- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470560541
- ISBN-13: 978-0470560549
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 146 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Explore the power and possibilities of WordPress from the inside out
As the most popular self-hosted blogging software in use today, WordPress is remarkably simple to operate and can be extended and tailored for a wide variety of applications. This guide focuses on the internal structure and flow of the core code, as well as the data model on which that code operates, so that you can harness the power of WordPress to meet your specific needs. The author team pulls together developer and deployer expertise, as well as knowledge of popular open source plugins, themes, and tools for WordPress, to provide an in-depth guide suitable for all WordPress users, from self-hosted bloggers to enterprise content management system applications.
Offers an overview of the WordPress system and describes what happens when a WordPress-generated web page is displayed
Discusses the core of WordPress, describing internal code flow and data structures
Demonstrates extending WordPress through plugins and customizing it via themes
Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployer requirements for performance, security, and measurement
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About the Author
Hal Stern is a vice president at a technology company and uses WordPress to blog about his adventures in golf, ice hockey, and food.
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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 get that WP moves so fast that to research and write and publish a book means that four new versions have been released since the idea first came to you, but damn. I saw and Advanced WP book come out, but it was half-complete and roundly attacked. The WP Bible's not been updated since Snowden was still in America. Too long.
Still - that isn't about THIS book. This book is in the third edition and has been updated for WP all the way through 4.1. Nice! Lots of good, in-depth and in-detail chapters. Just what is needed. I liked it enough that this is my second copy - I have a 2nd Edition, too.
Pick it up.
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.