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WordPress Bible [Paperback]

Aaron Brazell
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5 Feb 2010 0470568135 978-0470568132 1
A complete and thorough guide to the largest self–hosted blogging tool: WordPress Has learning WordPress become a pressing issue for you? If so, then turn to WordPress Bible, a complete resource on everything you need to know to learn WordPress from beginning to end. You′ll start with the basics of WordPress, such as the principles of blogging and social media interaction. Then the pace ramps up to more intermediate–to–advanced topics including plugins, WordPress Loop, themes and templates, custom fields, caching, security, and more. Written by a popular WordPress consultant, this comprehensive guide is timed to publish with the release of the latest version of WordPress, ensuring that you have the most up–to–date information available on the largest and most–used blogging tool in the world. Serves as the definitive guide to every aspect of WordPress, the most popular self–hosted blogging tool in the world Covers everything, from the basics of installation to more advanced topics such as plugins and security Includes coverage of the most recent release of WordPress, keeping you up to date on all its latest features Addresses themes and templates, WordPress Loop, custom fields, caching, and more Author is a popular WordPress consultant You′ll be hard–pressed to find another resource as thorough and comprehensive as WordPress Bible . Note: CD–ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (5 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470568135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470568132
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 18.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Install WordPress and go beyond blogging WordPress is so flexible that developers are now tapping it to create robust applications for content, contact, and e–mail management. Whether you′re a casual blogger or programming pro, this comprehensive guide covers WordPress from the basics through advanced application development. Learn how to use custom plugins and themes, retrieve data, maintain security, use social media, and modify your blog without changing any core code. You′ll even get to know the ecosystem of products that surrounds this popular, open–source tool. Enhance your blog′s findability in the search engines and beyond Discover hooks and leverage the WordPress event–driven programming interface Create WordPress widgets in only a few minutes Explore alternate uses of WordPress Enhance your blog with WordPress MU Ensure your plugins maintain future compatibility Create highly customizable and dynamic themes using template tags Learn best security practices as a user and developer Companion Web Site Visit www.wiley.com/go/wordpressbible for all of the author′s example files from the book. Install, secure, and maintain WordPress Extend WordPress with plugins and themes Enhance your blog with WordPress MU Note: CD–ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

About the Author

Aaron Brazell is a leading WordPress and social media consultant, with clients ranging from enterprise software companies to small– and medium–sized businesses. He has worked on large–scale WordPress installations from both a technical/scaling perspective to complex deliveries involving extreme leveraging of the software plugin API. He maintains a large business and technology blog in the Washington D.C. area, Technosailor.com. Mark Jaquith is one of the lead WordPress core developers and an independent Web services consultant. He has consulted for major clients through his company, Covered Web Services, and is the author of several popular WordPress plugins, including Subscribe to Comments and Page Links To.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WordPress reference 22 Jun 2010
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Having not used WordPress previously and not been involved with web based technologies in recent years, I found the WordPress Bible really well structured and thought out. It takes you through every stage from installing to running modified themes etc and is the ideal book or manual to have by your side. Its not too techie and is easy to understand with well written instructions and illustrations to help you achieve what you want. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference and introduction 9 Nov 2010
Gives an excellent all-round introduction and provides a good reference. The only thing I could wish for, personally, would be a better guide to writing skins, but I realise that, for Wordpress, this would require vastly more space.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Emporer's New Clothes ? 12 Jan 2011
I don't think I am reading the same book as the other two reviewers.

I have worked in computers for 30 years and this is the worst technical book I have experienced. Chapter 1 is an over the top "gush" about how wonderful Wordpress is but one might look to Chapter 2 to see why that is true. No, Chapter 2 is about how to refine your Wordpress installation - not how to set it up in the first place. Its quite complicated to set up on your own computer, as it involves Wordpress to work seamlessly with PHP and MySql and I think this needs tackling in detail if this book is at aimed at newbies. Chapter 3 I would have hoped would be how to set up a simple website, with subsequent Chapters expanding on that theme but thats not how it is organised.

My webhost does facilitate a one click Wordpress installation, so I have had a little play there. It seems to me Wordpress is only "easy" if you can find a "theme / skin" that suits your purpose. One of the reviewers talks about "skins" and I think if you want a very personal Wordpress site you will have to write your own skin. This book is no help there.

Can't comment on how useful this is as a reference.

If you are buying a reference book I'd forgotten how important it is not to buy from what it says on the cover. If you need a Wordpress book, flick through the pages of the competition, and check they really are aimed at your experience level and will take on to the level of experience you want. I'd be surprised if you'd choose "Wordpress Bible".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for wordpress users 4 Oct 2011
If you want to learn how to use Wordpress properly then this is a very good place to start. You can always just use WP as a blog platform but if you use the info to be found here you will be able to turn out professional looking sites in no time.
A vital addition to any Wordpress user's bookcase.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for somewhat advanced WordPress information 9 Mar 2010
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are just starting out with WordPress, then the best book I've found for that is Lisa Sabin Wilson's "WordPress For Dummies" (WPD). WPD will carry you surprisingly far into the installation, use, maintenance and extension of WordPress. It is now in its second edition with a third expected soon.

