Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Paperback – 11 Feb 2011
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′Discover the gentle art of hacking WordPress Themes to make them look and work the way you want. (Web Designer, April 2011). ...definitely a good one for theme development starters . (Theme.fm, June 2011).
...definitely a good one for theme development starters . (Theme.fm, June 2011).
From the Back Cover
Making WordPress Beautiful
From the world s most popular resource for Web designers and developers comes ultimate guide to WordPress themes. WordPress is so much more than a bogging platform, and Smashing WordPress Themes teaches you how to make it look any way like from a corporate site, to a photo gallery, to an online magazine, and more.
WordPress expert, Thord Daniel Hedengren, author of Smahsing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, takes you through what really makes themes tick, what you can do with themes, and techniques for getting the best results. Starting with the WordPress Twenty Ten default theme, you ll learn to work with template tags and create option pages for your themes. Next you ll explore the child theme concept and create a variety of theme styles fully customizing the look and feel of your WordPress–powered site.
You will Learn:
- The Anatomy of the Default Twenty Ten Theme
- Ways to Hack the Default Theme to Modify Features, Graphics, and Colors
- How to Work with Theme Frameworks
- The Best Way to Use Child Themes
- How to Integrate Theme Options
- How to Build a Media Theme
- How to Build a Newspaper or Magazine Theme
- Tips for Building a Semi–Static Corporate Theme
- Ways to Integrate Advanced Loop Tricks and Themes
Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.con) is one of the world s most popular Web–design online magazines. True to the Smashing mission, the Smashing Magazine book series delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers.See all Product Description
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Having been disappointed with a previous offering from Smashing Magazine I had low expectations going into this book - I shouldn't have.
This book is great, it really gets down to the nuts and bolts of a wordpress theme. Everything from simple tweaks to the default Twenty-ten theme, to creating your own theme. It even touches on buddypress.
Not only will you learn how to build themes but it helps you with design, layout and planning issues that other books of this type tend to ignore.
Expect to get your hands dirty but don't be daunted by the technical stuff as the author explains whats going on every step of the way. The explanations are clear and makes things easy to understand.
Again it is for WordPress beginners, if you don't have some understanding of PHP, CSS and HTML then this book will not be rewarding. However if you do and your are looking to delve into WordPress, then it is highly recommended.
Wordpress Themes is a useful book in that it goes into some depth on themes, what they are, and how to customise them. Great... just what I need. It is well written and in a lively style that's quite engaging for what can potentially be a very dry subject.
However, I do feel that more thought should have been given to how the code examples are handled. For example, when explaining certain concepts about Wordpress or illustrating how a certain theme works, it really is not good enough to simply 'copy and paste' a .php file into the book itself which then takes up over six pages(!) and expect the reader to be able to find that a useful experience.
There is no interjection of comments by the author to break up the code a bit (for example, after each function, or after each important process has been completed). No - instead we are left with 6-7 pages of code which we then have to wade through (I didn't bother in the end).
What is worse is that the code itself isn't even formatted in a book-friendly way. Instead the code is heavily indented just like a normal piece of code would look like but, c'mon, this is a book!!!! For example, in a section discussing one the loop.php script (this is one of those 6 page long sections of code) there is one page where, I jest not, that most of the page is white space because the code is on the right side of the page because of all of the tabbed indents!!!!!!Read more ›
A priceless section of the book is dedicated to the myriad of available themes for Wordpress. The author has spent a lot of time researching these and gives you some recommendations and benefits of his favourites. Overall, if you develop your own sites or want to make your blog more personal, this book is on the money.
The list price on the back cover is £24.99, which seems pretty expensive when a lot of the content can be tracked down in one form or another on the internet with out any cost except for the users time and as mentioned, some googling may be required even with the book.
Personally if you are interested in the book, I'd suggest trying to get it from your local library first before you commit to buying it.
It follows on naturally from Smashing WordPress, with several nods to using WordPress as more than just a blog. It's packed with advice for building themes and features which could form the cornerstone of much more extensive sites like community and specialist news portals - great news if you want to push WordPress beyond the basics.
It's not exhaustive of course, as the subject is huge, but throughout the book the author gives pointers about where to look for further information and guidance, not least from the WordPress documentation itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting, well written and well researched book. I would recommend it to anybody with and interest in Reiki.Published 23 months ago by Sebastian Wheaterbix
Not talking about the code itself but the way it has entered the book. Copy pasted without thinking about readability. Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by Joris Heyndrickx
The book has several comprehensive examples of how to create various Wordpress themes for different purposes. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Nick Goodchild
One of the advantages of WordPress is how easy it can be to install, load a theme and have a blog or simple website up and running very quickly. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2011 by Vinman666
I decided to review this product after trying (and failing) to attempt to make my own theme for my Tumblr account. Read morePublished on 26 May 2011 by Reviewser
A someone who has some experience as a wordpress user, I was looking for something to take me to a higher level, but it wasn't this book. Read morePublished on 23 May 2011 by Adam Smith