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Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)

Posted on July 02, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

The ultimate guide to WordPress, from the world’s most popular resource for web designers and developers

As one of the hottest tools on the web today for creating a blog, WordPress has evolved to be much more that just a blogging platform and has been pushed beyond its original purpose. With this new edition of a perennially popular WordPress resource, Smashing Magazine offers you the information you need so you can maximize the potential and power of WordPress. WordPress expert Thord Daniel Hedengren takes you beyond the basic blog to show you how to leverage the capabilities of WordPress to power advanced websites.

  • Addresses new theming options, custom post types, custom headers, menus, background, and more
  • Explains how to build beautiful and unique WordPress themes and creating amazing navigation
  • Walks you through building plugins, integrating theme options, creating custom login forms and admin themes, and using the Loop to control content
  • Zeroes in on building a WordPress project for SEO
  • Highlights integrating WordPress with the social web

Smashing WordPress, Third Edition teaches you how to make WordPress look any way you like—from a corporate site to a photography gallery and much, much more!

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3 to “Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)”

  1. D. Sylvester says:

    Riddled with Errors – Beyond Poor Editing I bought this book in hopes it would be better than the last edition in terms of errors and omissions. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. Errors in grammar & punctuation are one thing (and there are many of those) but massive errors in the code snippets, errors in images that are supposed to show the output of the code presented, and other such technical problems are unforgivable. Having to look up the code in the samples (if you download them) is a time waster. I should be able to sit under a tree while reading this book and at least read correct information.Put simply, this book was not editied by any stretch of the imagination. There are errors that have made it through all 3 editions. John Wiley & Sons is well known for poor editing in technical books and this one is no exception. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone until the plethora of technical errors and omissions are corrected.I’m thankful I’m not a complete novice with WordPress (or PHP) otherwise the code errors, phantom code insertions, and discussions of code that are missing or wrong was easy to spot. A less experienced coder or WordPress hack might get very confused and definitely frustrated with this book. Find a different book!

  2. R. Hurley "unsolicited advice columnist" says:

    Get’s worse the longer to stick with it! The longer I work on this, the more infuriating it gets. There are so many mistakes and examples in the book that differ drastically from the code examples downloaded from the companion site starting with page 77 in chapter 4, which says the style.css file begins with this:/*Theme Name: Simple BlogTheme URI: [...]Author: Thord Daniel HedengrenDescription: A simple light weight blog theme.Version: 1.0License: GNU General Public License v2 or laterLicense URI: license.txt*/but the actual file (which can be viewed at [...]) contains nothing of the sort! (You can check this yourself by looking at the book & code examples, in the CH04/html folder)Functions in chapter 4 don’t work AT ALL as a stand-alone file, and will only display an error message if added to the existing functions.php file. Still attempting to work through the book, but the organization of this thing is borderline incoherent, and growing worse by the page.Because the template structure of WordPress themes is so complex, confusing books like this one only makes it that much more difficult to sort through the syntactical structure of WordPress. There is a LOT of money to be had for anyone who can provide an organized and well-written beginners approach to this subject.I don’t understand how anyone could recommend this book, much less give it 5 starts. I’m thinking the publisher has something to do with this.

  3. C. Miller "IdoNotes" says:

    The source for understanding and building sites with WordPress Thord Daniel Hendengren has released the third update for the excellent book Smashing Wordpres: Beyond the Blog. The five part and 14 chapter book is a bible for anyone wishing to work with WordPress as a platform. This is my third WordPress book review but I found myself coming back to the first two editions so I was anxious to review the third which is 350 pages.Thord presumes a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP. He starts the book with understanding a performing installs in the first section moving on to designing themes. Most people often look for free themes to begin and go from there. I was happy to see an entire section around plugins in section three before he covers some additional features and functions in the final section. I should mention there is also an appendix where he lists some plugins and themes to help you get started.Even with all the WordPress sites I have installed and currently run (like this one ) there are always tips. Such things as configuring the server to use an external MySQL database are covered right away. I also learned how to adjust the default autosave and revision history amounts. An awesome tip for everyone.Chapter two digs right into the core of WordPress including template files, themes and template tags (not t be confused with tags in posts describing content). Once you get a crash course on how those work he takes you right into the loop.If you are going to do more than just apply a free template them knowing how PHP queries aka the loop work is a key to doing cool stuff. For example almost every theme has a loop that shows the latest blog posts. Without this code you would have static pages instead of ones showing the most recent updates. Chapter three does a great job of giving code samples for 25 pages.Once you master some code Thord takes you into the design section of the book for theme creation basics, template files, loop usage, widgets and pages and pages of code samples.The next two chapters deal with child themes and advanced theme usage taking WordPress to yet another level of functionality. I like how the author gives good design rules as well as the technical side. It is easy to make a junky looking theme. RSS feed building is a hidden gem inside chapter 6 so if you aren’t going to do advanced work make sure to find those pages to understand WordPress and RSS better.Chapter 7 is not like other WordPress books that cover plugins. The author is not telling you the best ones of use. Instead he teaches how and why to build plugins. He finishes with using widgets to utilize the built plugins and extend WordPress functionality in chapter 8.Section four starts with how WordPress can be a multiple author and strong content management system or CMS. I know I mentioned learning how to make WordPress fluid was a key of earlier chapters but he does cover how to use it best as a static site.Everyone is all about social right now ans chapter 10 is built around hiis showing how to integrate Facebook, Twitter, URL shorteners, Google+ and even third party comment solutions. I actually use Disqus on all my sites.Chapter 11 is cool design tricks and tips for proper 404 error pages. Media is becoming a must have feature and chapter 12 dogs into embedding and techniques for best presentation.Chapters 13 and 14 deal with extra and uncommon usage with WordPress. It gives a great idea of the power of the platform and all the things you can make it do. He also points out things you shouldn’t use it for.Finally the appendix is a great starter list of plugins and starter themes to get you moving quickly without developing your own. The author gives a reason why you would want to use them and a link (at the time of writing) where to grab them.I know this is a much longer book review but anything less would not do this book justice. The third revision only strengthens why this is the go to source for More advanced WordPress understnanding and examples.



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