For most people, WPD will suffice.

But If your needs are more demanding, then Aaron Brazell's "WordPress Bible" is a good place to go.

Brazell gets much deeper under the WordPress hood than Sabin-Wilson. - and this content is not for the neophyte.

The content is eclectic, with a lot of emphasis on building plugins. Installing WordPress is covered, but not in the same supportive way you'll find in WPD. Some chapters are head-scratchers: why are nine pages devoted to the WordPress help system ("Codex") and other support groups? Chapters like "Extending WordPress with Plugins", "Widgetizing WordPress", "Understanding the WordPress Database Class" and the doozy "Dissecting the Loop and WP_Query" give you what you need to know to write and manage plugns. Another chapter talks about using WordPress as a Content Management System, which I found helpful, and wish was three times longer.

Overall, "WordPress Bible" is a valuable addition to any serious WordPress library. My one criticism of the book is about Wiley, the publisher: they have a adopted a design that makes it look as if the type is printed in gray, which I find very difficult to read for more than a few minutes at a time. Wiley does not respond to customer comments. Because of this flaw, I will buy Wiley books only when they appear to be best in class.

47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the descrption of this book carefully 16 Mar 2010
By Bill R. Sevier - Published on Amazon.com
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I have purchased some of the Bible computer book series in the past and have generally found them to be useful for whatever level of experience and expertise one might have.

This Bible is different. Unless you are very sophisticated in the world of coding, web/blog construction, don't even think of getting this book. If you wish to build a blog buy a different book. If you wish to build widgits, plugins, or other code-level structures, this is for you.

I wanted to build a moderately sophisticated blog using wordPress and feel that I totally wasted my $31.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Warned 11 Dec 2011
By Ryan Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
Though this book contains a lot of interesting information, the primary thing I was interested in (plugin creation) is horribly lacking. The code provided is both syntactically and functionally wrong. There is no errata provided on the publisher's site that corrects this. Unfortunately, the guided tour I was hoping for is not here - back to browsing the web for tips.

The book is also clogged with lots of information that is interesting (like the notes about VIM and alternatives to Apache) but that is ultimately irrelevant and only serves to raise the barrier to entry to people who are trying to get into Wordpress development.

WARNING: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THE E-BOOK OF THIS TITLE FROM THE PUBLISHER. The e-book is infected with DRM, requires you to install a program called Adobe Digital Editions, and refuses to allow you to copy/paste code from the E-Book. Granted, the code (being what it is) is available via the publishers website, but only as Word docs (?) which is to say the least a bizarre format for distributing code.

Very displeased - will not purchase an E-Book from Wiley again.

*** UPDATE: After complaining about the DRM scheme to the publisher, the publisher apologized and sent me a hard copy. It's not often that I see business' go out of their way to please a customer, and so I feel obligated to make sure it's known that Wiley has done its best to rectify things.

I'm still not thrilled with the book's content - but I am pleased with the publisher and would do business again - provided that my future purchases are DRM free. Thanks for stepping up Wiley.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certified WP Ninja Manual 2 Feb 2010
By Leisure Publishing Co - Published on Amazon.com
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Aaron Brazell has outdone himself with this comprehensive tome of WordPress awesomeness.

I already consider myself pretty good at hacking around in WP but really wanted to cement my skill set with some real developer skills, building plug-ins and other features.

The first thing I did after getting my box in the mail (after a celebratory Tweet) was crack it open to Chapter 5 "Extending WordPress with Plugins" and start reading.

Folks, it's easy to understand, even if you're not a programmer and at the same time will satisfy the most hard core programmer with tips on how WordPress' inner set of hooks and code work together.

An awesome book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors 29 Mar 2010
By L. Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Beginners/Intermediates Beware!

I skimmed the first few chapters to get to Chapter 5 (Extending Wordpress with Plugins) as this is about where my limited knowledge of Wordpress ended. I must say, this book has caused more stress than help. The book is riddled with typos and the code examples have errors! Lots of them! I am not going to bother pointing out the typos beyond the most egregious: every URL for the accompanying code is wrong in Chapter 5..

When I did manage to get to the site, I found that Example 5.15 - The focus of the entire chapter - doesn't work. Indeed, there are errors on every other line! Same for chapter 6 on widgets. Also, too much of the coding is unexplained. The book is a descent rough draft, but is at this point very far from being useful to a beginner.
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