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Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series) [Paperback]

Thord Daniel Hedengren
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28 Mar 2014 Smashing Magazine Book Series
The ultimate guide to using WordPress to make your life easier WordPress guru Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the blog to give you the tools and know–how needed to build just about anything in WordPress. You’ll discover how to use WordPress as a CMS to power fully–fledged websites, photo galleries, forums, eCommerce sites, and much more. You get step–by step instructions on developing model sites from the ground up and how to utilize and build plugins that let you take WordPress to the next level. You will learn how to: Use custom post types and custom taxonomies Add and work with custom headers, backgrounds, and more Build gorgeous WordPress themes with the latest features Create custom login forms and admin themes Control content with the loop (and alternatives to the loop) Integrate theme options and the theme customizer Extend WordPress with widget functionality Build WordPress projects for SEO Integrate WordPress with the social web Create helpful navigation using the navigation menu Use conditional control elements Get started with your own responsive themes Updated and revised to cover the changes to WordPress 3.8, Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, 4 th  Edition, is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of WordPress.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (28 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118600754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118600757
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thord Daniel Hedengren, or TDH if you want to save in on letters, is addicted to words. He writes books, mostly technical stuff but also novels and short stories, and edits magazines - at least when he's not freelancing. You might have read his words in Web Designer magazine, in the Swedish edition of MacWorld, on various blogs on web design and development, or in any of the numerous other places he has appeared over the years. Thord is also a speaker, open source evangelist, and runs the web design agency ODD ALICE from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

That is, he should do just that. Usually you'll find him writing on some new crazy project, racing towards deadlines, and cranking out a new story or article. Thord Daniel Hedengren truly is addicted to words.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Book 1 Jun 2014
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have been a WordPress user for a few years. I have installed my own version of this free open source blogging software on my website, and have used it to run one of my blogs and another technical site. Blogging software has by now become very sophisticated, and I really enjoy all the features and extensions that WordPress has to offer. I also enjoy the community of developers that has sprung up around WordPress and its extensions.

About ten years ago I had launched a website that aggregates and makes available abstracts from the online scientific article repositories. I developed that site pretty much from scratch, relying heavily on PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. It was a labor of love, but it took up a lot of my time. As I become busier with my regular work over the years, that site fell in disuse, and I had eventually stopped maintaining it. I had always wanted to go back to it, but I knew all along that I would need a much more streamlined way of maintaining it. Right now I am in the process of transitioning that site to the WordPress platform, and for that purpose a book like “Smashing WordPress” is a great resource.

So far I have only glanced though the book, mostly using the chapters that are directly relevant to my project. Those chapters, as well as several introductory chapters that I’ve read, have all met or exceeded my expectations. The book is very clear, precise and well written. The content is up to date as of this writing, and all of it is very informative and useful.

The book is not exactly meant as an introduction to WordPress or content management in general. There are many useful hands-on examples throughout the book, but those are meant to be used mostly as support for the main points.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 6 Aug 2014
By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is certainly not an idiot's guide type of book as it assumes a fair knowledge of php to be able to get anywhere with it.

While the book is every bit as beautiful and well-produced as you would expect from the Smashing brand, it is very much a niche publication. If your technical knowledge doesn't include a decent bit of php then it will be too hard to get through - but too much knowledge and you will probably be tempted to just get everything from the Wordpress Codex online.

This edition of the book has been updated to cover the changes to Wordpress 3.8 but Wordpress is already on version 3.9.1 as I write, and version 4.0 is in Beta 2. This may not be a problem as the central concept of Wordpress is unlikely to be different in version 4 and the book does point you at the Codex for very specific things anyway, but it is worth pointing out.

I don't think you need this book (or php skills) to be able to install and run a self-hosted Wordpress site as long as you are happy to use either the standard themes, or themes from third parties. You can even manage a fair bit of customisation of those themes with a bit of patience, trial and error, and cribbing ideas from other sites - in fact I know it is possible because that is what I did. However I know my limitations, and even with a working site that has been up for years I wouldn't know where to start if I wanted to write my own theme from scratch, and that is where this book comes in - and actually it probably would have helped me if I had read it years ago, even though I muddled through somehow.

If you do want to go beyond a straightforward, albeit heavily customised, blog then this is a very good place to start.
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By Elizabeth S. Wells VINE VOICE
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This looks like an excellent book, except that I do not have the technical expertise that is necessary to asses it, to my satisfaction. I have been involved with putting together a website for a Writer’s Group that I run. However, the host provided templates and various other helps.

To quote from the author’s introduction to the book, as an indication of the degree of technical knowledge that is needed,

“Although I think that anyone with some knowledge of HTML, CSS and PHP can learn WordPress from this book, it is important to remember that this is not a beginner’s book. … And although having the basics in here will help anyone get started with WordPress, you really should know some HTML and CSS and have at least a grasp of what PHP is and does. If those are alien concepts to you, I urge you to read up on them first.”

With that proviso, he says, “When you’re done with this book, you’ll be ready to build just about anything, using WordPress.

This is a substantial book of 354 pages, packed with information, pointers and fully expressed examples for someone with the technical knowhow. If someone can “do” HTML, CSS and PHP, then I think this book is well worthwhile considering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must-have reference guide for Wordpress blogs 5 Aug 2014
By TheShopaholic TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have been developing sites using wordpress for about 5 years now both for myself and for others. At the beginning, I could have done with this book. All those times I struggled to find that particular line of code that could change the way something looked, or where to put in my chosen line of customised code. This book seems to be very detailed on most aspects of theme modification, database manipulation and how and where to use plugins; tags, custom fields, media usage etc It even covers the options around plugin functionality and why it's not always best to bloat out your Wordpress installation using a plugin when a simple few lines of code in the Functions.php file will do.

Nicely laid out and deals with all the essential segments of code within Wordpress that anyone wanting to tweak their installation will need to cover. Up to date, great to dip into as a reference guide. Personally I feel it is a must have for anyone who runs a Wordpress blog or two and needs to know how to personalise it and keep it tickety-boo!
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This book is a fairly comprehensive account of Wordpress theme development - as other reviewers have said, this is not a book about Wordpress as a whole as the title might... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wordpress is more than a blog.
Forget Wordpress as blogging tool and start thinking of it as a site building tool. This book takes you there. Read more
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I am very much a Microsoft .net developer and have avoided PHP and WordPress as much as possible over the past few years, however it has become clear that this is not a good idea. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog
Whilst this states at the beginning this is a book for beginners, if you have a reasonable handle on things technically (a logical mindset and approach, and not being petrified at... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars This developer's impressed
Some previous reviewers have commented that much of the book went over their heads, as they're not coders. Read more
Published 19 days ago by C. A. Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a Bible than a reference
If you're looking for a comprehensive course in Wordpress web design, this is a good book to buy. It takes you through all the stages of building a site from installing the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by C. O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars Very technical, suitable for those who have prior knowledge of web...
This book goes into lots of detail about how wordpress works, how the themes work and how to adapt and adjust it to your exact requirements, but be warned - this is not suitable... Read more
Published 29 days ago by L. White
3.0 out of 5 stars Code orientated guide to WordPress
This book focuses on WordPress.org not WordPress.com (the free site).

This is definitely not a beginners book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John E. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
Well, it does say it is not for beginners, and it certainly isn't. For those with some experience of word press and or other programming capability, this I think would be a superb... Read more
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