- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing; 3rd Revised ed. edition (March 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849514224
- ISBN-13: 978-1849514224
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WordPress Theme Development - Beginner's Guide 3rd Revised ed. Edition
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About the Author
Rachel McCollin is a web designer and developer specializing in WordPress development. She discovered WordPress when looking for a CMS that made the transition from static HTML relatively straightforward, and hasn't looked back since.
Rachel runs Compass Design, a web design agency based in Birmingham, England, but with clients across the UK and internationally. The agency was established in 2010 and quickly began specializing in building WordPress themes and sites, with a slant towards responsive themes. The agency now has a great team of designers and developers, including some WordPress specialists.
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This is one of those coding books that I'm so tired of. I would not recommend this book to any beginner (or anyone else for that matter). A couple of things that I've already come across:
1. Erroneous entries in the stylesheet (margin-bottom: 170%). Really? 170%
2. The pics of the website provided in the book don't match the what the code actually does. And it's no wonder when she's having margins of 170%.
3. Her css framework layout-core.css contains references to a whole bunch of files in the 'images' folder that don't exist in the downloadable resources for the book (at packtpub.com). Ok, perhaps I can get the latest version of layout-core.css. Nope, it's nowhere to be found. Not on her website or at the link that is provided at the header of the stylesheet (http://csscheatsheet.net). Honestly when I read that she was using her own framework little bells went off in my head. Warning Will Robinson, Warning! But hey I thought, maybe it's a useful little tool that she's provided us. Nope. Useless.
Pass this one on by. I wish I could recommend something else but the truth is in my 7 month long web development journey I have come across so much of this it's crazy and frankly unbelievable. How can anyone put their name on something like this?
And I'm only on chapter 2. I still have a whole bunch of chapters to go through
Still, one of the best -and only- new books out there on the subject. I keep seeing more in depth books being promised do perhaps WordPress writing is turning the corner.
Perhaps I should have been clued in by the use of the word "Beginner's" in the title. However, that word does not implicitly remove the other relevant word in the title, "WordPress." Thankfully, I did not purchase the print version of the book, which, like all such books, boasts an obscenely inflated price: I purchased the Kindle edition. And I still got screwed, as I paid $14.95 for something worth 20 or 30 cents.
The strength of this book is learning by doing. Almost 80% of the book content are exercises. And, the book delivers them splendidly. The exercises are very systematic. Very easy to follow. They give me a complete understanding of how WordPress displays its content.
I had previously read two advanced books about WordPress:
1) Brad Williams, et.al. WordPress: Design and Development (2013).
2) Thord Daniel Hedengren. Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (2014).
They gave me a conceptual understanding of WordPress theme technology, but I was not sure what I could do with it. For example, I learned the Template Hierarchy, but I didn't know how and why it worked exactly. Now, after learning it from this book (WordPress Theme Development by Silver and McCollin), I understand it thoroughly because I have tried it myself. Besides the Template Hierarchy, I know exactly how template tags, page templates, widgets, etc. work, so that my creativity is only limited by my imagination.
Practically I have done 90% of the exercises in this book without any significant problem although I am new to WordPress, and I have a little knowledge about HTML, CSS, and PHP. Another thing which really helps me is: Since the start, I have used Firefox Developer Edition as the web browser, so that I can spot any trouble easily.
Now, about the weakness. The book should be edited more properly. The explanations of the theory sometimes are not clear. But, that doesn't really bother me because I get what I want from the excellent exercises.
One last point: The sample web design is beautiful. Looking at the design, my heart is light throughout the exercises, so I really enjoy doing them.
P.S. I notice that the other reviewers had problems with the sample codes. I cannot remember if I encountered any problem. What could be the reason? Probably, in the time between, the sample codes have been revised. I downloaded the codes from the Packt website (the publisher) only recently, in December 2014. If you have any doubt, I think you can request to the publisher for the sample codes as a trial before purchasing this book. You can put the sample theme in your themes folder, and try if it works.
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I was intrigued when I was asked to review this book. I have worked extensively in WordPress since 2008, having written several plugins and modified countless...Read more