- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (January 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 111844227X
- ISBN-13: 978-1118442272
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Harness the power of the latest version of WordPress
WordPress is the most popular self-hosted open source website software in use today, and the latest version makes it even simpler to operate. With this new edition, you'll find helpful examples, code downloads, and real-world tips from real-world developers, all of which reflect the current needs of developers. Each chapter has been reworked to provide the most up-to-date and correct methods for developing and designing in WordPress. This book covers WordPress development and design concepts above and beyond version features and provides a foundation for future development as WordPress is updated. This essential resource provides you with all you need to deploy successful WordPress sites.
Professional WordPress, Second Edition:
- Offers a code overview and provides the most up-to-date advice for working with WordPress locally
- Highlights custom post types, custom taxonomy, and meta data
- Features coverage of plugin and theme development
- Discusses WordPress as a content management system as well as its role in the enterprise and developer community
- Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployment requirements for performance, security, and measurement
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About the Author
Brad Williams is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, organizes and speaks at WordPress events, and is the coauthor of Professional WordPress Plugin Development.
David Damstra is the Vice President of Professional Services for CU*Answers, where his team of developers empowers clients with WordPress.
Hal Stern is a VP at Juniper Networks and is the coauthor of Blueprints for High Availability.
Wrox Professional guides are written by working developers to address everyday needs. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. This is a fairly comprehensive book covering not only Theme development, but plug-ins, multisite, UX, and more. If you're strictly looking for theme development, this may not be the best fit for you. There is only one chapter dedicated to "Theme Development". Of course, the preceding chapters discuss loops, database manipulations, custom taxonomies and etc, but these would be something to learn once you actually know how to write a theme. If you're looking to increase the overall knowledge of WP development, this is going to be extremely helpful.
2. Some experience with WP is a must. By "experience", I mean a basic understanding of how WP theme and plug-ins are structured. If you have seen a code for themes or plug-ins, it will make understanding a lot easier. On the other hand, the book isn't going to be much useful for beginners. If you have little or no experience with WP development, take a look at Digging into WordPress.
3. The book provides plenty of example codes, but they are meant to be examples, not snippets. I wouldn't recommend the book to someone who are looking for a quick tutorial/cookbook on WP theme development. Finding snippets will still require lots of Googling (or days of wrestling with the code yourself).
4. Any developers would know that finding an organized tutorial on WP development is difficult. Yes, there are more than plenty of free/premium sources, but each tutorial covers only limited part of WP development and finding a comprehensive guide is always a challenge. I am very, very happy that this book responds to that concern.
In short, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to learn the dynamics of WP.
But great books, technical books, on WordPress that are really good are few and far between. Yet WP itself is downloaded 50,000 times a DAY and millions - MILLIONS - of sites run on it. So why the heck aren't there more good books? I'm not sure.
With that, let me say I love this book. Now there are some things I could do without. The chapter on custom post types (my most referenced chapter so far) has a LOT of straight-from-the-codex stuff that I could have looked up myself. And the guys don't do a whole lot of explaining. This is a minor complaint. The rest of the book is excellent.
Which brings me to another point - the books that are in the technical realm assume - this one included - that you've somehow mastered the lingo and working of WP itself. Now, don't get me wrong and death-comment me, there are lots of mid-level explanations to be found here. Just sometimes, it seems like I need that in-between book that doesn't exist for WP. That one that takes you from explaining the dashboard and how to establish that first database connection to the point where you're ready to learn how to code template pages.
Right now, I'm sorry to say, I own just about every "real" WP book in print. I've not found that bridge book yet. I'll buy every WP book I can find and read every web page till I get it, but I'd love to see a intermediate book on the level of Professional WordPress.
If you're past the installs, know the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org, have dabbled a little in the guts of a theme and know what the functions.php file is for, you will love this book. Simple as that. I know I've qualified every statement I've made and I'm about to do that here but really, there's no other book on the market (none for WP 3.5 anyway) that matches Professional WP for being, well, professional. Here's that qualifier: I'd love to see it double in size. Or perhaps take out the codex pages and reference them then give us the same size book with more meat. I'd love to see the CPT chapter expanded with examples (or more examples) and maybe some more on how things like the css order is derived.
I guess I just want MORE. I love those bible and unleashed books where they combine (what essentially is repeated) documentation with how-to-do-it stuff. Sure, some of that is here but I still would like more.
(I was a programmer of desktop apps, so I know something of coding, though never used php before. I would like a few thousand pages of here's the code, here's what it looks like run through WP. You know what I mean? I want to understand better, from ONE source, how to not only create that CPT, but then make it look like I want. Anyone else?)
Buy it. You'll probably want to buy others as well, but this is your foundation book for advanced WP development. Period.
The book touches upon fairly advanced topics in web development, so an intermediate understanding of basic web technologies/languages (HTML, CSS, JS, MySQL, and PHP) is highly recommended. I would not use this book if you're completely new to web development, as a fair warning.
I would definitely recommend this book if you're an intermediate web developer seeking to tap into WordPress to build themes and plugins for clients. It has served me well and has allowed me to acquire freelance jobs that I would otherwise not get.