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Whether you’re a budding blogger or web development professional, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites—if you know how to tap its impressive features. This jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress and its themes, plug-ins, and widgets to build just about any website you can imagine, from a classy blog to a basic e-commerce site.


On May 16 Jessica Blankenship wrote:
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On Mar 31 David Greenbaum wrote: Great guide for non-progammer types
The missing manual series consistently provides an excellent guide to every aspect of the program or product and this interation in the series is no exception. Since Wordpress is more of a service than an actual product, the author faced a unique challenge of making it relevant and useful without get stuck by the fact that Wordpress does frequent updates and tweaks to its products. The features were presented in such a way that they empowered the reader to understand the concept and not get caught up in the very detailed aspects of features that could change over time such as where an option is located or which menu to click on. This was less of a tutorial and exercise based book but rather an exhaustive feature guide that didn't get bogged down in overly technical aspects such as the nitty gritty of php or sql databases and was written from an end user perspective. The book mostly ignored fluffy discussions of why you should blog or what you should blog about and keep it all about setup, usage, and maintenance. The flow of the book assumes no prior knowledge of blogs hosted by Wordpress or self-hosted blogs and clear distinctions were made where applicable between the two versions. After reviewing setup and installation the book talks about how to enrich your blog with media, pages, and comments and then eventually going into the advanced concepts of plugins and multiple authors and then finally turning a blog into a full-fledged website which is all the rage today. This flow allows someone already familiar with how to setup Wordpress to pick up the book to start where the reader's individual skill set ended. Even though I am an experienced user of Wordpress, the sections on plugins and optimizing the use thereof was extremely helpful and the index was invaluable when I got stuck on a particular feature. Great book for someone who wants to move beyond simply writing a blog and work on taking ownership of it without paying a consultant or designer to do so. Full Review  >

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On Jan 28 Pasan Wijesinghe wrote: The 'Bible' of Wordpress
This is a complete guide on Wordpress. Maybe you are a writer with very little web development skills who need to begin your own blog. Maybe you are a web developer who need to explore the powerful content management system provided by Wordpress, so you can give a better service to your customers. In both cases, this is the write book to you. Full Review  >

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On Dec 12 Rob Lambert wrote:
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On Dec 8 Jeffery Rine wrote: Covers Both: Self Hosted and Blogs
A well written guide that covers all facets of the WordPress software. Whether you are using the hosting service or installing to your own hosting account this book contains useful information and bountiful links to get up and running fast. Full Review  >

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