As a detailed reference manual this is fine, but it lacks information on what a web site built with WordPress is about and how it is structured. It goes through every screen blow-by-blow but seldom tells you WHY you might be doing this.
Critically, it does not explain the relationship between Posts and Pages adequately. Apparently, in contradiction to the description on Amazon, WordPress posts can only be used for blogging. If you wanted to use WordPress in order to take advantage of ready-made functionality and a plethora of plugins, prepare to be frustrated.
I found the enclosed DVD lessons much more useful than the book itself.
A previous book (Smashing WordPress - Beyond the Blog) which was aimed at modifying the code etc. had left me wondering about the basic use for a beginner. This book was excellent in explaining how WordPress works and how to actually run a WordPress website. Having read this and followed some of the excellent tutorials - with a basic site up and running I have returned to the book where the code is looked at and more difficult modifications are discussed with a much better grasp of the what WordPress is about. An absolute beginner would be able to have a site up and running effectively by following the tutorials in this book (the videos on the disc, which comes with the book, makes everything so clear).
Great book for introducing Wordpress and how to use its features. It doesn't take you through how to design and build a site as some books would, but gives a good overview of all the functionality. Easy to read and follow. Have not viewed the tutorial videos much as the text and photos were sufficient.
I bought this book to learn how to make the most of the free download of WordPress. This book is not for that, it seems, as it refers to people with their own websites rather than people who just want to blog. It is very technical and complicated, and I could not find any section for beginners - meaning novices. In fact I hardly understood any of it! I gave it to the charity shop, and I bet it stays on their shelf for years!