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Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful (Smashing Magazine Book Series)

Posted on July 01, 2012 by Blog Design Journal
Smashing Magazine book, Smashing WordPress Themes

Smashing Magazine book, Smashing WordPress Themes

A great WordPress theme is more than just a pretty face on your blog. It can make or break your SEO, bounce rate, security, and functionality, among other things.

Smashing Magazine now offers the ultimate guide to WordPress Themes, one of the hottest topics on the web today

  • WordPress is so much more than a blogging platform, and Smashing WordPress Themes, by Thord Daniel Hedengren, teaches readers how to make it look any way they like – from a corporate site, to a photography gallery and more
  • WordPress is one of the hottest tools on the web today and is used by sites including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, flickr, CNN, NASA and of course Smashing Magazine
  • Beautiful full colour throughout – web designers expect nothing less
  • Smashing Magazine will fully support this book by by promoting it through their website and on twitter feeds

3 to “Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful (Smashing Magazine Book Series)”

  1. theSleeper(pkd) "the sleeper must awaken!" says:

    Very Hard to Read! Ok, half the time I’m trying to figure out when I should be reading and when I should be coding. I’m spending waaay too much time just trying to understand the the author’s method of writing/explaining. For example, the author says “add x to your code” but does NOT tell you which page to add the code to. Too much of this type stuff. Just code, code… a few meager explanations…and some more code.Now, mind you, if your already a wordpress expert this might not be a problem for you. But coming to it “cold” will simply frustrate the heck out you (or at least it does for me). One minute were working off the twentyten theme (editing sidebar.php etc), the next he is telling us to go get his own notes theme. Oh great. So what happens with the half-coded twentyten theme you just told me to edit? Just leave it? Way too many assumptions.I’m used to training which basically does this:1. In this chapter were going to learn how to [x].2. Using [x] allows you to achieve [y,z]3. Now, lets code an example, create a new page [a] and add the following code…4. Now, lets walk through the code, so as to explain it (mostly) line-by-line.5. We coded this because [explanation]…6. Now run the page to see the result(s)7. To recap, in this chapter we learned how to [x].That aint happening in this book.Don’t get me wrong, his explanations are great, but his execution (by way of a step-by-step method of completing a task) are sorely lacking.Too confusing.my $0.02

  2. webdevpro says:

    Status Quo Low Quality Tech Manual I’ve read very, very few tech manuals that haven’t been riddled with code errors. Smashing Mag’s Making WordPress Beautiful is no exception.Be warned none of the examples this book will work if you follow instructions. The chapter about creating a media theme omits the necessary loop files altogether.There is also a ton of duplicate/filler content. The book is around 360 pages, much of this is spent repeating entire scripts just to show the addition of a couple lines of code.Also note, there really isn’t any instruction about design principles or building a beautiful theme as the title implies. It’s mostly about how to create and place widgets, menus and a couple other WP tools.Now that I’m done bashing on this book, I will say it does have some value. After my second read through I’ve learned a good bit. If you don’t mind tracking down the bugs yourself and doing your own research you might benefit from reading it.

  3. Nora McDougall "Nora McDougall-Collins" says:

    Good long term book for my students My students don’t come from a technical background. They are plain folks who want to dig into their websites further and possibly work on websites for other people. So, my web development classes are not anything like a college CS or Media Arts course. Finding a book can be a real challenge. It has to be friendly in tone. It has to have lots of pictures. It has to have code – in context – not the snippets that the WordPress Codex throws out with no context.At the beginning of January, I needed a text for my new class called Beyond the WordPress Dashboard. Needless to say, that means files, database, CSS and PHP. Scary, scary stuff! We decided to run this course at the last minute and I was hoping to run it without a text. But, students were emailing me for a book and this was the best book I could find on short notice.What made me choose this book?First the publisher didn’t give me a bunch of run-around when I told them of my rush. I tried getting a hold of another textbook company, but their online system is a total pain.Second, I liked the flow of the topics of the book.Third, I liked the fact that the book uses Twenty-Ten as the first example. While we are creating our child themes from the Zenlite theme, I like the fact that we have a comparison right there in the book.Fourth, I like the fact that the book discusses how important it is to start with the right theme. Oh, the horror stories I could tell!At this point, I think that the book is perfect for me to use as a reference and a stretch for my students. There are areas where I would put things in more simple terms for the sake of my students’ mental health. But, I also think that it will be a great resource when they leave class and get stuck in some project. Then, when they send me a frantic Facebook message, I can refer them to a specific page!

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