- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470554584
- ISBN-13: 978-0470554586
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A unique introduction to building web sites with WordPress
WordPress is today's most popular open source blog publishing application, but its powerful features, simple interface, and easy expansion make it a great content management system for all types of web sites. This unique book-and-video package provides you with beginner-friendly tutorials for building and maintaining a WordPress web site. You'll discover how to customize WordPress to meet your needs and you'll see how critical—and simple—it is to expand and update content in order to make your site as effective as possible.
Walks you through installing the software, provides an overview of the administration interface, and covers the basic settings you'll need to get started
Examines the ins and outs of uploading images, video, documents, etc., and using them on your site
Demonstrates how to customize the look of your site using cascading style sheets
Reviews helpful techniques for optimizing your site and making it search-engine friendly
Explains how to track your site's statistics, keep your plugins and themes up to date, and practice smart backup habits
Addresses installing, activating, and troubleshooting plugins
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
On the DVD
Don't just learn—do!
The lessons within the book are each accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.
You'll learn to:
Plan your site for WordPress
Write and add a new post
Add new pages & sub pages
Work with image galleries
Manage media files, posts, categories, and widgets
Link to other sites
Approve, edit, and delete comments
Customize the design and layout
Optimize your content
Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
About the Author
George Plumley is a web developer who now builds sites almost exclusively using WordPress. He runs the WordPress tutorial site www.seehowtwo.com.
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Top customer reviews
The author covers each topic, spending little time on theory, and moving right into "hands-on" explanations. In the case of installing WordPress, he covers the basics of setting up your database, file uploading, and then running the automated process of creating a config file. For those of us who for some reason cannot run this automatically on our equipment, the attached CD explains the manual process in the accompanying video. The CD provides supporting information for most all of the chapters in the book.
The remainder of the book is broken into 11 sections that progress in sophistication from simple content management (Page and Post creation), through installing and troubleshooting plugins, then into running multi-sites and WP customization. There's even a section on Troubleshooting common issues.
I'm an experienced programmer, but new to Wordpress and found this text to be an extremely helpful and effective way to quickly ramp my knowledge on Wordpress. I would have given it a 5-star rating, but who really reads the 5's or 1's?
If you read the Amazon reviews there are many references to videos on an accompanying DVD with the physical book. But what if you're purchasing this book for your Kindle, how is that video content provided? I reached out to both Amazon customer support & Kindle support but no one could answer the question.
With some research, I was able to communicate with the author & pose that very question. He responded stating that the publisher indicated that for the 2nd edition of the book, the videos are hosted on a website and the URLs are embedded within the Kindle Edition of the book.
Having recently purchased an iPad, I have come to learn that flash based videos don't play on that platform and wondered if the hosted videos for this book were flash based. I went ahead and purchased this book, loaded it onto my iPad's Kindle app and went straight to the video URLs. Each selected video embedded within the book played just like one would expect.
Even though this book could be overwhelming to those with little to no experience, I would still recommend it. Once you get your feet wet using WP and get brave in trying to do more than just post a blog entry, this book does help. It has not steered me wrong thus far, so long as I just do exactly what it says!
For instance, I like to do videos but I was always having trouble. The author explained so simply why mine didn't have controls when embeded directly. I was trying to put the round pegs in the square holes again. The whole book just made everything easier for me to understand.
The absolute zenith is a DVD that was included. It goes through each chapter showing all the boxes that you'll be working with. To me, it was as if a little bit of Wordpress information heaven dropped into my laptop. Now, I'm positive not everyone begins blogging at the lowly level that I started with. Even if you have your blog up and going with WP, I'm sure you'll be amazed at the new gems of information you will find. I don't know how anyone can understand on their own, all the reasons behind the working of WP and this book clearly defines them all.
I bought a lot of books before I came upon this one. I gleaned a bit of fragmented information here and there and spent a lot of money. Don't let the price on this book scare you away. $44.99 sounds a little pricey for a book BUT it's well worth it. I wasted many times that price before I found this book. Here's the good news. You can buy the book on Amazon for $29.69.
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