Wordpress, as the saying guys "takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master." I had hoped the Visual Quickstart Guide would maybe help me move to at least the apprentice level. I was wrong. I was more confused than when I started
This book assumes you have access to and understand such things as MySQL databases and phpMyAdmin. If you don't, then much of this book will be lost on you. That's hardly a Quickstart. On the other hand, if you already know the ins and outs of databases and PHP, you probably will not need a book like this to learn about Wordpress.
Unfortunately, the book left me more confused then when I started. While it explained the very basics of adding posts, pages and categories, the book never really explained the proper use of these features and why they are important. It just covered the most basic functionality of the features laundry-list style without helping you understand what they are actually used for. Same is true for comments, media, and syndication. Most people understand these basics, so I can certainly understand why they were glossed over. However, this is supposed to be a beginner book.
Also missing were detailed explanations on how to setup up themes and plugins. These are the features most new Wordpress users are interested in as they are key in customizing a blog. The book didn't say much on these areas beyond reiterating the content of the basic help functions already built into Wordpress.
Pros: It's humbling. Cons: Expects a high level of technical knowledge, yet only scratches the surface of all Wordpress functions. Leaves the reader more confused then when they started