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WordPress Revealed: How to Build a Website, Get Visitors and Make Money (Even For Beginners) Paperback – February 14, 2017
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My only complaint is that the template section is confusing. He tells you which template sites he recommends. Then he mentions a few specific templates he recommends for certain types of sites. But he doesn't tell you which template site each specific template is on. I was surprised by this, since one of the major strengths of this book is that he gives so many simple, straightforward, step-by-step instructions.
And I should add that in that template section, he gives excellent instructions on how to install a template once you've found one you like.
To be fair, it's hard to find a good template that's just right for your business, and he says that himself. But I do hope he'll clarify that section in a future edition. I do feel that finding a good template is a big subject in itself though, and I recommend to business owners that they hire a web designer, because I've never found a template (outside of Site Build It) that looks professional enough for a business owner. Most templates I see are too loud and busy. Even if you do hire a web designer, though, you need to have control of your site. Hire a designer who creates WordPress sites/blogs, and use this book to make the most of that site.
I feel stingy giving this book only four stars. Other than that one complaint, this is a great book. For $4.99, it's a huge bargain. And Matt's desire to be truly helpful really comes through. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to create a site, whether on their own or with a web designer. It's stuffed with useful information.
I read the poor ratings to see what the complaints were. I think if you are an absolute beginner to building websites (and don't know anything about needing a web host, for example), then this book is not for you. If you are looking for a comprehensive, soup-to-nuts book on WordPress, this isn't your book either. Technology changes so fast that you constantly need to update your information anyway (easier to do online).
But it you're like me, somewhat technically comfortable, and want a lot of progress with very little effort spent learning and struggling, this book is useful. The style is clean and easy to read, and I appreciated the lists of favorite plug-in's, etc. Yes, it cost a whopping $10. Last I checked, that was the price of two lattes. Which wouldn't be enough coffee for me if I had to read 50 pages in order to put up a simple site.
SUMMARY OF REVIEW:
- Pro - Experienced author with authority;
- Pro - Enthusiastic author;
- Con - Thin details;
- Con - Author trying to direct readers to outside services;
- Con - No mention of Child Themes;
- Con - No customization beyond basics;
- Con - Unnecessary fillers to expand page-count;
- Con - Little if any attempt to instruct you how to build a website, more just familiarizing with WordPress basics (this is troublesome given this book is to teach you "How to Build a Website, Get Visitors, and Make Money.";
- Con - Colloquial writing style and significant grammatical and typographical errors (i.e., "Never loose site that if you're . . . ."); and
- Con - Author solicits Amazon.com reviews for this "comprehensive" guide.
Without a doubt the author has the experience and authority to write on this topic; he establishes his credibility at the start of the book--some commentors opine a little too much so. Yet, there a complete WordPress virgin would not be remotely apt to build a website after using this publication.
Descriptions are thin (see, i.e., description and location of widgets noted, including how to "drag and drop", but a complete failure how to customize or use them effectively) or they are watered-down to boost page count (see, i.e., six (6) pages on how to install WordPress). Any attempt to instill detail is culled by an attempt to redirect readers to acquire membership for the author's outside services on to make successful WordPress websites to get visitors and make money; this is the entire premise of this book--and the subtitle!
Any creation of a WordPress website is obscured. As aforementioned, any WordPress illiterate individual could not use this publication to build a website--let alone get visitors and make money. For instance, there is no attempt to discuss how to customize options like widgets, plugins, or using tags and categories effectively. In fact, the author even acknowledges how tags and categories have become "blurred", and even dismisses using tags, but fails to acknowledge the SEO benefits of using both. Most obviously, this publication completely fails to mention child-themes and the importance of using them; an update could completely vitiate your website having child-themes.
After completing the book, and as admittedly a beginner WordPress creator, the only aspect I picked up was one plugin I had yet to come across. Essentially what I am implying, even a beginner WordPress author like myself could not garner any useful information from this publication. It is immensely frustrating because I know the author has such information retained, but failed to disseminate it in a significant fashion to help improve a WordPress website other than information already commonly found online.
Attempts to describe how to increase visitors and make pecuniary gains with a WordPress site, while better organized, fail to instruct how to actually carry out this function outside general assertions. This was a major crux of the publication's premise but I felt it was completely lacking; the tools cited to were known to even the most elementary entrepreneur. It almost appeared the author was conflicted out of providing beneficial information how to make money using a WordPress website to limit the competition with his own business ventures.
Lastly, colloquial language and book formatting (i.e., double-spacing, double indents between paragraphs, and poor image positions) coupled with indigestible sentence structure, grammar errors, and typographical mistakes (see, i.e., "Never loose site . . . ." as opposed to "Never lose sight . . . .") make this publication appear to be a weekend project as opposed to a well-organized publication. In fact, the author appears to also be the publisher whom prints these publications out per diem when ordered; the book made on date is the same date as my Amazon order but the copyright date is a year prior. This is preceded by the irking attempt to solicit reviews via Amazon which, while I understand that is marketing, is tacky and--in my honest opinion--unprofessional; true authorities do not need to beg for accreditation.
Respectfully, this publication fails to do the very objective it promises readers and I feel slighted to have purchased it. Not only would I guard against purchasing this publication, but one would be wise to see this publication as a forecast to other services offered by the author; the only person making money here will be the author and not you with your website.