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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (14 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849514607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849514606
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ric Shreves is a partner at water&stone, an interactive agency specializing in open source technologies. He's worked with content management technologies for more than 10 years and previously served as the Chairmen of the non-profit Mambo Foundation. Ric's written several books on technology and worked as a tech journalist and columnist for a number of publications, including ComputerWorld. He lives in Bali, Indonesia.

You can visit his personal site at http://RicShreves.net and his company site at http://www.waterandstone.com

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About the Author

Ric Shreves is a web application development consultant and tech author. Based in Bali, Ric is a partner at water&stone, a digital agency specializing in open source CMS web projects. Ric has been building CMS websites for over 10 years, and during that time has been involved in projects for a number of global brands, including BASF, BearingPoint, Colgate-Palmolive, Tesco Lotus, FPDSavills CBRichard Ellis, Mercy Corps and many others. Ric has published a number of books on open source in general and on open source content management systems in particular. The WordPress 3 Cookbook is his fourth book for Packt.


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The book is mainly meant for beginner to intermediate WordPress developers. It steps you through the most basic installation and customization tasks. Marketing and SEO specialists may also be an interested audience, since last chapters of the book feature deep insights on SEO optimization and advertising (both with AdSense and custom ads systems).

That said, even if i think of myself as a experienced WordPress developer, i've found many hints on new plugins to check out and some good advices on website development. This sounds great in the messed up sea of WordPress resources.

Overall, the book covers most of the scenarios where WordPress get used, maybe even too many for the intended audience. For example, I've really enjoyed the chapter about BuddyPress and social community building, but I think the plugin is so much more complex than how depicted by the author, and anyway it alters so much the theme and system behavior that novice users may get lost.

What i've found really interesting, instead, are those chapters about website marketing and SEO, covering features commonly requested by clients but still not provided by the WordPress's core.

As a side note, I'm disappointed by the choice of the author to suggest plugins even for those little customizations which involve little coding.
Despite this, this cookbook is an interesting reading which may find a prime spot on many developer's desk.
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I've never read one of these 'cookbooks' before. My first impression was that this was just a long list of available plugins; something I could get for myself by visiting the WordPress extensions page.

Of course, there is a lot to be said for a list of plugins that are already vetted by an experienced developer. And as I got into it, I found that this book is chock full of good information, and not just about plugins. Most of the 'recipes' describe methods and techniques learned over years by the author(s) and shared with us in this book. You can see a list of 'recipes' in the Table of Contents to determine if they are right for you.

On the downside, I found the mix of simplicity and complexity in this book to be a little bothersome. In spite of a few, shockingly simple 'recipes,' this book is not really for a general audience. At the very least, the reader would have to understand computer file systems, how to use FTP to move files around and some HTML/CSS. (I was glad to see examples that used HTML5 elements, btw.) Be sure to read the front section "What you need for this book."

Many of these recipes require changes to the PHP code, and PACKT Publishing provides the code for you online. You don't have to know PHP; you can just copy and paste. This will work fine as long as there are no typos. An extra quote or missing dot will break a PHP function. In that case, you'll have to know enough to troubleshoot, or get some help, maybe from the author or from one of the many online forums.

It's always best practice to make changes on a 'development' site anyway (not your live site!), and WordPress is so easy to install, I say don't be afraid of the PHP. Dive in! This book is a great reference, with a lot of great tools. It's a good 'cookbook' to have on my shelves.
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HASH(0x8807c45c) out of 5 stars Great for marketers and novice developers 2 Feb. 2012
By Marco Solazzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even if I think of myself as an experienced WordPress developer, I've found many hints on new plugins to check out and some good advices on website development. This sounds great in the messed up sea of WordPress resources.

That said, the book is mainly meant for beginner to intermediate WordPress developers, so expect recipes for the most basic installation and customization tasks as well as insights on SEO optimization and advertising (expecially useful for Marketers and SEO specialists).

Beside that, the book covers most of the scenarios where WordPress get used. For example, I've really enjoyed the chapter about BuddyPress and social community building, and there're many hints on how to enhance the basic functionalities of pages and posts.

Still speaking as an experienced developer I'm disappointed by the choice of the author to suggest plugins even for those little customizations which involve little coding, but I get the author's intention to suit the content for those approaching WordPress for the first time and i think this cookbook may find a prime spot on their desks.
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HASH(0x8807c864) out of 5 stars A Good Reference 8 Mar. 2012
By Christine Golden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've never read one of these 'cookbooks' before. My first impression was that this was just a long list of available plugins; something I could get for myself by visiting the WordPress extensions page.

Of course, there is a lot to be said for a list of plugins that are already vetted by an experienced developer. And as I got into it, I found that this book is chock full of good information, and not just about plugins. Most of the 'recipes' describe methods and techniques learned over years by the author(s) and shared with us in this book. You can see a list of 'recipes' in the Table of Contents to determine if they are right for you.

