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Beginning WordPress 3 (Expert's Voice in Web Development) Paperback – June 29, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This book is not for a "newbie" to WordPress. I don't think it was written with a step-by-step approach. Waste of my money and had to go and make a separate purchase.Published on February 19, 2013 by Myra Weston
this book is not for beginners and is mistitled.
DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT buy this book if you are new to any of the following:
PHP... Read more
I've come back to edit my initial review and promote it to 4 stars as I have found chapters 6 and 7 to be particular useful. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by curtis
This is really a nice book and the author knows so much about Wordpress.
If you wanna learn more and more about wordpress, i recommend this book. Read more
This book is so poorly written I can't believe it. It is a jigsaw puzzle of non-teaching, dysfunctional-organization, incomplete information and non-beginners level content. Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by EJP
While the author is knowledgeable, any editor that would let her put in illustrations nobody could read without a magnifier should be dismissed. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Galen R. Haugh
First, I have two things to say:
1. I am so glad I bought this book!
2. I am so glad I read the review from timreadsbooks. Read more
Having just gone through the Headfirst HTML/CSS book, I really wish I would have purchased their version of the Wordpress 3 book rather than this one. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Steve Blackwell
I love Stephanie Leary's WordPress Dashboard Note Pad plugin. I really like having it in the Admin Panel on my WordPress Blog, and that is why I bought her new book here on... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by AZG21