with a couple of the other reviewers; this book is really not written for "Dummies". One needs to know more than a basic understanding of HTML to understand these instructions and it may help if one knows a lot of computer acronymns. Without a doubt the author is very knowledgeable about computer programming, HTML and various computer applications, plugins, programs, widgets etc. and "geek" terminology as well. For a simpleton like me, eventhough I thought I had very good facility with WebEasy, Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Corel Word Perfect as well as more than 15 years configuring computers, printers, modems, etc., I am not having an easy time getting Wordpress to do what I want it to do and this book is too cumbersome to find quick help. I thought it was very bland in appearance and took a lot of effort to follow. I agree that the index is very sparse and lacks lay terminology that I would need to find something in the book. I simply don't really know what I am looking for when I use the index. I guess I wanted a book that helped me to use Wordpress, not to teach me how to reformat Wordpress using HTML. I think the fault is mine. I'm from an older generation. It's time to hang it up!

P.S. Now I am really angry! After spending the weekend trying to find out how to wrap text around a photo (image) I finally figured it out by myself with hints from a few outdated on-line tutorials. The author of this book was no help at all!. She needs to learn just who her audience is! The index had nothing about wrapping text around images that I could find! Really now, isn't that something most people would want to do! Wordpress ,makes this really simple (for people like me); even an orangutan could do it. It's just that I had so spend so much time trying this and that until I---that is I---figured it out myself! My advice: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! It is NOT for dummies!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Daniels on March 29, 2013
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I purchased this book, because I believed the title - big mistake. This author is mildly amusing in a couple of places in this book, but I didn't purchase this book for her sense of humor. I purchased this book, because I needed a "tony has a pony" type of approach to help me establish myself into a WordPress.org website. PLEASE be advised that I am not an idiot who doesn't even know how to turn my computer on. I am middle of the road computer savy, but this lady left me WAAAAAY behind on more than one occassion. How can I like or even be impressed with what she writes when I can't understand what she is saying? Unfortunately, she appears blissfully unaware of what her target audience is...she seems to be fulfilling her OWN needs in writing this book rather than HELPING her readers to understand what is a fairly simple subject. WordPress is a very very user friendly package, but this book makes it seem overwhelmingly difficult...mores the pity. Ms. Sabin-Wilson, I do not apologize for my review. BUYERS BEWARE! There are much simpler ways (and cheaper) to learn WordPress. RUN AWAY from this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rabbit rabbit on March 17, 2014
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WordPress changes so fast that in less than 1/2 year every thing in the Dummies book is obsolete. Even worse, you can spend hours and hours trying to put together some of what was written in the Dummies book with the new technology. I just spent 5 hours and I found out the hard way, trying to mix the clues in WP for Dummies with the WordPress software was a frustrating waste of my time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wolfson on March 13, 2014
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This book does not help you with using WordPress to develop a website. Most of its focus is on using WordPress for blogging. If you're going to write a book for dummies, include all relevant topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ozlanka on August 11, 2013
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IF you are planning to create a blog using WP, this would be a great book.

BUT if you are planning static pages like a news site or a business site, this is the wrong book.

Most of the book is dedicated to Blogs.

The title should have been WordPress Blogs for Dummies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor Smith on January 7, 2014
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It focused more on word press for blogging. I was more interested in word press to develop a website.

Victor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Outsider on June 22, 2013
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WordPress is an odd program. For example, it has both a "quick edit" and an "edit" function that can be used- but quick edit has a button to allow/disallow comments, and edit does not. And there are other strange anomalies, the reasons for which are known only to god and the WP programmers. This book does not go into these mysteries, but does have an adequate presentation of the basics, which I found useful.
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