- Series: Using
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (July 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789749076
- ISBN-13: 978-0789749079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tris Hussey is a speaker, former training manager, charter member of the Professional Bloggers Association, and Special Projects Manager for Media 2.0. He has been a blogger since 2004, and was one of Canada's first professional bloggers. The author of thousands of posts and articles on social media and blogging, he was named one of Vancouver's top 20 social media people. He is also a professional photographer.
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Let me put it this way - If your idea of a good technical manual entitled "Using Wordpress" includes only, strictly how you log in to WordPress, enter your user name, and (yay?) post the ugliest plainest blog entry ever, then this is the book for you.
If, on the other hand, you'd kind of resent being told things like "WordPress includes the powerful ability to use Categories . . . so good luck finding someone to show you how to use them, and thanks for your $30, sucker!" then you might as well browse elsewhere.
It actually rankles me that this guy is out there writing technical manuals, because I know that while writing this book he was thinking, "OMG, I can't BELIEVE I have the audacity to sell this pablum for money! I'm wickedly clever!" He must have.
The guy actually wastes a 20-page chapter on how to EDIT your posts via the content editor. By that I mean stuff like, "The button with the bold letter B on it will bold the text. The slanted I means italic. The little scissors mean cut." I'm not exaggerating. I'm talking about stuff a third grader knows, provided they once sent an email.
Like I say, most maddening of all is the total insult of being told (at the very end of every boring chapter, btw) that there are actually some useful features in WordPress, and discovering nope, you're not going to learn about ANY of them here. I've learned more about WordPress from deciphering stuff on Russian websites about it, and again, I'm being quite literal.
Horrible. Horrible. Horrible!
Instead, this is what happened to me.
1. Most 3 minute online videos downloaded only 1 minute's worth.
2. As a new user, I wasted 30 minutes diagnosing the source of the problem.
3. After contacting support--they're busy, so waited 15 minutes.
4. Then support advised clearing all cookies and temporary files, which I did, and still didn't work.
This book is, in my opinion, nearly useless without the online videos. It's poorly written as instructions, and its illustrations (mostly screenshots) are illegible.
24 hours later-- SafariBooksOnline support says a missing quick-upload feature of Using Wordpress Video is causing all this, and that Safari can't do anything about this, and they experience the same problems.
I recommend not buying this book until this video problem is solved. Though this book's accompanying video format is potentially an outstanding instructional tool, its weak writing and illegible illustrations clearly show this book was rushed to the press to capture Wordpress's popularity. If the videos are repaired, I believe the videos themselves are easily worth the price of the book.
Using the knowledge gained form Using Wordpress, I am currently creating another, far more complex website. This book taught me much about Wordpress, but also about websites in general. Tris Hussey writes in uncomplicated language and clearly explains technical information so that the general public can understand.
Detailed below are some of the topics that I found especially useful.
Domains and Hosts, Tris gave me the confidence to try again and overcome problems I had with the hosts I used in the past.
Configuring Wordpress, Tris makes this so simple. Just follow the given step by step directions and enjoy your progress.
Using Plugins. Tris provides a great list of plugins with description of functions. Some are valuable, easy already coded applications like Metrics and Multimedia
Themes. Hussey previews many of the types of Themes on Wordpress. He explains how to find what you want among the over 1000 themes available. He also details using widgets and explains parent-child themes.
Organizing Content. Finally, with Hussey's help I understand posts, pages, child pages, categories, sub categories, and tags. More importantly I appreciate the necessity of these tools.
Using Wordpress is a valuable tool. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to manage a superior website.
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YOU CAN DO THIS !