- Paperback: 744 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470937815
- ISBN-13: 978-0470937815
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master the blog platform of choice around the world
Whether you're a casual blogger or programming pro, this detailed guide will help you get the very most out of the new version of the hottest blogging platform on the planet. A complete step-by-step reference, this book covers WordPress 3.1 from the basics through advanced application development. Learn how to use custom plugins and themes, build navigation menus on the fly with no coding, leverage the WordPress multisite API, and much more.
Explore various Web servers and all modules, then install and configure the software
Enhance your blog's findability with SEO, keywords, and meta tags
Create events with actions, apply hooks, and expand functionality with plugins
Leverage Twitter widgets, the Facebook Like button, or other social media devices to extend your blog's reach
Integrate navigation menus with custom dynamic themes
Set up WordPress as a Content Management System
Build your own self-contained social network with BuddyPress
Companion Web Site
Visit www.wiley.com/go/wordpressbible2e for all of the author's example files from the book.
Install, configure, and manage WordPress
Turn a blog into a social network
Create a dynamic, full-fledged CMS
About the Author
Aaron Brazell is a WordPress expert, core contributor, and developer currently responsible for directing and developing a WordPress premium platform for customers. His WordPress knowledge extends back to the early days of the software, and he has worked on large-scale WordPress installations from both a technical/scaling perspective to complex deliveries involving extreme leveraging of the software plugin API. He maintains a business and technology blog, Technosailor.com.
Mark Jaquith is one of the lead developers of WordPress and an independent Web services consultant. With over four and a half years of extensive experience with WordPress, he has written several popular plugins and contributed countless patches to the core WordPress engine.
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Of the various WordPress books in the marketplace, few excel in the ways that this book does. The author writes in an engaging way that never makes you feel like you can't grasp his points or aren't technically savvy enough to understand. The book therefore appeals to both the learning student of WordPress as well as more experienced developers.
The structure of the book is such that you do not have to work through it in a linear fashion. It is not necessary to read the chapters sequentially. Instead you can flip to the chapter that deals with the topic you want to explore. If you want to learn how to begin construction your own themes for instance, Chapter 12 discusses best practices. The author leaves no stone unturned and looks at every significant aspect of development using WordPress including how to ensure you website will scale well by using proper caching strategy and how to leverage the power of using WordPress MU with its multi-blog functionality.
The author also explains in very clear terms how the implementation of Hooks has made the platform extendable. An appendix includes useful information including a WordPress Hook Reference, Template Tags, what to look for in WordPress hosting and a good discussion of PHP 5 and how that will affect WordPress development moving forward.
I wasn't sure if the more technical topics would be over my head, but the author does a fine job of explaining complex subjects in easy to understand terms.
I have scores of computer books on my shelves, but this is one of only a few that I would rate as being at the absolute top of the pile. An excellent resource for anyone working with WordPress. Although this book is based on WordPress 2.9, it should remain relevant for some time since WordPress 3.0 is still off in the distance as of the writing of this review (February 2010) and as the author states in his Preface, "Though there will be new versions of WordPress 3.0 that will not be covered in this book, the bulk of the software will remain intact and version neutral.
For most people, WPD will suffice.
But If your needs are more demanding, then Aaron Brazell's "WordPress Bible" is a good place to go.
Brazell gets much deeper under the WordPress hood than Sabin-Wilson. - and this content is not for the neophyte.
The content is eclectic, with a lot of emphasis on building plugins. Installing WordPress is covered, but not in the same supportive way you'll find in WPD. Some chapters are head-scratchers: why are nine pages devoted to the WordPress help system ("Codex") and other support groups? Chapters like "Extending WordPress with Plugins", "Widgetizing WordPress", "Understanding the WordPress Database Class" and the doozy "Dissecting the Loop and WP_Query" give you what you need to know to write and manage plugns. Another chapter talks about using WordPress as a Content Management System, which I found helpful, and wish was three times longer.
Overall, "WordPress Bible" is a valuable addition to any serious WordPress library. My one criticism of the book is about Wiley, the publisher: they have a adopted a design that makes it look as if the type is printed in gray, which I find very difficult to read for more than a few minutes at a time. Wiley does not respond to customer comments. Because of this flaw, I will buy Wiley books only when they appear to be best in class.
The rest of the book seemed very light-weight to me. Some of the chapters I was looking forward to (like chapther 20 and 21), just described plugins you can use to achieve stuff. This doesn't really add any real value for me, I was expecting to learn the conceptual ideas behind tweaking wordpress into being used in different ways. Also, the book is 650 pages or something, but there's not much real content in there, pages being dominated by cross-references, notes and tips.
I'll probably keep using the book as a reference because of appendix A and B, but I regret spending so much time skimming through the book.