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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer Paperback – Aug 16 2011
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From the Back Cover
Learn to build, update, maintain, and expand a WordPress website
WordPress is an increasingly popular open-source content management system that exists in either a self-hosted or hosted version and allows you to build and maintain a feature-rich website. This unique book-and-video package serves as a friendly, self-paced learning experience on the capabilities and newest features of the self-hosted version of WordPress (though much of it also applies to the hosted version). Veteran author George Plumley teaches you how to customize and extend WordPress in a number of ways in order to make it do exactly what you need. The valuable lessons featured in the book focus on everyday tasks and are supplemented on the instructional video to enhance your learning experience.
WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, Second Edition:
Demonstrates how to enter new content, create new pages, and make content search-engine friendly
Details techniques for breaking up large amounts of text, writing a post, and creating a sub page
Explores plugins that help you connect your site to social media, make your site mobile friendly, and more
Addresses creating and managing menus and displaying links
Explains how to find files in the media library
Walks you through running multiple websites from a single installation
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
On the DVD
Don't just learn—do!
The lessons within the book are accompanied by an instructional demonstration on the DVD.
You'll learn to:
Plan what you need to do before starting your site
Enter your content and publish it
Upload images, video, documents, and more
Navigate through various types of content
Deal with links, comments, RSS feeds, social networks, and multiple users
Work with themes
Optimize your site
Make sure your software is up to date
Add functionality with plugins
About the Author
George Plumley is a web developer and designer who has been helping small business clients build and update their websites for more than 15 years. His signature consulting tools are his training videos, including more than 100 on WordPress.
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The author, George Plumley, has a pleasant style that is neither condescending to the newbie or goofy like I have found some of the "yellow books" to be. I haven't found any fluff here, just solid step-by-step advice and lessons.
I really was just following along and not thinking about whether the book is "good" or "bad", just going through it. Then, in Lesson 7: Working with the Text Editor, I found myself recognizing one of the many gems in this book. As someone who has struggled with more than one text editor until I found out that if you copy/paste from someplace else you need to get rid of the formatting first, I know that this author had the non-geek in mind when he wrote this. His advice is to open a text program such as Notepad and paste the text in there, then copy/paste from Notepad into the editor in Wordpress and the excess coding will be stripped away. Now, this is basic information for a lot of people, but remember the first time you tried to figure out why that Word formatting kept showing up in your Wordpress text editor? Yes, this author had that person in mind and gently drops in a paragraph with a couple of sentences in it addressing the problem and suggesting a solution.
I have hired a designer to do websites in Wordpress for a couple of clients and I wanted to learn to do it myself. I am confident that I'll be able to do it myself next time, thanks to the information provided in this book. The author spends some time going over some of the basics of site planning and organization, basic design, SEO, and backups. If you are a budding website builder, you'll get a lot of time-tested information here. Yes, many books go deeper into each of these subjects, but for the person wanting to put their first site together or get a refresher on the basics, why buy another book if you don't have to? There's plenty of meat to digest here.
The CD is a great bonus, too.
If you have dabbled with Wordpress but knew you were only scratching the surface, do yourself a favor and invest in this book. Certainly, there are those that will say that all of this information is available for free on the web. Yeah, but not in step-by-step form and not in a format you can carry along with you when you're waiting somewhere or need to find the information quickly.
I don't know this author, but I do know that if he writes any other books about a subject that I'm interested in, I'm quite likely to buy it based on my experience with this book/CD combo. I buy and read a lot of techy type books and if I ever owned a book that deserves "6 stars", this is it. This is the gold standard by which all tech-related books should be measured for common sense writing style.
WordPress is easy to use overall, but some of its nuances remain unintuitive, such as the difference between a post and a page or how to change the header graphic or customizing a theme. Those with little technical background may find themselves stumbling around a bit. This book lays it all out. Pretty much everything anyone needs to know to install and setup a basic WordPress site sits between this book's covers. But don't expect anything too complicated. This book mainly aims at absolute beginners.
Regardless, it does cover a lot of ground and manages to introduce some advanced topics later on. But before dazzling the world with a site design worthy of Dali, WordPress needs to get installed and configured. After a short section on planning, Section II plummets right into installing the program. Of course many ISPs and services allow for highly automated installs at the push of a button, so these sections might be redundant for some. But for those more stalwart souls installing WordPress cold right into a web server file structure, this book covers what they need too.
After discussing setting up pages, posts, pictures, video files, audio files, the book jumps into managing widgets, post categories, comments, links and multiple users. Then the ever expanding and seemingly infinite topic of themes emerges. One of the most useful chapters involves installing a child theme, a process that might intimidate some at first glance. Thankfully, the book gives very clear instructions on how to accomplish this seemingly difficult task. Then the more advanced stuff begins. Site optimization, monitoring, backing up and managing plugins follows. A final chapter gives a taste of where to go next. It discusses topics such as building custom templates, but only in a cursory and introductory manner. The book leaves that very popular topic to other books. After all, that topic can take up an entire book in itself. There is also very little discussion on PHP, the dynamic webpage programming language used to build WordPress. In fact, it only appears in the glossary. Some very basic CSS show up, but not very much. The book largely focuses on using the WordPress interface.
Anyone wanting to get up and running from absolute beginner to website could benefit from this book's quick learning method. The end of each chapter also includes a "Try It" step-by-step exercise on that chapter's topic. Finally, it includes a DVD that literally walks through the lessons multimedia style. Anyone who reads this book and doesn't learn how to use WordPress wasn't paying attention. Absolute beginners will benefit the most. Lastly, this book covers WordPress 3.1. As of this writing, the latest version is 3.3.1. The curse of all technical books is quick obsolescence. Thankfully, things haven't changed too much between these versions to make much difference for this book yet. That will of course change in the not too distant future. But for now it provides a quick and easy way to get a WordPress site up and running.
I was initially bummed at the price of the book but now that I'm using it I realize what an absolute STEAL it is at this price. I am SO thankful I found this guide.
The author covers each topic, spending little time on theory, and moving right into "hands-on" explanations. In the case of installing WordPress, he covers the basics of setting up your database, file uploading, and then running the automated process of creating a config file. For those of us who for some reason cannot run this automatically on our equipment, the attached CD explains the manual process in the accompanying video. The CD provides supporting information for most all of the chapters in the book.
The remainder of the book is broken into 11 sections that progress in sophistication from simple content management (Page and Post creation), through installing and troubleshooting plugins, then into running multi-sites and WP customization. There's even a section on Troubleshooting common issues.
I'm an experienced programmer, but new to Wordpress and found this text to be an extremely helpful and effective way to quickly ramp my knowledge on Wordpress. I would have given it a 5-star rating, but who really reads the 5's or 1's?
For one, EVERYthing is covered in this book, even things you wouldn't think of. The troubleshooting in this book is intuitive, and doesn't necessarily reflect trying to fix technical problems. The author imagines a problem arising, and he addresses it.
Additionally, it's not a complete bore to read as most of these technical books can be. It's easy on the eyes, and you'll want to try things out, even if you had no plans to do so.
It also comes with a DVD where you literally sit down and watch how these techniques are applied. It couldn't be any more thorough.