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Matt Beck , Jessica Neuman Beck
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October 21, 2011 0321792661 978-0321792662 2
WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2E uses a visual approach to teach the essential elements of WordPress, one of the world's most popular publishing platforms. This book gives readers the tools they need to create beautiful, functional WordPress-powered sites with minimal hassle. Using plenty of screenshots and a clear, organized format, authors Jessica Neuman Beck and Matt Beck walk new users through the installation and setup process while providing valuable tips and tricks for more experienced users. With no other resource but this guide, readers can set up a fully-functional and well-designed WordPress site that takes advantage of all the features WordPress has to offer.

This new, fully updated version covers all the key new features of WordPress 3, including an improved welcome screen with enhanced security and usability; internal linking to articles on one's own blog; support for individual author templates; improved menu interface allowing for changes to be made from inside the WordPress dashboard; and the new, easily customizable Default Theme, Twenty Eleven, with support for child themes and header and background adjustments. It also covers more advanced features, such as improved content management with Custom Post types, which allow WordPress theme developers to create custom content types outside of pages and posts; and integration of the WordPress Multi-User into the WordPress core so that users can create and manage hundreds of blogs.

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About the Author

Jessica Neuman Beck is a writer, editor, and Web designer. She is the managing partner at CouldBe Studios, a small-business-focused Web design agency located in Portland, Oregon, that specializes in Shopify and WordPress sites.

Matt Beck is Jessica's business partner at CouldBe Studios, a designer, and a PHP/MySQL developer. He has a solid background in IT and MIS management, including lots of experience with WordPress design and customization.

Find out more about Matt and Jessica at: www.couldbestudios.com

Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321792661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321792662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Neuman Beck lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband ("husband"), two neurotic cats ("beasts"), and a very short person ("kid"). By day, she designs websites for couldbe studios and feeds her serious, as-yet untreated RSS habit by compulsively checking Feedly for updates. By night...she does pretty much the same thing, only on a laptop. In her free time she writes, crafts, watches way too much streaming TV on Hulu and occasionally does yoga.

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I wanted to really like this book. I grabbed this book on impulse from the library, as I've had a great experience with Visual Quickstart books in the past. I dove into this book, wanting to learn a lot from it and give it a glowing review. However, I came out pretty disappointed. As I was reading through the book, I was basically finding one issue after another. I tried to read through the entire book to give it a chance, but I couldn't care enough to reach the final chapters.

First issue: The chapters don't offer more information than what Wordpress itself gives. As I'm reading the chapters, I'm following along in my Wordpress site. Wordpress itself does a decent job describing what each section, option, and feature does; the book just echoes this information, and no more. In fact, several sections of the book seem to just paraphrase what Wordpress had to say. I could, instead of reading first ten chapters of the book, just browsed through each page of the Wordpress backend, and learned just as much of what the book tried to teach. There were many topics where I wished the book could have explained a feature with more depth than it or Wordpress did.

Second issue: There are a few redundant sections and style inconsistencies throughout the book, that made it seem there were little communication between the two authors about who would write about what topic. One example of this was discussing the Discussion Settings page - that was gone over twice in two separate chapters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not presented well February 19, 2014
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Overall, this is a good book because it has a nice screen shot illustration on almost every page which really helps. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because the way the information was presented was really out of order and can leave you confused. As an example, . . . in Chapter One they're already talking about how to back-up your files? Why do I need to know that now? I don't even know how to use this program yet!! The author knows the subject well, but doesn't know how to explain it to someone from the very beginning, and also doesn't realize what information is vitally important for a new user and what information can wait. Because of that, if you read the book twice you'll understand it a lot better the second time you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beginner and beyond. December 2, 2013
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Covers both beginner and intermediate topics well. Almost every point is illustrated so the book does not have to be read at the computer. Note there is now a 3rd edition.
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