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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.
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.
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.'
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fairly good book, but shallow in the area of my interest which is setting up a WordPress site on a spare computer in my home. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by John F. Reeder
This is a good book about setting up a blog using WordPress, but the title is misleading. It is not a book about content. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Andrew Everett
I am very unhappy I bought this book. This is essentially a technical book for people who know a lot about IT. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by greendoc
This is not a how-to book for building a Wordpress web site or blog, but rather more about the content. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by D. Wells
If you're looking for a basic book on creating a Wordpress blog, this is not a bad choice. It's well written and structured for beginners. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by TDawg
This is a helpful book on Word Press Blogging. It covers the basics. Some may find it confusing because the word press interface continues to change with each new Word Press... Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by R.Brian Burkhardt
I checked this book out of the library last week because I hadn't had a chance to read it when it first came out. The screenshots of WordPress 2. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Sallie R. Goetsch
I was disappointed to find this book had NOTHING to do with how to build a blog people want to read. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Jacob Cassidy
I've read several WordPress books over the last year or two and this is by far the best introduction to WordPress that I've come across. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by backpages