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The recently published book, WordPress 3 Site Blueprints by Heather R. Wallace and published by Packt Publishing is an ambitious project that belies the slim volume that it is.

According to the author, the book is primarily geared to a "self-learner" or a "WordPress consultant" who is "interested in exploring all that this open source software has to offer..." The book's premise is to provide a "blueprint" in the design of 9 different types of WordPress websites. Each blueprint or chapter walks you through the process of configuring a specific WordPress Theme. The types of sites (blueprints) discussed are:

1.Migrating a Static site to WordPress
2.Building a Community Portal
3.Building an E-Commerce Website
4.Building a Local Classified Ads Website
5.Building a Consumer Reivew Website
6.Building a Job Board Website
7.Building a Micro blogging Website
8.Building a Local Business Directory
9.Building a Membership Website

In addition to the 9 blueprints, there is an appendix that presents several WordPress plugins that the author feels may be of value such as WP-DB-Backup, Akismet and several others. Another appendix provides a guide to installing WordPress Themes and plugins.

I found the first two chapters to be very helpful. Chapter 1 describes the process of migrating a static HTML site to a dynamic WordPress site. Although the author does not provide specific instruction as how to actually install WordPress, she does direct you to online resources to accomplish that task. A concise discussion gives you the information you need to add appropriate WordPress specific code to your HTML files to turn them into a working WordPress "theme." Resources are also provided for free and premium ($) themes.

Chapter 2 shows you how to integrate bbPress, BuddyPress and WordPress to enable you to create a community portal site. bbPress provides a forum component, while BuddyPress enables users to interact in a facebook-like manner. The basics are covered but novices may require additional hand-holding to undertake such an ambitious project.

The other blueprints are covered in a similar concise fashion, providing the basic information you would need to get the specific type of site up and running. Each blueprint presents a suggested way of configuring settings and adding specific plugins suited to the particular blueprint.

This slim volume covers a lot of ground. The author provides a lot of additional online resources which is helpful. What I found most disappointing was that several of the blueprints require "premium" themes or plugins that cost real money. In some cases the plugins or themes are relatively pricey and this may diminish the ability for some people to carry-out the projects.

Overall, WordPress 3 Site Blueprints gives the reader a good idea of where WordPress can take you. It abolishes the notion that WordPress is only for blogging. In fact, WordPress is fast becoming a viable platform for just about any type of CMS site you can imagine. All it takes is the right combination of themes and plugins. I do wonder whether the book is going to satisfy the inevitable quesitons that a novice will have while the more adept user may desire a deeper exploration of the mechanics of WordPress and plugins.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
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This book covers these topics:

1. Migrating static sites to Wordpress
2. Building community portal
3. Building ecommerce site

Building:
4. Local classified ads site
5. Jobs site
6. Microblogging site
7. Local business directory site
8. Membership site.

If reader is planning to build any one of these types, each chapter might be useful, provided the chapter's plugin recommended is reader's intended. However, except for #1, most topics are highly specialized reading, and eCommerce may be better served by other software. I'm puzzled by what type of reader would be interested in the wide range of sites covered.
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on July 30, 2014
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Not really for beginners. States you should already have mastered HTML5
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Up front, I want to explain why I think so highly of this book: It has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to transform my website into "fully-functional, dynamic" WordPress website. That is to say, Heather Wallace and her colleagues have provided a comprehensive and cohesive briefing on how I can actively participate in the aforementioned, step-by-step process. I do not fully understand all of the material provided in Chapter 2 ("Building a Community Portal"), for example, and it is at least possible that another of the nine WordPress websites may prove to be more appropriate. But at least I have learned what questions to ask as well as how best to express my wishes and intentions as various steps are completed in the process.

For purposes of discussion, let's say that establishing a community portal is the ultimate objective. Two separate but related processes must be initiated: Building the website, and, building the community of people who become members. The material provided in Chapter 2 first enables the network functionality in a standard installation of WordPress. More specifically:

o Determine whether or not mod__rewrite is enabled on the server
o Enable the Network menu in WordPress
o Complete the network installation process
o Set up and configure the BuddyPress
o Integrate the bbPress into BuddyPress
o Protect the community portal from bots and scammers
o Protect the privacy of community members
o Give the portal a "new look"
o Offer to members more theming options
o Ensure that the portal is fully functional before launch

Whichever one of the nine different professional WordPress sites is selected, Wallace and her colleagues provide two valuable appendices. In the first, the reader learns how to set up and configure Akismet, WP-DB-Backup, WP-reCAPTCHA (also creating new API keys), and Maintenance Mode. The reader is also introduced to WP Hide Dashboard. (Note: The WP Hide Dashboard plugin is well-suited for usage on all of the sites featured in this book.) Then in Appendix B, the reader learns how to install themes from the Free Themes Directory and plugins from the WordPress Free Plugin Directory. Additional information can be obtained by visiting [...]

Congratulations to Heather R. Wallace and her colleagues for providing so much of practical value. I also highly recommend Tessa Blakeley Silver's WordPress 3.0 jQuery and Brandon Corbin's WordPress Top Plugins, both also published by Packt in 2010.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This was a great purchase.
Very informative. Exactly what I was looking for.
Starting out with no Wordpress experience this book was the perfect tool to begin getting my site up and running in short order.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
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If you are looking to make money with wordpress sites, this is a very solid step by step tutorial on creating wordpress sites. It doesn't really cover the marketing, so much as the construction of several solid wordpress plug ins. Be warned, several of the plug ins and themes are premium.

I have been building WordPress sites for years, and I learned some cool stuff from this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
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If you can read minds this book is for you. Too much detail is missing. You have to guess paths or use the UNIX find command to locate too much. Very poor showing... this need a rewrite with a peer review.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
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This book was okay, but not what i was expecting, it shows you how to set up wordpress using existing plugins, but i was hoping it show me how to make those plugins for the types of examples. I guess im asking for too much. but when will someone write a book on advance plug in development examples.
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