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WordPress 2.7 Cookbook Paperback – July 15, 2009
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About the Author
Jean-Baptiste Jung is a self-taught web developer, web designer, and blogger. Jean is pretty active in the WordPress community and the Internet in general, blogging on his blogs CatsWhoCode.com and WpRecipes.com, as well as writing for prestigious blogs as such as Smashing Magazine.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'd say this is a book for the "intermediate beginner" or "advanced amateur". If you've bought Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read, as I did (and recommend for beginners!), then you could do WAY worse than to make this book #2.
It was *exactly* what I needed.
UPDATE Sept 2011: A year after getting this book, I've found that among all my WordPress books, this is the one I turn to most often. I wish Jung would do a new edition for WordPress 3.x. No other book teaches the "recipes" that Jung's does, in an easy-to-follow manner. There are lots of "how to use WP" books. There are no other "how to make WP do great stuff" books. I came back to this review because I was hoping to find a new edition! If you do your own tweaks to your WP installation, you'll love this book.
The book is organised into 11 Chapters:
1. Getting Ready to Cook with WordPress
2. Finding and Installing Themes
3. Get the most out of your WordPress Theme
4. Doing anything with Plugins and Widgets
5. Displaying Posts
6. Managing and Enhancing Multi-Author Blogs
7. Securing your WordPress Blog
8. SEO Tips and Tricks to Get More Visits
9. Making Money with WordPress
10. Enhancing User Experience
11. Make your Blog stand out
Some of the recipes include integrating twitter on your theme using the Twitter Tools plugin, accessing post data outside the WordPress loop and securing your plugins directory. The recipes are generally between 1 and 4 pages in length, and there is lots of useful information in the book's 280 or so pages of content, but it's just the sort of thing that's freely available on the [...] website and other popular sites such as Smashing Magazine.
If you are after a large collection of recipes in a single package, this is the book for you, but if you're happy reading WordPress blogs about WordPress such as [...] website, you may feel a little short-changed.