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WordPress Complete: A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to set up, customize, and market your blog using WordPress Paperback – November 17, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
The screenshots often are on different pages than the text they go with, and most examples where the user might include more than a line or two of text simply copy and paste a single line over and over, usually extolling the virtues of the book's publisher (which joins several others on my list to avoid in the future.)
Several pages are spent covering how to use several FTP clients, yet none is spent on the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), one of the core needs for any meaningful customization of a WordPress site.
Very little of the WordPress API is discussed.
The author "explains" creating your own "widget" with very little description of what they are, and virtually none of why you would do so. He then follows with a sample of a "plug-in", yet a widget is in fact a specialized plug-in, so why are they presented in the reverse order? Very little is also done in terms of explaining how to customize a theme to allow the use of widgets, outside of providing a complete sidebar code page without showing which line(s) of code are the actual widget-enabling ones.
I realize that this is not a book about CSS or PHP, but neither is it a book about ftp software, which is after all a lot easier to use, yet more time is spent on how to use FTP than is spent on how to customize an existing theme.
Appears to be the better of the two books currently on the market that detail installing WordPress, but far from complete. Definitely needs a better editing job at the least. Certainly not worth $39.99.
The rest of the book is all filler. Did you know that blog mean Web-Log? And that a person who blogs is a blogger? Well, if you didn't, then the book might be worth its high price tag. But I just told you, so now you do.
I'm just grumpy because I lost my receipt and can't return it now (bought mine offline).
Want to Develop your own wordpress theme?
Urban Giraffe's article, tho old, has way better and more relevant information than this book. And it's free.
The book started off with an introduction to WordPress, showed how to install it and set things up, and soon even walked me through making a custom "theme" from scratch that while primitive, is perfectly functional as a usable blog. If nothing else, all this helped me to understand that preconceptions aside, WordPress is not all that difficult to administer.
Starting from zero knowledge of WordPress, between the core knowledge that this book gave me, and a few quick web searches to solve specific problems I bumped into, I successfully got my very own installation of WordPress running on my OS X desktop machine. (Comes with an Apache web server as standard equipment, dont'cha know!) I wanted a sandbox to play and mess around with for a while before moving out into the real world on a real server -- normally that wouldn't be necessary if you have a webhost somewhere. This entailed such additional complexities (not covered in this book) as installing the mySQL database that WordPress relies upon (i.e. follow instructions on a web page), and activating the PHP scripting language that WordPress uses (installed in OS X, but deactivated by default). Not being a "command-line" kind of person, it was actually a fair bit easier than I'd have anticipated, but I never would have dared poke around with such things without the toehold of core WordPress knowledge that I got from this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For $35, I expected something with far more detail and information. I'm a beginner to Wordpress, but I program in other languages. Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by Happy Days
The two books :
WordPress Complete by Hasin Hayder
WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson
are worthwhile sources for the individual that lacks the... Read more
This book is over-priced, padded with useless screenshots and poorly edited. The first 100 pages - and some of the back hundred for that matter - are filled with distracting... Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by Adrian Casillas
It's true that this book does have some useful information for those who are just starting out with WordPress; however, the writing is so bad that it's almost painful to read. Read morePublished on August 30, 2007 by L. Mayo
The author may have mastered WordPress, but he has not mastered the English language. The book often reads like a grade school book report. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by Brian Hartger
This book is written by an author with English as a second language, and it's not difficult to tell English is not his native language, as the book is poorly written. Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Kindle Customer
This practical, hands-on book takes you from the basics of WordPress to how to modify important WordPress elements such as the sidebar. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Elizabeth H. Hamilton
i run several projects on the web.
Allthough i am not a programmer i always have to look about the
trends in programming and what is... Read more