- 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: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,916 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
Provides practical examples of integrating WordPress with enterprise and social networking tools
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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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.
David Damstra is the Manager of Web Services for CU*Answers, a credit union service organization, where he manages a team of developers to create web sites and web applications for the financial industry.
Brad Williams is the CEO and Co-Founder of WebDevStudios.com. He is also a co-host on the SitePoint Podcast and an advisor on SitePoint Forums.
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This is not a book for beginners on how to use WordPress to publish your blog, though it does cover that as a small part of the book. This is rather a book to help those who develop WordPress sites either as a profession or part of their daily work load. While it would be rare for anyone to find the entire book applies to them, it is extremely rare for someone to find that none of the book applies. This book thoroughly covers WordPress architecture and development to the platform for any web developer. Some of the books topics assume you are familiar with programming principles, as well as HTML and CSS, and that you know at least a little about web development and PhP. If you are short in those areas, there are plenty of good books and online tutorials to bring you up to speed. Since the code discussed in the book is available for download, you can learn many of the techniques simply by modifying existing code snippets and adding them to your own work.
If there is any negative to this book, it's not the fault of the book but rather the speeds at which publishers and platform developers work. While WROX is quick to publish books, and the authors in the Professional series are usually writing with pre-release software, by the nature of the publishing cycle versus the speed of the development cycle, most published books start going out of date the moment they ship. Fortunate, WROXD keeps publishing updated versions, such as this one, being the third edition.
The beginning chapters discuss the Core functionality of WordPress and why developing locally may make sense. Middle chapters go more in depth on the database, posts, and plugins. The later chapters cover some more advanced functionality I was not even aware existed such as Multi-site features.
The authors have a great perspective on WordPress and are fully aware that WordPress gets a bad reputation sometimes. Chapter 13 took an in depth look at security on WordPress and explains clearly why WordPress is secure. Many of the "hacked" WordPress sites were by people who never upgraded their WordPress. The authors state explicitly when some security feature is option or whether it is mandatory.
WordPress was put in perspective well and the authors tell you which plugins are recommended. There were good high level overviews backed up by lower level details.
The book reads consistently throughout as the three authors were able to find one voice. If you are interested in learning more about the WordPress ecosystem and internals, this book is an excellent choice.
Once I started reading it, an immediate thought came to mind: WordPress to IMPRESS! What a reach platform indeed it is!!
I have been a database developer, mainly using PROGRESS 4GL and their later platform, OpenEdge for 25 years so I am not new to programming. But let me state this: I never programmed using internet technology prior to June 2014. With the help of a PHP reference book, I sat down to read Professional WordPress 3rd edition on January 22nd 2015. And PROFESSIONAL it is, both in its coherence and in-depth covering of the WordPress platform. After reading about half the book, I restarted reading it, this time accompanying my reading with typing the code in the book as well as plugging in "debug" statements inside the WordPress 4.1.1 source code and displaying them into a .htm document that I could view in a browser while running the system.
2 weeks into the process I developed my first plugin for internal use and have progressed in strides ever since.
I want to personally thank Brad Williams and his co-authors for taking the time and making a remarkable effort to come up with Professional WordPress 3rd edition. Such dedicated authors make system development experience scientific and most rewarding.
After all said and done - 2 THUMBS WAY UP!!!