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Karol Król , Aaron Hodge Silver

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Back in the day, when you wanted to launch a new website, you either had to learn web programming yourself or hire a professional who would take care of the whole process for you. Those times are long gone due to WordPress and the great opportunities it brings. With WordPress, anyone can build an optimized site with the least amount of effort possible and then make it available to the world in no time. WordPress is a flexible and powerful tool that's ideal for creating both blog and non-blog websites. You can customize the features, incorporate your own design, and even write your own plugins with ease. Its versatility and ease of use have attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users.

"WordPress 3.7 Complete: Third Edition" is a practical guide for anyone who wants to start their journey as a web developer. This WordPress book takes you through a step-by-step process of planning out and then building your site.

"WordPress 3.7 Complete: Third Edition" will take you through the complete process of building a fully functional WordPress site from scratch.
You will learn how to create your first blog post, what the difference between posts and pages is, and how to use multimedia files to accompany your content and make it more attractive. Next, you will find out what plugins and themes are and how to use them effectively.

"With WordPress 3.7 Complete: Third Edition" , you will learn all the ins and outs of WordPress and using it for publishing content on the Web. It provides easy-to-apply advice with tons of screenshots and actionable examples.

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"WordPress 3.7 Complete: Third Edition" is a comprehensive and step-by-step tutorial packed with screenshots and examples to make it easy and quick to pick it up.

Who this book is for

This WordPress book is a guide to WordPress for online publishers and web developers. If you are new to blogging and want to create your own blog or website from scratch, then "WordPress 3.7 Complete: Third Edition" is for you. No prior knowledge of HTML/CSS or PHP is required.

About the Author

Karol Król

Karol Król is a WordPress developer, PHP programming specialist, and professional blogger and writer. He has been building his expertise in WordPress ever since his early years at the Silesian University of Technology (Poland), where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Early in his career, he worked as a freelance website developer, and then launched a web design business together with a close friend. Later on, he decided to shift his interest towards popularizing WordPress as the perfect solution for all web-based projects and devoted his time to growing his writing career. To this day, his articles have been featured on websites such as About.com, Lifehack.org, ProBlogger.net, Freelance Switch, Quick Sprout, Six Revisions, and many more. Currently, his main two projects are providing online business advice for normal people through his main website: (http://newinternetorder.com/), and taking an active part in the Writers in Charge project (http://www.writersincharge.com/), teaching other writers how to take charge of their writing careers.

Karol spends most of his spare time making music, practicing Capoeira, cooking, and drinking wine.



Aaron Hodge Silver

Aaron Hodge Silver has been designing and developing new websites from scratch since 1999, just before his graduation from Columbia University. Early in his career, he worked for several web companies and startups, including DoubleClick and About.com. Since 2004, he has been self-employed through his company Springthistle Design and has worked with a staggering variety of companies, non-profits, and individuals to realize their website dreams. In his professional work, Aaron's focus is always on usability, efficiency, flexibility, clean design, and client happiness. WordPress is the best solution for many of Springthistle's clients, though Aaron also develops custom web applications using PHP and MySQL. Aaron was the author of the two previous editions of this book! You can find more about Aaron's professional work at http://springthistle.com.

In his free time, Aaron enjoys developing recipes in the kitchen, being active outdoors, and spending quality time with his family (both human and non human members).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32245 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782162402
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 3rd Revised edition edition (25 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782162410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782162414
  • ASIN: B00GX9HM6C
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for those getting started with WordPress 24 Jan 2014
By Steven Stern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
WordPress 3.7 Complete offers, well, a complete explanation of WordPress. The first chapters, directed at WordPress users, is a patient but not "for dummies" walk through what you need to know if you own a WordPress site.
Chapters 1 through 5 are a great introduction to users of WordPress. If you're a professional WordPress developer, buy your clients a copy of this book and do their training only after they've read those chapters.

There is one unfortunate aspect to this book. Almost as soon as it was published, WordPress 3.8 was released. All of the information is still current and directly applicable; the book has lost no value with the update. The only real affect is that some of the illustrations of the WordPress dashboard are no longer what the site's owner will see. The value is still there. There are also enough links to the WordPress Codex and other the publisher's own site that the content should be current through the life of 3.8.

The book starts off where we all start off: Terminology and "What is WordPress," and what's the deal with WordPress.com and WordPress.org? As it gets more into the creation of your first blog, I like that it starts with content and worries about theming later. I see way too may people picking a theme then worrying about content. The step by step instructions for posting content will get the most technophobic user posting content fairly quickly.

Differentiating pages and posts waits until Chapter 4, as do menus, headers, and other customization options provided in most themes. This chapter also includes the media library and image galleries. It would be nice if this chapter also included discussion of the video shortcodes; users often seem confused about embedding YouTube and other video content.

Chapter 6 talks about choosing and installing themes and offers some good advice about choosing safe themes and the purpose of themes. "The trick of choosing a theme for your site is to understand its purpose and make your decision .... on the thing you need the theme for..." Excellent advice!

Chapter 7 gets into theme development. It's a high level view that occasionally swoops down into code. This isn't the book I'd recommend for serious theme developers, but it offers a good overview for people who want more insight into how WordPress works and why hiring a developer to create a custom theme is not inexpensive. The development focuses on building themes from scratch. I'd have preferred a discussion that talked a bit more about building from starter themes like Underscores [...] or one of the standard WP themes like TwentyTwelve. Nonetheless, by the end of the chapter, the reader (who may have glazed over at all the code) has a pretty good idea about the division of work and why things in WordPress work the way they do.

Chapters 8 is a catchall, talking about using WordPress as a podcasting platform, RSS feeds, and offline blogging tools. I'm not sure why that last bit is in this chapter; it seems to me that it might have fit better earlier when adding content was the topic.

