- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 3 edition (January 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118987241
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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.
I might add, that I am still a beginner WP programmer, but love this book. I am retired and on a budget, so yes, I am a cheap skate.
However, the book contains very little filler, and covers the in-and-outs of Wordpress, and provided a lot of resources I didn't know about. The first couple chapters were kind of dumb, since most people buying this will already know how to install wordpress and make a basic post. I can see why the author might do this though. Ease people into the book so they get comfortable with it before dropping raw code on them. It also goes against his claim of showing how wordpress works from the core working out.
Really minor complaints, just wanted to give a balanced review. With no good books on the market about making themes, this makes the perfect companion to one of those books. After reading it I doubled my knowledge of Wordpress, and I have been working with it for a couple years now. Solid 5 stars.