- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (August 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321832817
- ISBN-13: 978-0321832818
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Web Designer's Guide to WordPress: Plan, Theme, Build, Launch (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Prepare for your professional certification with study guides and exam prep tools from Wiley. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer and an active member of the community. He speaks on WordPress at conferences and WordCamps around the country, and draws from his experience as a professor at Johnson & Wales University (where he teaches web design, development and planning, and information architecture) to educate readers on everything from core fundamentals through advanced development.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
But recently, I've needed to build a couple pro-bono sites that the owners will need to maintain themselves. So I was looking for a CMS solution, and decided to give WordPress a try, even though I've never done anything in PHP before. I installed WP and added a couple themes, then started poking around under the hood. My deep-seated need for control immediately sent me scurrying to Amazon to look for a guide that would help me learn how to get in and tinker with things with minimal breakage.
Friedman's book is that guide. It was a quick read, with enough detail to be helpful but not so much as to bog me down. It has lots of links to helpful online sources. And now I feel confident that I can get done what I need to get done in WordPress. I also have a sense of the depth of what else is out there.
(Regarding the links - I had tried a couple of the links, and they worked. Then the links stopped working. I was getting 404 errors on the author's site. I submitted feedback via the contact form on his site and had a response back probably within an hour. By the next day, the links were working again. It's nice when an author stands behind his work.)
TreeHouse Blog Reader - their blog
I'm stuck with a book I can't use :/
Next time get a typographer to work with. Wolfson press even has the nerve to take credit for interior design.
Well I guess, you can't just a book by it's cover.
(Or did the printer just run out of black ink ;-( ).
Having read many of the reviews, most positive and some negative, I would question the following regarding the negative remarks. First, if you are a serious developer looking to add WordPress to your already impressive list of CMS/Frameworks, then the title should have clued you into the simple fact that this book might be focused on a slightly different demographic. It is clear that Friedman is trying to bridge the territory between those who are new to WordPress, but need the vehicle to move into deeper waters, which this book effectively does.
Secondly, for those who have flagged the text as confusing, I would ask, did you actually read the entire book before submitting your review? I was amazed at the amount of detail and guidance that the book provides, especially the copious amount of commented files that can be downloaded from the author's site. When I found myself confused, it wasn't because of the writing, but because of the complexity of the concepts and code being reviewed. I had to re-read some passages more than once, but as I cross-referenced the book and the provided files, I could then easily see the clarity in the text upon a second read. So, like all things that have value, you sometimes need to put in serious effort. WordPress is no different.
For those who claim the text contains coding errors, I did not find this to be true. I purchased an electronic version which allowed me to copy/paste the code directly, and things went smoothly for me.
So, a summary of what is inside.
Why WordPress? - Friedman introduces the reader to WordPress as a CMS, taking the time to outline the strengths and weakness of this platform. Jesse presents a strong argument as to why choosing WordPress might make sense for you as a designer/developer or for your organization, and backs up this claim with both examples of how WP has focused his career, but more importantly how widely embraced WordPress is from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. It is clear that Friedman is a WP evangelist, but in no way states WordPress is the right solution for every project. If his enthusiasm for WordPress appears to exclusionary, it is only because this book is about 'WordPress' and not meant to be an overview of comparable and capable CMS's like Drupal, for instance.
WordPress 101 - Friedman then provides detailed instructions on how to properly setup WordPress along with some security tips, as well as concentrating on providing an overview of the WP Dashboard. My only recommendation for this chapter would be the inclusion of a sample.xml file that could be downloaded from the author's website and imported into the new WP installation. My reason is simple. Once you used WordPress, even if it is only for a short time, understanding the Dashboard is pretty straightforward. However, if you have never used it, a trip through a populated WordPress site can really demystify things. I think if the book encouraged more 'play' time with an existing site, a beginner would have an easy time assimilating the advanced content of the following chapters.
Theming - The real action begins in Chapter 4, where Jesse takes the user through step-by-step instruction on how to create your own theme. The writing is clear and elementary. Easy to follow if you take the time to read the text carefully and thoughtfully. You are given an already designed HTML site, which step-by-step you will replace the static HTML with PHP WP calls. In addition, you have the completed theme just in case you prefer to reverse-engineer things a bit. Lastly, the static HTML files are heavily commented for a deeper understanding.
Personally, I have building sites without first statically coding the design, and found Jesse's approach refreshing and less constrained than working directly in WP. Definitely, a good moment for me. At this point, the book had already provided me with a means to both build my own theme based on Friedman's existing files, as well as to start successfully deconstructing starter themes.
PHP and WP - Writing PHP for a web designer might prove a bit intimidating at times. However, WordPress is a gentle place to start your study of PHP, and Jesse does a great job in building a bridge for the non-programmer. When a detailed explanation is needed, it is provided. In other spots, Jesse refrains from going into too much detail as to not bog down the newbie.
In summary, Jesse Friedman's book is an excellent choice for the beginner-intermediate WordPress designer. Written in a clean and friendly tone that is richly informative, this is a book that will get you into the game.