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Stephanie Leary is a web developer for Texas A&M University and the co-owner of Paged Media, a freelance business catering to authors and other publishing professionals. She began developing themes and plugins for WordPress in 2005, and has taught numerous workshops on using WordPress as a content management system.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2009 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430228954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228950
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sallie R. Goetsch on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is deceptive, enough so that I handed it to a friend who was making the move from [...] to self-hosted WordPress because I thought she might find it helpful. She didn't, and when I actually sat down to read it myself, I understood why.

This is not a book for beginners, if by "beginners" you mean the people for whom WordPress for Dummies was written. It's a book for web developers who haven't used WordPress before.

To be fair to the author, the back cover copy says exactly that, but the publisher describes it as "User level: Beginner." I'm not sure how Apress would describe books for people who don't have any technical knowledge. "User level: Hopeless N00b"?

But the book itself is fantastic. It may be the best book I've ever read about WordPress. I don't consider myself a developer, but I know enough not to get completely lost in the code examples. This is a great book for those who are experienced users of WordPress but not PHP wizards and who want to go deeper and understand more.

I had a number of revelatory moments while reading this book. You can turn off or limit post revisions with one line of code in your wp-config.php file? So why was I bothering to use a plugin for it? (I know, some people don't have access to their wp-config.php file...or shouldn't be allowed access to it. But other people need to reduce the number of plugins they have installed, and I'm one of them.) There are RSS feeds for pages? Wish I'd known that when someone was asking about it on LinkedIn a few weeks back. You can show custom taxonomies, custom post types, and tags in your menu management page by clicking on Screen Options? (I beat my head against this for ages because I'd forgotten I'd read it, and I even marked the page.
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I think having read it thoroughly, the author by saying "beginner's guide to WordPress" is saying beginner to the WordPress platform and not to web design/development.

Let me explain my level of understanding before I started reading. I'm 19 and web design/dev has been a hobby of mine for about one year now. I've a reasonable grasp on HTML/CSS JavaScript having spent hours watching free video tutorials and reading two books. I'm able to build a basic website from scratch with the help of past examples and some developing tools like notepad++. I understand JavaScript and because the concepts of PHP are similar to JavaScript, I can make educated guesses on what code does what. These prerequisites and time are enough to get through this book.

Honestly installing WordPress was the hardest part, your first time is confusing for about 15mins. The simple answer to getting through the first chapter is signing up for a basic Dreamhost hosting plan as Dreamhost has a one click install button for WordPress in their web panel. Once you've installed WordPress the rest of the book is a walk in the park.

The first 6 chapters are concerned with working through the layout of the platform, explaining what everything does, and the book does a great job at that. After the 6th knowing HTML, CSS is essential for continuing, moving onto the Chapter 7 it helps to have dabbled in PHP. The book does a great job explaining [HTML,CSS] to WordPress conversion, Which Online blogs I've read could not comprehensively do. If you've got this far you'll be able to go to the end without many problems.

TLDR; to get the most out of this book prerequisites are HTML, CSS, & some PHP, & a dreamhost account.
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Firstly, I believe the bad reviews to this book are are somewhat unjust. When the author says beginner, she is not referring to the user who is creating blogs using Wordpress for the first time. This book is geared towards the budding web developer/designer who is new to using Wordpress as a tool to build custom websites, not just blogs. The author even mentions on the back cover of this book that this book was meant to between the "how do I setup Wordpress to be a blog" and the more advanced books on Wordpress. Ironically, she does spend the first few chapters explain how to install Wordpress from scratch--which I still found helpful.

If you're anything like me and know "just enough" HTML, CSS, Javascript & maybe some PHP, then you'll be able to follow this book. The author provided exactly what I was looking for, which is easy to grasp instructions on how to build your own Wordpress themes and plugins. This book essentially shows you how to use Wordpress to build your own custom websites.

If this relates to you, please don't let the negative reviews discourage you from checking out this book. If you're new at creating your own Wordpress themes and plugins, I would recommend this book. As long as you know just enough" HTML, CSS, Javascript & little PHP, this book will be a resourceful additional to your library.

Note to the author/publisher -- maybe the title should be teak somewhat to attract the right audience. Personally, I think the book is aimed at the right audience, but I can see how someone new to Wordpress and blogging would buy this book (especially if they didn't see it in a store first)
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