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WordPress 3 Complete
WordPress 3 Complete
by April Hodge Silver
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, December 8, 2011
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This review is from: WordPress 3 Complete (Paperback)
The glowing reviews that induced me to purchase this book have been followed by reviews that more closely mirror my own disappointment. Indeed, the book is concise, easy to read, and covers a lot of stuff appropriate to wordpress.org users, but is far too vague in guiding the user through the details of wordpress website implementation. Chapter 10, pertaining to setting up a non-blog or mixed website using wordpress as a CMS, one of the claimed strengths of the book, is particularly irritating. It basically throws out working with potentially capable available themes and dives straight into hard-core html and css coding. Many users of Wordpress, particularly the beginners that this book claims to be written for, would appreciate and might be better served by a less draconian approach that capitalizes on the excellent theme programming that is already out there.
I would characterize the book less as a detailed tutorial and guide to Wordpress and more as a general overview better used by the "IT-confident user" mentioned in passing in the introduction to leverage his/her html and css coding skills "to produce an impressive website". Indeed, much of the details seem to have been left to a companion guide often referenced in the text.
In truth, I have found no Wordpress guidebooks that have been both truly tutorial and truly comprehensive in their approach such that the Wordpress codex, that confusing cornucopia of infomration, either need not be referenced or can be utilized more effectively. It appears that the world of html/css and Wordpress programming is changing so rapidly that it is extremely difficult for any printed guidebook to be adequate to the task of training beginners wanting to do anything but simple blogging. It seems that the only practical way to get something special done in Wordpress, like in Joomla or Drupal, is to pay an expert to help you, and to preface that with a good hands-on course on basic html/css coding. Book-learning? Phfah.


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