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Professional WordPress (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

Posted on October 18, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

An in-depth look at the internals of the WordPress system. As the most popular blogging and content management platform available today, WordPress is a powerful tool. This exciting book goes beyond the basics and delves into the heart of the WordPress system, offering overviews of the functional aspects of WordPress as well as plug-in and theme development.

What is covered in this book?

  • WordPress as a Content Management System
  • Hosting Options
  • Installing WordPress Files
  • Database Configuration
  • Dashboard Widgets
  • Customizing the Dashboard
  • Creating and Managing Content
  • Categorizing Your Content
  • Working with Media
  • Comments and Discussion
  • Working with Users
  • Managing, Adding, Upgrading, and Using the Theme Editor
  • Working with Widgets
  • Adding and Managing New Plugins
  • Configuring WordPress
  • Exploring the Code
  • Configuring Key Files
  • wp-config.php file
  • Advanced wp-config Options
  • What’s in the Core?
  • WordPress Codex and Resources
  • Understanding and customizing the Loop
  • Building A Custom Query
  • Complex Database Operations
  • Dealing With Errors
  • Direct Database Manipulation
  • Building Your Own Taxonomies
  • Plugin Packaging
  • Create a Dashboard Widget
  • Creating a Plugin Example
  • Publish to the Plugin Directory
  • Installing a Theme
  • Creating Your Own Theme
  • How and When to Use Custom Page Templates
  • How to Use Custom Page Templates
  • Pushing Content from WordPress to Other Sites
  • Usability and Usability Testing
  • Getting Your Site Found
  • How Web Standards Get Your Data Discovered
  • Load Balancing Your WordPress Site
  • Securing Your WordPress Site
  • Using WordPress in the Enterprise
  • Is WordPress Right for Your Enterprise?
  • and much more!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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2 to “Professional WordPress (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)”

  1. M. Erb says:

    A superb, more advanced guide to WordPress “Professional WordPress – Design and Development” is a superb book that will be appreciated greatly by developers looking to WordPress (WP) for the first time or for giving them a more thorough understanding of the inner-workings of WP. WordPress, as I write this, is at the WordPress 3.0 beta 2 cycle of development. This book will still be pertinent even though it was not specifically written as a WP v3.0 book.The book’s chapters are arranged in 3 major sections. Chapters 1 thru 4 are a top-level look at WordPress. The history and development of WordPress is discussed as well as the presentation of a functional overview, discussion of installation (including a valuable discussion of debugging errors you may have during installation), a code overview and a tour of the core. There is good stuff here. For instance if you are unclear of the distinction between tags and categories, this will clear things up for you. Or if you’ve ever wondered what the Turbo option in the Dashboard is, your answer will be found in these chapters. There is even an excellent discussion of advanced wp-config options that is sure to be helpful to the developer as well as a lot of information on configuring your .htaccess file.Chapters 5 thru 8 thoroughly explore the Loop, understanding the WordPress database and how to directly manipulate it (database queries, building your own taxonomies, direct database manipulation), plugins development & WordPress integration (shortcodes, widgets, plugin security) and theme development (modifying existing themes, creating new themes.)Chapters 9 thru 15 cover everything else including content aggregation (how to get information into your WordPress site by various means such as XML feeds, integrating twitter, RSS feeds), creating a user experience through consistent navigation, design elements, how to structure your information, searching your site, mobile access & statistics, cache performance, dealing with spam, using WordPress as a content management system (CMS). For developers considering a new web site with WordPress, migrating an existing site to WP is an important consideration and this is discussed in Chapter 14. Chapter 15 concludes the book with a discussion on the WordPress developer community; how you can contribute, working on the core using Subversion and a look at other WordPress resources.I am not a hardcore developer by any means. My experience with PHP and CSS is marginal, yet I learned a lot from reading this book. Using the code samples helped further my understanding of PHP and this has given me a new interest in learning more about the “inside” of WordPress.This is a substantial book on WordPress especially geared to developers and secondarily to enthusiasts who wish to dig into WordPress more deeply and begin to explore what makes WordPress tick and how to extend WordPress. Even though the topics are discussed at an advanced level, the writing is not nearly as dry and cumbersome as other technical books can be.This is an extremely valuable resource for the developer yet there is a thorough approach taken in the early chapters that even a fledgling WP user would find valuable (but not a non-technically minded reader.) However, it is certainly not an appropriate “first” book for the non-technical person simply desiring to get started with WordPress. There are more appropriate books for the non-technical reader. Having said that, there are certain users who may be inspired enough by the easily readable approach taken by the authors to be propelled to learn more because of the depth of information that is contained in this book. Merely using some of the existing code samples can help you learn more about writing and debugging PHP code and serve as a platform for future growth in your knowledge and skills.This is a stand-out book on WordPress and anyone doing serious development with WordPress could benefit from “Professional WordPress.” Highly recommended.

  2. Michael S. Ball says:

    Just What a Progammer Needs I just got the book this morning, and I’m halfway through it. It’s exactly what I needed, a guided tour that cuts through the mass of undigested information that is [...]. This is the Baedeker’s guide for the blog maintainer. I like WordPress, really I do, but how do I find the proper plugin to solve my problem? There are almost nine thousand of them! Knowing the vocabulary and how the system works makes it much easier to sort through them. After reading this, I can probably even use the WordPress Codex without spending a week sorting out what goes where.What I like best is that it’s written for a programmer, without all the gushing about how great a system it is. The facts, with just enough evaluation to say what’s important.Way to go, guys!

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