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Matt Beck , Jessica Neuman Beck

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Oct. 11 2011 0321792661 978-0321792662 2
WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2E uses a visual approach to teach the essential elements of WordPress, one of the world's most popular publishing platforms. This book gives readers the tools they need to create beautiful, functional WordPress-powered sites with minimal hassle. Using plenty of screenshots and a clear, organized format, authors Jessica Neuman Beck and Matt Beck walk new users through the installation and setup process while providing valuable tips and tricks for more experienced users. With no other resource but this guide, readers can set up a fully-functional and well-designed WordPress site that takes advantage of all the features WordPress has to offer.

This new, fully updated version covers all the key new features of WordPress 3, including an improved welcome screen with enhanced security and usability; internal linking to articles on one's own blog; support for individual author templates; improved menu interface allowing for changes to be made from inside the WordPress dashboard; and the new, easily customizable Default Theme, Twenty Eleven, with support for child themes and header and background adjustments. It also covers more advanced features, such as improved content management with Custom Post types, which allow WordPress theme developers to create custom content types outside of pages and posts; and integration of the WordPress Multi-User into the WordPress core so that users can create and manage hundreds of blogs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321792661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321792662
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jessica Neuman Beck is a writer, editor, and Web designer. She is the managing partner at CouldBe Studios, a small-business-focused Web design agency located in Portland, Oregon, that specializes in Shopify and WordPress sites.

Matt Beck is Jessica's business partner at CouldBe Studios, a designer, and a PHP/MySQL developer. He has a solid background in IT and MIS management, including lots of experience with WordPress design and customization.

Find out more about Matt and Jessica at: www.couldbestudios.com

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2.0 out of 5 stars Publisher pedigree promised much, but this book delivers little. May 12 2012
By Molly Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wanted to really like this book. I grabbed this book on impulse from the library, as I've had a great experience with Visual Quickstart books in the past. I dove into this book, wanting to learn a lot from it and give it a glowing review. However, I came out pretty disappointed. As I was reading through the book, I was basically finding one issue after another. I tried to read through the entire book to give it a chance, but I couldn't care enough to reach the final chapters.

First issue: The chapters don't offer more information than what Wordpress itself gives. As I'm reading the chapters, I'm following along in my Wordpress site. Wordpress itself does a decent job describing what each section, option, and feature does; the book just echoes this information, and no more. In fact, several sections of the book seem to just paraphrase what Wordpress had to say. I could, instead of reading first ten chapters of the book, just browsed through each page of the Wordpress backend, and learned just as much of what the book tried to teach. There were many topics where I wished the book could have explained a feature with more depth than it or Wordpress did.

Second issue: There are a few redundant sections and style inconsistencies throughout the book, that made it seem there were little communication between the two authors about who would write about what topic. One example of this was discussing the Discussion Settings page - that was gone over twice in two separate chapters. The general style inconsistency was in how the images and visuals were arranged around the two-column text: some chapters, the images were many and took up the second column on the page, in other chapters, the images were few and took the bottom spread of the page, or on it's own page separate from the text that would reference it (which made the book seem odd to be called a "Visual Quickstart Guide").

Third issue: The casual tossing-around of PHP code. The authors seem to assume the reader is already familiar with how to read and understand PHP code, or assume their PHP examples would be easy enough that readers don't have to know anything about PHP beforehand. Well, I've had no serious exposure to PHP code before picking up this book, and many of the given examples were easy enough to work with. But for the more complicated examples, where the authors just dump 10-15 long lines of code, the tight two-column book layout made the PHP snippets hard for my newbie brain to digest.

Fourth issue: conflicting instructions with using the PHP code examples. In the PHP customization chapters, the authors tell you to insert certain snippets into certain files of the Wordpress site, to get certain results. The first problem with this, is that it's only in the SECOND CHAPTER of the PHP customization chapters, do the authors mention what Wordpress theme these chapters are meant to work with. The second problem is in that even using the right Wordpress theme to be following the book's instructions, some of the PHP snippets the book said to add to the theme files, are actually already in the files. I don't know what the damage would be for adding in repeat sections of PHP code in the Wordpress theme files, but the authors don't address the possibility.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not presented well Feb. 19 2014
By Danno116 - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall, this is a good book because it has a nice screen shot illustration on almost every page which really helps. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because the way the information was presented was really out of order and can leave you confused. As an example, . . . in Chapter One they're already talking about how to back-up your files? Why do I need to know that now? I don't even know how to use this program yet!! The author knows the subject well, but doesn't know how to explain it to someone from the very beginning, and also doesn't realize what information is vitally important for a new user and what information can wait. Because of that, if you read the book twice you'll understand it a lot better the second time you read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beginner and beyond. Dec 2 2013
By tjp - Published on Amazon.com
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Covers both beginner and intermediate topics well. Almost every point is illustrated so the book does not have to be read at the computer. Note there is now a 3rd edition.
4.0 out of 5 stars Functional and easy to comprehend... July 11 2013
By amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I own a variety of visual quick start guides and I believe this one helped me get an A in my course... Not bad...
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide June 16 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a novice at WordPress and I can follow this book. Well written for newbies and also for not so newbies.

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