- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing; 49303rd edition (January 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781849514101
- ISBN-13: 978-1849514101
- ASIN: 1849514100
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
April Hodge Silver
April has been designing and developing new web sites from scratch since 1999, just before her graduation from Columbia University. Early in her career, she worked for several web companies and startups, including DoubleClick and About.com. Since 2004, she has been self-employed through her company Springthistle Design and has worked with a staggering variety of companies, non-profits, and individuals to realize their web site dreams. In her professional work, April's focus is always on usability, efficiency, flexibility, clean design, and client happiness. WordPress is the best solution for many of Springthistle's Clients, though April also develops custom web applications using PHP and MySQL. More about April's professional work at http://springthistle.com In her free time, April enjoys developing recipes in the kitchen, bicycling, and relaxing with her daughter, dog, and darlin wife.
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How could the book be improved? I would like to see more examples of tailoring / modifying themes to meet specific needs. Perhaps that can be the topic of a next book from this capable author.
I would characterize the book less as a detailed tutorial and guide to Wordpress and more as a general overview better used by the "IT-confident user" mentioned in passing in the introduction to leverage his/her html and css coding skills "to produce an impressive website". Indeed, much of the details seem to have been left to a companion guide often referenced in the text.
In truth, I have found no Wordpress guidebooks that have been both truly tutorial and truly comprehensive in their approach such that the Wordpress codex, that confusing cornucopia of infomration, either need not be referenced or can be utilized more effectively. It appears that the world of html/css and Wordpress programming is changing so rapidly that it is extremely difficult for any printed guidebook to be adequate to the task of training beginners wanting to do anything but simple blogging. It seems that the only practical way to get something special done in Wordpress, like in Joomla or Drupal, is to pay an expert to help you, and to preface that with a good hands-on course on basic html/css coding. Book-learning? Phfah.