WordPress For Dummies 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470149469
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470149461
- Product Dimensions : 7.48 x 0.88 x 9.29 inches
- Publisher : HUNGRY MINDS IDG; 1st Edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,181,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, why the 4 star rating? If you are just starting out, you really need this book. Pick it up before you start. And for you it will stay with you for a while and be a 5 star. If you have been doing this for a while, there will only be a couple of chapters of real value to you, so it will most likely be a 3 star. Average them together and what do you have? 4 stars!
This book will be useful to novice WordPress users (like myself) through, I suspect, intermediate users.
The first part is a tad on the slow side as Sabin-Wilson reviews the true basics. But she is trying to cover a good part of the waterfront here, helping truly inexperienced users as well as those who may have used Blogger, MovableType or other blogging platforms.
By Chapter 3, though, Sabin-Wilson begins to hit her stride, delving deeper into the hosted version of WordPress, examining its details.
With Chapter 6, she begins transitioning into a surprisingly comprehensive exploration of WordPress. Chapter 9, about altering PHP templates, is a model of clarity that all technical writers could benefit from studying. It is concise and clear, while handling some very sophisticated subjects.
By the time Sabin-Wilson gets to Chapter 16 ("Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Content Management System"), the reader is comfortable with this advanced subject.
Overall, she does a truly fine job of introducing the reader to WordPress, how it operates, how it can be modified and expanded. Her language is always remarkably clear and her focus intense. This is one of those essentially technical books that is actually a pleasure to read. Keep it at your side while you explore WordPress, either hosted on your own or the WordPress site, and you'll become highly proficient in a surprisingly short time.
Lisa Sabin-Wilson has put together an excellent book that targets both the WordPress.com community as well as those of us in the WordPress.org category. The first page in the book is a very handy cheat sheet that includes the WordPress.org Administration panel, where to find Community Support for WP multi-users, the self-hosted users, multiple users implementing WordPress MU, and the WordPress repository for overall use of the program in the codex. This cheat sheet also includes where to find blog designers, free themes and plugins.
Just a quick glance at the contents will show the following:
* An introduction to WordPress - What it can do for you
* Using the WordPress Hosted Service - Getting started, writing and managing your blog, as well as enhancing your blog with Themes, Widgets and Upgrades.
* Hosting your blog using WordPress.org - Design and implementation
* Implementing a multi-user blog with WordPress MU - Managing your community
* How migrate your current blog to WordPress - Typepad, WordPress.com, etc.
As the front cover tells us, this book is "A reference for the rest of us". It truly is! I have already marked several sections so I can go back and explore them further. Just because you have a WordPress blog doesn't mean you immediately know how to make it work. Lisa explains how to make sure the search engines can find your posts, how to manage your categories, which plugins to use to eliminate spam, and more. Much more. WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
WordPress for Dummies assumes no blogging or technical background and does a good job of explaining the basics. It is not a developer's manual so if you need detailed instructions on writing your own modules or hacking WP, look elsewhere. But that's what I expect from Dummies books.
I appreciated that Sabin-Wilson covered the three versions of WordPress in order of increasing complexity. For the non-technical the hosted version of WordPress is a great place to begin. For those needing more there are the install-it-yourself versions. I didn't notice any mention of hosting companies that offer 1 click installs of the regular version WordPress, which is pretty common. That's about the only quibble I have with the book. I even learned about the multi-user version of WP, something I had only a fuzzy awareness of.
I'd easily recommend WordPress for Dummies to anybody who needs to run blog or to budding web designers who would like to expend their toolkit.