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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847193099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847193094
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tessa Blakeley Silver's background is in print design and traditional illustration. She evolved over the years into web and multi-media development, where she focuses on usability and interface design. Prior to starting her consulting and development company hyper3media (pronounced hyper-cube media) http://hyper3media.com, Tessa was the VP of Interactive Technologies at eHigherEducation, an online learning and technology company developing compelling multimedia simulations, interactions, and games that met online educational requirements like 508, AICC, and SCORM. She has also worked as a consultant and freelancer for J. Walter Thompson and The Diamond Trading Company (formerly known as DeBeers) and was a Design Specialist and Senior Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers' East Region Marketing department. Tessa authors several design and web technology blogs. Joomla! Template Design is her first book.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Bailey VINE VOICE on 21 July 2009
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When a book has a title like WordPress Theme Design, you expect its remit to be pretty specific: it should be about WordPress themes. Somewhere in this book there are a few useful tips on WordPress design, but largely, they're hidden under a lot of waffle and off-topic material which is better-covered elsewhere: much of it is, unfortunately, just another design book, and not a great one at that.

Chapter one, for example, begins with what you'll need. A browser, you say? I would never have guessed. Chapter two covers the author's personal design process, with particular reference to drawing a sketch of how you want the site to look first. If you've ever designed a website, you won't need this.

By chapter three, thank goodness, we finally get to a bit of WordPress: "coding it up". This is a walkthrough of creating a theme, and could be helpful to someone who'd never done it before and who was incapable of taking a look at Kubrick or WordPress Classic and seeing how they work. Together with chapter six's WP theme tags reference, we have the beginnings of something useful, but it's surrounded by an entire chapter on how to check your site in more than one browser, which is hardly specific to WordPress, and another two largely concerned with the author's dislike of dropdown menus and AJAX for forms.

I'm failing to see, really, who this book is aimed at. It clearly assumes basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP and javascript, so it's not for total beginners. And yet vast chunks of it are far too basic to be aimed at experienced designers wanting to learn about techniques specific to WordPress. Crucial WP features like hooks and filters are omitted altogether.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. R. Saint on 23 July 2009
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I purchased this book with high expectations. But gradually whilst skimming through the pages I found that a large portion of the book is showing you how to use css and xhtml, along with drop down menus etc.

I had hoped that more information was available about using wordpress rather than teaching you css and xhtml. There are a few tips that are useful, but I would not recommend this book to anyone with xhtml and css skills already looking to work with wordpress.

A book more focused towards teaching you wordpress functions for theme design etc might be more advisable.
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I've been tinkering with Wordpress theme designs on and off for some time, my normal course of action was to look up a few hints and tips online then try to translate them into the project I was working on. But doing this you always miss out on a vital bit of information which can prove rather important in the end ;-) This book gives you all the info you need to create your own Wordpress theme from scratch. No flipping back and forth between tabs on the browser as you work, the book is right there telling you how to proceed. It's probably not a beginners book, as in you should really have an idea about design before you start, but if you are a beginner it will at least point you in the right direction ;-)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Hussey on 14 Aug. 2008
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I started devloping my websites using wordpress because of its nice clean code and easy to use interface. This book gave me just what I needed to complete my first major web design projct in wordpress. The book follows a single project from start to finish and provides a good understanding on how to develop using wordpress. Coming from a programming background this book fully met my needs and gave me a few interesting tips on the way. It is a bit thin but I think that is good.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Methley on 5 Aug. 2008
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Not a bad book, containing useful information about how to approach designing themes for WP, but a bit overpriced.

It's not a thick book, and the sections can be a little thin on the detail. It also needs to make its mind up whether its for designers or programmers.

All-in-all worth reading, but probably best to wait to see if anything a little more substantial comes out.
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