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Professional WordPress: Design and Development 1st Edition

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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.

Professional WordPress:

  • 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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Professional WordPress - Design and Development" is a superb book that will be appreciated greatly by developers looking to WordPress (WP) for the first time or for giving them a more thorough understanding of the inner-workings of WP. WordPress, as I write this, is at the WordPress 3.0 beta 2 cycle of development. This book will still be pertinent even though it was not specifically written as a WP v3.0 book.

The book's chapters are arranged in 3 major sections. Chapters 1 thru 4 are a top-level look at WordPress. The history and development of WordPress is discussed as well as the presentation of a functional overview, discussion of installation (including a valuable discussion of debugging errors you may have during installation), a code overview and a tour of the core. There is good stuff here. For instance if you are unclear of the distinction between tags and categories, this will clear things up for you. Or if you've ever wondered what the Turbo option in the Dashboard is, your answer will be found in these chapters. There is even an excellent discussion of advanced wp-config options that is sure to be helpful to the developer as well as a lot of information on configuring your .htaccess file.

Chapters 5 thru 8 thoroughly explore the Loop, understanding the WordPress database and how to directly manipulate it (database queries, building your own taxonomies, direct database manipulation), plugins development & WordPress integration (shortcodes, widgets, plugin security) and theme development (modifying existing themes, creating new themes.
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I just got the book this morning, and I'm halfway through it. It's exactly what I needed, a guided tour that cuts through the mass of undigested information that is [...]. This is the Baedeker's guide for the blog maintainer. I like WordPress, really I do, but how do I find the proper plugin to solve my problem? There are almost nine thousand of them! Knowing the vocabulary and how the system works makes it much easier to sort through them. After reading this, I can probably even use the WordPress Codex without spending a week sorting out what goes where.

What I like best is that it's written for a programmer, without all the gushing about how great a system it is. The facts, with just enough evaluation to say what's important.

Way to go, guys!
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This was the first detailed book on WordPress that I read and, along with reading lots of informative articles on the wordpress.org Web site, I learned a ton from this book. Now, how much you get out of this book may depend upon how deeply you intend to dive into WordPress. If your main goal is to install WordPress, load a free or premium theme, and just create a simple personal blog for your Web site, you may not need the wealth of information that is offered in this book. There is plenty of information on both the wordpress.org and other Web sites to help you set up a WordPress installation, especially if you just want to blog on wordpress.com or your Internet service provider provides one-click WordPress installation and set-up routines. However, the moment that you start wanting to tweak your WordPress installation, customize the theme that you installed, work with plugins, organize and develop a large complex site, get into the setup of advertising, or use it for your company's site, it would be good to read a book like this to learn more about the back-end infrastructure of WordPress, even if you are not a hardcore PHP programmer.

Readers who may be interested in this book fall into five categories:

1) "WordPress Personal User": You are interested in going beyond just blogging from a wordpress.com or Blogger account and want to set up a WordPress installation on your own Web site for use as a blogging or content management platform, but you have no programming experience.

2) "WordPress Business User": You are interested in setting up a WordPress installation, combined with a theme, for your company or business, but you have no programming experience.
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This review is about the Kindle version of this book.

Overall, I found this book to be very good. It covers just about everything in detail, with clear examples. It is the sort of book I would like to use over and over again in my development work.

However, the book is almost unusable as a reference, because the index, which actually is written very well, is not linked to the items listed. There is no way to pass directly from the index to a referenced item. This is a severe shortcoming for a book that will be used mostly as a programming reference, especially at this cost--approximately $30.00, a high price for an e-book.

A simple system of putting hyperlinks between the index and the chapter references would make this Kindle version of the book ever so much more usable. For example, the PHP Cookbook by Adam Trachtenberg has an excellent hyperlinked index, which I find very useful.

In short, creating a good e-book requires more than simply transferring the text of a printed book to an electronic format. A well-hyperlinked index, which allows the reader to go directly to the areas of interest, is absolutely essential for any e-book that will be used as a reference.

The text of this book is worth five stars, but the lack of usable reference hyperlinks reduces the actual working value of this book to two stars.
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