On the downside, I found the mix of simplicity and complexity in this book to be a little bothersome. In spite of a few, shockingly simple 'recipes,' this book is not really for a general audience. At the very least, the reader would have to understand computer file systems, how to use FTP to move files around and some HTML/CSS. (I was glad to see examples that used HTML5 elements, btw.) Be sure to read the front section "What you need for this book."

Many of these recipes require changes to the PHP code, and PACKT Publishing provides the code for you online. You don't have to know PHP; you can just copy and paste. This will work fine as long as there are no typos. An extra quote or missing dot will break a PHP function. In that case, you'll have to know enough to troubleshoot, or get some help, maybe from the author or from one of the many online forums.

It's always best practice to make changes on a 'development' site anyway (not your live site!), and WordPress is so easy to install, I say don't be afraid of the PHP. Dive in! This book is a great reference, with a lot of great tools. It's a good 'cookbook' to have on my shelves.
HASH(0x8807c8dc) out of 5 stars A Great Reference For WordPress 12 Mar. 2012
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you go much deeper into WordPress than simply adding pages, posts, and maybe some images, you will quickly come across areas where you will need a bit more instruction. As you start to customize menus, tailor-fit widgets, and adjust what posts appear in different locations, the standard out-of-the box help screens just don't cut it anymore. This is where a book like Ric Shreve's WordPress 3 Cookbook comes into play.

The WordPress 3 Cookbook, published by Packt Publishing in December of 2012, is not the kind of book you read cover to cover. As the title implies, it contains a series of recipes or tasks that you will go to in order to get something specific accomplished. Those tasks may be as simple as changing some text in the header or footer, or as complex as customizing the internal WordPress look to display posts of only a certain type or combining that with some custom CSS to display your posts in a two column layout.
You will want to at least read through the table of contents and introduction to familiarize yourself with what WP recipes are include, but you probably don't want to try to read the book straight through. If you do that, as I did for this review, you will find yourself increasingly annoyed at the repetition of basic instructions like using the text editor to open the CSS file. While they should be expected in a cookbook of recipes, since you never know where someone will dive in, they get mind numbing if read in a linear fashion. Even then they might have been done better. Every food preparation recipe I read does not include instructions on how to boil water or preheat an oven. You go over that once and make reference back to it. Unfortunately in this Shreve's book the instructions are repeated over and over again with each task.

That does not detract from the overall value of the book though. The recipes are arranged in increasing degree of complexity, and even though I have been working with WordPress for years, I picked up some good hints as the book went along. It is one of those references that you might not necessarily need at the moment, but you will want it on your shelf. When the time comes that you want a specific recipe or tutorial that is in the book, you will need it at hand. Quickly. And that is where I plan to keep this one - close at hand for reference.

Also not that, as is the case with all Packt Publishing books, the WordPress 3 Cookbook is available in both paper and electronic formats, so it is quite convenient to have with you in whatever form you prefer.
HASH(0x8807cc6c) out of 5 stars A great book for new WordPress users 26 Mar. 2012
By Massimiliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After the setup of WordPress, users usually want to get the best from it and this book can help them.
As the book is a "recipes" collection, probably it's not a book to read from beginning to the end, but the Table of Contents will guide the reader to the right tips when it is needed. The first 5 chapters are for more general web sites, with tips for everyone, while the last four chapters are dedicated to more professional web sites.
Every recipe is explained in a schematic way, to be clear for everyone, experienced or beginner user of WP. Sometimes this can be boring (basic step are repeated in every recipe) but that help people to understand what to do.
I (a beginner WP user) appreciated a lot second and fourth chapters, how to install and customize themes and content display, something that it's useful very often: when I have a doubt I got the book and in a few minutes it resolve the trouble, as a good reference should do.
Also chapter five is very useful to spread your pages into social network and so on.
The plugins chapter is good, but it's impossible to speak of every plugins available, and perhaps there are some good alternative to those explained by the authors.
Last chapter, "Managing Maintenance and Improving Security", instead, it's a little bit short, in my opinion. Security it's a big problem on the Web.
To conclude, this is a good book that can be used as a reference but also to discover what WP can do. Also experts of WP can find some useful tips, but beginners will appreciate it more.
HASH(0x8807cda4) out of 5 stars Great source of WordPress Hints and Tips 31 Mar. 2012
By Herbert-Jan van Dinther - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading and implementing several of the recipes on my own WordPress websites and I really suggest you take a look at the WordPress 3 Cookbook as it has some nice pearls in it...
I used to build WordPress as a side business and the "recipes" from this book would have saved me many hours of learning.
However you do need to be aware that you should have a code editor and FTP program. I recommend PSpad and FileZilla. Luckely you get access to the code used in this book via the Packt website.

This WordPress Cookbook takes a very practicle approach on the tasks you need to work through your WordPress website setup.
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