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Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Paperback – 11 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047066990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470669907
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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).

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.

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First let me say that this books focuses solely on WordPress theme development, it is for those who have an adequate understanding of CSS and PHP and are looking get under the hood of a wordpress theme. If you are looking to learn about building websites then this book is not for you.
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.
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I am in the process of modifying a Wordpress theme (Classipress) for one of my businesses. I am grappling with learning (or re-learning in some cases) java, php, ajax, sql programming to hack'n'slash this theme into something I need. As such, I am reading a lot of coding books at the moment.... :-)

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!!!!!!
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I am a devoted Wordpress fan, but get frustrated by all the options and the multitudes of themes and plug-ins to choose from. This book walks you through creating your own theme. It starts with getting out a pencil and drawing out the layout on paper. You progress through various parts of the theme with both code and screen shots to edge you towards your final look. Some of the code is very heavy, but you can pick out nuggets that will help you with tweaking what you already have.

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.
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The first thing you notice about the book is how well designed it is, plenty of coloured text and pictures to illustrate the point. The design is ideally suited to the novice user, however the content does seem quite advanced, which will likely make the beginners struggle, you would likely need to have a little bit of knowledge regarding themes before you started. I managed to follow a lot of it, but there were some of the more complicated areas where I would still have been having to do online research to confirm I was understanding it correctly.

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.
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I've used a few of the guides in the Smashing series now, including this author's other book, Smashing Wordpress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series), and they set a high standard for tutorial books and friendly user guides. This title is absolutely no exception, and serves as a brilliant introduction to editing and creating WordPress themes. Well-indexed, clearly laid-out and full of code examples, the book first spends time dissecting an existing theme in order to demonstrate the anatomy of a WordPress theme - where the different pieces lie, what they do and so on. Then the author moves on logically to editing / updating existing themes, before the final, meatiest section of the book dives into creating themes from scratch. It's an approach which makes a lot of sense, and for people coming to the topic of theme creation as beginners, it's a well-paced, graded introduction, by the end of which you'll have a lot of confidence. Along the way there are loads of useful tips, including some pointers on security, amongst many other things.

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.
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