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Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321591933
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About the Author

Scott McNulty is a simple geek living in Philadelphia. Scott has been blogging for just over nine years about whatever strikes his fancy. He runs more WordPress blogs than anyone should, and even has a few other blogs using other blogging engines. More of Scott's words can be found on his personal blog, blog.blankbaby.com, or at Macuser.com, where Scott is a senior contributor, or Obsessable.com, where he writes a weekly feature about technology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321591933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321591937
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Lian on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book and the Wordpress for Dummies book together. After going through both, and having zero prior experience with Wordpress, that I found this book somewhat haphazardly organized and often lacking in key functional details. In addition, the descriptions and interface he refers to do not appear to correspond with the most recent version of Wordpress for Windows, despite the book's 2009 copyright. Could be that he is not using a PC version, not sure. This aspect could be frustrating, particularly when layered on top of inadequate explanations. Again, I knew nothing about this program before purchasing these two books. I found the Dummies book a lot more thorough (although possibly more remedial) on nearly every topic. This book might be ok if you're a little familiar with blogging and you're good at mental gymnastics. Otherwise you'll probably need another text to supplement.
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This is an a reasonably adequate technical manual on setting up a WordPress blog. The book is definitely not a guide to building a blog "people want to read" as the title asserts, because there is virtually nothing about blog content to be found in the book. About a page at the very end and nothing more. In a response to an Amazon review criticizing this lack, the author says that a whole chapter on content was left out. My feeling is that if that was the case, the title should have been changed to more accurately reflect the content or the lack thereof.

McNulty provides step-by-step directions for setting up a WordPress blog. Newcomers to blogging and the Web may find this level of instruction helpful. The somewhat more experienced will find that the web provides more than adequate instructional materials. [...]

McNulty's writing style is relatively straightforward and clear, though he makes the mistake that many tech authors make these days and tries to be a comedian. He isn't and his attempts at humor are intrusive.

There are many graphics and examples in the book, which is good for the neophyte.

Overall, this isn't a bad book, but it is not a standout in any way. Just be aware that this book does not deliver on its title - it has nothing to do with generating the content or marketing for a blog "people will want to read". The book's title is all hype and nothing more. Ironically, McNulty says on the last page of the book: "People judge a book by its cover. You can admit it - the awesome cover is at least part of the reason you bought this book."

Sure was, Scott, and the misleading title is why I wouldn't recommend this book over others on WordPress.

Jerry
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Scott McNulty's Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read is the perfect jumping off point for people who want to start blogging (or site-building) with one of the world's most popular platforms, especially if they have no idea where, or how, to start.

Using a brand of wit familiar to fans of his tech and personal blogging, McNulty lays out the fundamentals of getting started, from the benefits of using WordPress to installation and effective utilization. But it goes beyond technical advice to practical ideas for being a better blogger -- something the author also knows a bit about.

As a veteran WordPress user, I can attest to the accuracy and utility of the techniques explained clearly and concisely in Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read. It even offered me a few helpful pointers for streamlining my own blogging process.

If you're a current or prospective WordPress user looking for a guide to getting the most out of your experience, you may want to skip past the guides catering to idiots or dummies and check out this simple yet smart offering.
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This book is deceptively titled: there is not a single word in it about what differentiates a blog people want to read from one that people don't want to read. It makes no mention of content, design, or promotion of a blog at all. It is a basic introduction to installing wordpress and using the wordpress software - how to post, use themes, etc.

As a walk-through instroduction for someone's first encounter with blogging software, this book may be fine. If you're familiar with other blogging software, or fairly computer savvy, there's little or nothing in this book you won't figure out yourself by exploring the software a little. And if you're interested in blog content or promotion, this book has nothing in it for you at all, despite the title.

A more accurate title would be something like 'a beginner's guide to using the wordpress software.'
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This book was delivered yesterday - I'm on page 40 and already frustrated.

The Wordpress dashboard and all the admin layouts have been changed since this book was published. It seems that not only do actual pages look different than they look in the book, but Wordpress has changed where various stuff sits. So he'll be talking about something, for example, on the dashboard - and that thing no longer sits on the dashboard, it's under some other menu.

That said, I'm sure I'm better off with something to guide me than nothing at all.
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