Chapter 9 follows in the path of Chapter 7, getting back to areas of interest to developers. This chapter deals with developing plugins and widgets. It's a decent overview but the widget development section lacks a discussion of what I think are two essential areas for widgeteers: Managing and storing options "the WordPress way" and providing a clean uninstall for your widget.

Chapter 10 is back to operational considerations: Running a multi-user blog and multisite. I think the multi-user discussion is something that more readers will find valuable; the authors delve into questions of process and user management. These are critical areas for multi-user blogs and need to be considered sooner rather than later in the development of the site.

Chapters 11 and 12 talk about my bread and butter, "Creating a non-blog website." WordPress may have started off as a blogging platform. It's evolving into a fully featured content management system (CMS) that can present any content on the web. The chapters also covers e-commerce, community sites, membership sites, etc. These topics are worth mention but a probably deserving of their own books. Custom post types make their appearances here. I think they might have fit better in Chapter 7 or 9.

In summary: A good book for those just getting into WordPress as users or those wondering about becoming site-builders and developers. An excellent training source for those handed a working site and told "OK, it's yours. Start adding your content."

Full Disclosure: I received a free epub copy of the book in exchange for writing this review. The publisher did not review or approve its contents.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine introduction to WordPress and Web Development 11 Feb 2014
By Michael McCallister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The fine folks at Packt Publishing asked me to have a look at their latest WordPress book, WordPress 3.7 Complete. This is the third edition in the WordPress Complete series, by Karol Krol and Aaron Hodge Silver. I am happy to recommend it to folks looking for a good introduction to WordPress.

Full disclosure: I read the edition covering WordPress 2.7, when I started getting serious about learning WordPress, but missed the edition that covered v3.0.

Packt specializes in web development and open source software books, so you shouldn’t be surprised that the strongest parts of the book are in this area. But you don’t have to know code to find good, solid information here. Chapter 3, “Creating Blog Content” offers a nice introduction to blogging that will help you start thinking about the kind of content to include in your blog, along with an introduction to the WordPress admin pages.The chapter on choosing themes has some excellent questions that you may not think to ask yourself before choosing a theme from the vast collection of choices.

While there’s a basic introduction to WordPress.com, most of the book’s content relates to WordPress on an independent web host. It might have been nice to note what sections (like setting up widgets and working with the Media Library) apply to both the dot-com and dot-org sites.

WordPress Complete really takes off in the second half, where Krol and Silver focus on creating and manipulating themes and plugins. I don’t know about you, but when I started messing with code, the first thing that scared me was the likelihood of me breaking stuff that was already working. Krol and Silver help break down that fear by showing you how to safely remove your header, footer and sidebar from an existing theme’s index.php file (“What, you want me to break my home page!?”), customize each new template file, and reassemble the new modules so that it all works.

Another big plus for the beginning developer is an extensive section about building themes from scratch. After comparing this method with constructing themes with the help of a theme framework like Genesis, Thesis or Thematic, they advise:

" … create your first theme manually, just to learn the craft and get to know all the basic structures and mechanisms sitting inside WordPress. Then, as the next step in your mastery (if you’re planning to work on other themes in the future), you can pick one of the popular theme frameworks, get deeply familiar with it, and use it as the base for your future themes from that point on. Such an approach will allow you to reach maximum time efficiency and save you the effort of dealing with the core set of functionalities that every theme needs, regardless of the design or purpose."

After demystifying the process of theme and plugin creation, and introducing BuddyPress and WordPress MultiSite, Krol and Silver focus the last two chapters on “Creating a Non-Blog Website” using the increasingly powerful content management features WordPress offers.

You’ll learn a bit about using Pages to create corporate and e-commerce sites, membership sites and the like. Can I say that as an author, I especially appreciated introducing custom post types by way of creating distinctive ways of listing books on your site? You may see something like this on michaelmccallister.com soon.

Overall, WordPress 3.7 Complete is a fine introduction to WordPress and web development. Incidentally, don’t be upset that the book misses out on WordPress 3.8. With the increasing speed of WordPress core development, all us authors are at a distinct disadvantage–we can only type so fast!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive and easy to understand 17 Dec 2013
By Ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very impressive! The information in this book is very well written, explains everything in great detail and includes lots of images to make things even more clear. Highly recommended!

I have been working with WordPress for several years now and had to figure things out over time just like everyone else who has used WordPress. This book will "fast track" anyone who is just starting out with WordPress and covers many essential and important things to know about WordPress. Topics cover beginner to advanced level WordPress topics.

Ed
AITpro.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE GUIDE FOR WP DEVELOPERS! 13 Dec 2013
By Delfin DeLeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As a relative newbie to WordPress development, I must say this is a great book to start you on the path to WP power! The sample chapters I've read have already taught me things I didn't expect and even shed light on topics I thought I was knowledgeable of.
I started out using WP themes but this book gave me intricate knowledge of what's behind themes and will give you the confidence to start designing your own themes. NICE!

From amazing plugin and widget recommendations to in-depth code level discussions, this book is clear, concise and with the author's thorough guidance, will definitely up your skills. I can't wait to read the rest of this insightful guide. TWO THUMBS UP!!

Del DeLeon
EMP Media Productions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the level of explanation I needed 16 July 2014
By billfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a number of books trying to understand the basics of how WordPress is put together. This hit the right level for me, explaining mid-level concepts that no other book covered. If I had to choose one book to bring me up to speed on WordPress, this would be it. It doesn't talk like all you can understand is how to put checkmarks in a menu, and it also doesn't explain how to program. It explains how WordPress is modularized, and in a broad way how to write or adapt a theme. I have not found this info anywhere else.
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