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Professional WordPress: Design and Development

Posted on April 02, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

The highly praised resource returns with updated content, examples, and code downloads

WordPress is the most popular self-hosted open source website software in use today, and the latest version makes it even simpler to operate. Packed with real-world examples for load balancing and multiusers, this esteemed resource replaces some of the more basic material with more advanced content. Every single chapter has been reworked to provide the most current and proper methods for developing and designing in WordPress. Coverage of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and new chapters on custom post types, custom taxonomies, Multisite, and extensions of themes bring the content of this book completely up-to-date and provides you with all you need to deploy successful WordPress sites.

  • Offers an overview of the WordPress system and describes what happens when a WordPress-generated web page is displayed
  • Demonstrates extending WordPress through plugins and customizing it via themes
  • Combines a developer view of user experience and optimization with the deployment requirements for performance, security, and measurement
  • Includes code downloads and code samples from the book’s website

You’ll be hard pressed to find a reliable resource with more advanced content than Professional WordPress, Second Edition!

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3 to “Professional WordPress: Design and Development”

  1. Y. Park says:

    An essential resource for developers I have been learning WP development for the past few years, my primary source of learning being online tutorials (WPTuts, Smashing, etc..). After a while, I felt it’s about time I broaden my knowledge on WP. I found out that the second edition had been just published and got it through Amazon. Here are my few thoughts on the book.1. This is a fairly comprehensive book covering not only Theme development, but plug-ins, multisite, UX, and more. If you’re strictly looking for theme development, this may not be the best fit for you. There is only one chapter dedicated to “Theme Development”. Of course, the preceding chapters discuss loops, database manipulations, custom taxonomies and etc, but these would be something to learn once you actually know how to write a theme. If you’re looking to increase the overall knowledge of WP development, this is going to be extremely helpful.2. Some experience with WP is a must. By “experience”, I mean a basic understanding of how WP theme and plug-ins are structured. If you have seen a code for themes or plug-ins, it will make understanding a lot easier. On the other hand, the book isn’t going to be much useful for beginners. If you have little or no experience with WP development, take a look at .3. The book provides plenty of example codes, but they are meant to be examples, not snippets. I wouldn’t recommend the book to someone who are looking for a quick tutorial/cookbook on WP theme development. Finding snippets will still require lots of Googling (or days of wrestling with the code yourself).4. Any developers would know that finding an organized tutorial on WP development is difficult. Yes, there are more than plenty of free/premium sources, but each tutorial covers only limited part of WP development and finding a comprehensive guide is always a challenge. I am very, very happy that this book responds to that concern.In short, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to learn the dynamics of WP.

  2. B. W. Krogsgard "BWK" says:

    The perfect book for when you decide to get serious about WordPress Development Professional WordPress Design and Development has been a great book. I’ve been doing WordPress Development full time for a couple of years, and I have still learned a good deal from this book.The authors simultaneously navigate relatively basic best practices for WordPress while dropping in loads of really useful tips for doing more advanced things. Even reading over topics I feel very comfortable with, I’ve still managed to learn new things, and I’m also confident I can hand this book to any members on my team that aren’t as familiar with WordPress and they can get through it without getting lost.This book is exactly what you’ll want as a budding WordPress developer. It teaches best practices and a mix of introductory and advanced content in an easy to read (even entertaining) format that makes it pretty easy to get through. Plus, it’s well organized and has a good index so that you can jump back to a topic down the road.I definitely recommend Professional WordPress Design and Development.

  3. David S. Grove says:

    Quality Information This book is a comprehensive resource to have within reach as you are working in the WordPress environment. The material is laid out in a very approachable manner. I would not hesitate to recommend this book, or the authors that put it together.



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