- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321832817
- ISBN-13: 978-0321832818
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Web Designer's Guide To Wordpress (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer and an active member of the community. He speaks on WordPress at conferences and WordCamps around the country, and draws from his experience as a professor at Johnson & Wales University (where he teaches web design, development and planning, and information architecture) to educate readers on everything from core fundamentals through advanced development.
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But recently, I've needed to build a couple pro-bono sites that the owners will need to maintain themselves. So I was looking for a CMS solution, and decided to give WordPress a try, even though I've never done anything in PHP before. I installed WP and added a couple themes, then started poking around under the hood. My deep-seated need for control immediately sent me scurrying to Amazon to look for a guide that would help me learn how to get in and tinker with things with minimal breakage.
Friedman's book is that guide. It was a quick read, with enough detail to be helpful but not so much as to bog me down. It has lots of links to helpful online sources. And now I feel confident that I can get done what I need to get done in WordPress. I also have a sense of the depth of what else is out there.
(Regarding the links - I had tried a couple of the links, and they worked. Then the links stopped working. I was getting 404 errors on the author's site. I submitted feedback via the contact form on his site and had a response back probably within an hour. By the next day, the links were working again. It's nice when an author stands behind his work.)
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I'm stuck with a book I can't use :/
Next time get a typographer to work with. Wolfson press even has the nerve to take credit for interior design.
Well I guess, you can't just a book by it's cover.
(Or did the printer just run out of black ink ;-( ).
Don't let a few bad reviews from disgruntle people discourage you from this book. I have read all the published books currently on the market for WordPress theming and all other books were teaching me at a level that I should got not catch on. I was so overwhelmed with all the information they were trying to teach me in one book. From my experience WordPress theming is an impossible thing to master from one book. Jesse's book, in my honest opinion is the best book I've read as a starting point and to get a clear understanding of all the basic points I needed to feel comfortable to take on WordPress theming without being overwhelmed with the author trying to over explain something or over complicate a "how to do" task in WordPress.
Web Designer's Guide to WordPress: Plan, Theme, Build, Launch (Voices That Matter)
Second, the book is written as if you were creating a WordPress theme from scratch, rather than modifying an existing theme. While effective in some ways, it does mean that it takes a while before the author gets around to the topics you maybe interested in. I think modifying an existing theme is where most of us start out.
But overall I found this book to be useful and well worth the money.