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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321792661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321792662
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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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.

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HASH(0x9a520d20) out of 5 stars Publisher pedigree promised much, but this book delivers little. May 12 2012
By Molly Rose - Published on
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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.
HASH(0x9a520d74) out of 5 stars Good but not presented well Feb. 19 2014
By Danno116 - Published on
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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.
HASH(0x9a53206c) out of 5 stars Before I read this little book, I knew very ... Oct. 3 2014
By Jill Marley - Published on
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Before I read this little book, I knew very little about creating a website from scratch but by the time I'd finished it, I was able to create and maintain our church's website with ease. About 3/4 of the way through it got a bit 'heavy' but I stuck with it. There's enough in the beginning to at least start the project. The book gets deeper as you read through it. I admit I have a teaching background in basic IT so perhaps not a complete novice to computers.
HASH(0x9a520f48) out of 5 stars Good book for the beginner and beyond. Dec 2 2013
By tjp - Published on
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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.
HASH(0x9a532174) out of 5 stars Functional and easy to comprehend... July 11 2013
By amanda - Published on
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I own a variety of visual quick start guides and I believe this one helped me get an A in my course... Not bad...